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Agile Software Development

ETH Zurich via edX

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Agile methodology has taken the software development industry by storm. Everyone wants to be agile, but what does it really mean and how do you achieve agile development?

This computer science course cuts beyond the agile methodology hype and teaches you the fundamental agile concepts that span a wide range of methodologies. It analyzes the key agile ideas, their benefits, their limitations, and how best to take advantage of them to enhance your software skills and show employers that you have mastered an essential component of today's IT industry.

The course is divided into six parts:

  • The Agile manifesto and the context of agile methods
  • Agile principles: what key methodological ideas underlie the agile movement?
  • Agile roles: how does agile redefine traditional software jobs and tasks, in particular the manager's role?
  • Agile practices: what are the concrete techniques that agile teams use to apply these methods?
  • Agile artifacts: what practical tools are essential to the work of agile developers?
  • Agile assessment: among agile ideas, which ones are essentially hyped and useless, which ones are actually harmful, and which ones will truly help you effectively produce high-quality software?

Unlike many presentations of agile methods, this course takes a strictly objective view of agile methods, enabling you to retain the best agile principles and practices.

For the second run of the course we have revised the learning material and created a new final exam.


  • Context, the Agile Manifesto, Agile Methods, Official Agile Principles, Agile Values
  • Principles, the enemy: Big Upfront Anything, organizational principles, technical principles, a few method-specific principles
  • Roles, traditional manager roles, the three Scrum roles, other Agile roles
  • Practices, meetings, development, release, testing, management
  • Artifacts, from user stories to burndown charts, assessment on Agile methods

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Bertrand Meyer

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5.0 3 years ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course was a profound experience and taught me new concepts of software engineering. These concepts have such an impact in a professional environment.

The professor is outstanding, he clearly has the abilities to teach students and developers the agile methodologies. I recommend this course to everyone who wants to learn the agile approach.
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Jorge F
4.0 3 years ago
Jorge completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
A good overview of agile methods from the perspective of a software development express. It covers lightly the Scrum, XP, lean, and Crystal Agil methodologies Principles, Practices, and values.

It attempts to separate the bad, hype, good and brilliant parts of the agile methods.

Very worthy.

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