Scrum and Agile are often considered synonymous—and there is good reason. Scrum embodies the simplest and most pure approach to managing project work at the team level, and is employed by over half of all Agile practitioners across all industries. Consider the below statistics:
- Today, nearly 100% of IT organizations use Agile and many other industries are quickly following
- The likelihood of being on a Scrum or Scrum-like project, is quickly approaching 50/50, or better, over time.
In this course, we start by learning the key project management processes, roles, mechanics, and philosophies behind Scrum. This gives you the basic understanding you’ll need in the Mastering Agile Professional Certificate program to learn principles at the heart of all Agile frameworks. This will provide the basis for understanding Agile in its purest form over four weeks, exploring Why, Who, How and, finally, What Scrum looks like applied in the real world.
Upon successful completion of this course, learners can earn 10 Professional Development Unit (PDU) credits, which are recognized by the Project Management Institute (PMI). PDU credits are essential to those looking to maintain certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP).
Using a wide disciplinary approach—from economics and history to social theory and even a smattering of biblical criticism—the course will invite students to consider several core management strategies and priorities from often-unexpected perspectives in order to judge their success or failure. The key objective of the course is to bring into critical focus how we think about the function and culture of management, how managers understand their role within a firm, how they take decisions, set priorities and benchmark success and failure.
Topics include: the function of the firm; the role of incentive; the ways in which narrative forces shape decision-making, and how market relationships define the managerial culture in ways that can lead to sub-optimal outcomes.