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Agile Leadership Principles

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Overview

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.

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

Agile can often challenge project managers in the realm of leadership. Old styles of command-control are now a thing of the past, except for the most conservative organizations. While good leaders employ a variety of leadership skills and leadership styles to motivate team members, even this is not enough. Simply setting a common goal and maintaining positive attitudes while raising your emotional intelligence will make you a better leader; but will it truly unlock your team's potential? ****

Instead of leadership traits, Agile leadership emphasizes facilitation and communication skills. This is teachable and much more powerful. This unique and effective leadership style challenges traditional beliefs in what leadership means. ****

Great leaders understand that the leader can no longer stand in the way of their team. Modern society, mindsets, and global competition demand new leadership roles, and leadership qualities all together that empower and motivate the team to new levels of productivity. Business leaders that miss this critical shift in leadership styles concede a powerful competitive advantage to the Agile leader. ****

In this course, you will learn how this new style of leadership redefines and redistributes team roles by: ****

  • Motivating through empowerment to gain better decisions

  • Facilitating the creativity and inclusivity of a high-functioning team

  • Identifying and managing decision making biases

  • Negotiating conflicts across individuals, teams, and organizations

  • Ensuring success through delegation and powerful constraint-based metrics.

  • You’ll learn to turn one internally motivated and critically thinking mind into many; and driving speed and innovation through leveraging all talents on the team.

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 agile leadership is applied in industry today. You'll finish this course more than ready to continue your agile journey, which we hope takes you to the next course in the series on Agile Process, Project, and Program Controls. ****

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 this course jumps right into our traditional notions of leadership, defining the concept, the characteristics of a leader, the science of leadership, and the styles that exist today across master and servant models (Primal Leadership, Team Leadership, Situational Leadership, and Transformational Leadership).

  • Week 2: The second week exposes the reasoning behind servant leadership as the optimal approach and how old philosophies and “modern psychology” reinforce the need for leaders to empower teams. Gamification and the power of play are emphasized to ensure optimal contribution and performance across roles on the scaled Agile teams. Here you'll learn the scrum master's secrets and agile techniques for running highly productive teams.

  • Week 3: The third week explores human decision making, its power and its faults in the form of biases, and how we can train ourselves through emotional-social intelligence and mindfulness to go faster by slowing down. Negotiation styles and techniques are also covered requiring self-reflection on how one handles conflict and manages competing, accommodating, avoiding, compromising, and collaborating challenges. These techniques are critical for product owners, scrum masters, and those leading in any capacity.

  • Week 4: The final week focuses on putting these lessons into practice with real-world approaches and tools for managing and facilitating decisions, interactions, and environments for optimal team performance.

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John Johnson

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Ronny W
by Ronny completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be easy.
A good well-structured overview of agile leadership and how it relates to traditional leadership and powerplay. The course provides insight into the theoretical leadership frameworks.

The course is rather theoretical. The lectures have a standard format, with introducing the goal of the lecture, video material, a textual summary (useful review), a short knowledge check (2 rather easy multiple choice questions, not much added value), a reference section (optional material for those who want to dive deeper, good stuff!), a weekly quiz (which I didn't have access to, I followed the…
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Robin S
Robin completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
There were some topics in this course that I really liked, but also some parts that I disliked. The first 2 weeks are interesting from a theoretical point of view. The 4th week adds some tools/suggestions on how to practically incorporate what you have learned into your Agile leadership role.

However especially week 3 ('Empowering the mind') needs some further work in making both the parts about decision biases and mindfullness more concrete for the intended audience. How do we actually use this?

What was also confusing to me is that while this course is about Agile …
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Low level material - basically a summary of some popular books made by a guy who put some slides together.

By the way he seems to not know basic grammar and spelling (too many times had I to see that he could not still figure out the difference between the possessive its and the verbal form it’s). How can I consider him credible?

But also the rest of summaries are sloppy and unedited bunch of dot points, full of buzzwords and little more.

