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Overview

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. But Agile takes self-empowerment to new levels and challenges traditional beliefs in what leadership means.

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.

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.  
  • 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.
  • 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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Reviews for edX's Agile Leadership Principles
4.4 Based on 61 reviews

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Robin S
3.0 5 months ago
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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Ronny W
4.0 a week ago
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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Pablo G
3.0 3 months ago
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
1.0 a week ago
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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Anonymous
5.0 4 weeks ago
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
5.0 3 months ago
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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Angelina Z
5.0 5 months ago
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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Javier Á
4.0 3 months ago
Javier completed this course.
From my perspective, as a graduated but 24 years-old still Master's student, I think this course is not only a nice introduction to Agile Leadership, but also a perfect initial contact for those who are eager to know more about this topic. Apart from that, I would highlight the "extra-lessons" you achieve such as the first steps in meditation or how to improve your ability to focus. Including, it fitted and overcame my expectations.

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Henrik L
4.0 4 months ago
Henrik completed this course.
I spent approx. 2 hours per week for 4 weeks to complete the course. The material was presented in a structured way allowing me to build knowledge as I went through the course. I am currently involved in an project where agile framework is being used so it was very helpful to participate in this course along side the project. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in Agile framework or project management in general
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Anonymous
4.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I appreciated the videos were transcripted and had summaries of the most important points as I was often reviewing materials when I was commuting.

There are some realistic scenarios that help apply the theory.

I would encourage rewording of some of the questions to positive language rather than including the word “no” or “not”.

A lot of good resources that I hope to read at some point.
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Anonymous
4.0 4 weeks ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
Agile leadership principle doesnt just apply to my work, but is helping me with dealing with my first child more (using nudging).

However, somewhere in the middle of the course, I found it difficult applying the mind control but I was so happy at the end (after taking the quiz) that I actually got a hold of the course.

Looking forward to writing the closed exam and then...... AGILE CONTROL!!!
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Anonymous
5.0 3 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I've now finished all five courses in the professional certificate. I gained a lot of things that I can implement in the workplace, and ways of practicing my project management. I'm confident that this will improve my performance and the performance of my team, and that we will be able to work faster, better and cheaper.

Great job. Thanks
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Constance C
5.0 4 months ago
Constance completed this course.
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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Larry C
5.0 2 months ago
Larry completed this course.
This course was well structured for learning flow. The videos were excellent. The lesson summaries could be a little bit more detailed but were very helpful overall. By being on-demand with long deadlines it was perfect for my erratic work and life schedule. If I could take every course in this format I would.
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Anonymous
4.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
A decent addition to the Agile Project Management series that's fairly easy to comprehend and to apply. I've taken all the previous courses in this series, and will be taking the final one shortly. I've learned quite a bit albeit, and look forward to finding ways to incorporate what I learned.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course has been my favorite in the series thus far. I found the information on leadership styles and techniques to be very insightful. Additionally, the lessons on Mindfulness and Decision Bias have given me a lot to think about. I'm looking forward to the final course later this month.
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Abubeker H
5.0 4 months ago
Abubeker is taking this course right now, spending 8 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I am greatly interested in free online courses above all. first and foremost I would to thank the university for giving this most valuable chance for us. the following is my email address amanabubeker@gmail.com please send to me all significant information and learning materials.
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Anonymous
4.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I really did enjoy the course. The traditional leadership aspects does get a bit boring, can we some how make the content more exciting to keep the focus. Overall, this is a great course and I have gained a lot knowledge and can use this information in job daily. Thank you.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
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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Anonymous
5.0 yesterday
Anonymous completed this course.
If you are working with Agile, and are interested in Leadership, you need to take this course. You will learn not only how to work better with your team, but you will learn techniques and principles that will enable you to grow as a leader.
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