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EdX is an online learning platform trusted by over 12 million users offering the Agile for Project Control Certificate in collaboration with University System of Maryland - USMx. Learn Agile controls that get work done with confidence by using true transparency (actuals not estimates) and continuous improvement to ensure your people, process, and products deliver valuable, working solutions.
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Overview

The Agile for Project Control  Certificate from EdX in partnership with University System of Maryland - USMx is part of the Agile Project Management Professional Certificate.

Agile provides greater opportunities for control and risk management and offers unique benefits that traditional methods miss, such as:

  • Transparency with daily standup meetings discussing work status, risk, and pace.
  • How a clear definition of done drives acceptance by all key stakeholders.
  • Measuring performance and benefits of working solutions during project delivery.
  • Iteratively testing to gain authentic feedback on solution requirements and stability.
  • Regular retrospectives that drive continuous improvement into the team.

In this course, you will learn how these levers of control far exceed traditional management methods of earned value management (EVM), which relies on estimates and no changes in scope. We'll discuss how the key to unlocking the control potential is to learn what to manage, and how to measure it. This answer varies across levels of management, separating the concerns between the organization and the team. For the organization, the focus is on what capabilities are delivered and how to measure return on investment (ROI) capabilities provide. For teams, it’s a focus on team velocity and how to ensure its measurement is useful for diagnosing internal and external productivity constraints.

What you will learn

  • Agile systems engineering to ensure valuable, integrated solutions
  • Controlling projects through actual measurements vs. estimates (e.g. EVM)
  • Essential methods for managing People, Process, and Product on empowered teams
  • How to always be closing (ABC) with every project increment using a definition of done
  • How real-world constraints and agile simplify portfolio management and decision science methods: go beyond LP, IP, and Genetics-based Search
  • Enterprise alignment: how and why strategic plans, portfolio optimization, and project management can align with simple metrics, with facilitative leadership

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date A student can apply at any time for this programme, there is no deadline.
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 28 days
    • Part-time variant
      Flexible
    • Duration description

      2 to 3 hours per week

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    Online
    • Time flexibility
      Self-paced
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Week 1: The first week of the control course examines the reason for controlling projects, why traditional controls such as Earned Value Management fail so often, and the three key components to any controlling process: value, constraints, and verification. 
  • Week 2: The second week examines how control is managed across the project lifecycle, with the three Ps of management: people, process, and product. 
  • Week 3: The third week drives home the need to “begin with the end in mind” by closing User Stories incrementally using a Definition of Done that links the three Ps together across each sprint cycle (planning, execution, and control).
  • Week 4: The final fourth week addresses controlling Agile processes at scale, from sampling and building intuition across Agile team ceremonies, to managing team decisions and performance, and even portfolios of projects using simplified metrics. 

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

Tuition Fee

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Funding

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