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Driving Speed through Agile Planning

University System of Maryland via edX

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Overview

Speed is by far the most sought-after benefit of Agile.

First mover advantages, the economic cost of delays, and the enabling effect on innovation drive the search for speed. Agile offers the fastest means of attaining speed: managing scope. But beyond the hype over scope management, there are key principles of non-traditional task management that ensure the scope chosen is delivered as efficiently as possible.

In this course, you’ll learn how to drive speed into any project by selecting and limiting work-in-progress through agile planning and task management.

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 focuses the discussion on Agile to its primary benefit, Speed, and how to easily calculate and prove its supremacy in benefits of any project management method because of timing impacts and market changes outside a project manager’s control.
  • Week 2: The second week explores why and how varying scope is the most powerful method to achieve speed; introducing the Exponential Pareto Principle and how to apply it effectively.
  • Week 3: The third week dives into second tier methods for achieving speed through sizing, simplicity, and sprints with real-world examples ranging from air and space craft to software.
  • Week 4: The last week teaches ground-level techniques to avoid delays, increase speed, and apply a full range of planning, execution, and control techniques that will guarantee 2x or better improvement on traditional projects.

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John Johnson

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Anonymous
5.0 5 months ago
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I enjoyed the course more than I'd expected, and look forward to finding ways to incorporate more speed into my team's processes. I can also see that I have a lot to learn. (I fall into the classification of "unofficial project manager" or "default project manager", where I have to run projects in addition to being a developer on them.)

A few things I'd like to see improved:

1) reduce the number of typographical and grammatical errors. The errors are distracting sometimes, and are inappropriate for a center for excellence.

2) the intro music is recorded m…
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Anonymous
4.0 3 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The material delivers powerful tools on how to shape execution to maximize speed and ROI, but I remain profoundly confused regarding how best to calculate Capability ROI on anything beyond the most rudimentary level. I have asked them to deliver a more detailed explication of how to build/populate the formula for such problems.
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Anonymous
5.0 5 days ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Great course of high quality. It's very structured and made accessible even for sight or hearing impaired people, since there are detailed descriptions for all pictures. Thoroughly and carefully sourced and with lots of links and tips to get even more information, if you want to dive deeper.
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Anonymous
4.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
the course was great, especially towards the end.

i was a bit disappointed by the missing additional material that was promised for verified participants. i liked it in the first course of the series and now i'm really wondering why it was not continued in following courses.
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Anonymous
5.0 7 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Great course from University of Maryland to get first insights in agile project management. The course is well structured, the videos are very good. I can really recommend this course.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Great Course content, which is short and precise to the point. Driving Speed through Agile Planning Course provided great insight to a complex topic with so much content around!
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Anonymous
5.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Very interesting course where you learn the importance of focusing on one thing, to be successful, and organizing activities in a more efficient way than expert scheduling
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Anonymous
5.0 6 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I really liked it, can't wait to put all the knowledge right to practice, although it says it's hard to master, I believe it is totally achievable with the right attitude!
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Daniele T
4.0 3 weeks ago
Daniele completed this course and found the course difficulty to be medium.
good course. A quick overview of the topic but I would recommend to spend some additional time to go deeper in the argument than simply listen the lessons.
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Anonymous
5.0 8 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Great course, highly recommend it to anyone involved in startup or company activity.

Teaches you how to handle schedules, how to find the one value.
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Afshin F
5.0 3 months ago
Afshin completed this course.
I learned a lot from this course and it can a good start in agile for me.

the lecturer is amazing and he explains everything in detail.
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Yumary M
5.0 4 months ago
Yumary completed this course.
Thanks so much. I appreciate the information provided. I really enjoy learn new topics and ways to make my work.The music is good...Thanks!
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Anonymous
5.0 4 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
It is really a good course with new information not only related to Agile but general common knowledge. I can recommend this course to everyone.
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Anonymous
5.0 5 days ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course will introduce you to great agile concepts and even debunk myths and practices from traditional project management styles
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Siegfried S
5.0 4 months ago
Siegfried completed this course, spending 20 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Awesome course! It opens the rabbit hole to loads of Agile resources and I look forward to tackling the next course!
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