Why using videos if it’s (for the guy presenting - if you read this it means “it is”) a simple reading of slides?
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Angelina Z
Angelina completed this course.
The course was extremely interested and helped me understand how agile works and what I need to do to lead a team and develop myself to be an effective agile leader. I liked how a contrast was provided to traditional leadership and it was made clear how agile is different to lean management but also what they have in common. I thought the courses was well paced, although there were a few tricky terminology interpretation tasks I had to sort out to succeed. I scored 98% even though it took me a few goes to answer the questions that required me to choose the best of 3 answers out of a possible 5. They were trickier than I thought but they helped me better understand Agile. Congratulations to the facilitator and to University of Maryland.
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Mohammed U
Mohammed completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
The course was very interesting for me and I’ve enjoyed lot it’s helped me to understand how agile works and what I need to do to lead my team in more innovative way and develop myself to be an effective agile leader. I liked how a comparison was provided to traditional leadership and it was made clear how agile is different to lean management but also comparison in both . I thought the courses was well paced, although there were a few tricky terminology interpretation tasks I had to sort out to succeed. I would like to express my gratitude to the authorities and faculty member’s for designing such a interesting and very good module. Congratulations to the facilitator and to University of Maryland.
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Anonymous completed this course.
Before taking this e-Learning course, I'm not sure what types of my leadership style I am doing with my teams and my responsible projects and also how I can evaluate what and how it is suitable. After finish this e-Learning course, what I can learn from VDO presentations, brief summary of leadership theories and some examples is about I understand what my leadership styles are, pros/cons and how to evaluate it. In addition, I understand more clearly about Agile Leadership Principles and key techniques to apply for my teams and my projects. Thank you very much.
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The course is conducted comprehensively with clear explanation and summary to recap the important point. This course have broaden my perspective about modern leadership style and the concept what "Agile" is. I find it particularly beneficial for mid-level leader in order to efficiently leads a high performing team.
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Anonymous completed this course.
The course was solid, but it's clear that the instructor has a political bias. The goal is to teach agile and by introducing the instructor's political bias, he alienates those with differing political views.
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Anonymous completed this course.
I really appreciated the lessons and got great insight in this topic. The slides are prepared well and easy to understand. I also enjoyed the good summaries at the end of each lesson. I strongly think on to take another course out of this series.
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Pablo G
Pablo completed this course, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I´ve found this course to be sometimes practical (Week 1, 2) and some lack of practical examples in the following weeks, specially all the topics about negotiation with the team.

Beside this, i highly recommend it.

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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
A concise and clear explanation of principles of Leaderships, its difference with Management and a vision of Agile Leadership. This is my firts conect with Agile and many future options have been opened.

Thanks

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Joao M
Joao completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be very easy.
It contains some interesting topics but the approach is too shallow and without a backbone of concepts presented in a clear manner. It also includes a lot of repetition from previous courses.
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Anonymous completed this course.
This course was great!!! I learned a lot and will use the guide and principles I learned to better lead my team and seek other employment opportunities in this field. I loved this course.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Great course, detailed, yet easy to follow. Great orator/lecturer.

Recommend the use of other scenarios/examples as the Agile Leadership principles apply to all environments.
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The course has been insightful. Material shared through the video and after course short notes was also good. Hope to apply during projects and through other spheres of life.
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This course was OK... I'm on the 4th course in the certificate sequence. Almost all of the course material would greatly benefit from an editorial assist (this course and the others before it). Also... I didn't find that the material hung together well. All of a sudden, in the middle of a leadership discussion, we're talking about meditation. Bear in mind, I'm a regular meditation practitioner, so I get the point, but I thought continuity throughout the lectures was a bit looser than I'd expect. I also find the Agile evangelism to be a bit overdone. Agile does work. I've also seen m…
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Anonymous completed this course.
The course is theoretical; the key messages highly valuable and actionable.

Many topics were touched; together with the provided references you have a guide in hand to dive deeper, which is fair enough.

My main issue the following (disclaimer: I took the course as a stand-alone).

After Agile Team Roles were defined (Week 1 / slide 8), Scrum Master was ditched. Agile PM did emerge in Week 2 and kept being mentioned along with the other team roles in many passages throughout the rest of the course. As if there was no role for Scrum Master anymore!?
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A well structured -theoretical- class on Agile leadership. The "chapters" are well structured and guide the user with this step-by-step approach that is being used. The videos are very helpful and help one understand the theories and models behind leadership and how the agile model-process works.

The introduction, video, summary and quiz steps are helpful in completing and understanding each chapter. In addition, the quizzes help a lot to assimilate the info and one gets to understand one's mistakes.

I would however suggest the following:

- Slow down the…
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Anonymous completed this course.
The course is very well structured with clear overviews on week / course content, followed by the content and thereafter a very detailed resume. The questions and weekly tests help to assess weaknesses and mark these for review. The references are clearly highlighted and literature recommendations are provided which I find extremely helpful.

I would recommend this course to anyone who has not yet been introduced to the agile management principles but intends to do so. This one course provides an excellent introduction also to those who are not necessarily working in project management.

The knowhow translated in this course is, I dare say, a must-know considering where we stand today in management and management development.

I recommend nevertheless to review the slides as they do contain some typos.
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Anonymous completed this course.
This is my fourth course in the series by this instructor. This course was interesting and each course builds on the previous course. The series helps to continue to reinforce agile principles while applying those principals to different subsets of the agile framework. Overall this course was a bit easier than the previous classes. That is probably because the terminology and concepts are becoming much more familiar now. I also liked the new pace of the quizzes at the end of each week instead of only a short quiz at the end of the lecture and then two longer final exams. My only real criticisms are there are more typos than I expected in the written portions of the classes.
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