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
This course was Excellent. The Instructor is very engaging and kept my attention through all of the 4 weeks of class. The Assignment was extremely helpful in applying the learning to a project.
By Ico R•
I gave the first course a very bad review and the second course an ok review. Now I am very impressed about how they are constantly working to improve all aspects of the course.
For example: Now you can download the assignments on word (before you had to copy item by item from a pdf) and the test are not so ambiguous as they used to be. I remember, in the past, to continuously have the feeling that questions in test were too open to interpretation and that the right answer will be defined by some random detail, now they are definitely more straight forward.
I also happened to have to log-in in the Online University where I got my Master's Degree years ago and saw their interface is still the same 0 user friendly and a very bad feeling of impossible communication so it really helped me appreciate the effort in improving the course. I really appreciate how they are willing to apply agile methodology to the course and with each iteration they make it better!
By Krunal S P•
First of all, I would like to thank Coursera and Alex for such a wonderful course on "Managing an Agile Team".
I am working as an Engineering Manager in a semiconductor industry for the last five years without any formal training on Agile approach. I thank myself for going through this helpful material. This course has tools, techniques and a approach to appreciate and manage an Agile team.
It is the amalgamation of right tools, right assignment with peer reviews and right views/recommendations from the industry veterans who are practicing Agile principles, right at your study table.
Go for it. Worth it!
By Magnus S•
The Interviews that Alex has with the field Agile Practitioners and Project Managers, provides an in-depth perspective on how to apply these practices.
The Agile is like the Social Psychology of Project Management, and I believe that any PMP in this day and age needs to at least, understand the practice of Agile and Lean.
Waste is something that doesn't discriminate between industries, as should Agile's application not just be limited to Tech and development and can find an application anywhere, where there is a compelling Narrative.
By Johannes G S•
This course is a very good closing course for the specialization. This course teach you how it all come together.
By Gabriel M•
By Wahyu Q P R•
Granted, it is difficult to teach a course that really begs for practical learning through a medium that is severely limited for that purpose. It is not practical to ask students to create groups and "role play" an AGILE team through a sprint phase, for example, given that students' enrolment periods might be different. But this is exactly what was lacking in the course, because in my humble opinion, managing an AGILE team cannot be learned through reading and writing.
By Ulpiano I•
The information is very useful however the format of videos is too long and boring some times, I appreciate the effort to make dynamic however I think you polish the content a little bit more. Thanks for the course.
By Lauren R•
Courses 1 and 3 are so similar, they could easily be combined to be only one course. I would recommend adding either an additional week
By Konstantin K•
Instructor is beating about a bush all the course.
The lectures are verbose and don't contain much substance
By Michael F•
seemed more vague than other courses.
By Arun V•
I was quite excite and enthused to enroll in this course as Agile is the 'in-thing' in IT industry. After going through the course content it appeared that the concept has been stretched rather tortuously. The instructor , with his long and never-ending sentences , was soporific in his style and unnecessarily verbose. The only interesting part were the interviews. The last part - Peer graded assignment is worded do convoluted , it took days to understand what is required. A thoroughly disappointing course.
By Pradnya P B•
The Assignments are vague and broad, how can we be asked to take any project and design Trello board for it, alteast the instructor can provide a sample project and guide with high level requirements for the project.
Also the content has been unnecessarily elongated with interviews of industry experts , the course size could easily be cut down by half, by removing atleast some of the expert interviews
By Miriam J•
The Managing an Agile Team taught lessons were key to aligning essential Agile principles, and practices to non-software development business processes at my workplace. Applying Agile principles to achieve a highly functional team in the construction industry, seemed far fetched but these Agile practices have proved to produce very effective results over the years in building highly functional teams, robust to change, hence my desire to give it a try. This course has created the clarity I needed to apply Agile principles and practices to company processes, especially in a non-software development field, to achieve efficiency and save cost at work. It has also built up a series of ideas needed to approach a non-Agile friendly environment that suffers from very low alignment with some sort of autonomy.
By Amit M•
Very well structured and Alex gives some very practical advice. Obviously Agile is something that you can learn through practice but it is a very good starter pack. A few case studies and best practices helped me to compare scenarios that I am facing with the ones that I studied here and choose the options that i wodl want to explore with the team. Also it helped me in understanding the predicament that each stakeholder faces, while execution of a project in an Agile way and how to may be help people understand the objective and benefits of adopting Agile.
By Jaime S•
This course was a great overview and foundation of key principles and concepts in agile practices among teams. This course would benefit anyone that is managing agile projects or teams. Even if you understand agile principles, I would still recommend this course to gain a good understanding of the methodologies and practices that are popular today. I like the Coursera content that incorporates interviews with influencers in the industry.
By Jesús D•
This is one the better course in development product/software. It has a very practical with examples than help to you in the journey to undertand, assimilate and capture the real value of Agile Development.
Mr Cowan, thank you very much. I appreciatte your time in developing the course together with tools than help to support the learning process. Finally, this is the first step, now I´m going to apply in. Thank you again.
By Abigail G E•
This was a great course, each video delivers a lot of value, sometimes I had to watch and read it more than once to take advantage of everything Alex said. Very good guests, enrich the points of view and complement the idea of the benefits of agile. Widely recommended. I already had experience in agile and without a doubt this still helps to refine concepts and add new ones.
By Benoit d L•
Great course with a very good mix of theory, practice and real-world practitioners.
I believe this course will be especially helpful for teams transitioning to agile and for "classical" project managers. The age of "command and control" has passed and Agile is a great iteration on top of this management style. Great teacher, great content and great course!
By Erez M•
It might sound strange, but there are only a few good courses that really deal with agile development. This course is definitly one of them. I have enjoyed the format of this course and the journey it took me through. The live interviews with experts from the industry are a great bonus to the learning. Thank you Alex!.
By Earle P•
The course was informative, thought provoking and had a wealth of additional materials to review and study! Quizzes and Case Studies did an excellent job testing my knowledge and skills. The instructor and guest speakers were very relevant for teaching and communicating the course materials. Enjoyed this course!
By Joachim R•
The course was very insightful to me. I recommend it for anyone working in an Agile team especially as a leader like Scrum Master.
When downloading the course Matl. provide the course-section name as default for the file name. Same for Video as for Transcript.
Transcirpt as PDF not just unformatted text.
By CHANDRA P K•
This course is one of the best and most essential in Agile specialization as it gives detailed overview of the managing teams of product or project development. Especially those small talks with Agile veterans are such a great help for people like me to analyze where agile fits best.
By Elizabeth A•
this course was so helpful, from the very informative videos to the guests with real life experience
working with the agile process.
, the discussion forums where other learners like me, got to talk about each weeks' course,
i am so glad i took this course. Thank you Alex Cowan!
By Estephany A S•
Es un excelente complemento para la especialización de Agile Development. Alex explica las opciones y variantes que esta metodología tiene, presenta el panorama general entre Scrum, XP y Kanban y así uno puede tomar lo mejor de cada uno y aplicarlo en su entorno profesional.
By Margaret D•
The course was great. I learned a lot, and Alex Cowan is an excellent instructor. However, the instructions for the peer-graded assignment were unclear and confusing, and I had to spend more time on creating my assignment and grading my peers' assignments than you allotted.