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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


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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  • 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 univ…
  • Anonymous
    Thank you, Mr. John Johnson, for well prepared course on Applied Scrum for Agile Project Management. I particularly like the clarity of your lessons and videos. The Summary Points for every lesson were particularly helpful in reinforcing new learni…
  • So far I have learned a lot from this course, I found that during all my projects I was using Scrum Frameworks even without knowing that ( due to different tailored titles based on my experience industries ).

    however, I was expecting a full case study from A to Z covers the Product Owner, Scrum Master and Development Team roles through Agile Project, as by doing that we can get the theoretical and practical experience.
  • Anonymous
    Thank you, Mr. John Johnson, for well prepared course on Applied Scrum for Agile Project Management. I particularly like the clarity of your lessons and videos. The Summary Points for every lesson were particularly helpful in reinforcing new learnin…
  • best course i applied for i hope it will sommeday help me to get a great job pls tell me about the tag i need to answer the feedback quiz question

  • Kailash Chandra Mardi
    Dear Mr. Johnson, Thank you for the well-prepared course on Applied Scrum for Agile Project Management. I enjoyed the clarity of your lessons and videos, and found the Summary Points for each lesson to be particularly helpful in reinforcing new lea…
  • 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 cours…
  • Anonymous
    A Comprehensive and Practical Course on Applied Scrum for Agile Project Management. I recently completed the Applied Scrum for Agile Project Management course on EdX, and I must say it was an enriching and highly valuable learning experience. This…
  • Anonymous
    Thank you Prof. John Johnson. I recently completed the course "Applied Scrum for Agile Project Management". His approach to explaining the Agile methodology and Scrum framework was insightful, engaging, and easy to understand. The emphasis on dif…
  • Anonymous
    quality of the course is very good. teacher is good at explaining concepts in an accessible way. the course is quite dense with a lot of new concepts and terms The weekly quizzes were useful though I would have expected more short knowledge checks…
  • Anonymous
    easy to track, a lot of to-do-point information. the course would help professionals to understand Agile and Scrum overview.
  • 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 m…
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Anonymous
    This course was a great Intro to get up to speed on AGILE.While the content was well delivered I missed a place to converse with fellow learners which for me is an important aspect of online learning. I found the final quiz for verified learners quite difficult as many questions were formulated in the double negative using very similar key words for correct and incorrect answers and at times just swapping one word out to make a false answer which can be challenging given you have to revise 4 weeks of content.

    Having a practical assignment to implement the Agile theory in own organizations would have been beneficial as the course is very theoretical.

    Overall, I learned a lot and am glad I took the course.
  • Anonymous
    I recently had the opportunity to enroll in the online course "Applied Scrum for Agile Project Management," and I must say it has been an exceptional learning experience. This course has truly transformed my understanding of Agile project management and equipped me with invaluable skills to navigate the ever-changing landscape of project delivery.

    From the outset, the course provided a comprehensive and structured approach to learning Scrum. The instructors' expertise and engaging teaching style made complex concepts easily understandable, allowing me to grasp the fundamentals of Agile methodologies with clarity and confidence.
  • Anonymous
    Thank you Mr. John Johnson. I really enjoyed the course. I learned a lot of concepts and vocabulary. Best course I applied for , I hope it will someday help me to get a great job.

    Taif Fahad Al Rayes completed this course.
  • Anonymous
    Overall, "Applied Scrum for Agile Project Management" is a valuable resource for anyone looking to adopt Scrum methodology in their project management approach. The course is clearly designed and gave practical insights made this course a helpful for anyone involved in project management, whether they are new to Scrum or experienced practitioners looking to deepen their knowledge and skills. Highly recommended!

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