University of Virginia

Managing an Agile Team

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Alex Cowan

Instructor: Alex Cowan

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11 hours (approximately)
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What you'll learn

  • How to select and test agile practices to adaptively improve your team’s practice of agile

  • How to create an agile team charter that aligns your team’s focus with company strategy while leaving it free to work creatively

  • How to facilitate retrospectives with your team to iteratively, collaboratively improve your practice of agile

  • How to support your team’s transition to agile

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There are 4 modules in this course

This week we’ll introduce the four fundamental jobs of software development to help you define what’s important to your team and, hence, which of the many agile practices might make the most sense for you to try out. Then we’ll talk about achieving alignment with your company while maintaining autonomy through an agile team charter. We’ll close by stepping through the leading agile methodologies--Scrum, XP, and kanban. You’ll finish the week with an understanding of how to pair what’s important to your team with the best of what agile has to offer.

What's included

20 videos2 readings1 quiz1 discussion prompt

One of the most critical focal points for any team is facilitating a focus on outcomes over output. Without this, you’ll never graduate from responding to requests about your to-do list of output to driving better user outcomes that move the needle for your company. This week, you’ll learn how to define and prioritize what’s important to your team in the areas of learning and deciding, and to pair those with relevant agile practices from Scrum, XP, and kanban.

What's included

21 videos1 quiz1 discussion prompt

This week we’ll dive into the jobs of building software and the core management jobs in running an agile team. Agile--and XP in particular--offers a rich body of work on specific coding practices. We’ll step through a few of the most prominent and discuss key linkages with the other concepts and practices you’ve learned. On the job of managing, we’ll dive deeper into what that means and what works in an agile context.

What's included

23 videos1 quiz1 discussion prompt

Now that you’ve learned about the four jobs of software development, you’ll have a chance to think through how they relate to your work in this week’s peer-reviewed assignment. You’ll finish the course with a clear plan to accomplish the jobs of learning, deciding, building, and managing for your project.

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Alex Cowan
University of Virginia
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