Agile Practices

Program Courses

To earn a Certificate in Agile Practices* from Northwestern University, students must complete the following courses:


1)      Agile for Practitioners** Core Course (PROJ_PMI 403-0)

2)      Any two project management electives


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*Formerly known as Agile Practitioner Certificate. **Formerly known as Agile Project Management for Professionals. Certificate and course name changes effective Spring 2017. All course content and certificate requirements remain the same.

Annual Schedule

CORE COURSE

FALL WINTER SPRING SUMMER
PROJ_PMI 403-0 Agile for Practitioners                         X X X

ELECTIVE COURSES

FALL WINTER SPRING SUMMER

PROJ_PMI 204-0 Developing People and Teams

X X
PROJ_PMI 211-0 Soft Skills for the Project Manager X X
PROJ_PMI 225-0 Power Excel Skills for Project Managers X X
PROJ_PMI 315-0 Risk Management X X
PROJ_PMI 345-0 Practical Project Planning X X
PROJ_PMI 350-0 Leading and Coaching Agile Teams X
PROJ_PMI 360-0 Agile Estimating and Planning X
 *NEW* PROJ_PMI 365-0 Supporting an Agile Transformation X

Attribution

PMI, PMBOK, CAPM, PMI-ACP, and PMP are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.




Professional Development Programs

Project Management
PROJ_PMI 204-0 Developing People and Teams *Elective

As a project manager, it is part of your job to work with a team to achieve a specified outcome. Whether it is an existing team or a cross-functional team put together for this project, working with teams has its advantages and challenges. How can you best manage the strengths of your team to reach its goals? How can you help prepare a team for the developmental stages they will encounterwhile working together? In Developing People and Teams, students will look at individual development including coaching, mentoring and motivation theory. Team development will be explored through the topics of faciliatation and collaboration. Participants will also have the opportunity to assess their personal style of conflict resolution.

 

Required Course Preparation:
Students should complete the assessment included in StrengthsFinder 2.0 by Tom Rath and email their results to the instructor, Alyssa Dickman, at adickman@northwestern.edu prior to the first day of class. Learning activities will be tailored to each course based on assessment results.

PLEASE NOTE: Students must purchase a new book in order to ensure that the assessment link is valid.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 13 (Leadership: 13)


Additional Information:

This is a two-day course offered during the Winter and Summer quarters.

 

This course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


Tuition:
$1025

Summer 2017 Sec #47
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Course Materials:

StrengthsFinder 2.0. Rath, Tom. New York: Gallup Press, 2007. ISBN-10: 1-595-62015-X | ISBN-13: 978-1-59562-015-6

PLEASE NOTE: Students must purchase a new book in order to ensure that the assessment link is valid.

 

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable (Book Summary). Lencioni, Patrick. Soundview Executive Book Summaries, 2009.

 

 

Required Course Preparation:
Students should complete the assessment included in StrengthsFinder 2.0 and email their results to the instructor, Alyssa Dickman, at adickman@northwestern.edu by Friday, June 30. Learning activities will be tailored to each course based on assessment results.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
07/08/17 - 07/15/17 Sa 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 406
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 41618
PROJ_PMI 225-0 Power Excel Skills for Project Managers *Elective

The Executive Team is counting on you to commit a project completion date. Mistakes will be costly due to penalties if there is any delay. Your project team is counting on you to guide their effort so the critical tasks are identified and prioritized. You are buried in a ton of project information arriving to you daily. How do you collect and organize it? How do you make sense of it? How do you use it to make the best decisions for the project?

From committing to a project completion date based on the organization's risk tolerance to creating compelling reports and charts that can drive actions from your organization to address critical issues to keep your project on track, Excel is one of the best and more flexible tools available for Project Managers to simplify tasks related to managing information and also to help on daily decision making on many levels.

