ICT 4170 - Agile Techniques & Practices in Project Management
Is the Agile vs. traditional project management debate over? At least in the world of software development, the debate is largely over, as evidenced by the widespread adoption of Agile methods. For example, according to Gartner, in 2012 Agile development methodologies will be used in 80 percent of all software development projects. As the term implies, however, the techniques and best practices for the successful application of Agile project management processes are not static, they will continue to evolve. And, Agile principles and practices are used across many project domains, each with their own unique characteristics and challenges. So, best Agile project management practices will continue to be dynamic. The Agile debate is now turning from the tactical to the strategic. Realizing the full benefits of Agile (e.g., faster time to market, improved responsiveness to customers, higher quality, and greater efficiency), means more than improving project execution. It requires transforming the business into an Agile enterprise. This course examines both the Agile processes and practices for delivering projects, and the cultural and programmatic challenges encountered in transforming the business into an Agile enterprise. The course content, in addition to reading assignments, uses practical assignments such as case studies, projects, and simulations to provide applied experience with Agile practices.
NOTE: This course is not offered this term. Please refer to the annual schedule for Information And Communications Technology to see the next time this course is offered.