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Edition
3rd Edition
Credits
15 ECTS (120 teaching hours)
Delivery
Online
Language of instruction
Spanish
Fee
€3,700
Special conditions on payment of enrolment fee and 0,7% campaign
Registration open until the beginning of the course or until end of vacancies.
Start date
Start date: 04/02/2025
End date: 01/07/2025
Timetable
Tuesday: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Thursday: 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Taught at
Online
Presentation video
Why this postgraduate course?
Interest in business agility in organizations has been consolidated in a generalized way, within ICT departments and as a business strategy. Indicators of this shift are the heavy demand for experts in methodologies like Scrum, Kanban, Lean and DevOps and the conversations on the subject in social media and within the companies.

Organizational agility is one of the main characteristics of any company that is in a process of digital transformation. It allows a greater efficiency, capacity for innovation and time-to-market. We can also see that the majority of companies have incorporated Agile or intend to do so (the increase has been 100% in the past four years). Likewise, we find that 87% of companies that have used Agility state that it has improved the profits from their projects.

To date, Agility initiatives have usually been introduced in ICT departments in an isolated fashion or out of personal initiative. Some have paved the way for Scrum project management, or operations with Kanban or Lean IT, with uneven results. This programme provides a comprehensive, practical view of the different options for applying Agility to software development, infrastructure management and ICT services for users.

The practice and applicability of the information imparted are the priority in this programme. The majority of classes in the programme practical, either partial, or total as a workshop.

The main stakeholders in the course are professionals who want to work in organizations with a more agile and modern culture, as well as those who want to contribute to transform their organization. The most common roles among participants are: software engineers, project managers, Scrum Masters or Product Owners, IT managers and IT technicians in general.

The post-graduate programme in Agile IT Management provides a comprehensive, practical overview of the agile management of ICT departments and projects, including contents from three different disciplines – Scrum, DevOps and Lean IT – in order to apply them directly in cases and practical examples.

Students on the Postgraduate's Degree will also be trained to pass the assessment to obtain the PSM I Certification by Scrum.org.

PSM1 Scrum.org
Aims
  • To directly learn from professionals with real experience applying agility to organizations, both digital and large companies and consultants, who have worked with teams, managers and senior executives.
  • To understand, evaluate and improve the functioning of an agile organisation in terms of planning and managing the demand, projects and operations.
  • To thoroughly learn and practically use the Scrum framework in both ICT and other kinds of projects (e.g., business or hardware).
  • To apply agile practices like estimates, definition and management of requirements or testing.
  • To learn about the DevOps (Development + Operations) movement and to gain an in-depth understanding of its necessary agile practices such as continuous integration, continuous deployment and infrastructure management.
  • To be capable of implementing the most common DevOps tools like Jenkins, Ansible, Vagrant, Docker, Kubernetes and Sonar, or cloud environments like Amazon Web Services.
  • To identify problems and their causes and to define solutions using techniques aimed at planning and carrying out improvements in ICT services.
  • To become familiar with Lean IT and continuous improvement, and to practice Lean tools like and Lego Game, Value Stream Mapping and A3 Diagramming.
Who is it for?
  • Graduates in Computer Engineering, Telecommunications and Engineering.
  • Software developers, systems administrators and Service Desk technicians.
  • Heads of IT Services with a technical background.

In the professional practice of ICTs, there are a variety of profiles, both university graduate and vocational training and others. Therefore, the professional profile at the start of the programme will be evaluated by the applicant’s curriculum vitae.

