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Agile Software Development

Nanodegree Program

Learn best practices for using the Agile framework to build better products faster and more efficiently.

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  • Estimated time
    3 Months

    At 5-10 hours/week

  • Enroll by
    June 14, 2023

    Get access to classroom immediately on enrollment

  • Skills acquired
    Agile Metrics, Sprint Planning, Agile Fluency, User Stories
In collaboration with
  • ThoughtWorks

What you will learn

  1. Agile Software Development

    3 months to complete

    Learn how to build products that deliver continuous value to customers using an Agile approach to software development. By the end of this program, students will be able to differentiate between Scrum, Kanban, and XP, create an environment that fosters high performing teams, and manage iteration planning using Agile techniques. Students will also be able to create a release plan for a Minimum Viable Product, create metrics that show project status, and effectively communicate progress both within and outside of the development team.

    Prerequisite knowledge

    No experience required.

    1. Foundations of Agile and Agile Frameworks

      In this course, students will be introduced to The Agile Mindset and how it sets the tone for "being" Agile versus just "doing" Agile. Students will learn to leverage The Agile Manifesto as the foundation for all Agile Frameworks, identify the practical differences between Agile and Waterfall approaches, and master characteristics of three of the more popular Agile Frameworks being utilized across all industries: Scrum, Kanban and XP. Students will then take a deep dive into Agile Teams and Governance and apply best practices of both in order to deliver immense business value.

    2. Delivering Value with Agile Planning and Prioritization

      The Agile approach to planning is an iterative process that focuses on delivering value to the customer. In this course, students will be introduced to the high level aspects of agile planning, including product vision and roadmaps. Students will also learn how to manage requirements at the tactical level, including gathering, writing, and prioritizing requirements using agile techniques from each of the major frameworks. Finally, students will learn different approaches to estimating work and how to build release and iteration plans that help the team continuously deliver value. At the end of the course, students will be equipped with the tools and techniques they need to apply Agile Planning and Prioritization within a team or organization to deliver value more efficiently.

    3. Progress, Communication, and Organizational Agility

      In this course, students will learn how to communicate project progress and status through information radiators, guide and direct organizational agility through the use of metrics, and differentiate between patterns to mimic and anti-patterns to avoid. Students will also learn how to identify and mitigate risk, and build both internal and external communication strategies that work effectively for the relevant stakeholder audience.

All our programs include

  • Real-world projects from industry experts

    With real-world projects and immersive content built in partnership with top-tier companies, you’ll master the tech skills companies want.

  • Real-time support

    On demand help. Receive instant help with your learning directly in the classroom. Stay on track and get unstuck.

  • Career services

    You’ll have access to Github portfolio review and LinkedIn profile optimization to help you advance your career and land a high-paying role.

  • Flexible learning program

    Tailor a learning plan that fits your busy life. Learn at your own pace and reach your personal goals on the schedule that works best for you.

Program offerings

  • Class content

    • Real-world projects
    • Project reviews
    • Project feedback from experienced reviewers
  • Student services

    • Student community
    • Real-time support
  • Career services

    • Github review
    • Linkedin profile optimization

Succeed with personalized services.

We provide services customized for your needs at every step of your learning journey to ensure your success.

Get timely feedback on your projects.

  • Personalized feedback
  • Unlimited submissions and feedback loops
  • Practical tips and industry best practices
  • Additional suggested resources to improve
  • 1,400+

    project reviewers

  • 2.7M

    projects reviewed

  • 88/100

    reviewer rating

  • 1.1 hours

    avg project review turnaround time

Learn with the best.

Learn with the best.

  • Hasnain Rizvi

    Agile Coach

    Dr. Hasnain Rizvi is an Agile Transformation thought leader and has trained over 25,000 professionals globally. He is a trainer and adjunct professor for Global 2000 clients, universities, and organizations including The University of British Columbia and the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

  • Vincent High

    Agile Delivery Lead

    Vincent is a Scrum Master, Agile Instructor, and currently serves as an Agile Delivery Lead at a top US bank. Throughout his career he has served as a Scrum Master and Agile Coach within start-ups, large corporations, and non-profit organizations.

