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University System of Maryland

Applied Scrum for Agile Project Management

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


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.

Bonus video for this course is on “Agile in Government.”

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

Scrum and Agile are often considered synonymous, and there is a good reason. Scrum embodies the simplest and most pure approach to managing project work at the team level. Scrum is employed by over half of all Agile practitioners across all industries. While agile may have started in software development, many industries now use an agile methodology to deliver their work. The basis for agile, the agile manifesto, extends well beyond its origins in extreme programming and agile software development. Development teams around the world are now using kanban boards and assigning strong product owners to direct self-organizing teams to deliver on prioritized product backlogs. And nearly every new product has some sort of IT component and goes through an agile development lifecycle.

  • Today nearly 100% of IT organizations use Agile and many other industries are quickly following;

  • The likelihood of being on a Scrum or Scrum-like project is quickly approaching 50/50 or better over time.

While the Mastering Agile Professional Certificate program emphasizes principles at the heart of all Agile frameworks, in this course we start by learning the key project management processes, roles, mechanics, and philosophies behind Scrum. This will provide the basis for all understanding Agile in its purest form over four weeks exploring Why, Who, How, and finally What Scrum looks like applied in the real world. From understanding the agile team members, like scrum master and product owner, to the important differences in lean and agile processes.

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 scaled agile is applied in industry today. You'll finish this course more than ready to begin your agile journey, which we hope takes you to the next course in the series on “Sprint Planning for Faster Agile Team Delivery.”

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).


  • Week 1: The first week starts with Why agile methods are used - based on case studies that prove its effectiveness and the history of getting to Scrum.
  • Week 2: The second week explores Who uses agile across industries, exploring the types of work management and how Scrum Agile fits into the world of work.
  • Week 3: The third week gets into the mechanics of Scrum and How Scrum is performed and executed. Here you'll learn team formation, planning and retro games, and how to effectively manage work to meet Sprint objectives.
  • Week 4: The last week pivots to look at what Scrum looks like at Scale, and how it differs from other Agile frameworksin terms ofscale, program and portfolio management, risk management, and pitfalls of Agile

Taught by

John Johnson


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  • This is a great course to learn the technical aspects of Agile project management and John Johnson is a coherent and concise lecturer delivering high quality lessons. I took the verified track as I will be handling more projects in my role as a university...
  • Mohamed-Seif Awadallah

    Mohamed-Seif Awadallah completed this course.

    The course videos and slides were explained in an easy way. The instructor did a really good job. Also the course requires no knowledge about agile. Homework was easy and the final exam also is moderate but not difficult. However, i found the course...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The materials for this course are mediocre -- there are simple type-os in each week. It's clear that the instructor did not invest a sufficient amount of time in ensuring the quality of these materials. I would also say that the lectures use a lot of jargon that is difficult to navigate if you aren't at least somewhat familiar with Agile.

    I wouldn't recommend this course to another person because I feel like the basic approach to teaching could be better (more examples rather than just lectures introducing concepts). And like I said, I was disappointed that the University of Maryland is willing to put its name on something with some many basic mistakes. These basic mistakes lower my general perceptions of the quality of UMD.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This covers some of the technical or team architecture behind scrum but it is definitely not 'Applied'. It is also effectively presented as a sales pitch for scrum without going into any depth on reasons why it can be successful with little or no mention...
  • I enjoyed the course and learned a lot. The only thing that I might suggest is highlighting new terminology in a separate "dictionary" as some terms were new or maybe industry-specific and I sometimes lost my concentration when trying to figure them out. I like that the class used real-world examples and suggested further reading and videos.
  • This course will definitely give you a real-world approach on using Agile and all the kinds alike, from the comparison between Traditional, Agile, and Lean, the overview of each method. And the dive into the framework Agile uses, such as Scrum, DAD, LeSS, and all the pros and cons each of them has.