Students will learn advanced excel skills through this hands-on workshop that will help them to create analytical tools, formulas, charts, graphs and macros that will support them on making critical project management decisions. Real-world experiences from project initiation to project completion will be used so students will leave each day of the training with the ability to apply what they have learned in their workplace.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 10 (Technical: 7; Leadership: 3)


Additional Information:

This course is intended for students with basic to intermediate knowledge of Microsoft Excel®.

Students are required to bring a computer (PC or MAC) with Microsoft Excel® installed since they will complete in class exercises designed to reinforce concepts learned during the course lecture.

Students may also be eligible to purchase software at discounted rates through Northwestern's agreement with Microsoft.

 

This is a two-day course offered during the Winter and Summer quarters.


Tuition:
$749

Summer 2017 Sec #47
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Course Materials:

Course materials are included in the cost of tuition and will be provided in class and posted online for students.

Students must bring a laptop (PC or Mac) with Microsoft Excel installed and ready to use.

More information on Microsoft Office for Northwestern students is online here.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
08/05/17 - 08/12/17 Sa 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 711
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 41536
PROJ_PMI 345-0 Practical Project Planning *Elective

The effective project manager is able to create an effective set of project plans that communicate the work, assignments, decision-making flows, and risks to the project sponsor, stakeholders, and team members. These plans must be at the level appropriate to manage the risk of the project, and at the same time be understandable by the project team, and easy-to-maintain as the project progresses. During this three-day workshop, designed for project managers, you will complete a comprehensive set of project plans, learning and applying practical techniques. Using hands-on activities, case studies, and your own projects, you will improve your capabilities completing the project charter, the project participation matrix, communication plan, and risk management plan. You will also learn practical techniques for establishing project ground rules, meeting cadences, and collaboration tools.

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 16 (Technical: 12; Leadership: 2; Strategic: 2)


Additional Information:

Students are required to have completed Project Management for Practitioners, Project Management for Professionals, Agile for Project Management Professionals, or carry CAPM® or PMP® Certification.

Students will need to bring a laptop to class, able to edit Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files. They will also need to set up a free trial account with TeamGantt.com.

Students are expected to participate heavily in course discussions, group activities, and individual activities. There will be additional assignments, designed to help the student prepare for the next day’s class, to be completed before each session.

 

This is a 3 day course offered in the Winter and Summer quarters.


Tuition:
$749

Summer 2017 Sec #43
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Course Materials:

Students are required to have completed PROJ_PMI 401-0 Project Management for Practitioners or PROJ_PMI 402-0/402-DL Project Management for Professionals, or carry CAPM® or PMP® certification.

Students will need to bring a laptop to class, able to edit Word, PowerPoint, and Excel files. They will also need to set up a free trial account with TeamGantt.com.

 

Students are expected to participate heavily in course discussions, group activities, and individual activities. There will be additional assignments, designed to help the student prepare for the next day’s class, to be completed before each session.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
08/29/17 - 08/31/17 TuWTh 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 712
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 41619
PROJ_PMI 365-0 Supporting an Agile Transformation *Elective

Agile methods and tools are growing in popularity – Computer Economics estimated in 2014 that 83% of businesses have future plans to implement Agile. The purpose of this course is to provide managers, project managers, and other leaders an understanding of agile methods, what an agile culture means, and how to support an organization contemplating a transformation from traditional development to agile development.

 

Whether you are an agile novice, or an experienced agile practitioner, this course will provide you with a basic understanding of Agile and what constitutes a transformation. An organization cultural assessment will be used to gauge the receptiveness of your organization to Agile, and to identify some potential risks. Various methods of organizational change will be discussed in the context of an agile adoption.

 

This course qualifies as education contact hours for the Project Management Institute’s Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP?) exam. Note that in order to sit for the PMI-ACP® exam, students must meet additional requirements set forth by PMI that can be found on their website.

