Agile Project Management online short course

Course starts 9 November 2020

Course information

Registration Closes:
3 November 2020
Course Starts:
9 November 2020
8 weeks, excluding orientation.
7–10 hours per week, self-paced learning online.
ZAR R14,900
Payment Options
University of Cape Town (UCT)


More and more, organisations are adopting an Agile Project Management strategy that prioritises frequent reassessment and adaptation of plans, in order to improve project efficiency and respond to the dynamic complexities of modern business. Accordingly, it can be hugely beneficial for project management practitioners to have a firm grasp of the core principles, values, and methods of this approach.

The University of Cape Town (UCT) Agile Project Management online short course aims to equip you with the knowledge and practical tools you need to function effectively in Agile business environments. You’ll gain skills applicable to your current role, and learn to develop an Agile Project Management framework, including appropriate implementation methods, an adaptive plan, and a risk-monitoring strategy. 

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What will set you apart

On completion of this course, you’ll walk away with:

  • An understanding of how Agile Project Management differs from traditional approaches, such as the waterfall model
  • The expertise to recognise the appropriate business conditions for the implementation of an Agile approach
  • The skills to engage in adaptive planning, facilitate continuous improvement, assess project quality, and mitigate risks
  • The ability to build and support high-performance teams, and to successfully engage with stakeholders in an Agile environment

Is this course for you?

This course is suited to working professionals who want to harness the benefits of the Agile approach to enhance project efficiency and adaptability. It is ideal for existing project managers who are eager to develop relevant skills and acquire up-to-date knowledge that will help them perform optimally in current and future roles. Similarly, it may be beneficial for managers seeking to understand the business contexts that are best suited to the Agile methodology. While there are no formal prerequisites for this course, some knowledge of, or prior experience in project management is recommended.

Course curriculum

Learn how to empower teams and improve organisational agility as you work through the weekly modules of this online short course. 

  • Orientation module Welcome to your Online Campus
  • Module 1 Introduction to Agile Project Management 
  • Module 2 The Agile project environment
  • Module 3 Value-driven delivery and stakeholder engagement
  • Module 4 Adaptive planning in Agile projects
  • Module 5 Facilitating high-performance teams
  • Module 6 Continuous improvement: product, processes, and people
  • Module 7 Quality and risk management
  • Module 8 Agile Project Management frameworks in business


Improve, plan, and adapt with Agile Project Management

This University of Cape Town online short course is delivered in collaboration with GetSmarter. Learn from industry thought leaders as you explore what projects are best suited to an Agile approach, and how to implement its principles and methods to improve project adaptability and efficiency.

Your Course Convenor

The design of this online course is guided by the UCT faculty and industry experts who will share their experience and in-depth subject knowledge with you throughout the course.



Ulrike Rivett

Professor of Information Systems and Director of the School of IT at the University of Cape Town

Ulrike Rivett holds an undergraduate degree in Land Surveying from the University of Munich, Germany and a PhD in Integrated Information Systems from the University of Cape Town (UCT). She has worked at UCT in the Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Information Systems for 16 years.

Rivett leads the iCOMMS research team, which focuses on understanding the use of Information and Communication Technology Services (ICTS) for the benefit of society by engaging proactively with government, municipalities, and rural communities. Her work entails implementing research findings and increasing impact beyond the academic boundary. She has taught in the areas of information systems, project management, design thinking, and engineering.


Earn a certificate from the University of Cape Town

Develop skills in Agile Project Management and earn an official certificate of completion from the University of Cape Town. 

Your certificate will be issued in your legal name and sent to you upon successful completion of the course, as per the stipulated requirements. 


When do I start?

Our next available short course starts 9 November 2020.

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    GetSmarter's learning model is designed to help you, as a working professional, improve your skills without compromising on work and family responsibilities. The course work is broken up into weekly, manageable bite-sized modules, with incremental deadlines, designed to help you pace yourself over the duration of the course and allow you the legroom to work when it suits you best.

    At the beginning of each week you'll be presented with all the lectures, notes and assignments necessary for completion. You also have access to your Success Advisor who will help you set goals and track key milestones, manage your time, and field any administrative requests you might have.


    By improving your skills and industry knowledge, you'll be having an influence on the success of your organisation.

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    The Online Campus will be your virtual classroom for the duration of your course. Through its easy-to-use interface you'll have access to a diverse variety of course content formats, including: interactive video lectures, module notes, practice quizzes, Prezis, assignment briefs, and additional web resources.

    On the Online Campus, you'll also be able to ask questions and interact with your fellow students and Head Tutor through the Online Campus discussion forums. If you're experiencing tech issues or need advice from your personal Success Advisor, you can use the Online Campus to get in touch.