About this Specialization
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Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Some familiarity with software development is helpful, but not required.

Approx. 6 months to complete

Suggested 4 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic

What you will learn

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    How to determine what's valuable to a user early by focusing your team on testable narratives and creating a strong shared perspective

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    How to plan and run situation-appropriate design sprints to avoid waste and deliver value sooner

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    The day-to-day jobs of running a software development program and how leading agile methodologies (Scrum, XP, kanban) can help you do them better

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    How to integrate the practice of experimentation across concept/feature testing, usability testing, and testing the software itself

Skills you will gain

Product DevelopmentPersona (User Experience)Agile ManagementAgile TestingDesign Sprint

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Some familiarity with software development is helpful, but not required.

Approx. 6 months to complete

Suggested 4 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic

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Earn a Certificate

When you finish every course and complete the hands-on project, you'll earn a Certificate that you can share with prospective employers and your professional network.

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There are 5 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Agile Meets Design Thinking

4.7
1,165 ratings
294 reviews

Despite everyone's good intentions, hard work and solid ideas, too many teams end up creating products that no one wants, no one can use, and no one buys. But it doesn't have to be this way. Agile and design thinking offer a different--and effective--approach to product development, one that results in valuable solutions to meaningful problems. In this course, you’ll learn how to determine what's valuable to a user early in the process--to frontload value--by focusing your team on testable narratives about the user and creating a strong shared perspective. By the end of this course, you’ll be able to: 1. Facilitate discussions about what you and your team want to do better and how agile can help you get there 2. Create focus and avoid waste by creating user-centric perspective with personas and problem scenarios 3. Facilitate a day-to-day focus on user value through user stories and prototypes As a Project Management Institute (PMI®) Registered Education Provider, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business has been approved by PMI to issue 25 professional development units (PDUs) for this course, which focuses on core competencies recognized by PMI. (Provider #2122) This course is supported by the Batten Institute at UVA’s Darden School of Business. The Batten Institute’s mission is to improve the world through entrepreneurship and innovation: www.batteninstitute.org.

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Course2

Running Product Design Sprints

4.6
511 ratings
99 reviews

Typically, clients and managers don't want to pay for design (or strategy) -- they want ‘results’! Too often, this leads to solutions that just don’t make sense and aren’t valuable to anyone. Design sprints allow you to meet client's desire for quick, specific outcomes while making time to do things right. In this course, you’ll learn how to plan and run situation-appropriate sprints to avoid waste and deliver value sooner. We'll show you how to: - Plan, sell, and conduct design sprints that deliver valuable, actionable insights - Go out and learn who your customer really is and what’s important to them - Test your value propositions before you invest in building solutions - Test your user interface design to make sure it’s really usable - Focus and drive to actionable conclusions on questions of approach and architecture As a Project Management Institute (PMI®) Registered Education Provider, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business has been approved by PMI to issue 25 professional development units (PDUs) for this course, which focuses on core competencies recognized by PMI. (Provider #2122) This course is supported by the Batten Institute at UVA’s Darden School of Business. The Batten Institute’s mission is to improve the world through entrepreneurship and innovation: www.batteninstitute.org.

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Course3

Managing an Agile Team

4.7
486 ratings
102 reviews

While agile has become the de facto standard for managing digital innovation teams, many wonder if they’re doing it ‘right’. Twitter is full of jokes about how teams say they do agile but don’t ‘really’ do it. The reality is that getting the most out of agile is less about observing specific procedures and more about how a team focuses and measures their progress. Rather than just boring you with an accounting of agile methodologies, this course focuses on helping you better charter your team’s focus, definition of success, and practice of agile. While learning about agile mainstays like Scrum, XP, and kanban, you’ll also learn to help your team ask the right questions about how they’re working and facilitate good answers on how agile can help. By the end of this course, you will be able to: - Explain the definition of agile and why various agile methodologies may or may not make sense for your team - Create an agile team charter that helps your team define its focus and success criteria - Facilitate retrospectives with your team to iteratively, collaboratively improve your practice of agile As a Project Management Institute (PMI®) Registered Education Provider, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business has been approved by PMI to issue 20 professional development units (PDUs) for this course, which focuses on core competencies recognized by PMI. (Provider #2122) This course is supported by the Batten Institute at UVA’s Darden School of Business. The Batten Institute’s mission is to improve the world through entrepreneurship and innovation: www.batteninstitute.org.

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Course4

Testing with Agile

4.6
316 ratings
52 reviews

To deliver agile outcomes, you have to do more than implement an agile process- you have to create focus around what matters to your user and rigorously test how well what you’re doing is delivering on that focus. Driving to testable ideas (hypotheses) and maximizing the results of your experimentation is at the heart of a high-functioning practice of agile. This course shows you how to facilitate alignment and create a culture of experimentation across your product pipeline. You’ll learn how to answer these four big questions: 1. How do we drive our agility with analytics? 2. How do we create compelling propositions for our user?
 3. How do we achieve excellent usability?
 4. How do we release fast without creating disasters?
 More specifically, after completing this course, you’ll be able to: - Use metrics to facilitate alignment with your company’s objectives while keeping your team autonomous and creative - Drive to evidence-based, testable ideas that maximize outcomes and minimize waste - Structure analytics to focus your work and instrument observation for analytics-informed decisions - Test alternative interface patterns before you build them to maximize both product usability and purposeful implementation - Prioritize and execute investments in your delivery pipeline to increase the frequency of releases and decrease manual grunt work As a Project Management Institute (PMI®) Registered Education Provider, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business has been approved by PMI to issue 20 professional development units (PDUs) for this course, which focuses on core competencies recognized by PMI. (Provider #2122) This course is supported by the Batten Institute at UVA’s Darden School of Business. The Batten Institute’s mission is to improve the world through entrepreneurship and innovation: www.batteninstitute.org.

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Instructor

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Alex Cowan

Faculty & Batten Fellow
Darden School of Business

About University of Virginia

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  • At the end of the specialization, you’ll be able to:

    -Explain how key agile methods fit into best current practices across software engineering, general business, and product design; and how those matter for your particular project

    -Apply product design best practices to your project through user stories, prototypes, and narrative collaboration

    -Plan and run a design sprint that avoids waste and defines valuable outcomes

    -Introduce agile practices to your team & customers on an incremental, success basis

    -Integrate your activities across development, QA, and operations

    -Conduct phase-appropriate usability testing

  • Admission to Darden is highly competitive and based on a number of requirements, including undergraduate record and degree, GMAT scores, and work experience. Successful completion of the Specialization is in no way a guarantee of admission.

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