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Agile for Project Control

University System of Maryland via edX

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Overview

Agile provides greater opportunities for control and risk management and offers unique benefits that traditional methods miss, such as:
  • Transparency with daily standup meetings discussing work status, risk, and pace.
  • How a clear definition of done drives acceptance by all key stakeholders.
  • Measuring performance and benefits of working solutions during project delivery.
  • Iteratively testing to gain authentic feedback on solution requirements and stability.
  • Regular retrospectives that drive continuous improvement into the team.

In this course, you will learn how these levers of control far exceed traditional management methods of earned value management (EVM), which relies on estimates and no changes in scope. We'll discuss how the key to unlocking the control potential is to learn what to manage, and how to measure it. This answer varies across levels of management, separating the concerns between the organization and the team. For the organization, the focus is on what capabilities are delivered and how to measure return on investment (ROI) capabilities provide. For teams, it’s a focus on team velocity and how to ensure its measurement is useful for diagnosing internal and external productivity constraints.

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 credits are essential to those looking to maintain certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP).

Syllabus

  • Week 1: The first week of the control course examines the reason for controlling projects, why traditional controls such as Earned Value Management fail so often, and the three key components to any controlling process: value, constraints, and verification. Systems Engineering models are considered for their effectiveness in controlling, with an emphasis on the predominant controlling approach, the V-Model, and how it equivocates testing with development.
  • Week 2: The second week examines how control is managed across the project lifecycle, with the three Ps of management: people, process, and product. Real-world approaches and tools are discussed for all three levers across varying staffing approaches, release and sprint processes for quality assurance, and the use of product-level tools for quality control.
  • Week 3: The third week drives home the need to “begin with the end in mind” by closing User Stories incrementally using a Definition of Done that links the three Ps together across each sprint cycle (planning, execution, and control).
  • Week 4: The final fourth week addresses controlling Agile processes at scale, from sampling and building intuition across Agile team ceremonies, to managing team decisions and performance, and even portfolios of projects using simplified metrics. The fourth week will also look at how to align portfolio and project management metrics to an organization’s strategy as a means of managing up the risks of being defunded or constrained by corporate policy.

Taught by

John Johnson

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Anonymous
5.0 4 weeks ago
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A great ending to an excellent series of courses.

I'd just like to add the following points to improve. The amount of information covered on the course was, in my opinion, much more than on the past courses, making the course longer than one might be comfortable with, especially after being used to the "old" workflow.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Great course to take and well worth the time to take it. Great real world examples of applying the theories and seeing results. Looking forward to more courses in the future.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Valuable information was presented both in video lectures and in comprehensive summaries. I appreciated the outstanding content, approach, organization and delivery. The inclusion of different types of companies and organizations in the course material plus so many real-world examples made the Agile concepts easier to understand and place into value. The Agile PM course will definitely help me at work.
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Anonymous
4.0 yesterday
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Great information, enthusiastically delivered. Some points were glossed over, though, and the number of grammatical and spelling errors throughout the course materials made reviewing them fairly painful. Still, despite that, I'd recommend the course to anyone who wants to become a leader in their organization, whether officially holding the title of manager or not.
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Gregg F
4.0 3 weeks ago
Gregg completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Enjoyed the thought processes which challenged some of my more traditional thinking and previous applications on various projects and helped provide insight on some maths on how to work out if something is working.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Great finish to the series. Using material to study for pmi aicp. I would recommend to anyone interested in agile.
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Anonymous
5.0 11 hours ago
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Great class! Always surprised on how many management / leadership best practices are included in these courses. It's a gift to see sow much covered all while learning about agile!
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