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Applied Scrum for Project Management

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University System of Maryland via edX

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Overview

Scrum and Agile are often considered synonymous, and there is good reason. Scrum embodies the simplest and most pure approach to managing project work at the team level and is employed by over half of all Agile practitioners across all industries. Consider the below statistics: 
  • 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.  

In this course we start by learning the key project management processes, roles, mechanics, and philosophies behind Scrum. This gives you the basic understanding you'll need in the Mastering Agile Professional Certificate program to learn principles at the heart of all Agile frameworks. This will provide the basis for understanding Agile in its purest form over four weeks exploring Why, Who, How, and finally What Scrum looks like applied in the real world.

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 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 frameworks in terms of scale, program and portfolio management, risk management, and pitfalls of Agile

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John Johnson

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Gyorgy G
5.0 11 months ago
Gyorgy 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 to follow and each was followed by a "Summary Points" lecture to engrave the knowledge better. Every week had five lecture, each came with very good additional references (links to extend the learning) what widened the perspective of the given topic. The course included case studies to prove how AGILE works in real life situations, what was a great addition. There were some knowledge check questions after every lecture, those were not so difficult to answer (may be a point for improvement). All in all, it was a great learning experience, I can recommend this course to everyone who is interested in the topic!
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Anonymous
3.0 4 months ago
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.
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Anonymous
2.0 a week ago
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.
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Lenard P
4.0 8 months ago
by Lenard completed this course.
I got a general understanding of agile methods, changing my project management approach which was traditional and slow. Now, I can understand that many scrum teams with a product owner and scrum manager can produce many things at the same time, to ultimately have an iterative product.

Thanks.

Lenard
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Mohamed-seif A
4.0 5 months ago
Mohamed-seif 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 is a good introduction to agile, but not more. The course explains all the basic terms, roles, and framework within agile; but the course lack detailed case studies (examples) which can show real detailed agile projects. I have never worked in an agile project, so I needed the detailed examples and visualization.

The instr…
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Anonymous
5.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Excellent presentation of the Agile / Scrum concept and applicability. The ability to apply the selected framework after comparing it to the lean and traditional methods was well defined.
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Anonymous
5.0 10 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Easy to follow and comprehend. Good structure of the course, as introduction to a topic and a sum-up. I would definitely recommend the course to others.
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Anonymous
5.0 9 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I completed the course and I enjoyed it greatly but It would not allow me to take the final exam uncertain to why.

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Anonymous
1.0 7 months ago
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 of the disadvantages, especially when there are still a huge number of companies and teams NOT using it.

The course itself in parts does not follow a logical progression of ideas in how it is presented. The videos are presented woodenly, in many cases just reading off the slides and with many edits in the videos that disrupt the flow. Slides are also frequently constructed in ways that are not compatible with the presentation format used and constructed in ways that have been warned against for over a very long time.

You would get better knowledge and understanding reading a good book on the subject.

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Anonymous
5.0 5 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This was a great course. I enrolled in it because everything in the IT and other fields at work seem to be project based This course has helped me to identify the different phases of the many different projects. Even the ones that I am not involved in. I am better able to ask thr right questions to get the answers that I need to better assist in the projects.

Also this course was a great way to get back into the structured learning mode. In the IT world everything is on the job learning and little of no formal training any more. If you don't know it you must Google it or ask someone and only get part of the answer. This course laid it all out. I have already started another business course.
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David G
4.0 7 months ago
David 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.
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Anonymous
4.0 8 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I am not from a computer science background and hence Agile and Scrum are very new to me. Took this course to understand the basics of Scrum as I work in an organization that uses Scrum for development projects. Found it really helpful. It covers the basics and I could complete the entire course in roughly 3 days by dedicating nearly 7 hours every day. I took the audit course and did not verify for the certificate. As it was an Audit course, the final exam was not timed and no score was provided. I wish they had at least provided a score for me to know where I stand. That would be helpful. Other than that, I recommend the course.
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Anonymous
4.0 a month ago
Anonymous completed this course.
the best part of the online course is about summary points. you can review them just after finishing the video.

But the weak point is sometimes the talks of teacher are a bit unclear and for understanding, you need to have a look at the text which you may lose the track of video and your concentration.

Another point that can be improved is about adding some knowledge checks for Audit student. Because these students are spending time as same as verified students for learning and for sure in the same level of motivation for learning and developing.

Generally, the course was satisfying and I am happy to take it
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Anonymous
4.0 a month ago
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.
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Anonymous
3.0 a month ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I agree with another person's review.

The overall course material was solid and provided an overview of the different PM management styles as well as the specific agile frameworks and why they might be used. But the constant plugs to verify and about "Tailored Lessons" that only existed for the first module was disappointing. The content presented there was helpful and would have been great if it continued. Without the tailored lessons, I would have expected and appreciated more of the situational / application style questions that littered the final throughout the course.
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Pablo G
4.0 6 months ago
Pablo 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!.

Pablo.

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Anonymous
4.0 5 days ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Great course! Learned a lot. Was a good overview of Scrum and the different types of PM. Would have given 5 stars but a lot of the reading material had grammar, some spelling, and use of words was just inaccurate for the sentences. Expected more professional, reviewed, reading material. Some even made it difficult to understand the message but I got through it. All in all a good course, will most likely be continuing courses at USM edX to further my PM learning.
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Anonymous
5.0 10 months ago
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!
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Anonymous
4.0 2 months ago
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.
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Anonymous
4.0 7 months ago
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".
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