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.

Attribution

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




Professional Development Programs

Project Management
PROJ_PMI 211-0 Soft Skills for the Project Manager *Elective

The effective project manager possesses deep interpersonal skills and is able to use their skills to lead their project teams to deliver results. This workshop will help you improve the essential skills needed to be an effective project manager such as communication, relationship-management, conflict resolution, decision-making, and team motivation. Format includes lecture, case studies/group activities, discussions and Q & A.

 

Required Course Preparation:

Students must read the Introduction and Chapters 1-3 of Interpersonal Skills for Portfolio, Program, and Project Managers by Ginger Levin prior to the first day of class.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 12 (Technical: 1; Leadership: 9; Strategic: 2)


Additional Information:

This is a two-day course offered during the Fall and Spring quarters.


Tuition:
$749

Spring 2017 Sec #43
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Course Materials:

Interpersonal Skills for Portfolio, Program, and Project Managers. Levin, Ginger. Vienna: Management Concepts, Inc., 2010. ISBN-10: 1-567-26288-0 | ISBN-13: 978-1-567-26288-9 

 

Required Course Preparation:

Students must read the Introduction and Chapters 1-3 of Interpersonal Skills for Portfolio, Program, and Project Managers prior to the first day of class.

Start/End Dates Course Sync Time Building
05/23/17 - 05/24/17 TuW 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 711
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 37956
PROJ_PMI 315-0 Risk Management *Elective

You are the project manager for a multi-million dollar project, and there can be no mistakes. Your Executive Team is depending on you to manage successfully! What do you need to do know to assess risk so you can deliver against stakeholder expectations?

Through this course, students will gain an in-depth understanding of types of risks that threaten projects and the use of various techniques for assessing and managing risk and approaches to reduce project risk. Particular emphasis is placed on areas of risk identification, analysis, response planning and monitoring and control. Use of case studies will help illustrate how risk management is used successfully and will allow the students to develop practical skills for use in the workplace.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 15 (Technical: 11; Leadership: 4)


Additional Information:

This is a four-day course offered during the Fall and Spring quarters.


Tuition:
$749

Spring 2017 Sec #42
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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
04/17/17 - 04/20/17 MTuWTh 6 – 9 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 711
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 37957
PROJ_PMI 360-0 Agile Estimating and Planning *Elective

As Agile methods and tools continue to grow in popularity, people are interested in how to leverage Agile to improve their projects. Contrary to what some people think, planning in Agile projects is more rigorous and disciplined than it is in traditional projects. The purpose of this course is to provide project managers, Scrum Masters, product owners, functional managers and Agile team members with an in-depth understanding of how to plan for Agile projects.

 

Agile estimating and planning helps to get a project off on solid footing. Working together in teams, participants will select a product to use for their case study and will apply the planning and estimation techniques for the course on that product.

 

Planning for Agile projects starts with the big picture of product roadmaps and release plans, and drills down into the work that an Agile team will do within an iteration. Participants will learn how to plan for iterative and incremental solution development, and how to address change in a plan.

 

The course also looks at the two types of estimates used on Agile projects, relative estimates in story points and absolute estimates in ideal days. Participants will learn when to use each of these, and how to include the entire team for more accurate estimates that team members will support.

 

Please note: This course will be helpful to those who are familiar with estimating and planning traditional projects or who have an agile background but want additional detail on how to effectively plan agile projects. This course is not recommended as an elective for those in the Project Management for Practitioners track.


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.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 12 (Technical: 12)


Additional Information:

This course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


Tuition:
$749

Spring 2017 Sec #46
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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
06/02/17 - 06/03/17 FSa 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 37958
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

Spring 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
04/04/17 - 04/06/17 TuWTh 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 712
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 37964
Spring 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
05/06/17 - 05/20/17 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 37965
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

Spring 2017 Sec #42


Schedule Notes:

There will be NO CLASS on Monday, May 29 due to Memorial Day. Class that week will be held on Wednesday, May 31 from 5:30-8:45 pm.


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
03/27/17 - 06/05/17 M
Wednesday, May 31
5:30 – 8:45 p.m.
5:30 – 8:45 p.m.
Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 517
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 37966
Spring 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
04/29/17 - 05/27/17 Sa 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Wieboldt Hall, 339 E Chicago Avenue Room 711
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Chicago Campus Open 37967
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

Spring 2017 Sec #50 (402-DL)


Schedule Notes:

Four optional sync sessions will be held during this course on Monday evenings from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. CT. These sessions will be recorded and posted in the online course site.


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
03/27/17 - 06/05/17 Optional Sync Asynch
Instructor Course Format Status CAESAR Course ID
Online Open 37968
PROJ_PMI 403-0 Agile for Practitioners *Core Course

Agile skills are in high demand in all industries, and experienced project professionals need to pick up agile skills to stay relevant. This course, which meets the PMI-ACP® education requirements, is a workshop style course that will teach participants the principles and values of Agile, and help them apply Agile practices and techniques to their current projects. This is a highly interactive course that leverages real world examples from Scrum, Lean, Kanban and other Agile methods. Participants will work in teams to experience and apply Agile to the course exercises.

 

Total Professional Development Units (PDUs): 26 (Technical: 20; Leadership: 6)


Additional Information:

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

 

This course is graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.


Tuition:
$1199

Spring 2017 Sec #42
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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
05/01/17 - 05/04/17 MTuWTh 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 37969