A central element in the dynamic capabilities of an organization is its ability to successfully transform existing assets and resources into new capabilities. Projects are key instruments to this rapid organisational change. However, the traditional ‘plan & control’ approach to project management does not fit the dynamic and flexible approach that successful organisational change requires. The solution to this problem can be found in ‘Agile project management’. This course covers the Agile approach to projects from its conceptual foundations to the different methodologies and practical applications.
Note: This course will be offered either online or in a hybrid mode. More information will be made available towards the end of May.
One of the most important developments in project management is Agile. Almost without exception, agile projects are praised for delivering better products and a smoother project management process. Professional project management organisations, such as IPMA and PMI are all integrating agile into their standards. Also, organisations are embracing agile methodologies such as Scrum as the solution to various issues they experience with projects. However, agile is also overhyped and quickly misunderstood. An agile approach can, if the conditions are fitting, have great benefits, but it is not a recipe for success.
Organisations and project management professionals need to understand when and in what context agile approaches are effective and should be able to implement agility in their process when that makes sense. It is this competence that the course ‘Agility in Project Management’ addresses. In the course questions are discussed such as: What is agility? What are agile approaches? What is the difference between Agile, Scrum and other methodologies? What are success factors for an Agile approach? And what are the fail factors?. Also, the participants are equipped with the understanding of how to integrate agility in projects and project management.
In order to have a good understanding of the agile approach to projects, the course includes the ‘Professional Scrum Master’ (PSM-I) or ‘Professional Scrum Product Owner’ (PSPO-I) certification of Scrum.org.
Students that have passed the course B16 'Project Management in Theory and Practice' are very welcome to join this course as an add-on!
! Please Note: this course will be offered on our premises at Utrecht Science Park as well as online. Please mention in your application which option you would like to participate in.
Gilbert Silvius, PhD MBA
Dagmar Zuchi, PhD MBA
This course is open to students and professionals with a good understanding of project management, showing from work experience or from a project management certification (PRINCE2® Foundation or IPMA-D level and for students that have passed the course B16 Project Management in Theory and Practice.
A good command of English is necessary.
Aim of the course
After successful completion of this program, you will have a clear understanding of the Agile approach in projects, typical agile methods, the Scrum methodology and how these approaches can be integrated into projects and project management. If you successfully complete the Scrum PSM-I or PSPO-I examination, you will obtain the official certificate for this from Scrum.org. The specific learning outcomes of the program are:
- Knowledge of the background and history of the Agile approach to projects;
- A thorough understanding of the defining characteristics of an Agile approach;
- A thorough understanding of the most used Agile methods;
- A thorough understanding of the Scrum methodology (roles, events, artefacts, rules);
- A thorough understanding of the roles of Scrum master and Product owner;
- A thorough understanding of the situational applicability of an Agile approach;
- A thorough understanding of the integration of an Agile approach in projects and project management.
55 hr(s) lectures/group assignments + exam preparation (self-study).
The course fee includes examination for the official certificate as Professional Scrum Master or as Product Owner
The Students' Fee ( = discounted price) applies to all students currently enrolled in a Bachelor, Master or PhD programme and to 'Fresh Alumni' of any of these programmes. If this applies to you and you therefore believe that you are eligible for the discounted student fee, please include this in your motivation.
If you are a student and enrolled at a university, and you wish to continue with this course after our course B16, please inform us so in your motivation. You will then receive a discount for this course of 60 Euros.
Extra information about housing
You can participate in this course on-site or online.