 

Please note: This class is best suited for experienced project managers. It is not recommended as an elective for students in the Project Management for Practitioners track.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 12 (Technical: 2; Leadership: 10)


Additional Information:

This is a two-day course offered during the Summer quarter.


Tuition:
$749

Summer 2017 Sec #45
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Course Materials:

Course materials are included in the cost of tuition and will be provided in class.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
07/27/17 - 07/28/17 ThF 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 709
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 42033
PROJ_PMI 401-0 Essentials of Project Management *Core Course

Designed for project team members and project managers / professionals who are managing projects as one part of their job, this 3-day course provides a detailed examination of the fundamental processes of project management and meets the 23 contact hour training requirements for PMI®'s Certified Associate Project Manager (CAPM)® exam. Using lectures, case studies, discussions and individual and group exercises, participants will learn how to apply the standard project management process to successfully initiate, plan, execute, monitor, and close a project. This will include an emphasis on determining how to meet customer/client needs, planning activities, and communication skills.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 23 (Technical: 17; Leadership: 3; Strategic: 3)


Additional Information:

This is a three-day course offered every academic quarter.

 

This course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


Tuition:
$1199

Summer 2017 Sec #43
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Course Materials:

All course materials are included in the cost of tuition and will be provided in class.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
07/18/17 - 07/20/17 TuWTh 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 504
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 41537
Summer 2017 Sec #47
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Course Materials:

All course materials are included in the cost of tuition and will be provided in class.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
08/12/17 - 08/26/17 Sa 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 712
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 41538
PROJ_PMI 402-0 Applied Project Management *Core Course

Project management terms, concepts, techniques, and tools are explored to ensure the aspects of a project are organized and managed properly. Integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communication, risk, and procurement management are topics reviewed. The beginning and the end of a project and the relationships between the major milestones are discussed. Group work is required. Satisfies the 35 hour project management education requirement for the PMP® exam.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 35 (Technical: 15.75; Leadership: 10.5; Strategic: 8.75)


Additional Information:

This course is offered every academic quarter.

 

This course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


Tuition:
$1799

Summer 2017 Sec #42


Course Materials:

A Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition. PMI. Newtown Square: Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013. ISBN-10: 1-935-58967-9 | ISBN-13: 978-1-935-58967-9

 

Information Technology Project Management, 8th Edition. Schwalbe, Kathy. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2016. ISBN-10: 1285452348 | ISBN-13: 978-1285452340

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
06/19/17 - 08/28/17 M 5:30 – 8:45 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 712
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 41540
Summer 2017 Sec #48
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Course Materials:

A Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition. PMI. Newtown Square: Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013. ISBN-10: 1-935-58967-9 | ISBN-13: 978-1-935-58967-9

 

Information Technology Project Management, 8th Edition. Schwalbe, Kathy. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2016. ISBN-10: 1285452348 | ISBN-13: 978-1285452340

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
07/08/17 - 08/05/17 Sa 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 507
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 41539
PROJ_PMI 402-DL Applied Project Management *Core Course

Project management terms, concepts, techniques, and tools are explored to ensure the aspects of a project are organized and managed properly. Integration, scope, time, cost, quality, human resources, communication, risk, and procurement management are topics reviewed. The beginning and the end of a project and the relationships between the major milestones are discussed. Group work is required. Satisfies the 35 hour project management education requirement for the PMP® exam.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 35 (Technical: 15.75; Leadership: 10.5; Strategic: 8.75)


Tuition:
$1799

Summer 2017 Sec #50 (402-DL)


Course Materials:

A Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Fifth Edition. PMI. Newtown Square: Project Management Institute, Inc., 2013. ISBN-10: 1-935-58967-9 | ISBN-13: 978-1-935-58967-9

 

Information Technology Project Management, 8th Edition. Schwalbe, Kathy. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2016. ISBN-10: 1285452348 | ISBN-13: 978-1285452340

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
06/19/17 - 08/28/17 Asynch
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Online Open 41541