Reviews & Metrics for Software Improvements

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Course 5 of 6 in the Software Product Management Specialization

This course covers techniques for monitoring your projects in order to align client needs, project plans, and software production. It focuses on metrics and reviews to track and improve project progress and software quality. Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to: - Apply techniques to measure and visualize project progress - Integrate Agile review practices to increase project visibility - Reflect on lessons learned in software projects through retrospective exercises - Improve project and process quality through ongoing measurement
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Approx. 6 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week
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What you will learn

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    Apply techniques to measure and visualize project progress
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    Improve project and process quality through ongoing measurement
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    Integrate Agile review practices to increase project visibility
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    Reflect on lessons learned in software projects through retrospective exercises

Skills you will gain

Agile Software DevelopmentSoftware Development ProcessScrum (Software Development)
Globe

100% online course

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Clock

Approx. 6 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 1-3 hours/week
CommentDots

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
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2 hours to complete

Module 1: Right Product

Welcome to the first module! This module is all about creating the “right product”. You will examine various ways of ensuring that you are creating the right product for both your client and your users. You will learn how to conduct a sprint review meeting and why they are an important step for delivering the right product. Then you will look at user studies. You will learn about several techniques for determining the needs of your users. The module concludes by examining how some of the big companies in the industry ensure that they are delivering the right product to their users. ...
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7 videos (Total 63 min), 7 readings, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
Introduction to Reviews & Metrics for Software Improvements5m
5.1.1: Introduction to Monitoring6m
5.1.2: Sprint Review Meeting10m
5.1.3: User Studies9m
5.1.4: Industry Examples9m
5.1.4A: Industry Examples - Interview19m
SvgReading7 readings
Meet your presenters: Morgan Patzelt10m
Meet your presenters: Bradley Poulette10m
Meet Your Facilitator – Christopher Djuric10m
Course Resources: Reviews & Metrics for Software Improvements10m
Course Map: Reviews and Metrics for Software Improvements10m
Discussion: Other Methods of Usability Testing10m
Module 1: Supplemental Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Module 1: Assessment (Graded)16m

2

Section
Clock
1 hour to complete

Module 2: Done Right

Welcome to the second module! Now that you’ve learned about how to make sure you’re creating the “right product”, it’s time to explore how to ensure that product is “done right”. Here, you’ll start with review techniques, some issues surrounding project monitoring in general, and the Goal Quality Metric framework. Then, you’ll move on to desirable properties of metrics and dive into some key metrics for ensuring that you’re on track. You’ll finish off the module with defect analysis, leading you into getting your product “managed right” in the next module. ...
SvgReading
7 videos (Total 59 min), 1 reading, 1 quiz
Video7 videos
5.2.1A: Review Techniques10m
5.2.2: Monitoring Issues7m
5.2.3: Goal, Question, Metric (GQM)7m
5.2.4: Desirable Properties of Metrics13m
5.2.5: Other Metrics3m
5.2.6: Defect Analysis9m
SvgReading1 readings
Module 2: Supplemental Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Module 2: Assessment (Graded)16m

3

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

Module 3: Managed Right

This third module examines the concept of managing your project right. You will learn some important and popular project management techniques. The module starts off by introducing you to the Daily Scrum meeting. You will learn ways to implement daily scrums with the teams that you work with as well as techniques to improve the meetings if they are not working well. Then we will cover the concept of Velocity in more detail which will prepare you for learning about burndown charts. This module covers both Release Burndowns, as well as Iteration Burndowns. We show you how to create, read, and use these useful tracking tools with the teams you work with. Together, these lessons will teach you how to ensure your projects are “managed right”. ...
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6 videos (Total 54 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Video6 videos
5.3.1A: Daily Scrum - Challenges8m
5.3.2: Velocity6m
5.3.3: Release Burndown Chart9m
5.3.3A: Release Burndown Chart - Changing Requirements7m
5.3.4: Iteration Burndown Chart12m
SvgReading3 readings
Discussion: Daily Scrum10m
Reading: Release Burndown How-To Guide10m
Module 3: Supplemental Resources10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Module 3: Assessment (Graded)16m

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Section
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2 hours to complete

Module 4: Project Retrospectives

Welcome to the final module of the course! The previous module was focused on ensuring your project was managed right by exploring techniques in project planning. This module will focus on an often-neglected, but very valuable tool: Retrospectives. You’ll explore what retrospectives are and some issues surrounding them. Then, you’ll learn about how a retrospective looks, along with some recommended retrospective exercises. Finally, you’ll round the module off with a summary of the course! ...
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8 videos (Total 49 min), 2 readings, 2 quizzes
Video8 videos
5.4.2: Retrospectives Issues13m
5.4.3: Sprint Retrospective3m
5.4.4: Project Retrospective Exercises5m
5.4.4A: Project Retrospective Exercises - Readying8m
5.4.4B: Project Retrospective Exercises - Past4m
5.4.4C: Project Retrospective Exercises - Future4m
5.4.5: Course Summary2m
SvgReading2 readings
Module 4: Supplemental Resources10m
Acknowledgements10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Module 4: Assessment (Graded)16m
Course Assessment (Graded)4m
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Top Reviews

By GCMar 1st 2016

All my projects, in terms of productivity and quality, have improved by simply applying various aspects of what I have learnt from this specialization.

By FGFeb 26th 2016

Everthing is interesting about this specialisation, this is my fifth coruse and I am so glad that I have invested my time in this.

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Kenny Wong

Associate Professor

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