Applied Scrum for Agile Project Management

Learn the project management processes, roles, mechanics, and philosophies behind Scrum, the simplest and most pure approach to managing work at the team level.

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What You Will Learn

  • Why Agile is taking over: history, case studies, and proof Agile works better
  • Who uses Agile based on industry scale, stakeholders, and engineering
  • How to run a successful Scrum team for speed, innovation, leadership, and control
  • Scrum team makeup, user story writing, sprint planning, execution, and retro tools
  • What Scrum looks like at scale, its alternatives, and how to avoid pitfalls over time

About This Course

Version 2 of this course series delivers beyond the original agile certification. It includes updated content, better audit and verified learner experiences, and bonus videos on key topics.

Bonus video for this course is on “Agile in Government.”

The follow-on to this course series on “Advanced Scrum” is expected by the end of Summer 2020.

Scrum and Agile are often considered synonymous, and there is a good reason. Scrum embodies the simplest and most pure approach to managing project work at the team level. Scrum is employed by over half of all Agile practitioners across all industries. While agile may have started in software development, many industries now use an agile methodology to deliver their work. The basis for agile, the agile manifesto, extends well beyond its origins in extreme programming and agile software development. Development teams around the world are now using kanban boards and assigning strong product owners to direct self-organizing teams to deliver on prioritized product backlogs. And nearly every new product has some sort of IT component and goes through an agile development lifecycle.

Today nearly 100% of IT organizations use Agile and many other industries are quickly following;

The likelihood of being on a Scrum or Scrum-like project is quickly approaching 50/50 or better over time.

While the Mastering Agile Professional Certificate program emphasizes principles at the heart of all Agile frameworks, in this course we start by learning the key project management processes, roles, mechanics, and philosophies behind Scrum. This will provide the basis for all understanding Agile in its purest form over four weeks exploring Why, Who, How, and finally What Scrum looks like applied in the real world. From understanding the agile team members, like scrum master and product owner, to the important differences in lean and agile processes.

While this course will not make you an agile certified practitioner (PMI-ACP), or certified scrum master (CSM), it offers a more fundamental agile certification based on agile principles and how scaled agile is applied in industry today. You'll finish this course more than ready to begin your agile journey, which we hope takes you to the next course in the series on “Sprint Planning for Faster Agile Team Delivery.”

Upon successful completion of this course, learners can earn 10 Professional Development Unit (PDU) credits, which are recognized by the Project Management Institute (PMI). PDU credit

At A Glance

  • Expert Instruction Build Skills
  • Self-Paced Progress at your own speed
  • 4 Weeks 2-3 hours per week
  • Free or $199.00 For the full program experience Discounted to $179.10 when you purchase the full Agile Project Management Professional Certificate Program.
  • 10 Professional Development Units (PDUs) Earn PDUs toward your Project Management Institute (PMI) Project Mangement Professional (PMP) certification
Your Instructor

John Johnson

I'm passionate about what works as both scientific principles and best practices in project and product management. Teaching is leading leaders, so my first goal is to engage with compelling reasons to change their thinking. Our shared goal is to empower their teams to delight customers while also serving the organization and society that supports them.

What Our Students Are Saying

  • This is a great course to learn the technical aspects of Agile project management and John Johnson is a coherent and concise lecturer delivering high quality lessons. I took the verified track as I will be handling more projects in my role as a university learning developer. Neill Wylie
  • I enjoyed the course and learned a lot. The only thing that I might suggest is highlighting new terminology in a separate "dictionary" as some terms were new or maybe industry-specific and I sometimes lost my concentration when trying to figure them out. I liked that the class used real-world examples and suggested further reading and videos. Serena Bonini
  • This course will definitely give you a real-world approach on using Agile and all the kinds alike - from the comparison between Traditional, Agile, and Lean, the overview of each method. This course also dives into the framework Agile uses, such as Scrum, DAD, LeSS, and all the pros and cons each of them has. Simply said, highly recommend! Cevin Samuel
  • The "paid" track has additional information and I like the PPT slides, bonus! This is helpful if you need to go back and review information later, maybe referencing another course or work issue. Whatever your role, I think this is really helpful for anyone in software! I think the final is great because you do go back and look things up that you may have forgotten early on in the first week. You can save your answers and go back. I needed that flexibility. I like the casual aspect of this course. Kimberly Eck
  • The course teacher/instructor in the videos was delivering the information in an inspiring way. The slides and the summary tabs were very helpful. The course is a good introduction to agile on a high level. Basic terms, roles, and frameworks are explained and compared. The test questions in the final exam supported the learning progress, as many of them were presented in a form where the student has to apply the knowledge, not only repeat what he/she has learned/heard. Ninja Leikert

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Syllabus

Week 1

The first week starts with why agile methods are used - based on case studies that prove its effectiveness and the history of getting to Scrum.

Week 2

The second week explores who uses agile across industries, exploring the types of work management and how Scrum Agile fits into the world of work.

Week 3

The third week gets into the mechanics of Scrum and How Scrum is performed and executed. Here you'll learn team formation, planning and retro games, and how to effectively manage work to meet Sprint objectives.

Week 4

The last week pivots to look at what Scrum looks like at Scale, and how it differs from other Agile frameworksin terms ofscale, program and portfolio management, risk management, and pitfalls of Agile.

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