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Applied Scrum for Project Management

University System of Maryland via edX

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Overview

Scrum and Agile are often considered synonymous, and there is good reason. Scrum embodies the simplest and most pure approach to managing project work at the team level and is employed by over half of all Agile practitioners across all industries. Consider the below statistics: 
  • 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.  

In this course we start by learning the key project management processes, roles, mechanics, and philosophies behind Scrum. This gives you the basic understanding you'll need in the Mastering Agile Professional Certificate program to learn principles at the heart of all Agile frameworks. This will provide the basis for understanding Agile in its purest form over four weeks exploring Why, Who, How, and finally What Scrum looks like applied in the real world.

Syllabus

  • 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 frameworks in terms of scale, program and portfolio management, risk management, and pitfalls of Agile

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John Johnson

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Gyorgy G
5.0 2 months ago
Gyorgy completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This is a great course for project managers to extend their knowledge on the AGILE methodology. It gives a historical overview as well as details on the different types of agile methods used currently. The video lectures were well structured, were easy to follow and each was followed by a "Summary Points" lecture to engrave the knowledge better. Every week had five lecture, each came with very good additional references (links to extend the learning) what widened the perspective of the given topic. The course included case studies to prove how AGILE works in real life situations, what was a great addition. There were some knowledge check questions after every lecture, those were not so difficult to answer (may be a point for improvement). All in all, it was a great learning experience, I can recommend this course to everyone who is interested in the topic!
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Anonymous
5.0 3 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Easy to follow and comprehend. Good structure of the course, as introduction to a topic and a sum-up. I would definitely recommend the course to others.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
An excellent introduction to the Agile framework and it's most known application, Scrum. A must if you work/want to work in an engineering team.

The lessions are quick, direct to the point and with very interesting examples from various areas, including the instructor's personal experience, which clearly helps with the illustration of the concepts. I've recommended this series of courses to several business and engineering students, I advise you to do the same!
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Simple to follow and with real life examples, it didn't feel like a burden to get through the weekly lessons. This course gave me a better understanding why agile is fast becoming the methodology of choice especially in the world of IT and Management Consulting.
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Os I
5.0 3 weeks ago
Os completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
This is an excellent all round course about applied scrum for practitioners and non practitioners alike. I highly recommend this course and the lectures are concise yet informative.
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Anonymous
5.0 5 days ago
Anonymous completed this course.
An excellent introductory course for Agile. The course material is relatively small but very clear. Each video provides additional material for the student to check.You learn a lot.
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Anonymous
5.0 4 days ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Excellent introduction and quick guidelines of Agile principles and Scrum in practice! This is a must take course for anyone who wants to learn the basic principles of Agile and Scrum.
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Anonymous
4.0 2 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I really enjoyed this course and found it very approachable for those not in the software field. I look forward to applying what I learned in my own field.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I enjoyed learning using the materials created by UMD. Very easy to understand and comprehend. I learned a lot about applied scrum and agile management.
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Leaveil R
5.0 2 months ago
Leaveil completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
Amazing course, that challenges you every step. I think this course ensures that you are properly motivated and prepped from the overall certification.
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Dean A
5.0 3 weeks ago
Dean completed this course, spending 3 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be medium.
I enjoyed course and learn a lot. I am quite sure I can use the knowledge I gained to manage Time, and Resources in Project Management more efficiently.
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Carlos M
5.0 4 days ago
by Carlos completed this course.
Great easy to learn the material, videos are short and well structured. You can learn on your own time and anytime 24x7
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Anonymous
5.0 2 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Great! This course was helpful to me in my day-to-day work and allowed me to further my knowledge of SCRUM
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Partho M
5.0 16 hours ago
Partho completed this course.
The course conveyed the essentials of the topic as best as can be done. It felt a bit too condensed at times - more slides could be added and the material could be expanded/elaborated a little more.

Overall, a good foundation course.
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Anonymous
5.0 16 hours ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I completed the course and I enjoyed it greatly but It would not allow me to take the final exam uncertain to why.

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