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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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  • 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 ).

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  • Mohamed-Seif Awadallah
    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…
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    This lesson has been a great experience and helped me a lot to enhance my professional skills! Thanks to this course I grasbed the basic principles of agile management and since then I have been able to apply this knowledge in my daily professional activities. I certainly recommend it!
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    The course provided a comprehensive overview of Agile principles and methodologies, which I found to be both informative and practical. The instructors were knowledgeable and presented the material in an engaging manner, making complex concepts easier to understand.
  • Anonymous
    This is a great course and it helped me to learn about project management. Also, I realized that to put many of the knowledge its best practiced in a practical environment to horn the true skills,
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    I recently completed the “Applied Scrum for Agile Project Management” course and found it to be a comprehensive introduction to the principles of Agile and Scrum. The course is well-structured, spread over four weeks, and provides a clear understand…
  • Anonymous
    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.
  • 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…
  • Anonymous
    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…
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    Applied Scrum for Agile Project Management is a very complete course about new agile project management methodologies. It gives a deep vision of the description, advantages, differences between the type of methodologies to use depending on what type…
  • Anonymous
    In exploring various aspects of project management methodologies such as Agile and Scrum, I've gained insights into their principles, practices, and roles. I learned about the importance of collaboration, adaptability, and iterative development in A…
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    The Agile Project Management course offers an insightful and comprehensive exploration of agile methodologies, providing a solid foundation for effective project management in dynamic environments. The course covers key principles such as iterative…
  • Anonymous
    This Applied Scrum for Agile Project Management course provided a comprehensive understanding of Scrum principles and practices. I learned about Scrum roles, events, artifacts, and how they work together to deliver projects effectively. The explanat…
  • Anonymous
    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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