Certificate in Agile Management

Villanova University

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If you’re a professional working in any level of IT, software design, government, healthcare, finance, customer service, or other business sectors, you can benefit greatly from earning a Certificate in Agile Management and the Professional Certification in Agile & Scrum (PCAS) designation. Any organization aiming to increase teamwork and improve overall results is encouraged to consider this process improvement training for its workforce.

About the course

The 100% online Certificate in Agile Management offers students the opportunity to improve project efficiency and team effectiveness while preparing for Agile certification exams.

Agile is a process improvement approach that focuses on improving product time to market, customer satisfaction and project adaptability by prioritizing rapid development and continuous delivery of products and services. The methodology enables organizations to see quicker wins and create higher quality deliverables – enhancements which can ultimately improve efficiency and bottom-line results.

Exceptionally collaborative and adaptive by design, Agile breaks projects into small, manageable pieces, allowing project teams to quickly identify and resolve any issues early on and provide a deliverable that provides value to the customer or end user in a short period of time.

Get Certified in Agile Management

Successfully complete three required courses and a final project to earn the Certificate in Agile Management. Students can then choose to take a certification exam administered 100% online by Villanova to earn the Professional Certification in Agile & Scrum (PCAS) designation. Earning this certification can help enhance your resume and validate your knowledge of the core concepts of Agile and Scrum.

What You’ll Learn

The Certificate in Agile Management program introduces the Scrum Framework, Kanban and core Agile concepts and demonstrates how they fit together to improve projects and processes, while building relevant skills you can apply immediately within your organization. All of this is presented to you through an immersive virtual classroom by some of the most skilled professionals working in the field today.

Required Courses

Essential Principles of Agile Management

The first course of the Certificate in Agile Management program, Essential Principles of Agile Management introduces you to the key doctrines, roles and terminology of the Agile methodology and Scrum framework during an eight-week online course. Essential Principles of Agile Management is also available as a standalone course, though you may find you’ll bring the greatest value to your organization and career by completing the full three-course certificate.

What You’ll Study

  • Explaining the importance of integrating Agile Principles with an Agile mind-set
  • Discovering how the Agile Manifesto can be applied to non-software projects
  • Discovering the importance of being a servant leader
  • Learning the roles and responsibilities of each member of the Scrum Team
  • Learn the objectives and goals for each Scrum event
    • Defining what it means when a project is “done”
    • Planning for sprint success
    • Tracking project progress
    • Applying various estimation methods for planning and executing your project deliverables
    • Learn how to establish a clear vision for your project that can be shared with all stakeholders

Mastering Agile Applications in Planning

The second course in the Certificate in Agile Management program, Mastering Agile Applications in Planning builds upon the foundation of the topics and concepts learned in the first course. This course will provide you with a deeper understanding of how to successfully implement Agile in your organization by focusing on the roles, responsibilities and interactions of the entire Scrum team to effectively transform your company or business into a highly efficient Agile environment. The course also covers how other process improvement methodologies align with Agile.

What You’ll Study

  • The roles and responsibilities of the Scrum Team
  • How Lean and Kanban fit into Agile
  • Applying Agile to project management
  • Agile project assessment tools and tactics
  • Cultivating a Scrum team that delivers
  • Avoiding common pitfalls that threaten team collaboration and project success
  • Maintaining transparency throughout a project’s lifecycle
  • Learning how to create an Agile culture

Curriculum

8 Week Course

Agile Leadership and Communication Skills

  • Identify the characteristics of a successful Agile leader
  • Describe how to establish effective teams
  • Develop teams to be empowered by creating a foundation of trust and mutual respect

Advanced Product Owner Concepts

  • Describe the role and responsibilities of the Product Owner
  • Define the purpose and parameters of the vision statement
  • Create a product roadmap
  • Effectively use estimates at the stories and task level
  • Relate how the Product Owner manages the product backlog
  • Utilize methods to prioritize business value and effort
  • Determine the velocity and sustainable pace of a team
  • Analyze release plans and the role of the Product Owner in release management
  • Optimize team dynamics by addressing dysfunctions of the team

Advanced Agile Business Solutions

The final course of the Certificate in Agile Management, Advanced Agile Business Solutions complements the first two courses and rounds out your Agile expertise with important guidance on team building, change management and other crucial topics.

This eight-week course includes four weeks of instructional content, four weeks of exam prep and an additional 12 weeks of access to a dedicated test preparation classroom.

What You’ll Study

  • Scaling Scrum teams for larger complex projects
  • Building Agile coaching skills
  • The many facets of value management
  • Effectively managing change
  • Identify the behaviors that need to be embraced to become and stay Agile
  • Analyze the culture and leadership needed for Agile to work
  • Must-know tips for passing the PMI-ACP® certification exam

Curriculum

8 Week Course

Scaling Scrum

  • Identify tools and techniques for scaling Scrum
  • Discover techniques and approaches to scale your roles and ceremonies
  • Examine the most common way of scaling teams, known as Scrum of Scrums
  • Employ a framework for setting up a Scrum of Scrums methodology
  • Define Agile scaling patterns to scale the Product Owner
  • Explain how to scale the product backlog
  • Discover how to apply the patterns of scaling ceremonies at the Scrum team level
  • Explore common challenges for distributed teams

Scaling Scrum Advanced Topics

  • Identify stakeholders to ensure the requirements gathered are accurate
  • Discuss effective ways to ensure your project is balanced
  • Define how to implement Scrum for multiple Scrum teams
  • Determine if you can locate your entire team into one location
  • Discuss tools of communication for colocated teams
  • Explore how the triple constraint model is used in stakeholder communication
  • Explore effective ways to implement team fixes
  • Examine methods of receiving independent verification
  • Describe contract negotiation within an Agile framework
  • Explain how to engage in effective customer collaboration
  • Discover how to obtain the greatest mutual value between the team and stakeholders
  • Describe contract negotiation within an Agile framework
  • Define the Shu-Ha-Ri method of mastery and continuous improvement

Assess, Adapt and Achieve

Agile is the emerging process improvement approach that's enabling a growing number of organizations to see quicker wins and create higher quality deliverables – enhancements which can ultimately improve efficiency and bottom-line results. Exceptionally collaborative and adaptive by design, Agile breaks projects into small, manageable pieces, allowing project teams to quickly identify and resolve any issues early on and provide a deliverable that provides value to the customer or end user in a very short period of time.

Certificate in Agile Management at Villanova University

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