What is Agile?
Agile’s widespread adoption is driven by the discovery that organizations must become agile to be competitive in a customer-driven, continuously changing marketplace. Agile methodology is used to effectively manage high uncertainty projects where requirements are not well understood or are rapidly evolving. Agile is gaining momentum across companies and industries because it improves customer satisfaction and return-on-investment (ROI).
The Agile Methodology Emphasizes
Inspiring those doing the work and giving autonomy to teams so that innovation is accelerated and optimized.
Valuing transparency and continuous improvement over predictability and standardized plans.
Having open and interactive conversations that drive employee performance more effectively than top-down directives.
Agile Use Case
Most software development companies are moving away from a waterfall approach to an agile approach. In a traditional model, design, development, coding, and testing for the entire system are performed sequentially. In agile, the system solution is divided into features. Each feature is completed in terms of design, development, code, testing and rework, before the feature is called done. There are no separate phases; rather, all the work is done in a single, iterative phase.
Agile Online Course
Throughout the five-week course, students will become versed in several agile approaches including Scrum, Kanban, Extreme Programming (XP), and Scrumban. Students will be able to align their skills with the global standard set by Project Management Institute (PMI)®. The course introduces tools that agile teams use to measure progress and results, and introduces the concept of burndown charts.
After completion of the course, students will be awarded 2.1 CEUs (continuing education units), or 21 contact hours, and be prepared to take the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Exam or the newest version of PMI®'s Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam.
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An Agile certification gives working professionals knowledge and authority over Agile practices and how to implement them within their organization, making them preferred candidates for leadership positions.
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Upon completion of this agile course, you will be able to:
- Define agile project management and benefits of using agile approaches
- Summarize the agile mindset and Agile Manifesto and how they both contribute to project success
- Describe how to prepare for effective agile implementation, including key tools needed for a successful agile approach
- Explain methods used to manage agile projects
- Describe popular agile approaches, including Scrum, Kanban, and Scrumban.
- Explain measurement methods to ensure ongoing success