Mastering Agile Project Management – A Training Course Review
Mastering Agile Project Management is a highly rated Udemy course under the business/project management category. It discusses one of the most important concepts that is significantly impacting the PM profession: agile project management. However, the extent of that impact is unclear because of much confusion. This on-demand course will help the student develop a new perspective regarding both traditional and Agile PM principles and practices.
Participants will understand how the two approaches can be complementary to each other. They will learn to develop an approach that blends the two principles and practices in the right proportion. It is a course that goes beyond basics that will help the students understand both PM practices in a deeper level. Video lectures, quizzes and case studies will equip them to apply the knowledge they will gain in a real-world situation.
This course is open for students of all levels. However, students who have some general familiarity with traditional plan-driven project management and Agile methods will be able to follow the course immediately. For those who have no such background but are keenly interested, the author recommends taking the free course “Learning the Truth About Agile versus Waterfall” first.
Course Objectives and Learnings
By the end of Mastering Agile Project Management course, students would have listened to 17 video lectures of about 3 hours of content. They would have developed an objective understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of traditional and Agile approach to project management and would be able to combine them in the right proportions. They would have learned the fundamental differences of Agile PM and the shifts in thinking project managers would need to make to operate successfully in an agile environment. Also, students would have a better understanding of the impact of Agile in the profession, the new challenges it creates for project managers, and the potential roles they will play. A certificate of completion will be given to those who finish the course.
Project managers who want to learn about Agile, its impact, and those willing to try a more adaptive approach to enhance their skills and career growth will gain the most benefit. It is also for those with agile background interested in developing an integrated Agile PM strategy to align their project management approach with their organization’s goals.
Mastering Agile Project Management is divided into 6 sections. The first section is a 5-minute introduction where the author introduces himself and provides a summary of the objectives to be achieved. He also mentions a free 30-minute course he also developed and available in Udemy as a great prerequisite for this course. Section 2 discusses how to choose the right approach as well as tries to describe and explain the present PM environment. After every topic, there is a short quiz of at least 5 questions to help drive the lessons learned. Section 3 provides video lectures about the important shifts in thinking, while Section 4 discusses at length the critical Agile PM knowledge and skills, such as Kanban, Flow and the Theory of Constraints. Section 5 provides more video lectures about Agile PM roles and case studies, and Section 6 closes with an overall summary and other resources to help.
Charles “Chuck” Cobb, PMP, ACP, is an expert-level Agile project manager and president of Breakthrough Solutions, Inc., a Massachusetts, USA-based company that provides an integrated set of business and IT consulting services combined with project management and system integration capabilities to help companies develop more effective agile PM approaches. Chuck has over 20 years of program and project management experience with extensive hands-on experience with a broad range of industries and application areas. He is a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, with two Master’s degrees and a certificate in Advanced Management. He has written several books including The Project Manager’s Guide to Mastering Agile.
Mastering Agile Project Management course received a 4.8 out of 5 rating from 9 reviewers. Presently, more than 200 students are enrolled. Andres Bermudez, PMP, stated that he has been a waterfall guy for many years. This course helped him start considering a hybrid approach. He described it as an excellent way to jump into the agile bandwagon.
Samantha Laing, who is an Agile coach, stated that she was pleasantly surprised by the information in this course. She described it as a course at the right level of project managers with very accurate explanations of what agile is and what it is not.