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Build an Agile Team

Gain knowledge and awareness of Agile methodologies and explore how to take your team from a current state to an Agile state.

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Build an Agile Team

  • 4 weeks

  • 1 hour per week

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Explore Agile practices with the University of Adelaide

Agile methodology is a mindset that enables managers and teams to continuously learn and improve what they do and how they do it, driving performance and innovation through iterative practices.

On this four-week course from the University of Adelaide, you’ll gain the knowledge and skills to elevate the performance of your teams through improved collaboration, efficiency, and adaptation to change.

You’ll transform your management style as you explore how to take your team from your current state through to an Agile state by building roadmaps for change.

Understand the purpose of Agile methodology

You’ll learn to define Agile as you explore how it differs from other methodologies.

With this deep dive, you’ll understand the benefits of Agile, what this might look like in practice, and the key terminology to help you communicate with your team.

Unpack Agile values and principles

Next, you’ll gain a solid understanding of the values and principles of Agile as you learn to apply these to a workplace scenario.

With this knowledge, you’ll learn how you can apply Agile to diverse team contexts. You’ll also understand how the different Agile tools could work for your team as you unpack diverse examples.

Develop your Agile roadmap

Finally, you’ll learn how to set your team up for success as you outline your Agile roadmap.

You’ll learn key techniques to apply Agile specifically to your context and work to ensure a smooth transition into Agile teams.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds Stephan Hitchins: In today’s fast-paced and highly competitive business environment, organisations are constantly looking for ways to ensure greater efficiency and improve the delivery of quality products to the customers. But, to improve the speed at which products are launched into the market and improve the efficiency of business operations, teams need to work effectively around an agreed framework. So, what is this framework? The answer is agile. An approach involving ‘sprints’ with project teams incorporate and adapt to stakeholder and customer feedback. In this course, you’ll explore how you can use agile teams to produce a quality tailored and focused end product. You’ll learn how to use agile project management practices to adapt to frequently changing scope.

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 seconds So, if you want to get your team to collaborate more efficiently and enable your organisation to deliver their highest quality product within the constraints of your budget, then enrol in this course today.


  • Week 1

    What is Agile?

    • Getting started

      This section includes all the information you will need to get started in this course.

    • Introduction to Week 1

      Let's take a look ahead to what we'll be covering this week.

    • Define Agile and how it differs from other methodologies

      Let’s explore definitions of Agile, and compare it to other methodologies. Agile differs by being an incremental and iterative approach.

    • The benefits of an Agile approach

      Gain insights into why Agile is worthwhile and envisage the benefits for your team.

    • Terminology is key to Agile

      Agile is a specific methodology. You can promote better engagement by knowing the correct terminology.

    • Assessment

      Do you know what Agile means? Take this test to find out how much you know.

    • Bringing it all together

      Let's reflect on what we've covered this week and take a look at what's coming up next.

  • Week 2

    Values and principles of Agile

    • Introduction to Week 2

      This week, you’ll learn how Agile values impact Agile teams, how these values flow into the 12 Agile principles, and how these principles apply to the practices you can deploy when building an Agile team.

    • Understanding the values of Agile

      A deeper dive into Agile’s four values.

    • Learning the Agile principles

      Twelve principles to remember

    • Applying Agile practices

      Putting principles into practice.

    • Assessment

      Do you know Agile’s values and principles? Can you describe how to deploy Agile practices in your team? Take this test to find out how much you know.

    • Bringing it all together

      Let's reflect on what we've covered this week and take a look at what's coming up next.

  • Week 3

    Agile in diverse team contexts

    • Introduction to Week 3

      This week, you’ll learn how the different Agile tools and practices could work for your team.

    • Exploring Agile in practice

      Applications in service delivery, product development, and project management.

    • Consciously deploying Agile

      When can your Agile team excel?

    • Teams and tools of Agile

      Roles, responsibilities, and tech for Agile

    • Assessment

      Do you know the use cases of Agile in different contexts and the roles within Agile teams? Take this test to find out how much you know.

    • Bringing it all together

      Let's reflect on what we've covered this week and take a look at what's coming up next.

  • Week 4

    Your Agile roadmap

    • Introduction to Week 4

      This week, you’ll learn about Agile roadmaps and how to develop Agile capability in your team.

    • The Agile roadmap

      Visualise your Agile project.

    • Developing Agile capability

      Identifying needs and enabling learning.

    • Reflection and moving forward

      Reflect on your learning in this course and how you can use it going forwards.

    • Assessment

      Do you know how to identify dependencies, meet learning needs, and use the 70/20/10 model? Take this test to find out how much you know.

    • Bringing it all together

      Let's reflect on what we've covered this week and take a look at what's coming up next.

    • What’s next?

      Let's reflect on the learning explored in the course and consider where to apply and further build on your new skills and knowledge.

When would you like to start?

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Describe the nature, role and benefits of Agile Teams.
  • Identify the principles and values of Agile ways of working.
  • Explain the use case for Agile Teams in diverse contexts.
  • Critique a roadmap for transitioning to Agile Teams.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for new or emerging managers, or team leaders from any industry.

You may also have been in management for a longer period of time and you’re looking to upskill and update your approach to management.

Please note, Stephan is not able to join the discussions or respond to individual comments, however, the course encourages a strong learning community. The learning is focused around debate and discussion - supporting other learners, sharing your own experience and knowledge, and listening to new perspectives. We hope that you will enjoy interacting with and learning from each other in this way. Don’t forget to comment, reply to other learners and ‘like’ comments.

Who will you learn with?

I am skilled in Design Thinking, Branding, Visual Communication, Futures Design and Agile methods. My key interests are complex problem-solving, critical thinking in teams and strategic leadership.

Who developed the course?

The University of Adelaide

The University of Adelaide is a world-class teaching and research institution. They are committed to developing quality students and lifelong learners who are recognised for their skills, creativity, global outlook and ability to succeed.

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