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University System of Maryland

Agile Project Management

University System of Maryland via edX Professional Certificate


Nominated for the 2020 edX Prize

In this Professional Certificate program, you will learn the mechanics of how to design and facilitate projects using “pure” Agile Scrum and Lean Kanban techniques. You will also learn the trade-offs of using hybrid techniques such as Lean Startup, Scaled Agile For the Enterprise (SAFe), and Disciplined Agile Development.

We will then go beyond these frameworks to the science and essential principles you’ll need to ensure you get the greatest benefits of Agile Project Management methods: Speed, Innovation, Leadership, and Kaizen (Change for the Better).

After completing this course series, you will be able to clearly explain how Agile techniques address faults in traditional project management techniques, the tradeoffs (benefits and risks) of these approaches, and when it’s best to apply them to maximize value to the organization.

Engineers, managers, designers, writers, creators, and executers of all types will benefit from learning these principles of Agile. Whether you’re delivering a small part of a project or portfolios of large multi-million-dollar government works; these principles scale and apply to all industries to achieve delivery success. This is why companies that are embracing these principles continue to set record earnings and stock prices (e.g. AMZN, APPL, TSLA); and those that ignore them find themselves unable to compete.

Upon successful completion of this program, learners can earn up to 50 Professional Development Unit (PDU) credits, 10 PDU credits per course, 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).


Courses under this program:
Course 1: Applied Scrum for Agile Project Management

Learn the project management processes, roles, mechanics, and philosophies behind Scrum, the simplest and most pure approach to managing work at the team level.

Course 2: Sprint Planning for Faster Agile Team Delivery

Drive speed into any project with prioritized backlogs, limiting work-in-process, and engaging the entire agile team in effective sprint planning.

Course 3: Agile Innovation and Problem Solving Skills

Learn how to deliver greater value through Agile solution targeting and theory of constraints that unleash your team's innovative potential.

Course 4: Agile Leadership Principles and Practices

Accelerate and improve team decisions by learning Agile’s facilitating leadership principles to unleash team productivity, motivation, and problem solving.

Course 5: Agile Process, Project, and Program Controls

Learn Agile controls that get work done with confidence by using true transparency (actuals not estimates) and continuous improvement to ensure your people, process, and products deliver valuable, working solutions.


Taught by

John Johnson


4.6 rating, based on 8 Class Central reviews

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  • Profile image for Ruy Perez
    Ruy Perez
    The Professional Certificate in Agile Project Management is ideal for all level of professionals. I am sure junior Agile Project Managers or Scrum Masters will learn the necessary skills to start with good practices their journey. I also think more experienced Project Managers or Scrum Masters will benefit from this course since it covers a wide number of topics that are meant to have a much better performance.
    I personally enjoyed this course because not only I could refresh topics I have learned before, but also learn new ones with clear examples. I could study the lessons anytime anywhere, and read the additional links.
    If you can afford the cost, I encourage anyone to enroll and enjoy the five courses of this program.
  • Anonymous
    This course is a great introduction to Agile Project Management using Scrum. I enjoyed the videos and also the additional resources that it provides. I also highly recommend taking the other courses for more real-world examples. I can't wait to finish the whole program.
  • Anonymous
    This course is a great introduction to Agile Project Management using Scrum. I enjoyed the videos and also the additional resources that it provides. I also highly recommend taking the other courses for more real-world examples. I can't wait to finish the whole program.
  • Anonymous
    This course will help to understand how agile frameworks work and what are the benefits to use it, It gives knowledge of how the scrum help team to work collaboratively and deliver the working product over the lengthy document
  • Mona Elkamhawy
    Informative and astonishing program, the order of the courses allows you to step into the Agile concept gradually and deeply till you master them and understand the big "Why".

    Mentioning the references draws the guidelines for any passionate candidate to move forward in the career of project management.

    What's the most amazing is the use of multiples references besides the strong experience. I highly recommend it to everyone in the project management field.
  • Anonymous
    This is a great avenue to acquire more profound skills and knowledge needed in the area of leadership and management practices.

    It is a great honor to be part of this family of teaching and learning system.
  • Hanna Cecilia Bramfeldt
    While packed with technical information and examples, there is also a large HR ingredient which is great. All supported by clear and useful notes.
  • Profile image for Eduardo Valério
    Eduardo Valério
    The course has an adequate load for an introductory course on applying Scrum in project management. The quality of the material and the videos is good, however, for immediate application, it would be interesting to make available templates.

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