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Why ENCE 607

Agile project management works. It’s been proven by survey after survey to increase success rates for projects, especially those with high levels of uncertainty. Success rates in one 2013 survey across industries showed that Agile was successful 64% of the time, while traditionally-managed projects were successful less than half the time (49%).

However, the success in Agile project management has produced an explosion in variants and frameworks. No Agile project looks the same or applies all principles in the same way. Often these adaptations of Agile are driven by the organizational structure, politics, vendor preference, levels of education, and market realities. To help you meet the challenges of this new project environment, this course will arm you with the understanding, principles, and skills to confidently deliver faster, innovative solutions for your stakeholders.

ProfessorJohn Johnson, PMP, CSMJohn Johnson, PMP, CSMStats Credits 3 Offered* Spring On-Campus


Applied Scrum for Project Management

Learn the project management processes, roles, mechanics, and philosophies behind Scrum, the simplest and most pure approach to managing work at the team level.

Driving Speed through Agile Planning

Learn how to drive speed into any project by selecting and limiting work-in-progress through agile planning and task management.

Agile Solutions for Greater Innovation

Learn how to deliver greater value through Agile solution targeting and theory of constraints that unleash your team’s innovative potential.

Agile Leadership Principles

Accelerate and improve team decisions by learning Agile’s facilitating leadership principles to unleash team productivity, motivation, and problem solving.

Agile for Project Control

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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Offered: Spring On-Campus*
Week 1Course Orientation
  • Team Selection
  • Project Description
Week 2Applied Scrum: Modules 1 and 2
  • Simultaneous Management Ch. 1
  • Phoenix Project Ch. 1- 4
Week 3Applied Scrum: Modules 3 & 4
  • Simultaneous Management Ch. 2
  • Phoenix Project Ch. 5 - 8
Week 4Agile Planning: Modules 1 & 2
  • Simultaneous Management Ch. 3
  • Phoenix Project Ch. 9 - 12
Week 5Agile Planning: Modules 3 & 4
  • Simultaneous Management Ch. 4
  • Phoenix Project Ch. 13 - 16
Week 6Solution Definition Release
  • Mid-Term Prep
Week 7Mid-term ExamWeek 8Agile Solutions: Modules 1 & 2
  • Simultaneous Management Ch. 5
  • Phoenix Project Ch. 17 - 20
Week 9Spring BreakWeek 10Agile Solutions: Modules 3 & 4
  • Simultaneous Management Ch. 6
  • Phoenix Project Ch. 21 - 24
Week 11Agile Leadership: Modules 1 & 2
  • Simultaneous Management Ch. 7
  • Phoenix Project Ch. 25 - 28
Week 12Agile Leadership: Modules 3 & 4
  • Simultaneous Management Ch. 8
  • Phoenix Project Ch. 29 - 32
Week 13Project Control: Modules 1 & 2
  • Simultaneous Management Ch. 9
  • Phoenix Project Ch. 33 -35
Week 14Project Control: Modules 3 & 4
  • Final Release!
  • Read the DevOps Handbook
Week 15Solution Delivery Release
  • Preparation for Final
Week 16Final Exam

*All course content, including schedule, topics, and books are subject to change semester-to-semester. Course costs are dependent on students' individual situations, including but not limited to, online vs on-campus enrollment, in-state vs out-of-state enrollment, and scholarships. Not all books on this page may be required readings and additional readings may be assigned. Please check the UMD Schedule of Classes for most up to date semester offerings. Instructors give students specific semester details once they are enrolled.