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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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  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Gyorgy Gerlei

    Gyorgy Gerlei completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    This is a great course for project managers to extend their knowledge on the AGILE methodology. It gives a historical overview as well as details on the different types of agile methods used currently. The video lectures were well structured, were easy...
  • David Ghotbi

    David Ghotbi completed this course.

    I found this course very useful to gain an overall understanding of Agile important concepts, ideas and frameworks. The course is obviously is for an agile approach in project management but it also compares the agile with the traditional and lean approaches at high level. I think the course slides could contain more visuals. I liked very much the references which helped me to deepen my understanding. What I missed was more applications and real life scenarios and examples. Generally I think it was a good course which gave me an overall understanding of Agile methodology; however, additional literature are needed to deepen the knowledge.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I really appreciated the course structure and the material has been very applicable to the needs I came in with. It was laid out intuitively with consistent messages flowing through each stage of each module's prep, video, and summary. This helped me to reference in a continuous way without disrupting progress. It was a good system for establishing momentum and perhaps why this was the first online course I completed. I took the course to help me organize the flood of projects and change requests being faced. I feel more confident now about managing the workload, and expectations of those around me.
  • Enrico Jay-ar Corella

    Enrico Jay-ar Corella completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    Before taking this course, I have already familiarized myself with Scrum by reading the Sutherland's book and the Scrum Guide by him and Schwaber. I have also have read books and did a few coursework on this matter. Despite the wide reading I had and practice, course was insightful as it delved into different areas that I have not have otherwise considered. The examples provided were relevant and the instructor was very clear on his explanations. I hope that they continue to offer this subject, with updates soon.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.


    This course provided one of the best introductions to Agile project management especially the additional tools such as Mike Crohn's Mountain Goat website, articles from HBR, and example case studies.

    As a leader of a product management team in a telecoms operator, the insights from this course provide very very useful insight on how my team and I need to evolve to respond quicker to customer requirements to maintain competitive advantage in the markets we serve.

    I look forward to moving on the the other courses in the series.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    An excellent introduction to the Agile framework and it's most known application, Scrum. A must if you work/want to work in an engineering team.
    The lessions are quick, direct to the point and with very interesting examples from various areas, including the instructor's personal experience, which clearly helps with the illustration of the concepts. I've recommended this series of courses to several business and engineering students, I advise you to do the same!
  • Pablo Andres Grattarola Gonzalez

    Pablo Andres Grattarola Gonzalez completed this course, spending 6 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.

    I definitely enjoyed the course, diving into real world scenarios and relevance of AGILE, and the different frameworks that use it, specially SCRUM.
    Maybe it would be helpful if it includes more real cases with real outcomes, to be able to learn better, not so much theory.
    The dinamic of the course, mixing videos, with text, then several options to complete the evaluations, make it fun, and i can combine this with my daily work.
    Recommended for everyone!.
    Thanks a lot!, from Uruguay!.

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Hello Course Takes!

    I am very glad I made the decision on starting this course, although is a lot to take in at the beginning, it is a very entertaining course with a large amount of additional links and resources to expand your knowledge and get clarity on the topics discussed, I truly enjoyed this course and looking forward to complete the one remaining.

    Keep calm and study on!

  • Jesus Mario Gonzalez Vargas

    Jesus Mario Gonzalez Vargas completed this course.

    I think it could be more better to have more best practices or scenario cases to understand more the theory into the practice. For the ones that does not have on the day by day practice of Agile or SCRUM methodologies will be more helpful to add an extra explanation on every single lesson.

    And maybe why not finishing the week maybe make some forums between the alumni to talk about the lesson and scenario cases where we can work together.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Very good, a lot to take in but explained well. Only improvement suggested is not everyone taking this course if from a technical background or a project management background, so please try to reduce the acronyms!

    Be great if not taking verified you still got a % right in all the questions answered so you know what or where you did well and whether taking the verified course could help.

    Overall, would definitely recommend.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    As a beginner in the world of program management, I found this course to be extremely useful in how to understand how businesses manage their projects. It was interesting to see the history and development of Agile and how Scrum can be applied to the workplace. I have a clearer understanding of how to go about planning a project, and this applies to any industry and just about any project!
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    Completed the course in 5 weeks. With no background in PM at all, I found the course rather difficult, however this means that the quality/materials are good. As provided by Edx, there were some errors in the text-over next to the videos, so this should be improved. Other than that I gave me a proper understanding of what Agile embodies. However, similar as other comments, it is limited as to the course being "applied".
  • Don Schiff

    Don Schiff completed this course.

    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. I spent $125 on the certificate and felt the course was worth the money spent.

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