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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
9 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
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
a week ago
Anonymous is taking this course right now.
This course give su an idea of speeding via agile by explaining timing impact,Market impact Double pareto . Priorites in practice .Focuss on one thing ,Keeping it small and simple with NASA project examples. Explains how scheduling a project is myth, explains delay via multitasking,dependency delays and how u can overide this via Agile time boxing ,Prioritizing the work and WIP limiting via kanban board .overall after completing this course u can understand the driving speed via agile can benefit the business owner and the team.
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Anonymous
2 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
This course was pretty good in terms of usable knowledge. However, the materials have some mistakes that seem to suggest the Univ of Maryland does not have good quality control mechanisms in place (e.g. type-os throughout the materials, sloppy or misleading langauge in slides, exams, etc.). I am surprised at how little attention UMD pays to this basic level of quality!
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Anonymous
a month ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Material was great. Clear explanations. I only regret that audit students cannot take the quizzes like in other edX courses I attended in the past. And this is the main reason for the 4 stars rating. I like to have my knowledge checked so that I can act accordingly. I strongly recommend this course to anyone that wishes to upgrade the knowledge on the subject.
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Enrico C
a week ago
Enrico completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Again, I found myself fascinated with the insights shared in the course. The examples are simple and practical enough to be well understood by learners. The course provided an opportunity for me to appreciate concepts learned on my high school days (ie Covey's7 Habits) and Pareto Principle. Time spent learning here is worth it!
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Anonymous
7 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
4 months 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
6 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
2 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I urge students to take the Agile courses in sequence, as I took the courses starting with the Agile Leadership course and worked backwards. The courses do not have pre-requisites, however if taken in sequence the content is more understandable. Great course!
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Mahmoud K
2 months ago
Mahmoud completed this course, spending 4 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
I have enjoyed the course.

It has lots of valuable information for me at the level of different types of planning.

Now I can handle my team work with good planning to get more value.

Thanks for your effort.
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Anonymous
10 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
8 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
8 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
9 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
5 months 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
6 days ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Driving speed in Agile is an important concepts. It shows how important it is to do a piece of work in half a time and how to get to the market fast.
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Anonymous
12 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
7 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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Anonymous
6 days ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Driving speed through Agile is an important concept. We need the speed to get to the market and we need the speed to get the work done.
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Yumary M
8 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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