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WSP 104 — Agile Project Management: Facilitating a Product Development Team with Scrum

Quarter: Spring
Day(s): Sat/Sun
Course Format: On-campus
Duration: 2 days
Date(s): Jun 2—Jun 3
Time: 9:00 am—4:00 pm
Drop Deadline: May 26
Unit: 1
Tuition: $515
Addtl. Fee: $20 (non-refundable)
Limit: 30
Instructor(s): Martin Vonderheiden
Status: Open
9:00 am—4:00 pm
Jun 2—Jun 3
2 days
Drop By
May 26
1 Unit
Addtl. Fee: $20 (non-refundable)
Martin Vonderheiden
A crucial tenet of successful project management is adjusting your methods to the type of project. Agile is an alternative method to traditional plan-driven project management. It is used in a wide range of applications to rapidly deliver better products. Originally used for software development, Agile practices are now applied in other areas such as hardware manufacturing, business development, and marketing. Agile fosters greater collaboration and productivity among team members across functional areas.

In this hands-on workshop, we will focus on Scrum, which is the most widely used Agile framework. According to a 2015 survey by the Scrum Alliance, 95 percent of Agile organizations use Scrum as their development approach. Scrum is based on a small number of best practices and rules that can be used to rapidly deliver better results. The principles of Scrum include responding quickly to change and recognizing the limits of planning. Over two days, you will learn the Scrum framework, how to implement it in your organization, and how to apply Scrum to your projects. We will discuss Scrum roles, processes, and artifacts in discussions and exercises. By the end of the workshop, you will be able to more efficiently lead product development teams to higher levels of performance.

Scheduled guest speakers include Stefan Broda (program manager, Atlassian), Moshe Gotesman (program manager, Google), and Ralf Schundelmeier (director of product management, Salesforce).

This course includes a non-refundable materials fee of $20 to be paid at the time of registration.

Grade restriction: No letter grade

Martin Vonderheiden, General Manager, MAVO Institute; Program Director USA, StartupLeadership.com

Martin Vonderheiden has more than fifteen years of experience in product and program management roles at startups and Fortune 500 companies. As a developer of product and project management training programs for project managers and startup founders, he has taught professionals from over 100 countries. His past employers and clients include Citi, AIG, SAP, Credit Suisse, and European Investment Bank. He has received PSM, SAFe, PMP, and CSSBB certification, as well as an MS in industrial engineering and business administration from Technische Universit├Ąt Kaiserslautern.

Textbooks for this course:

There are no required textbooks; however, some fee-based online readings may be assigned.