    Simply said, highly recommend!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I think this is a great course but I could only give three stars due to a lack of the "Tailored Lesson and Information". They just don't exist for most of the course sections. I verified and paid for the whole certification program and I don't see any tailored information even though there are several discussion board requests that are many months old. Don't offer it if you aren't going to do it. The course is well done aside from the several spelling and grammatical errors in addition to the lack of promised "Tailored Learning". I learned a great deal but somehow came away feeling let down. Simply do what you say you are going to do, especially when you push the verification and certificate program benefits in the videos and readings.
  • Anonymous
    The course recordings and slides were clarified in a simple manner. The educator did a truly great job. Additionally the course requires no information about nimble. Schoolwork was simple and the end of the year test likewise is moderate yet not troublesome....
  • Anonymous
    The course recordings and slides were clarified in a simple manner. The educator did a truly great job. Additionally the course requires no information about nimble. Schoolwork was simple and the end of the year test likewise is moderate yet not troublesome....
  • Anonymous
    This course help me a lot to understand Agile and Scrum concepts and application, even though I am so new to this Agile project management methodology. Great Job !
  • Kimberly Eck
    Overall the course is decent. The format is fine because you have a video with follow-up quizzes and notes for review. The "paid" track has additional information and I like the PPT slides, bonus! This is helpful if you need to go back and review information...
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    It's a great course, I learnt a lot! but I think that lacked more illustrative forms into Sprint planning, development, review and retro. I mean that the videos could have more images of frameworks, what is it into some process. An example of this is...
  • Anonymous
    I really enjoyed this course. I want to introduce myself in the world of the agile because it is quite interesting! I have really appreciated that all units have an introduction, an explanation and a summary after the explanation. That makes you to...
  • The course teacher/instructor in the videos was delivering the information in an inspiring way. The slides and the summary tabs were very helpful.

    The course is a good introduction to agile on a high level. Basic terms, roles, and frameworks are explained and compared. A deep dive is not aimed at.

    Besides the first week's content which explains the success of agile with cases, a deep dive with a continuous case study would have added a lot of value.
    The test questions in the final exam are supporting the learning progress, as many of them are presented in a form where the student has to apply the knowledge not only repeat what he/she has learned/heard.
  • Anonymous
    This course was a good overview and introduction to agile project management from my perspective in a technical role on a team that has generally practiced traditional project management for large projects and lean management for smaller ones. The industry information was broad and gave a good idea of how and where agile project management is successful, with good, concrete examples.
  • Anonymous
    This course is a fully comprehensive initiation on agile methodology and scrum application. The examples, resources and presentations were easy to follow and understand, assuring a high level of engagement until the end. The differences and overlaps between traditional project management, Lean and agile were very well defined at the beginning of the course, so much that by the middle and end of the course, you will be fully immersed in all types of Scrum and lingo, in a way that feels natural and innate. It is 100% recommended if you have any Project management experience and/or are curious about the subject.
  • Anonymous
    Overall, this was a good experience for me. The course materials (video lectures + slides) were presentable and resourceful. One of the traits that I liked, is that almost every piece of information, table, or graph is supplemented with references. The homework questions were easy but requires paying a good attention to the course presentation. The final exam was moderate with small scale case studies that test overall knowledge of the course in its entirety. I would recommend this course to those who are interested in the subject. I think I will also pursue more advanced course in the subject.

  • Anonymous
    This course is very good information about agile practices. I found the lectures easy to follow and informative. The platform was easy to use. The tests were challenging enough that I often had to review my notes. When completed, I learned a lot about scrum/agile practice that I did not know.
  • Anonymous
    This course is a nice start of a good refreshment it you want to get into or refresh your knowledge about Agile Project management. It takes you from a general overview of agile basics to the Scrum theory in detail and variations of Scrum, like LeSS and DAD later on. Besides a lot of videos and course reading material, the additional sources and suggestions what you should read are super helpful.
    Also, the course is a good start to get and idea how and in which direction you want to continue your studies and deepen your expertise.
  • Dimitrios Vogiatzopoulos
    I really enjoyed the course and I intend on following the rest courses of this Professional certificate series. The course and the references delivered alot of information that still needs to be digested and further explored.

    The course highlighted once more the importance of systems approach and continuous improvement in all aspects of management.

    The talk of Mr. Yves Morieux was also very inspiring in order to stay always alerted to keep a delicate balance between speed and rules.

    Thank you for this opportunity!

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