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Learn the Truth About Agile versus Waterfall

Learn to See Agile and Waterfall in a Fresh, New Perspective as Complementary Rather Than Competitive Approaches
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Created by Chuck Cobb
Last updated 10/2016
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Learn to see Agile and traditional plan-driven project management principles and practices in a fresh new perspective as complementary to each other rather than competitive in order to get the best of these two worlds!

Many businesses and project managers are faced with a choice of choosing a traditional plan-driven approach (or what is sometimes called “Waterfall") or a more Agile approach for critical projects which can be a very important decision with significant business impact but there are many stereotypes and misconceptions that exist about both “Agile" and “Waterfall" that can be very confusing and misleading. Many people see this as a binary and mutually-exclusive choice between two extremes and attempt to force-fit projects to one of these two approaches when the right solution is to go in the other direction and fit the approach to the project.

Since this is such a critical decision that has such a big impact, it's very important to get past these stereotypes and misconceptions, develop a clear objective understanding of what it means (or doesn't mean) when people talk about "Agile versus Waterfall".

Who is the target audience?
  • Executives and Business Managers who want to better understand the tradeoffs associated with selecting a project management approach for their business
  • Project Managers who want to develop a more adaptive approach to project management that embraces both Agile and traditional plan-driven project management principles and practices
  • Anyone who works with an Agile approach and wants to better understand how to better integrate project management practices into the approach
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What Will I Learn?
Learn the truth about the relationship of "Agile" and "Waterfall" and see those two approaches in a new perspective as complementary rather than competitive
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Curriculum For This Course
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Course Introduction
1 Lecture 06:29

This lecture provides an overview of the course and the course objectives.

Definition of Terms
4 Lectures 19:15

This lecture provides a description of what the "Waterfall" model really is and how that term is used in actual practice.

What is Waterfall?

This quiz is a test of knowledge related to the lesson on "What is Waterfall?"

What Is Waterfall Quiz
10 questions

The term Agile has been almost as widely misused as the term “Waterfall” and that can also be very confusing. In this lecture, we will discuss the origins of the term "Agile" and how that term is used today.

What is Agile?

In this lesson, we're going to briefly discuss how Agile came about in the original Agile Manifesto values and principles in 2001.

Agile History

This quiz is a brief review of some of the topics covered in the "What is Agile" lecture

What is Agile Quiz
10 questions

This lesson discusses some general guidelines that should be useful in selecting the right approach to fit a project and business environment

Choosing the Right Approach

This quiz is designed to provide a brief review of some key topics from the lecture on "Choosing the Right Approach"

Choosing the Right Approach Quiz
5 questions
Background Information
3 Lectures 13:52

Scrum has become so widely used today, that when people talk about “Agile”, they are many times talking about the specific Scrum methodology. For that reason, it is important to have a general understanding of what Scrum is when we talk about "What is Agile?"

What is Scrum?

This quiz is a short review of topics from the "What is Scrum" lecture

What is Scrum Quiz
5 questions

Scrum has become so widely used today, that when people talk about “Agile”, they are many times talking about the specific Scrum methodology. For that reason, it is important to have a general understanding of how Scrum works when we talk about "What is Agile?"

How Does Scrum Work?

This quiz is a review of topics in the "How Does Scrum Work?" lecture

How Does Scrum Work Quiz
12 questions

The purpose of this lecture is to provide a brief overview of how a hybrid Agile process works that blends a traditional plan-driven outer shell with an inner shell based on a standard Agile development process.

How Does a Hybrid Approach Work?

This quiz is intended to provide a brief review of some of the key points associated with the lecture on "How a Hybria Approach Works"

How Does a Hybrid Approach Work Quiz
5 questions
Putting it All Together
3 Lectures 08:27

This lecture includes a couple of simple examples to show how to apply these principles and practices in the real world.


This lecture contains an overall summary of the course and recommended additional resources for further training.

Overall Summary

Final Review Quiz
12 questions

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Course Evaluation
Bonus Materials
2 Lectures 07:06

This lecture contains bonus materials for students interested in ongoing learning beyond the material in this course.

Bonus Material

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About the Instructor
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Author of The Project Manager's Guide to Mastering Agile

Chuck Cobb is the author of the recent, best-selling book "The Project Manager's Guide to Mastering Agile" as well as four other books on Agile Project Management and Business Excellence and he is one of the most popular instructors on Udemy with over 20,000 students and over 400 5-star reviews and he has been a featured speaker at a number of PMI Chapter events, agile groups, universities, and PMO workshops throughout the US.

He has a very pragmatic, "real world" approach to Agile that is based on over 20 years of hands-on program/project management experience in a broad range of industries and application areas and he is passionate about helping project managers understand the convergence of Agile and traditional project management principles and practices.

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