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Driving Speed through Agile Planning

University System of Maryland via edX

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Overview

Speed is by far the most sought-after benefit of Agile.

First mover advantages, the economic cost of delays, and the enabling effect on innovation drive the search for speed. Agile offers the fastest means of attaining speed: managing scope. But beyond the hype over scope management, there are key principles of non-traditional task management that ensure the scope chosen is delivered as efficiently as possible.

In this course, you’ll learn how to drive speed into any project by selecting and limiting work-in-progress through agile planning and task management.

Syllabus

  • Week 1: The first week focuses the discussion on Agile to its primary benefit, Speed, and how to easily calculate and prove its supremacy in benefits of any project management method because of timing impacts and market changes outside a project manager’s control.
  • Week 2: The second week explores why and how varying scope is the most powerful method to achieve speed; introducing the Exponential Pareto Principle and how to apply it effectively.
  • Week 3: The third week dives into second tier methods for achieving speed through sizing, simplicity, and sprints with real-world examples ranging from air and space craft to software.
  • Week 4: The last week teaches ground-level techniques to avoid delays, increase speed, and apply a full range of planning, execution, and control techniques that will guarantee 2x or better improvement on traditional projects.

Taught by

John Johnson

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I enjoyed the course more than I'd expected, and look forward to finding ways to incorporate more speed into my team's processes. I can also see that I have a lot to learn. (I fall into the classification of "unofficial project manager" or "default project manager", where I have to run projects in addition to being a developer on them.)

A few things I'd like to see improved:

1) reduce the number of typographical and grammatical errors. The errors are distracting sometimes, and are inappropriate for a center for excellence.

2) the intro music is recorded m…
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Anonymous
5.0 2 months ago
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Great course from University of Maryland to get first insights in agile project management. The course is well structured, the videos are very good. I can really recommend this course.
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5.0 2 weeks ago
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I really liked it, can't wait to put all the knowledge right to practice, although it says it's hard to master, I believe it is totally achievable with the right attitude!
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5.0 3 months ago
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Great course, highly recommend it to anyone involved in startup or company activity.

Teaches you how to handle schedules, how to find the one value.
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