Netherlands, Utrecht

Agile Projects as Dynamic Capability

when 20 August 2018 - 24 August 2018
language English
duration 1 week
credits 2 ECTS
fee EUR 695

A central element in the dynamic capabilities of an organization, lies within its ability to successfully transform existing assets and resources into new capabilities. Projects are key to this rapid organizational change. However, the traditional ‘plan & control’ approach to project management does not fit the dynamic and flexible approach that successful organizational change requires. The solution to this problem can be found in ‘Agile project management’. The course ‘Agile projects as Dynamic Capability’ covers the Agile approach to projects from its conceptual foundations to the different methodologies and practical applications. The course includes certification as Professional Scrum Master.

One of the more recent developments in strategic management is that of the dynamic capabilities of an organization. This view was developed by Teece and Shuen (amongst others) and highlights an organization’s ability to integrate, build and reconfigure its strategies, assets, processes and resources, in order to address rapidly changing environments. With dynamic capabilities, an innovation and change based perspective is added to the ‘resource based view’ theory of organizations, helping and enabling organizations to adapt to their environment and remain competitive.

A central element in the dynamic capabilities of an organization is its ability to successfully transform existing assets and resources into new capabilities. Projects are the key to this rapid organizational change. However, the traditional ‘plan & control’ approach to project management does not fit the dynamic and flexible approach that successful organizational change requires. The solution to this problem can be found in ‘Agile project management’ as the operationalization of dynamic capabilities theory in projects.

But now that the hype of Agile projects is fading, reality kicks in. How does an Agile approach to projects fit the organizational context? How can Agile projects be managed and governed? What is the difference between Agile, Scrum and other methodologies? What are success factors for an Agile approach? And what are the fail factors?

These questions are all addressed in our one week course “Agile projects as Dynamic Capability”. By providing you with new insights and knowledge, we will also prepare you for your exam, and help you become a certified Professional Scrum Master (PSM-I).

Course leader

Etienne Steens MSc

Target group

This course is aimed at students and young professionals in the domain of business, project management, information technology and engineering, that are interested in understanding the qualities and limitations of Agile project approaches. Participants should have a foundation-level knowledge of projects and project management, obtained through either of the following:
- At least 5 EC of education on project management.
- A formal project management certification (e.g. PRINCE2, PMI, IPMA).
- At least 2 years of work experience in a project-based environment.
- Participation in our Summer Course “Project Management: From Theory to Practice” (B16)

Course aim

The course covers the Agile approach to projects from its conceptual foundations to the methodologies and practical applications. After completion of the course, the participant:
- Has consummate knowledge and understanding of the Agile approach to projects.
- Knows the most used Agile methodologies and has in-depth knowledge of Scrum.
- Can develop a project plan that reflects an Agile approach.
- Understands the success and fail factors for an Agile approach to projects and can assess the suitability of this approach in an organizational context.
The course includes the Professional Scrum Master (PSM-I) certification, by the ‘founding fathers’ of Scrum: Scrum.org.

Credits info

2 ECTS
Certificate of Attendance

Fee info

EUR 695: Course + course materials
EUR 200: Housing

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