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What you will learn

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    Create effective plans for software development

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    Map user requirements to developer tasks

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    Assess and plan for project risks

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    Apply velocity-driven planning techniques

Skills you will gain

Software DevelopmentAgile ManagementProgram Evaluation And Review Technique (PERT)Agile Software Development

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

4 hours to complete

Module 1: Introduction to Planning

Welcome to the first module! In this module, you will be learning some basic principles that you will need for effective planning. You will start this module off with an introduction to planning. You will then learn about how planning, and the approach you take to planning, can reduce uncertainty in your project. We will then move onto learning how to breakdown a project into small, manageable pieces, and how to organize those pieces. Finally, we will go over the differences between estimates, targets, and commitments. Together, these lessons will build a good base for learning planning techniques at both the release and iteration level.

7 videos (Total 52 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
7 videos
4.1.1A: Introduction To Planning5m
4.1.2: Uncertainty Space5m
4.1.3: Work Breakdown Structure14m
4.1.4: Estimates, Targets, and Commitments13m
6 readings
Meet your presenters: Morgan Patzelt10m
Meet your presenters: Bradley Poulette10m
Meet Your Facilitators10m
Course Resources: Agile Planning for Software Products10m
Course Map: Agile Planning for Software Products10m
Module 1: Supplemental Resources10m
1 practice exercise
Module 1: Assessment (Graded)16m
4 hours to complete

Module 2: Project Planning

Welcome to module 2! Now that you’ve gotten your feet wet with general principles in project planning, let’s talk about some specific ways that you can use to implement those techniques. We’ll first discuss the concepts of story points and velocity, then move into how time boxing can be used to improve your project efficiency. We’ll then introduce the Gantt chart, a basic tried and true method of visualizing project tasks. We’ll finish off with techniques for planning your project at a release level, which will set the stage for iteration planning in the next module.

6 videos (Total 52 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
4.2.3: Time Boxing6m
4.2.4: Gantt Charts5m
4.2.5: Release Plans15m
4 readings
Discussion: User Story Points10m
Discussion: Velocity10m
Release Planning Tips10m
Module 2: Supplemental Resources10m
1 practice exercise
Module 2: Assessment (Graded)16m
4 hours to complete

Module 3: Iteration Planning

This module will be focusing on planning techniques at the iteration or sprint level. You will start by looking at various techniques for estimating task time. You will then look at task dependencies in more detail. This will come in handy when you learn two visual planning charts--the Critical Path Method chart, and the PERT chart. Finally, you will learn the process for creating an iteration plan. By the end of this module, you will have the tools you need to plan sprints or iterations for development.

6 videos (Total 57 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
4.3.3: CPM Chart9m
4.3.4: PERT Chart8m
4.3.5: Iteration Planning11m
2 readings
Worksheet and Discussion: Calculating Task Time10m
Module 3: Supplemental Resources10m
1 practice exercise
Module 3: Assessment (Graded)16m
3 hours to complete

Module 4: Risk Planning

You’ve made it to the last module, congratulations! Here, we’re going to talk about what can cause projects to fail. We’ll start off by discussing common causes of failures, including anti-patterns. Then, you’ll learn how to assess risks, looking at their likelihood and potential impact on the project. We’ll end on an optimistic note by leaving you with strategies for intervening when risks present themselves and avoiding those risks to begin with.

8 videos (Total 66 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
8 videos
4.4.1C: Anti-Patterns - Management6m
4.4.1D: Anti-Patterns - Individual Developers8m
4.4.2: Common Causes of Failure6m
4.4.3: Risk Assessment, Likelihood, and Impact10m
4.4.4: Risk Strategies, Contingency, Mitigation9m
3 readings
Discussion: Product Management Techniques10m
Module 4: Supplemental Resources10m
2 practice exercises
Module 4: Assessment (Graded)16m
Course Final Assessment (Graded)1h 4m
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Top reviews from Agile Planning for Software Products

By MKFeb 23rd 2018

As I am already into Product development and management, this course is very useful and helping me in real time. I am started applying few practices already into product development.

By RPDec 12th 2018

It's a solid addition to get the specialization certificate. I may give it 4.5+ stars, but the course resources are exceptional - its like they wrote their own textbook almost.



Kenny Wong

Associate Professor
Computing Science, Faculty of Science

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