Learn to Develop, Lead and Support Agile Teams
Originally designed as a breakthrough approach to software development, Agile is a disciplined and collaborative method of management that can be applied to a wide range of projects and industries. Agile teams deliver value to stakeholders more efficiently and effectively by embracing an iterative style of work, evaluating their progress continuously and adapting and responding to change.
Agile leadership is a critical element in Agile implementation. Adaptive, open and focused on delivering value, Agile leaders understand the critical success factors in Agile implementations and embrace collaboration, teamwork, self-organization and accountability. Through a series of four, intensive, two or three-day courses delivered virtually, you will learn to develop, lead and support Agile teams in your organization. There are several course offerings a year to help you customize a schedule that suits your busy life and ideal for those currently working from home.
Why Choose UBC Sauder Agile Leadership Program?
- Engage in a highly interactive and collaborative virtual learning experience. With the move to remote learning, the course has maintained its interactive nature, using breakout rooms and collaboration software to facilitate small group discussions
- Allows for collaborative problem solving and even applying agile principles in a virtual environment to build a tangible product via case studies and simulations
- Promises to be a fun, engaging experience utilizing a wide-ranging industry examples over potted analogies.
- Provides insights into primary delivery frameworks, Scrum, Kanban and XP, how they work, how to mix and combine the frameworks to solve specific delivery challenges and on how to apply these frameworks in real work environments.
- Taught by experienced professionals with considerable knowledge in applying the principles and practices discussed in varied technical and non-technical work settings.
- Provides an appreciation of the underlying principles behind agile delivery methods, from a rapid learning cycle such as the Deming Cycle or Lean Startup's Build-Measure-Learn learning cycle, to iterative and incremental delivery, such as minimum viable products (from the Lean Startup) or continuous delivery models (from DevOps).
Who Should Attend
The Agile Leadership program is designed for individuals working in organizations considering, or in the process of, adopting Agile methods including line managers, change managers, project and program managers, software developers and QA engineers, business analysts and product managers.
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Apply your learning to:
- Identify business drivers for Agile.
- Understand the requirements for Agile practice implementation.
- Understand key Agile practices, including Scrum, XP, Kanban, and Lean.
- Understand the importance of context in choosing and implementing Agile practices.
- Define Agile roles and responsibilities.
- Recognize how Agile methods can improve product delivery.
- Set up an Agile team.
- Develop the soft skills necessary to lead and support your Agile team.
- Learn how to demonstrate and communicate the value of an Agile team to help get organizational buy-in.
In-class at UBC Robson Square or 100% Online.
Four courses that can be completed within three to four months.
Each course is taught over two weekdays or weekends for a total of 14 hours per course.
All courses must be completed within two years.
Courses are offered throughout the year.
Tuition & Fees
Total Tuition: $4,490and $4,990.
*Tuition is based on the total cost of individual course fees, which range from $995 to $1495.
Comprised of two required courses and two electives, the program is designed to provide students with a rich learning experience. Theory and practice are integrated through opportunities for teamwork, discussion, guest speakers, and networking.
Strategically designed by a team of industry and academic experts, the program is grounded in industry best practices and applications. Students learn what it takes to lead an Agile team, create a collaborative culture and apply Agile methods to enhance organizational performance.
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*Note: The Agile Leadership program curriculum is subject to change.
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Regular Program Required Courses
Agile Delivery Methods
This course provides an introduction to the Lean and Agile principles on which iterative and incremental development is based. Agile Delivery Methods is the pre-requisite for all of the other Agile Leadership courses.
14 PDUs $995Fall2020Winter2021Spring / Summer2021
Agile methodologies such as Scrum or Kanban are built around self-organizing and self-directed teams. Agile Leadership is the capstone course and required as the last course in the program.
14 PDUs $1250Fall2020Winter2021Spring / Summer2021
Elective Courses. Choose two from the following list:
Using the Scrum Lego® City simulation, this course provides an intensive, highly interactive introduction to the principles and practices of the Agile and the Scrum framework. Pre-req: Agile Delivery Methods. Elective.
14 PDUs $1495Fall2020Winter2021Spring / Summer2021
Managing Agile Delivery
This course examines how to track the progress of Agile teams, what tools to use for oversight and how to maintain team agility while meeting business goals. Pre-requisite: Agile Delivery Methods. Elective
14 PDUs $1250Fall2020Winter2021Spring / Summer2021
Program curriculum may be subject to change.
Agile Delivery Methods is recommended as a foundation course for all of the other Agile Leadership program courses.
Choose two courses from the list of electives.
Agile Leadership is the last course you take in the program. Once you have completed the Agile Leadership course, you can apply to graduate by completing the graduation request form.
|Delivery Format||HOW IT WORKS|
|In Class or Blended||Learn in-person with your instructor and classmates at scheduled class times.|
|Online Virtual||Learn in an online classroom. Attend scheduled virtual sessions with your instructor and classmates. Fixed start and end dates with access to online curriculum and possibly an online tutor.|
|Online (100% Online)||Learn in an online classroom. Fixed start and end dates with the flexibility to collaborate with your classmates. Optional live virtual sessions and access to an online instructor.|
The program is taught and facilitated by experienced, industry practitioners who are experts in Agile, as well as certified trainers in Scrum and Kanban.
