Agile is changing how teams design, develop, and deliver products in the software industry and beyond.
Taught by certified instructors, the UBC Award of Achievement in Agile Leadership offers training and applied learning in Agile methods and processes. Develop skills to lead and support Agile teams by learning key practices and principles. Don't just do Agile. Be Agile.
- Delivered part-time in-class, with courses offered daytime and weekends in downtown Vancouver at UBC Robson Square
- Includes two required courses plus two electives from a selection of courses
- Courses can be taken individually or as part of the Award of Achievement program
- Costs between $3,590 CAD and $4,410 CAD
- After this program you will have the methods and knowledge to develop, lead, and support Agile teams.
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- Identify business drivers for Agile change and whats needed to implement Agile practices.
- Understand the critical successful factors required to become a truly Agile organization.
- Learn about the importance of the context in which agile is applied, and how to decide what methods or frameworks are best suited to which situation.
- Get an overview of core Agile practices, including Scrum, XP, Kanban, and Lean.
- Learn about Agile roles and responsibilities.
- Recognize how Agile approaches can improve how products are created and delivered.
- Understand the steps for launching an Agile team.
- Develop Agile leadership skills to be able to lead and support your Agile team.
- Learn how to demonstrate and communicate the successes of an Agile team to help get organizational buy-in.
Who It's For
The UBC Award of Achievement in Agile Leadership is designed for those who work in organizations that are considering adopting Agile methods. Its also suitable for individuals who need guidance, structure, and support for ongoing Agile efforts.
This program is ideal for emerging Agile leaders, or those currently managing Agile teams, including:
- line managers
- change management specialists
- project managers and program managers
- software developers and QA engineers
- business analysts and product managers.
The UBC Award of Achievement in Agile Leadership is a part-time program consisting of two required courses and at least two electives. All are offered in-class.
Each course is 14 hours over a period of two days, and are held weekdays and weekends at UBC Robson Square in downtown Vancouver.
Courses are offered throughout the year. Students complete courses at their own pace within two years of admission.
Individual assessment is based on assignments, case scenarios, class activities and participation, and projects that apply technologies and skills learned in class.
To be granted the UBC Award of Achievement in Agile Leadership, you must successfully complete a minimum of 56 hours of required and elective courses. To demonstrate competency in Agile Leadership, you must earn a minimum passing grade of 60% on each course, a "pass" on portions of the program that are graded "pass/fail," and successfully pass the Certified ScrumMaster® exam (if you choose this elective).
To graduate, complete all requirements within two years of admission to the program.
The curriculum provides a flexible structure that allows you to complete two required courses, along with a selection of electives, for a minimum of 56 hours of class time. Learn through interactive discussions, activities, presentations, assignments, guest speakers, and networking.
Courses focus on topics such as leading Agile teams, creating a collaborative culture, and applying Agile techniques to enhance organizational processes. In each interactive course, you work in teams to solve real-world challenges and apply industry-standard practices.
The program iterates and evolves over time to meet the current realities of the technology and marketplace, and to provide the best learning opportunities and experience possible.
Learning objectives, subject areas, topics, speakers, and assignments that make up the program will change over time to reflect the needs of program participants, the latest best practices and technologies, and the best use of university resources.
The program may also change in duration, number of instructional hours, or requirements for completion.
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Required and Elective Courses
The following courses are required to graduate. Each course runs over two days, and all four courses total 56 hours.
|Elective Courses||Format(s)||Next Offering||More|
|Agile Product Ownership (II863)||In-class||
Feb 2-Feb 3, 2018
|Certified ScrumMaster (II865)||In-class||
Feb 16-Feb 17, 2018
|Introduction to Kanban (II867)||In-class||
Nov 24-Nov 25, 2017
|Managing Agile Delivery (II868)||In-class||
Mar 2-Mar 3, 2018
Agile Delivery Methods is recommended as a foundation course for all of the other Agile Leadership program courses.
The program is taught and facilitated by experienced, industry practitioners who are experts in Agile, as well as certified trainers in Scrum and Kanban.
A diverse group of academics and industry professionals developed the UBC Award of Achievement in Agile Leadership and it continues to evolve as new agile practices, techniques and industry needs emerge. An advisory committee consisting of university faculty and staff, agile practitioners, thought leaders and industry certified trainers facilitated the design and development of the curriculum.
- Paul Culling, VP Partnerships, VersionOne
- Raquel Collins, Associate Director, Technology, Media and Professional Programs, UBC Continuing Studies
- Marius DeBeer, VP Technology, Dominion Marine Media
- Steve Dietrich, CEO, Zen LaunchPad
- Husam Fezzani, Technology and Services, HSBC
- Lawell Kiing, Director Software Engineering Analytics, SalesForce
- Phillippe Krutchen, Professor, Electrical Computer Engineering, UBC Engineering and Founder, Agile Vancouver
- Peter Moroney, Associate Executive Director, UBC Continuing Studies
- Noel Pullen, Senior Director, Technology, Hootsuite
- Bryce Reid, Senior IT Project Manager and Agile Coach, Telus
- Stewart Rogers, Founder, Product Camp Vancouver
- Julie Stockton, Senior Workplace Learning Strategist, UBC Human Resources
- Dave Sharrock, Partner, Agile42
- Alex Taylor, Director, Technical Project Collective, Hootsuite
Part-time course fees are paid by course at $750 CAD - C$1,220 CAD per course. The total tuition is approximately $3,900 CAD, depending on course electives chosen.
Books or related course materials may cost extra. Fees are subject to change.
All students are expected to possess strong written and spoken business English skills to participate in one-on-one interactions, group work, communications, presentations, projects, and assignments. Non-native English speakers may be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting the results of language proficiency tests and may also be subject to an interview prior to admittance. Find out more about acceptable tests and minimum scores.
Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and can be completed online or by contacting our office at 604.822.1420. In order to register for courses online you'll first need to create an account. Once your account is created, login to register at any time. Contact us if you are having difficulty registering.
Note: Once a session is full, additional registrations won't be accepted, and a waitlist is not available. Please check back often for last-minute seat cancellations and additional sessions.
Once you have completed and passed the four courses, submit the Graduation Request form to receive your Award of Achievement.