Agile Meets Design Thinking

About this Course

Despite everyone's good intentions, hard work and solid ideas, too many teams end up creating products that no one wants, no one can use, and no one buys. But it doesn't have to be this way. Agile and design thinking offer a different--and effective--approach to product development, one that results in valuable solutions to meaningful problems. In this course, you’ll learn how to determine what's valuable to a user early in the process--to frontload value--by focusing your team on testable narratives about the user and creating a strong shared perspective. As a Project Management Institute (PMI®) Registered Education Provider, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business has been approved by PMI to issue 25 professional development units (PDUs) for this course, which focuses on core competencies recognized by PMI. (Provider #2122) This course is supported by the Batten Institute at UVA’s Darden School of Business. The Batten Institute’s mission is to improve the world through entrepreneurship and innovation: www.batteninstitute.orgEnroll now for free on Coursera

Instructor: Alex Cowan, Faculty & Batten Fellow, UVA Darden School of Business

What You’ll Learn

  • How to evaluate and explain the relevance of concepts and practices from the agile development methodologies
  • How to create a strong shared perspective and drive to value using design methods like personas and problem scenarios
  • How to diagnose what software will be valuable to the user and how to test your ideas using agile user stories and prototypes
  • How to facilitate narrative collaboration with user stories and prototypes

Skills You’ll Gain

  • Agile user stories
  • User Experience Design (UXD)
  • Agile Software Development
  • Product Management
  • Software Development


Week 1: Problems Agile Solves

Week 2: Focusing Your Agile with Personas, Problem Scenarios, and Alternatives

Week 3: Getting to Great Agile User Stories

Week 4: Focusing on Customer Value with User Stories

Approximate Completion Time: 16 hours to complete (Suggested: 5 weeks of study, 2 - 5 hours/week). Enroll now for free on Coursera

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