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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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4.7 Based on 31 reviews

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Gyorgy G
5.0 3 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 2 months 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 a month 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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Anonymous
4.0 a week ago
Anonymous completed this course.
I am not from a computer science background and hence Agile and Scrum are very new to me. Took this course to understand the basics of Scrum as I work in an organization that uses Scrum for development projects. Found it really helpful. It covers the basics and I could complete the entire course in roughly 3 days by dedicating nearly 7 hours every day. I took the audit course and did not verify for the certificate. As it was an Audit course, the final exam was not timed and no score was provided. I wish they had at least provided a score for me to know where I stand. That would be helpful. Other than that, I recommend the course.
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months 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 yesterday
Anonymous completed this course.
Hello Course Takes!

I am very glad I made the decision on starting this course, although is a lot to take in at the beginning, it is a very entertaining course with a large amount of additional links and resources to expand your knowledge and get clarity on the topics discussed, I truly enjoyed this course and looking forward to complete the one remaining.

Keep calm and study on!

thanks.
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Kevin K
5.0 4 days ago
Kevin completed this course, spending 2 hours a week on it and found the course difficulty to be hard.
This course is very helpful to anyone who has working knowledge or exposure to Agile and who wish to get better understanding. There is plenty of additional reading material to emphasis and reinforce all the concepts discussed in the course.

This is course I'll be returning from time to time to refresh my knowledge.
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Anonymous
5.0 3 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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Partho M
5.0 a month 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 a month ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Fantastic course! It really gave me a good insight into how Scrum works in Agile, and the different variations of Agile that are used.

Suffice to say, I feel very well prepared to engage in Agile projects using Scrum already!
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Anonymous
4.0 22 hours ago
Anonymous completed this course.
The course is overall well done. A strong intro to Agile concepts. I learned a lot in a short time. Feedback: a lot of typos in the documentation. Not mission-critical, but noticeable.

Thanks!
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Anonymous
4.0 a week ago
Anonymous completed this course.
It took me four weeks to finish the course. It was a bit difficult for me as English is not my native language.

The structure of the course is very good and it was fun to complete the Course.

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Os I
5.0 2 months 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 2 weeks ago
Anonymous completed this course.
Fantastic course...learnt a lot about Agile and Scrum within a short space of time. Also includes a part on large-scale/hybrid methods which is useful to know. Highly recommended!
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Anonymous
5.0 a month 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 a month 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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Ivan L
5.0 a month ago
Ivan completed this course.
Great introductory course to agile and scrum. Loved the summarized content and self paced learning. Will be enrolling for more courses to further my learning.
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Anonymous
4.0 a month 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 2 months 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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Carla M
5.0 3 weeks ago
Carla completed this course.
It is a great Introdution course. Helps non tech project managers get a wide scope of the Agile and Scrum world.

Will look into more on this subject.
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