  • Mark Ginise

    Agile Engineer and Coach

    Mark Ginise leads Agility training for the federal government. He has taught Agility to DoD programs, and worked as an internal change agent for Federal Government agencies. His specialties include Agile transformations, DevSecOps, cloud migrations, and technology education.

Agile Software Development

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    • Learn

      Use Agile best practices to manage the delivery of high value products with software development teams.

    • Average Time

      On average, successful students take 3 months to complete this program.

    • Benefits include

      • Real-world projects from industry experts
      • Technical mentor support
      • Personal career coach & career services

    Program details

    Program overview: Why should I take this program?
    • Why should I enroll?

      Companies are looking to deliver better products faster and more efficiently, and they’re looking to professionals with the Agile skillset to lead that transformation. According to KPMG, 68% of organizations surveyed indicated “faster product delivery” as their reason for adopting Agile practices. That's why jobs that involve Agile development skills are projected to grow 7.3 percent over the next 10 years, with a median salary of around $103,000, according to Burning Glass.

      In the Agile Software Development Nanodegree program, you'll build the skills you need to guide the delivery of high value products with top notch software development teams. By the end of the program, you'll be able to differentiate between popular Agile frameworks, create an environment that fosters high performing teams, manage iteration planning using Agile techniques, and more. Graduates of the program will be in-demand at a wide range of companies looking to adopt or improve their use of Agile development practices.

    • What jobs will this program prepare me for?

      Students who graduate from the Agile Software Development Nanodegree program can find success across a variety of different roles, including:

      • Delivery Lead
      • Agile Delivery Lead
      • Engineering Manager
      • Project Manager or Agile Project Manager
      • Scrum master
      • Product Owner
      • Product Manager
      • and many others...
    • How do I know if this program is right for me?

      Agile team leaders are a critical piece of many high performing development operations, as they plan and prioritize work, protect the team from obstacles, and ensure consistent delivery. If you're someone who likes to identify and solve problems so your team can focus on execution, or someone who likes to create and refine the structures and processes that enable a team to succeed, or just someone who is interested in learning how to add more rigor and organization to your project management, then the Agile Software Development Nanodegree program is a great fit.

    Enrollment and admission
    • Do I need to apply? What are the admission criteria?

      There is no application. This Nanodegree program accepts everyone, regardless of experience and specific background.

    • What are the prerequisites for enrollment?

      No prior experience with Agile Software Development is required. You will need to be comfortable with basic computer skills, such as managing files, using third-party online programs, and navigating the Internet through an online browser.

    Tuition and term of program
    • How is this Nanodegree program structured?

      The Agile Software Development Nanodegree program is comprised of content and curriculum to support three projects. Once you subscribe to a Nanodegree program, you will have access to the content and services for the length of time specified by your subscription. We estimate that students can complete the program in three (3) months, working 5-10 hours per week.

      Each project will be reviewed by the Udacity reviewer network. Feedback will be provided and if you do not pass the project, you will be asked to resubmit the project until it passes.

    • How long is this Nanodegree program?

      You will have access to this Nanodegree program for as long as your subscription remains active. The estimated time to complete this program can be found on the webpage and in the syllabus, and is based on the average amount of time we project that it takes a student to complete the projects and coursework. See the Terms of Use and FAQs for other policies regarding the terms of access to our Nanodegree programs.

    • Can I switch my start date? Can I get a refund?

      Please see the Udacity Program FAQs for policies on enrollment in our programs.

    Software and hardware: What do I need for this program?
    • What software and versions will I need for this program?

      For this program, you will need a desktop or laptop computer running recent versions of Windows, Mac OS X, or Linux, and an unmetered broadband Internet connection. There are no additional hardware or software requirements for this program, other than those outlined on Udacity's general Technology Requirements page.

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