Why use Agile Methods and Scrum? Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Why use Agile Methods and Scrum?
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  • Date
    Tuesday, July 16, 2019
  • Location
    Carnegie Mellon University
    220 Victoria Square, Torrens Bldg
    Classroom 1, Ground Floor
  • Category
    Guest Speaker

Abstract of the talk

Utilizing Agile approaches to manage projects are getting stronger worldwide. Many articles have highlighted that the Agile approaches have greatly increased the success rate in software development, improve quality and time to market over the past 30 years. The Agile methodologies have also spread to other industries, such as hardware development, services, marketing, etc.

This short talk gives you a good introduction to Agile and Scrum and highlights key characteristics of the Agile Approach that contributes to its success. It includes the reasons for the Agile approaches, history and Scrum basics.

If you are interested to learn more about Agile, CMU-A is offering a course on “Agile Methods” in F19, which dives deeper into the Agile methodology, Scrum, case studies and key practices used across industries. The knowledge and understanding would enable you to have a great advantage when you start or continue your career in any organization!

About the speaker

William WM Tan is the author of the popular Project Management book, titled “Project Management: A Practical Step-By-Step Guide”. He is a PMP (Project Management Professional) and PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI ACP)® from the Project Management Institute, PRINCE2 Practitioner (, Certified ScrumMaster® CSM, Professional ScrumMaster® PSM, SAFe® Program Consultant and holder of Master certificates in Project Management from George Washington University.

He graduated from University of Canterbury, New Zealand and National University of Singapore, with a First Class Honours degree in Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical andElectronics) and Master of Engineering (Telecommunications) in 1991 and 1994, respectively.

Who's invited

The lecture is open to all Carnegie Mellon University staff, faculty, students and alumni.