Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo
PM4R Agile: Agile Mindset in Development Projects
Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo

PM4R Agile: Agile Mindset in Development Projects

Taught in English


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Agustín Sarría

Instructor: Agustín Sarría

Beginner level
No prior experience required
21 hours to complete
3 weeks at 7 hours a week
Flexible schedule
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What you'll learn

  • Learn the basic principles of agility and develop an agile mindset that will improve the outcomes of your projects and your team.

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There are 6 modules in this course

The course PM4R Agile: Agile Mindset in Development Projects, seeks to develop in students concrete skills for the management of development and social impact projects based on the principles of agility, thanks to a hybrid approach to project management: PM4R Agile. During this first course you will learn, through practical activities, to internalize the PM4R Agile principles and the expected behaviors of each of these principles. Through a self-diagnosis you will be able to study the degree of agility both individually and in the organizations where you work to know if you are ready to apply the PM4R methodology and its five steps.

What's included

3 readings1 discussion prompt1 plugin

In this first module of the course you will approach the basic notions related to the concept of agility. We will tell you where this term came from and what are its main characteristics. You will then learn about the different approaches to project management today: traditional, agile and hybrid; a combination of the two. You will learn how to differentiate these approaches according to elements linked to project planning and management, flexibility in the face of change, value delivery, risk management, change implementation and team organization. Finally, you will learn what the PM4R Agile approach is, what its differentiating elements are and why it is an ideal approach to streamline the management of development and social impact projects.

What's included

4 readings5 assignments

We hope you are enjoying the course. In this second module you will discover the pillars of agility according to the agile manifesto and what is the heart of agility by Alistair Cockburn, one of the co-founders of agility. He will explain in this course what are the main elements of agility according to his vision. You will then learn what the principles of the PM4R Agile mindset are and what they consist of: commitment to the result, frequent delivery of value and adaptation to change. Thanks to the contents, simulations and practical activities, you will be able to recognize how a team that has internalized the principles of the agile mindset behaves. In this module you will understand why having an agile mindset is as important in agility as applying specific methodologies or processes for the success of development and social impact projects.

What's included

1 video4 readings3 assignments

In this module you will better understand what development and social impact projects consist of and why agile is a good fit for managing these types of projects. The agile mindset will facilitate the delivery of value in much less time than the traditional methodology. Likewise, the process of involving stakeholders and the beneficiary population will facilitate the adaptation and ownership of the project. You will learn, through a practical example of a real project of the Inter-American Development Bank in El Salvador, how the 5 steps of PM4R Agile helped to develop an agile mindset that streamlined the execution of the project, facilitated the achievement of better results and improved the work dynamics and the sense of belonging to the project team. Finally, we have created a self-assessment tool that will help you measure where you stand in terms of agile mindset. It will also guide you in identifying how ready your organization is to start applying the PM4R Agile methodology.

What's included

1 video4 readings3 assignments1 discussion prompt

In this last module of the course we will introduce you to the PM4R Agile team. You will discover its main roles and the characteristics of each one of them. PM4R Agile, as a hybrid project management methodology, has roles based on the agile approach, with a more horizontal structure and where the agile mindset plays a very important role. You will also learn about the 5 steps of the PM4R methodology and its main tools, so that you can familiarize yourself with them before taking the next PM4R Agile course, which will be available in a few months. Before applying the methodology you must be sure that both you and your team have developed an agile mindset and are ready to take on new roles to generate a new management culture for your development and social impact projects.

What's included

5 readings3 assignments

What's included

2 readings1 plugin


Agustín Sarría
Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo
3 Courses3,118 learners

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