Agile 101 for Business Professionals

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Agile 101 for Business Professionals is an exciting course focused on assisting in the development of agile thinking. We will help you develop an agile mindset as you are introduced to foundational concepts, principles and values. You will be exposed to a variety of agile methodologies in ways that allow you to practice the principles immediately.

Agile project management is an iterative method used to deliver the project outcomes efficiently without compromising quality or budget. Agile focuses on concepts of collaboration, teamwork, and flexibility which empowers project members to make decisions that create real value for the customer.

Adaptive planning is at the heart of agile project management, which utilizes “sprints” to organize and track work, as well as project issues so they can be corrected as they are discovered. This allows for many small course corrections as deliverables are tested throughout the process.

This class is held in a flipped format with 50% of the class delivered in an online format and 50% delivered in-person. In-person classes will focus on application of online learning with activities such as sprint poker, product backlog management and prototyping.

Online coursework –approximately 3 hours

In-person classes – two full-day classes (9am -4pm)

Full Certificate Tuition $575.00   Register Now!



Agile 101 for Business Professionals is an exciting course focused on assisting in the development of agile thinking. We will help you develop an agile mindset as you are introduced to foundational concepts, principles and values. You will be exposed to a variety of agile methodologies in ways that allow you to practice the principles immediately.

Agile project management is an iterative method used to deliver the project outcomes efficiently without compromising quality or budget. Agile focuses on concepts of collaboration, teamwork, and flexibility which empowers project members to make decisions that create real value for the customer.

Adaptive planning is at the heart of agile project management, which utilizes “sprints” to organize and track work, as well as project issues so they can be corrected as they are discovered. This allows for many small course corrections as deliverables are tested throughout the process.

Throughout this course, we will focus on the behaviors and processes which lead to value creation. You will see agile in action pulling from real companies. You will also have the opportunity to learn from local professionals as they share lessons learned when things went well and not so well. Agile 101 for Business Professionals is a fantastic launch pad for your agile journey!

This class is held in a flipped format with 50% of the class delivered in an online format and 50% delivered in-person. In-person classes will focus on application of online learning with activities such as sprint poker, product backlog management and prototyping.

Online coursework –approximately 3 hours
In-person classes – two full-day classes (9am -4pm)

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the difference between traditional project management and Agile project management
  • Analyze the specifics of Agile project management and its history and context in the current business world
  • Explain the Continuous Improvement Cycle
  • Identify the benefits of an Agile team
  • Review the features of a sprint
  • Recognize the emotional cost of adopting Agile, and explain how to manage risk during the project

This certificate is designed for a variety of individuals:

  • Business professionals wanting to understand foundational benefits of Agile methodologies and ways to analyze if introducing Agile into their workplace would have positive impact.
  • Professionals who manage Agile teams who would like to understand how to best support and motivate their staff.
  • Individuals pursuing traditional Project Management credentials that would like to add an understanding of Agile to their portfolio. PMI recently added content about Agile into the 6th edition PMBOK reflecting the connectedness of the two methodologies.
  • Individuals who are considering investing in a national Agile credential such as ScrumMaster or the PMI Agile Certified Professional, who would like to know more about the discipline to make an informed decision.
  • Individuals in IT Software development (the traditional space for Agile) who would like to add foundational knowledge to increase effectiveness and impact for their organization.

Class Format: This class is held in a flipped format with 50% of the class delivered in an online format and 50% delivered in-person. In person classes will focus on application of online learning with activities such as sprint poker, product backlog management and prototyping.

Online coursework –approximately 3 hours
In-person classes – two full-day classes (9am -4pm)

In-person classes will focus on activities to apply what is learned online. Sample of activities include:

  • sprint poker
  • product backlog management
  • prototyping

Tuition   $575

Schedule:   In-person classes are held during the day from 9am – 4pm. Classes are typically held at our Sandy classroom facility

Class orientation:   The first class session is a 30 minute video conference with your instructor to introduce you to the online content and answer any technological questions. This orientation is held one week prior to the in-class sessions providing students with a week to complete the online portion of the class.

Prerequisites:  none – this class is open to all

Textbooks:  none – this course includes a book on Agile that will be provided in advance to students. Cost is included in the price of the certificate.

Grades:
All certificate students will receive a satisfactory (s) or unsatisfactory (U) grade at the conclusion of each class and the certificate program. Requirements to achieve a satisfactory grade will be detailed in the class syllabus.

Drop Policy:
More information including drop policy here.

Following is an outline of the online course materials –

Module 1 - Traditional vs Agile

  • Identify the difference between traditional project management and Agile project management
  • Compare benefits of Agile vs. Tradition
  • Outline Agile project Management

Module 2 - Agile Project Management

  • Describe Agile project management
  • Analyze the specifics of Agile project management and its history and context in the current business world
  • Define the Agile Manifesto
  • Outline how Agile project management has expanded beyond software development

Module 3 - Continuous Improvement Cycle

  • Explain the Continuous Improvement Cycle
  • Define rapid prototyping

Module 4 - The Agile Team

  • List the components of an Agile team
  • List the components of the Agile Team
  • Identify benefits of an Agile Team
  • Address the unique aspects of managing an Agile team

Module 5 - Sprint Overview

  • Explain the process of prioritizing the work in a sprint
  • Outline the process of understanding the amount of work required (time commitments) during a sprint
  • Review the features of a sprint
  • List the meetings associated with a sprint (daily standups, retrospective) and their purpose

Module 6 - The Costs of Agile

  • Recognize the emotional cost of adopting Agile, and explain how to manage risk during the project
  • Discuss the risks of Agile project management and how to mitigate them

Program Cost - Tuition for the full certificate program is $575

  • Tuition is due at the beginning of each course offering a pay-as-you-go option. Tuition listed above is for the 2018-2019 academic year and subject to change without advance notice.
  • Financial aid is not available for this noncredit certificate. Students are encouraged to inquire with their employers to determine if tuition assistance is available.
  • For this certificate, installment plans and deferral payment plans are available for noncredit students. Visit Tuition Payment Options for more information.

Certificate Completion Requirements

  • Students must must receive an "S-satisfactory" grade in all classes for sudcessful completion.
  • A certificate is awarded upon satisfatory completion of all required courses.

Why choose the University of Utah?

We understand that you have a choice when it comes to taking professional development courses and we work hard to earn your trust with each and every class!

By selecting the University of Utah, you’ll enjoy the following benefits whether you’re coming to us as someone new to the job market, a career changer, a seasoned professional or a lifelong learner.

Resume Power - Benefit from the University of Utah reputation for credibility and quality. Choosing the University of Utah for your certificate program makes a clear statement about your commitment to excellence.

Instructor Excellence - Learn from instructors with real world experience and professional credentials.

The Power of the U Network – Students have access to a valuable University of Utah peer and faculty network.

Networking – Meet and network with other students pursuing or working in the industry.

Student Support – Count on the ongoing support of a dedicated student services staff that will assist you every step of the way.

Are there exams? Am I graded?

There are no exams but there are assigned readings, discussions and projects that must be completed. Certificate classes are graded with a "satisfactory" or "unsatisfactory" option. For successful certificate completion, students must achieve a "satisfactory" grade in all classes.

Can I apply these classes to a degree at the University of Utah?

This certificate is noncredit and cannot be applied to any for-credit degree.

Are these classes eligible for federal financial aid?

Students pursuing a certificate are considered "non-degree seeking," a status that is not eligible for federal student aid loan programs.

Andrea Miller
Director Professional Education / University of Utah

Phone: 801-587-8822
E-mail: andrea.l.miller@utah.edu
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