Training Content

List of subjects
4 ECTS 24h
Business Agility
2 ECTS 18h
Lean IT
  • Lean
    • Presentation and introduction to Lean.
    • Production systems.
    • The Lean principles.
    • Muda Mura Muri.
    • Understanding and improving the flow.
    • Lean transformation.
    • Basic statistics to control processes.
  • Kanban
    • Principles, analysis and design of Kanban systems with STATIK.
    • Flight Levels: aligning strategy and operations with Kanban.
5 ECTS 60h
Agile Product Development
  • Scrum
    • Scrum Framework in depth.
    • How to overcome the usual obstacles.
    • Retrospective workshop.
    • Scaled Scrum.
    • Applying Scrum outside of IT.
  • Practical Agile in the company
    • Agile human resources (HR).
    • Agile leadership.
    • Scrum case studies in IT.
    • Support to executives in Agile adoptions.
  • Design and product management
    • Product discovery process and techniques.
    • Product definition workshop.
    • Product management and PO.
  • Coaching and team growth
    • Management 3.0: agile team management.
    • The role of the Agile coach.
    • Facilitating conflicts.
    • High performance teams in the real world.
    • Liberating Structures.
  • User experience design (UX)
    • Design, Lean UX and Agile.
    • Design Sprint workshop.
2 ECTS 15h
DevOps: Development & Operations
  • DevOps processes: deployment pipeline
  • DevOps lab
    • Agile testing.
    • Testing automation.
    • Continuous integration.
    • Modern architectures and cloud.
    • Technological stacks in action (Azure and Heroku).
2 ECTS 3h
Final Project
The final project should synthesise and integrate the competencies acquired during the course. It should meet the following objectives:

  • Development of a product based on software using agile practices (such as defining, planning, monitoring, testing and automation).
  • Application of a process improvement or organisational redesign following the Lean or Agile philosophy in an organisation.
  • Application of DevOps practices or technology to automate a process and its software development infrastructure.
The UPC School reserves the right to modify the contents of the programme, which may vary in order to better accommodate the course objectives.
Degree
Postgraduate qualification in IT & Business Agility, issued by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya. Issued by virtue of the provisions of art. 7.1 of Organic Law 2/2023 of 22 March, concerning the University System, and art. 36 of Royal Decree 822/2021 of 28 September, which establishes the organisation of university education and the procedure for ensuring its quality. A prior official university qualification is necessary to obtain it. Otherwise, the student will receive a certificate of completion of the programme issued by the Fundació Politècnica de Catalunya. Lifelong learning studies at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya are approved by the University's Governing Council on an annual basis. (See details appearing on the certificate).

Learning methodology

The teaching methodology of the programme facilitates the student's learning and the achievement of the necessary competences.



Learning tools
Participatory lectures
A presentation of the conceptual foundations of the content to be taught, promoting interaction with the students to guide them in their learning of the different contents and the development of the established competences.
Practical classroom sessions
Knowledge is applied to a real or hypothetical environment, where specific aspects are identified and worked on to facilitate understanding, with the support from teaching staff.
Flipped classroom
The contents are prepared prior to the face-to-face lessons. Practical sessions take place in the classroom, which enable understanding and application of concepts to real cases and the expansion of knowledge with more technical and specialised details.
Tutorship
Students are given technical support in the preparation of the final project, according to their specialisation and the subject matter of the project.
Workshops
Students are supported when undertaking group work, including theoretical sessions which provide the tools and knowledge needed to achieve a result. Ideas and results are exchanged between all the participating groups.
Assessment criteria
Attendance
At least 80% attendance of teaching hours is required.
Level of participation
The student's active contribution to the various activities offered by the teaching team is assessed.
Solving exercises, questionnaires or exams
Individual tests aimed at assessing the degree of learning and the acquisition of competences.
Completion and presentation of the final project
Individual or group projects in which the contents taught in the programme are applied. The project can be based on real cases and include the identification of a problem, the design of the solution, its implementation or a business plan. The project will be presented and defended in public.
Work placements & employment service
Students can access job offers in their field of specialisation on the My_Tech_Space virtual campus. Applications made from this site will be treated confidentially. Hundreds of offers of the UPC School of Professional & Executive Development employment service appear annually. The offers range from formal contracts to work placement agreements.
Virtual campus
The students on this postgraduate course will have access to the My_ Tech_Space virtual campus - an effective platform for work and communication between the course's students, lecturers, directors and coordinators. My_Tech_Space provides the documentation for each training session before it starts, and enables students to work as a team, consult lecturers, check notes, etc.

