Applied Scrum for Agile Project Management

Course 1 of 5: Professional Certificate in Agile Project Management 4 weeks total 2 – 3 hours each week
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About this course

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 andis 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.Thisgives you the basic understanding you’ll need inthe Mastering Agile Professional Certificate program to learnprinciples 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).

 

What you’ll learn

  • Why Agile is taking over: history, case studies, and proof Agile works better
  • Who uses Agile based on industry scale, stakeholders, and engineering
  • How to run a successful Scrum team for speed, innovation, leadership, and control
  • Scrum team makeup, user story writing, sprint planning, execution, and retro tools
  • What Scrum looks like at scale, its alternatives, and how to avoid pitfalls over time

Meet Your Instructors

John Johnson

John Johnson

Adjunct Professor, Clarke School of Engineering, College Park; Chief Technology Officer, Softek Enterprises LLC at
Mr. Johnson, serves as the Chief Technology Officer for Softek Enterprises LLC, a minority-owned small business providing technology solutions to government clients since 2007. Softek specializes in evolving business systems using Agile, DevOps, and Cloud technologies to deliver working solutions faster for the government’s most critical IT challenges. He has 10 years of project management, systems engineering, and advanced analytics experience. Prior to joining Softek, Mr. Johnson co-founded Second Nature Software LLC, a data science products company focused on Life Science Research. He helped design and promote their product “Rocketfish,” a data management tool that simplifies preparing data for analysis while automating data tracking and organization. Rocketfish is currently in an organization-wide trial at NCI and NIAID, as well as major universities in the DC Metro Area. Previously, Mr. Johnson was a Senior Agile Project Manager with IBM, where he led multiple development teams building applications for the National Archives Records Administration (NARA). These applications were built on Amazon’s Gov Cloud (AWS) with cutting-edge cloud technologies to process, store, and search the hundreds of petabytes of government records expected at NARA by 2020. This project won “Project of the Year” across all of IBM globally for its success in project management innovation. He also worked as a Management Consultant with Booz Allen Hamilton, where he led projects for the Marine Corps, Air Force, and Navy from optimizing site investments and posture for Reserve forces, to developing award-winning project analysis and portfolio management software to optimize billions in shore energy investments. Mr. Johnson holds a Masters in Systems Engineering and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Maryland.
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Experience Level

Advanced

Learning Partner

University of Maryland System

Program Type

Professional Certificate

Subject

Business & Management Philosophy & Ethics Project Management
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