It is strongly recommended that students be fluent in written and spoken business English.
How to Register:
Registration is done on a course-by-course basis.
Create an account and login to register for specific courses at any time. Visa or MasterCard accepted.
What is needed to Graduate:
To be granted the UBC Associate Certificate in Agile Leadership, you must successfully complete two required and two elective courses, achieving a minimum of 60% in each course and a “pass” standing on portions of the program that are graded “pass/fail”. All course work must be completed within two years.
Once you have completed and passed the four courses, submit the Graduation Request form to receive your Associate Certificate.
Online Course Registration
Register online via our secure server using your Visa or MasterCard. You need to create a profile in our system before we can process your online course registration.
Once signed in, your name will appear near the top right of your screen.
Add items to your shopping cart and follow the instructions to complete your purchase.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any problems registering online.
What payment options do I have to pay for a course?
All course fees are payable in Canadian dollars. Visa and Mastercard are accepted.
Will I have to pay tax on my course fees?
Fees made payable to UBC Sauder Continuing Business Studies are not subject to tax if they are for courses that are part of a certificate or associate certificate program
Is it possible to take Agile Leadership courses without enrolling in the program?
Yes, you are free to register in the courses you are interested in.
When do I have to decide if I want to pursue the Associate Certificate in Agile Leadership?
You can decide before or after completing your first course. To enroll, you need to submit a program declaration form.
Will I be required to purchase textbooks and/or other materials?
No purchase of textbooks or additional materials is required for the Agile Leadership program.
Can I get a credit towards the certificate for courses I’ve already taken?
You are eligible to receive credit for applicable UBC Sauder Continuing Business Studies courses taken within the last two years.
Is there a fee differential for international students?
No, all students pay the same fees.
How do I get a T2202A tax receipt?
Many courses and programs offered by UBC Sauder Continuing Business Studies qualify for non-refundable tax credits and education expense amounts. If the courses or programs you were enrolled in are eligible, you will receive an email notification in February outlining how to obtain your T2202A Tuition, Education and Textbook tax certificate. A T2202A can be used as an official statement for income tax purposes.
I'm a UBC employee. How can I access UBC Sauder Continuing Business Studies courses?
Most UBC employee groups are eligible for tuition fee waivers that reimburse or offset the cost of most courses. Please visit the UBC Finance Tuition Fee Benefit website for information on eligibility and instructions on how to use your tuition fee benefit. Since tuition fee benefits for UBC faculty and staff may differ depending on your employee group, please visit the UBC Human Resources Benefits website for information on your eligibility. Do not register for a course prior to submitting your tuition waiver.
If your department or faculty is funding the course, please submit an authorized journal voucher (JV) along with your registration to UBC Sauder Continuing Business Studies.
Will I be required to purchase textbooks and/or other materials?
There are no required textbooks or materials associated with this program.
What do I receive when I complete the certificate or associate certificate program?
Upon successful completion of the program, participants are awarded a UBC Associate Certificate in Agile Leadership signed by the President of UBC and the Dean of the UBC Sauder School of Business. Once you have submitted your graduation request form, the certificate will be sent by mail along with an official transcript. Please note that the process can take up to three months.
When do I have to decide if I want to complete the Associate Certificate in Agile Leadership?
Your program declaration form must be submitted by the time you have completed the Agile Delivery Methods course.
What is required to graduate from the Agile Leadership program?
To earn the UBC Associate Certificate in Agile Leadership, you must successfully complete two required and two elective courses within two years with a minimum grade of 60% on each course, and a “pass” on portions of the program that are graded “pass/fail”.
Does completion of a UBC certificate program qualify for academic credits towards a diploma or degree program?
Completion of non-credit certificate programs cannot be applied towards a UBC degree or credit diploma at this time. However prior learning assessment policies vary by institution, so it is worth looking into this for any institution you are considering.
How are participants assessed in the program?
Individual assessment is based on assignments, case scenarios, class activities and participation.
How many hours a week do I need to set aside for in-class course work and independent study?
Other than a final assignment, all work will be completed during class time.
Will I be required to do assignments outside of the classroom for this program?
Yes, there will be a final assignment due shortly after the II866 - Agile Leadership course.
If I can’t make it to class one day, can I sit in on the next course to make up the time?
No, unfortunately, we do not allow for auditing or sitting in on other offerings other than the one you register for.
Is the Agile Leadership Program suitable for people working in industries other than the software industry?
Yes, although it was originally designed for the software industry, the Agile Leadership methodology can be applied to a wide range of projects and industries.
Are there any accommodations for people with medical conditions or disabilities?
Please contact us well in advance of the program for assistance in the event of either of these circumstances.
Where can I get parking or transit information?
Parking and transit information is available on our website.
Who can I contact if I still have questions about the Agile Leadership program?
If you are unable to find the information you need on the website, please contact us by phone at 604-822-1420 or online.
What is the difference between Project Management and Agile:
|Documentation & Sign Off||Real-time feedback and Validation|
|Scheduling & Planning||Gantt Charts, Upfront Planning||Incremental & Iterative Progression|
|Management & Team Structure||Hierachical Command & Control||Servent-Leadership & Self-organizing|
|Guiding Principle||Get it right before you start||Continuously improve - Learning by doing|