Agile Development for Managers

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Agile is an umbrella term for various approaches to software and, more generally, product development under which requirements and solutions evolve through the collaborative effort of self-organising and cross-functional teams and their customers or end users. Agile development advocates adaptive planning, evolutionary development, early delivery and continual improvement, and it encourages rapid and flexible response to change and close collaboration with the project stakeholders.

This course is based on an experiential mode of learning, and will provide managers and other non-IT staff with the necessary knowledge and skills to effectively work with agile development teams. 

The course will explain and provide examples of agile principles, practices and methodologies.

Delegates will:

  • Learn how to apply agile principles and practices in a context of a live team-based development project
  • Compare and contrast the management of traditional and of agile projects
  • Explore the benefits and challenges related to working with agile projects

Topics covered include agile values and principles, rationale for agile adoption, foundations of agile methodologies, agile development practices, agile planning practices, XP, Scrum, agile projects, self-organising teams, and communication in agile projects.

The course consists of a combination of synchronous and asynchronous online sessions and guided independent work. 

Why choose this course?

The course will use different mode of delivery and a combination of theory and practice to equip the delegates with theoretical as well as hands-on experience in working with agile teams.

The detailed schedule of the course is below:

Week 1
Monday 14 September 2020 9.30-12.30
Live online workshop - Introduction to agile principles, practices and methodologies; introduction to the coursework project.

Weeks 2-5
Mondays 21/28 Sept and 5/12 Oct 2020
Four sessions of project work, each followed by 30 minutes live online review with the course lead. 

(The online learning materials will be available for the delegates to use during this period. Typical workload will be 2 hours for online learning, 1.5 hours for group work (including the project iteration planning) and 0.5 hours of the project iteration review with the course lead.)

Week 6
Monday 19 October 2020 9.30-12.30
Live online workshop - Reflection on the project experience

To apply, please download the application form and return to business-academy@herts.ac.uk

Questions?  Please contact us 

Entry requirements...

Participants should be involved (or planning to be involved) in work with agile development teams, and should have a willingness to engage in online team-work and use MS Teams and Zoom for the live online sessions. 

Course fees

Course fee: £380

Teaching methods

The course is delivered through a combination of synchronous online sessions (40%), asynchronous online learning e.g. using narrated presentations and online discussions  (40%) and guided independent (online) group-work (20%). 

The course will take place online, using MS Teams or Zoom. 

The course is taught by Dr Marija Cubric and Dr Sunila Modi 

Marija Cubric is a Reader in e-learning and Principal Lecturer in Information Systems and Project Management at Hertfordshire Business School. Prior to academia Marija worked on software development projects in the telecommunication industry in the UK and Canada. She used her “hands-on” experience on agile development (1995-2004) to develop the first UK Masters-level course on Agile Project Management in 2007; since then many new PM graduates have completed the course, and have used their knowledge and skills to embed agile practice in organisations such as BT, BBC, HP, IBM, Motorola, RBS, UK Government, and SMEs in the UK and abroad. Marija is a Fellow and a Chartered IT professional of the British Computing Society (BCS), the UK Tech Partnership ITMB degree accreditation consultant, the EU Innovation Council expert reviewer and journal editor for EJEL.

Sunila Modi is a senior lecturer within Hertfordshire Business School, with a core focus on information systems and project management. The main focus of her research relates to how agile methods are adapted across different contexts. Her most recent work explores how collaborative work practices are being reconfigured for globally distributed agile software development contexts. Sunila has presented her work at several prestigious conferences including AMCIS, IEEE Global Software Engineering and UKAIS. Alongside this she has designed and delivered numerous workshops including ‘Driving Hybrid Agile for Global Teams’ for the British Computer Society Agile Methods Specialist Group. Her teaching centres around agile project management, innovation and creativty, digital business and she has extensive experience supervising graduate students. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) and member of APM, AIS and UKAIS .