Enrolments: 238,595

Master Degree and Graduate Certificate Course Enrolments: 7,138

The total number of Master degree and Graduate Certificate enrolments since Charles Sturt University and IT Masters launched our first qualification in 2003.

Short Course Enrolments: 231,457

The total number of enrolments in our free short courses that we offer as a ‘taster’ of what it is like to study via Distance Education with Charles Sturt University.

Free Short Course: SCRUM vs LEAN: Agile Methodologies Analysed and Compared

This short course introduced students to two of the most common methodologies of Agile by comparing their most prominent strengths and weaknesses. The core principles of both SCRUM and LEAN were examined and students gained an understanding of how each one can bring value to an organisation.

Please note that this short course ran in October 2013. The course materials and examination are still available for those who wish to complete the course at their own pace, however certificates of completion are no longer being issued for this course.

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Moderate-level short course where some prior knowledge or concepts may be assumed. Content may be aimed at late-undergraduate or early-Masters students
Duration5 Weeks
Enrolled5,797 students

Enter your details below to access archived course materials, including Lectures, Labs, Study Materials and the Final Exam.

The course is free to undertake and there are no required textbooks – all reference materials will be free material that can be accessed electronically.

Course Schedule

Week 1:



An introduction to the higher principles of Agile and examining how both SCRUM and LEAN fit into this management paradigm. The strategic benefits of Agile philosophy was explored in a business context.

  • Introduction to Agile principles
  • Introduction to SCRUM and LEAN methodologies
  • Benefits of an Agile philosophy

Week 2:



A detailed focus on SCRUM, this topic covered the core aspects of this methodology which makes it stand out as the most popular of the Agile methods in use today.

  • Explanation of SCRUM methodology
  • Roles and functions within SCRUM
  • Sprints and Teams

Week 3:

LEAN Focus


A detailed focus on the LEAN methodology, this topic explored the origins of LEAN as well as its broader application in business today. The key elements of LEAN were examined.

  • Explanation of LEAN methodology
  • Managing the avoidance of waste
  • Value streams

Week 4:



A comparative view of both SCRUM and LEAN head to head. This topic explored the key strengths and weaknesses of both and examines when each one might be more suitable.

  • Advantages and disadvantages of SCRUM vs LEAN
  • When to favour SCRUM
  • When to favour LEAN

Week 5:

Exam Week

  • Final Exam

 Course Information Q&A.

 Q1: Who is the target audience for this course

Answer: This course is aimed at:

  • Those who work with or around Agile projects who want to understand it better
  • Anyone with an interest in learning more about Agile
  • Those just looking to gain some fundamental knowledge about Agile

Q2: Who presented the Webinars?

Answer: The webinars were presented by:

Brenton Burchmore: Brenton is our senior industry based Project Manager Lecturer. He was initially contracted to develop the industry subjects in our Graduate Certificate in Professional Sales but has now branched out to running Project Management subjects. During 2000 – 2007 Brenton employed and trained a team of project managers for an IT company in Sydney implementing national VPN solutions. He also oversaw the replacement of the business workflow, provisioning and project management software whilst re-engineering all the project-related processes and replacing all policy procedures relating to this. Since then he has provided ad-hoc project management training to national companies like HiFert and ANZ Bank, whilst also managing a number of large scale and long term projects.

Q3: Do I get a certificate if I complete the course?

Answer: As the official sitting period has now lapsed, no more certificates are able to be issued. You are still able to complete the exam for your own benefit and test your knowledge.

Q4: Will the course qualify me for university credit?

Successful completion of 3 live University Short Courses will award credit for an elective subject. Please note this course is NOT LIVE and will not qualify you for credit.