Agile Methodology and Project Management


Do you feel you need the skills for more responsive project management, product development and delivery? Would you like to understand how you can effectively be more responsive to market and industry needs in a technology driven world? Agile methodologies allow businesses to simultaneously work on core product development and delivery, as well as continuous improvement – something that has been traditionally done separately. It is not just a set of processes, it’s more importantly a mindset that you can develop to reap great business outcomes beyond IT and software development.

What you will learn

You will have the opportunity to deep dive into Agile methodologies and practices and their application into various business practices, including popular Agile frameworks like Scrum, SAFe and Kanban, gaining the understanding and importance of working in Agile environments and how to promote value-driven delivery.

The curriculum has been developed in consultation with experienced Product Owners and Scrum Masters, who regularly work in software development as well as other digital products, and this course will give you confidence in:

  • Understanding and distinguishing commonly used Agile frameworks (e.g. Scrum, SAFe and Kanban).
  • Defining change management strategies for Agile implementation.
  • Being familiar with popular Agile project management tools.
  • Considering the planning process for an Agile project.

Develop your skills

While Agile was initially designed for software development teams, today it's used in many other functions and verticals - particularly within teams. Some common industries/areas where Agile is used include the technology sector, manufacturing, construction, the automotive industry and the pharmaceutical industry.

This course will enable you to apply Agile within many contexts (industries, functions/departments, and organisations) equipping you with agile methodology so that you can contribute within agile environments or lead the implementation of agile within an organisation.

After this course you will be able to:

  • Compare popular Agile frameworks including Scrum, SAFe and Kanban.
  • Identify relevant opportunities for Agile ways of working to drive improved business value.
  • Investigate common tools for Agile project and product management
  • Plan an Agile project using an appropriate Agile framework.
  • Analyse change management strategies used for implementing Agile.

Modules

Week 1: Introduction to Agile

  • Agile Manifesto
  • Agile methodologies vs. frameworks
  • Evolution of Agile
  • Drivers and benefits of Agile adoption

Week 2: Scrum

  • What is Scrum?
  • Key members and stakeholders
  • Scrum artifacts and ceremonies
  • Scrum for development, delivery and sustainability
  • Scrum@Scale
  • Why implement Scrum

Week 3: SAFe

  • What is SAFe?
  • SAFe principles
  • SAFe vs Scrum
  • Why implement SAFe

Week 4: Kanban

  • What is Kanban?
  • Kanban assets
  • Kanban vs. Scrum vs. SAFe
  • Why implement Kanban

Week 5: Continuous improvement

  • Making the most of Agile ways of working
  • Iterative development
  • Process improvement

Week 6: Design Thinking

  • Introduction to Design Thinking
  • Focusing with personas and problem scenarios
  • Articulating great user stories

Course assessments

Title: Business case for Agile pilot
Submission: PDF. Equivalent of 1500 words

Entry requirements

Recognised Bachelor's degree or higher; or relevant informal or non-formal learning and/or professional experiences subject to the approval of the Academic Chair after application.

Availability

Only available to students who are an Australian citizen or permanent resident, a New Zealand citizen or who hold a permanent Australian humanitarian visa.

English language requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which can be demonstrated through either English proficiency tests, university preparation courses, English language courses, previous tertiary study or vocational education or equivalent of an Academic IELTS overall score of 6.0 with no band less than 6.0.