Teaching team

Academic management
  • Ballarín Latre, Àlex
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    Computer Engineer (UPC). He is founding member of ITNOVE.com, from where he helps to incorporate agility in organizations. He is the director of Agile IT Management program and professor of the Master in Digital Enterpreneurship.
Teaching staff
  • Albareda Conejo, Xavier
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    Diploma in Business Sciences from the University of Barcelona (UB), a degree in Advertising and Public Relations from the UB and a master's degree in Online Marketing. He currently develops his professional activity as Senior Product Owner at Lidl SCRM International Hub and head of Digital Transformation at WOUF with an experience of more than ten years. He has taught Mobile Marketing at the School of Public Relations (ESRP-UB) in the degree of Advertising and Public Relations for four years.
  • Ballarín Latre, Àlex
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    Computer Engineer (UPC). He is founding member of ITNOVE.com, from where he helps to incorporate agility in organizations. He is the director of Agile IT Management program and professor of the Master in Digital Enterpreneurship.
  • Bisello, Sergio
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    Computer Engineer from Simón Bolívar University. He has more than 25 years of experience in the software industry in multinational companies such as Diebold Nixdorf, Indra, DMI Computer, Skyscanner, Thoughtworks, N26 and Wallapop.
  • Coloma Guerrero, David
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    BSc in Economics by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and Executive MBA by Esade. Currently budget analyst at the Generalitat de Catalunya. Previously agile coach and senior consultant on strategy and innovation in the private sector, as well as planning manager in the public sector.
  • Fairén Terrafeta, Víctor
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    Telecommunications Engineer at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). Co-founder of Smartway. He works helping to improve the world, supporting and guiding companies in their digital transformation path. Professional Scrum Master (PSM), accredited SAFe instructor (SPC 6.0), certified as Kanban Management Professional, Prosci Change management, management 3.0 and Lean IT Foundation trainer.
  • Miquel Becker, Susanna
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    A graduate in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. A Gallup-certified instructor in Strengths-Based Education. Co-founder of the TalentUp Programme to identify and develop innate talents in people.Consultant and instructor in the application and management of individual and team strengths, to help organizations place the person at the center of agile and innovative methodologies, driving the path to Transformational Culture. She co-author of the book "Invisible Diversity and Transformational Culture".
  • Pozo Guerrero, Santiago
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    Agile coach with experience in startups and multinationals. His purpose is to help companies generate collective knowledge that allows them to respond to market needs as quickly as possible. He is certified as Professional Scrum Master I and II (PSM I and II) and Professional Agile Leadership (PAL) by Scrum.org and is the organizer of the first Meetup in Spain about Flight Levels.
  • Puig Soler, Pio
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    A graduate Electronic Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia. MBA from the Rovira i Virgili University. Gallup- Certified Strengths Coach. Founder and promoter of TalentUp !, for the detection and development of innate talents in people. His training and experience integrate three key pieces, technology, methodology and people, to transform organizations, making Transformational Culture a reality. Co-author of the book "Invisible Diversity and Transformational Culture"
  • Van Der Wurff, Anco
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    Master in Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ESADE Business School, Spain), Bachelor in Industrial Design Engineering (Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands). Co-founder of Talon Transformation. With over 8 years of experience in managing and consulting large IT delivery programs, and helping clients restructure their product organization to build an aligned and connected IT delivery organization where people love to work.

Associates entities

Strategic partners
  • Facultat d'Informàtica de Barcelona. FIB (UPC)
    • Disseminates the programme in the professional sphere and area of expertise.
  • Itnove SL
    • Participates in the design of the contents of the programme, and ensures they are appropriate to the needs of the professional sphere.
    • Provides teachers and lecturers.

Career opportunities

  • Agile Manager.
  • Agile Coach.
  • Scrum Manager.
  • Team Leader.
  • Product Owner.
  • Product Manager.

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