Agile Innovation and Problem Solving Skills

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

Innovation differentiates companies in the products produced, and the impact those products have on their customer’s lives.

In this course, you will learn how innovation and speed are tightly linked,and the benefits of better targeting and solutioning in achieving faster benefits delivery. Faster delivery leads to faster feedback for learning; and faster learning leads to higher quality solutionsat speed. But beyond the emphasis on fast iterative development,you will also learn about the practices that create structure and space for innovation in Agile that are missing from traditional management. These paradigm shifts include:

  • Delivering business value, not technical scope with User Stories
  • Using Cross-functional teams and user stories to gather accurate requirements
  • Leveraging constraints to derive creative capability solutions.
  • Applying Test-Driven Design (TDD) to deliver better designs with less designing

By following best practices of Agile, including timeboxes, constraint-based thinking processes, and empathetic problem solving, you’ll learn how to providea sustainable innovation environment for your teams.

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

  • How Agile manages solution risk and return more effectively
  • Accurate, effective requirements gathering that avoids delusionary “perspective taking”
  • Paradox of structure, aka “how constraints drive creativity and luck!”
  • Test-driven development for faster, better solutions in complex systems
  • How to target scope to meet Performance Objectives via the Theory of Constraints

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
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