Certificate in Agile Practices

Northwestern University
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As Agile becomes mainstream, organizations will value those employees who understand and are able to use Agile approaches to work together effectively. Whether you are a team member, Scrum Master, project manager, coach, or leader, you will benefit from a deep understanding of Agile methods and how to effectively apply them in a team environment.


Northwestern University has been reviewed and approved as a provider of project management training by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Our Certificate in Agile Practices satisfies the 21-hour agile training prerequisite to sit for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® exam.


Northwestern University has also been approved by PMI to issue professional development units (PDUs) for our project management courses. We offer several electives for PDUs to maintain your PMI® certifications. Our faculty members are industry experts in applying Agile frameworks and leading Agile projects and will share their best practices with students. We offer weekday, weeknight and weekend learning to fit your needs.

Program Goals

Communicate the benefits of using Agile frameworks vs. more traditional or waterfall approaches

Establish the structure for a successful project through the use of Agile frameworks such as Scrum, Kanban, eXtreme Programming (XP), and Lean

Identify key concepts of Agile project analysis and design including requirements gathering techniques like Story Mapping and User Stories

Assemble, motivate, coach, and lead an Agile team

Understand how to manage the scope, schedule, budget, and quality of Agile initiatives

Explain how to leverage leadership skills required by Agile methods, including high-bandwidth communication, interpersonal skills, facilitation, and collaboration

Define the key Agile concepts covered on the PMI-ACP® certification exam

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Chicago , United States