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Applied Scrum for Project Management

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 7 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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Mohamed-seif A
4.0 a month 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 a month 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 6 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 5 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 3 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 a month 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 3 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 4 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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Pablo G
4.0 3 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
5.0 6 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 3 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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Anonymous
4.0 4 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This is a Great course for the aspirants who is introducing himself into the world of Agile.With brief Explanation of other methods and its comparison it makes sense to identify the difference.Basically it is conceptual than more technical.Enjoyed the course.Need to have practical knowledge post this course to clear the concept.Overall it is a great material for beginners and Mid senior professionals.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 months ago
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!

thanks.
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Don S
5.0 2 months ago
Don 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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Stefan A
5.0 3 months ago
Stefan 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 completed the entire course in roughly 7 days by dedicating nearly 3-4 hours every day. I recommend the course.

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Kevin K
5.0 4 months ago
Kevin completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
This course is very helpful to anyone who has working knowledge or exposure to Agile and who wish to get better understanding. There is plenty of additional reading material to emphasis and reinforce all the concepts discussed in the course.

This is course I'll be returning from time to time to refresh my knowledge.
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Lenard P
4.0 2 months ago
by Lenard completed this course.
This introduction to Agile and Scrum, let me change my mind set tabout project management, since having tool such as kanban, whrere help you find at a glance which activities are completed, which other not.

Its important to celebrate the deliverable s and proceed to the next step.

Thanks a lot.

Lenard Pareja
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Lenard P
4.0 4 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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Anonymous
5.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I really loved this course and I am more eager to complete them all to gain a complete program . John the lecturer is really good and he makes the subject fun and has a good method in learning away. Altough, I feel that the quiz sessions should not have unlimited tries but limited.
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