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Agile Leadership Principles and Practices

University System of Maryland and University of Maryland, College Park via edX

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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.

Taught by

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...
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Anonymous completed this course.
Agile leadership can be considered a critical skill in leading teams; specifically, when it comes to leading complex businesses such as manufacturing in the aluminum industry. Too often, most technological progress has been done to improve processes. In many cases, production systems have reached maximum...
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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...
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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)....
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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
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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Юлия Н
Юлия completed this course, spending 10 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This course was usefull for me. It helped me to form my thoughts which I had earlier, but now I see them clear.

And I'm apprichiate that had found these materials.

What changes? Firstly, I tried meditation. It's really very powerful technique. I use meditation every day for 20 minutes.

Also I keep on to read about negotiation techniques and empowering myself and others.

I hope these materiales would be accessable, it would be usefull to reread them if needed.

P.S: my native language is not English, I had some problems with that, but they were overcame.
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Musa N
Musa completed this course.
Good course for project management for Agile Leadership. The instructor is well knowledgeable in Agile Project Management. Theories presented are relevant to the subject. Video presentation is great and all the quizzes questions are straight forward with the subject discussed.

Agile Leadership course is suitable for me as junior project management team in our organization. Negotiation skill subject is very useful and leadership skill shared based on case studies are relevant.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Namtip completed this course, spending about 8 hours a week on it.

In this course, I have learned the new style of leadership (servant leadership) and tools for managing and facilitating decisions, and motivation that drives great team performance, as well as negotiation techniques.

I thought this course was an excellen, although there were a few tricky terminology interpretation sentence for me who are not native English.

Finally, I would like to thank the professors and everyone who participate in creating this course.
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Javi E
Javi completed this course.
The course was very interesting and I’ve enjoyed it’s helped me to understand how agile works and what I need to do to lead a team in more innovative way and develop myself to be an effective agile leader.

The course gives an overview of traditional leadership and how it evolved throughout the decades. Also points out the difference between leadership and management.

Congratulation for the University of Maryland for the content of this course!
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Nattasit T
by Nattasit completed this course.
The course provides clear understanding of modern leadership and also identified what different between leadership & Management. It provides the useful concept of the way how to conduct the project with agile methodology which must be both science and art form, and totally change from waterfall process as before. I, as a product owner, struggling with the responsible projects. It's time to change the way of work.

Thank you to University of Maryland.

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Anonymous
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
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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Mohaymen F
Mohaymen completed this course.
The course was extremely interested and helped me understand how agile leadership works and what I need to do to lead a team and develop myself to be an effective agile leader.

The course is very engaging and very easy to understand. I will highly recommend C' Level executives to take the course.
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Anonymous
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
Anonymous completed this course.
I took this course and found it quite useful for use in my work environment. The principles of Agile leadership were new to me and were most useful. Till I now I had known about traditional and modern leadership principles only. Agile leadership and scrum principles were amazing.
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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.
This seminar was really awesome. I've learned about fundamentals principles of Agil methodology.

Much appreciated for supporting this kind of knowledge. I will continue looking for another topics like this in the future.
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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
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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