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Available languages

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Subtitles: English, Arabic

What you will learn

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    How to diagnose what's important to your team and pair it with relevant agile practice

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    How to facilitate your team’s retrospectives and adaptive practice of agile

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    How to support your team's transition from traditional approaches to agile

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    How to create an agile-friendly environment across functional disciplines

Skills you will gain

agile product managementAgile Software Developmentbacklog managementKanbanXP
Specialization
100% online

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.
Hours to complete

Approx. 17 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 2-5 hours/week...
Available languages

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1
Hours to complete
2 hours to complete

The Agile Team

This week we’ll introduce the four major jobs of software development and help you think through where to focus on each of them for successful outcomes. Then we’ll step through the leading agile methodologies--Scrum, XP, and kanban. You’ll finish the week with a deeper understanding of how to pair your project’s most important facets with the best of what agile has to offer....
Reading
13 videos (Total 70 min), 2 readings, 1 quiz
Video13 videos
Managing with Agile4m
The Business of Software5m
The Job of Software Development5m
David Bland on Agile & Lean Startup5m
Agile at Spotify: Part 16m
Agile at Spotify: Part 25m
Scrum Fundamentals: Roles3m
Scrum Fundamentals: Phases7m
Scrum Fundamentals: Burndown3m
XP Fundamentals: Learning and Deciding4m
XP Fundamentals: Building and Managing7m
Kanban Fundamentals7m
Reading2 readings
Course Overview & Requirements10m
Make Discussion Forums Work for You10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 1 Quiz: The Agile Team15m
Week
2
Hours to complete
5 hours to complete

Learning and Deciding

One of the major promises of agile is to manage the complexities of software development for the best possible outcomes and working environments. Part and parcel of that is strong interdisciplinary collaboration paired with lightweight self-organizing management practices. This week, you’ll learn practical tactics from scrum and XP to promote faster learning and smarter decisions, and how you can use kanban to improve your workflow. ...
Reading
20 videos (Total 117 min), 1 reading, 2 quizzes
Video20 videos
Good Inputs7m
Good Collaboration5m
David Chait on Learning What’s Valuable6m
Agile Methodologies and the Job of Learning4m
Skit: Grooming the Story Map4m
The Limits of Good Inputs5m
Bill Wake on Acceptance Testing11m
Valuable Decisions4m
Slicing the Lasagna6m
Managing Work in Progress: Part 15m
Managing Work in Progress: Part 27m
The Quagmire of Estimation, the Power of Flow8m
Demo: Using Trello for Agile2m
Bill Wake on Estimates and Prioritization3m
Greg Cohen on User Stories10m
Bill Wake on Burndown2m
Greg Cohen on Prioritization4m
Agile Methodologies and the Job of Deciding6m
Skit: Iteration Planning4m
Reading1 reading
Sample Problem Scenario, Epic, Stories, and Kanban Board5m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 2 Quiz: Learning and Deciding15m
Week
3
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Building, Managing, and Introducing

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. We’ll close with ideas and case studies for introducing (or reintroducing) agile to your organization. ...
Reading
24 videos (Total 147 min), 1 quiz
Video24 videos
XP on Writing Software: Part 19m
XP on Writing Software: Part 23m
Bill Wake on YAGNI6m
Bill Wake on Integrated QA3m
The Agile Manager6m
Creating an Agile-Friendly Environment6m
Skit: A Developer at Work3m
Bill Wake on Self-Organization3m
Bill Wake on Support Escalations4m
International and Distributed Teams9m
Skit: Retrospective #64m
Agile Teams Meet Waterfall Processes10m
Greg Cohen on Software Development10m
Agile Product Teams Meet Big Customer5m
Working with Big Customers: Keeping the Initiative5m
Working with Big Customers: Accommodating Customer Variations6m
Skit: Big Meeting with Marla2m
David Chait on Using Data with Clients7m
Getting Started6m
Yael Grushka-Cockayne on Transitioning from Traditional Project Management8m
Spotify: Scaling Agile3m
Salesforce: The Big Plunge8m
Yael Grushka-Cockayne on Project Managers and Agile6m
Quiz1 practice exercise
Week 3 Quiz: Building, Managing, and Introducing15m
Week
4
Hours to complete
3 hours to complete

Planning an Iteration

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....
Reading
1 video (Total 1 min), 1 quiz
Video1 video
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Top Reviews

By FBNov 13th 2018

I have learned new things about agile practices and it worth the time to take the course. Sometimes I had the impression that some subject are vague, but overall the course rised to the expectations

By OSJun 26th 2017

The course was challenging for me since I lacked the experience of working in an IT/Software Development, but I thought all the practical exercises forced me to develop some practical skills.

Instructor

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Alex Cowan

Faculty & Batten Fellow
Darden School of Business

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About the Agile Development Specialization

In this Specialization, you'll gain an understanding and appreciation of the principles and practice of agile management. You'll learn to coordinate all aspects of the agile development process, including running design sprints, managing teams, and fostering a culture of experimentation. In the final Capstone Project, you'll apply what you've learned to guide a real-world software development project to successful completion. UVA Darden...
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