Introduction to Agile project management

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Creating innovative products in fast-changing environments

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Agile is no longer restricted to software development. Today, all kinds of projects run in faster changing environments, and project management needs to become more flexible and far more responsive to customers. Whether you are working in fast fashion, developing a new tourist product, or implementing new business processes, Agile Project Management can help you deliver fast to your customers without compromising value, quality, or business discipline. With an emphasis on the product owner's role, in this course you will learn how to develop the product vision and the product roadmap, identify user roles, and write user stories. You will learn by doing, using your own projects for most activities. You will explore the Agile value principles, release planning, portfolio governance, and the various Agile methodologies such as Scrum and Kanban. Additionally, you will learn how to scale agile projects and manage the nuances of self-directed teams. By the end of the course, you will have the working knowledge and terminology necessary to successfully plan and execute an agile project. Those who will benefit from this course include business and engineering students, software and product developers, small-business owners, managers, and anyone currently working on projects. No prior agile or project management experience is required, but students who bring experience to the course will have the opportunity to deepen their skills and practise agile facilitation techniques.
This course will be based on synchronous web conferences, asynchronous online-only discussions, and an agile team project carried out throughout the whole course.
1: The Agile revolution. 2: Value over constraints. 3: Teams over tasks. 4: Adapting over conforming. 5: An Agile Project Management model. 6: The envision phase. 7: The speculate phase. 8: Advanced release planning. 9: The explore phase. 10: The adapt and close phases. 11: Scaling Agile projects. 12: Governing Agile projects. 13: Beyond scope, schedule, and cost: measuring Agile performance. 14: Reliable innovation.
Indicative reading: 
Highsmith, J. (2009). Agile project management: creating innovative products, 2nd ed. Pearson Education.
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