IT Masters SCRUM vs. Lean: Agile Methodologies Analysed & 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.

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Course Schedule


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

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

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

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
  • Exam pass mark: 50%
  • Time limit: 1 hour
  • Attempts allowed: One
  • Format: 40 multiple choice questions

Course Information


Who will present the webinars?

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.


What is the aim of this short course?

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


What is included?

In addition to the weekly hour-long interactive webinars, you will be provided with suggested reading materials, audio lectures, an active discussion forum and a weekly activity to complete.


Is there a final exam?

Yes — the short course exam will be a timed, open-book exam that you will sit at your computer.


Do I get a completion certificate if I complete the course?

Yes — provided you receive a pass mark (50% or over) for the exam.


Will the course qualify me for university credit?

Yes — successful completion of three or more of our short courses will qualify you for one credit for an industry elective subject in our postgraduate courses. Click here for further details.


Will I need to purchase any study materials to complete the course?

No — all essential materials will be supplied.


Will the webinars be recorded?

Yes — all webinars are recorded and you will be able to access them, and all other free course materials, by registering for the course.


Am I Eligible to Study
a Post Graduate Course?

Industry experience and previous studies all contribute towards your eligibility. You do not necessarily have to have an undergraduate degree to study.