UCLA Extension

Agile Project Management – Exploring Use Cases Beyond Software

Course No. D6, Period 4

“Software is eating the world”. This quote, by Marc Andreesson explains what’s powering the Agile phenomenon. It’s a reference to the disruption caused by software-based companies. Amazon is eating Sears; Netflix is eating Hollywood and Uber is eating the taxi industry. By extension, one can ask whether Agile is eating Project Management. Business leaders are looking to Agile methodologies the way they once looked to Project Management principles for insights into how to deliver better products, faster than their competitors. Are they right to presume that Agile can be applied beyond software?

In this course, you will:

  • Learn when to consider Agile and Waterfall workflows
  • Learn how the project manager’s role must evolve to accommodate agile teams
  • Learn tips for creating an Agile environment
  • Learn to write effective user stories
  • Gain insights into how to organize teams to deliver in an Agile environment
  • Gain insights into organizational considerations for project agility

Jerry Reed, PMP, MCPReed_Jerry

Project Manager, AT&T Wireless, Cerritos, California

With over 20 years of project management experience, Jerry Reed has led capital-intensive projects across the defense, public utility and telecommunication industries. Mr. Reed manages data center projects for AT&T. During his career with AT&T, he has pioneered build standards which are still in use today. He has delivered leadership seminars for project professionals at PMI® and AT&T.

Mr. Reed holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois, at Urbana-Champaign. He has earned several distinctions within the Project Management field including the PMP® designation, a Master’s Certification in Project Management, a Technology Specialist certification from Microsoft® and the Six Sigma Green Belt.

Mr. Reed has had great success in the effective management of complex projects. His teaching approach is to mesh real workplace dynamics with theories and tools to cultivate skills that leaders can immediately apply in the field. He encourages an interactive classroom environment and emphasizes that leadership theory is only as good as its applicability to the work place.

Mr. Reed has developed three courses within the UCLA Extension Project Management Certification Program and serves on the Project Management Advisory Board.