Harvard CSCI E-71/S-71

Agile Software Development

About This Course

CSCI S-71/E-71 Agile Software Development is a course taught at Harvard University Summer School and Extension School.

This course is an immersive experience in Agile software development. We study both the technical and cultural/social aspects of Agile, including:

  • Agility in software product development
  • Business agility, including:
    • Scrum
    • Agile product inception
    • User stories and product backlog construction
    • Definition of done and definition of ready
    • Estimating
    • Agile forecasting and project management
    • Sprint planning
    • Retrospectives
  • Technical agility, including:
    • Pair programming
    • Mob programming
    • Test-driven development
    • Working with legacy code: refactoring for clean code
    • Behavior-driven development
    • Continuous integration
    • Continuous delivery
    • DevOps
  • Advanced agility, including:
    • High-performance teams: Core Protocols for psychological safety and emotional intelligence
    • Agile at large scale
    • Introducing and sustaining Agile in your organization

Students must have a laptop computer suitable for software development and bring it to all class sessions.

By the end of this course, you will understand Agile software development so thoroughly that you’ll be able to be an effective leader or member of a great software product development team.

Fall 2022 is a "hybrid" course. We meet over live video on Mondays at 3:00-5:00 pm ET beginning on August 29, and we have a weekend on campus on September 10-11:

  • August 29 - online
  • September 10-11 - on campus
  • September 19, 26 - online
  • October 3, 17, 31 - online
  • November 7, 14, 28 - online
  • December 5, 12 - online

Summer 2022 was 100% on-campus. We met in the classroom at 3:15-6:15 pm ET for three weeks beginning on June 21.


To register, visit the Harvard course catalog/ registration website.