Alex Cowan

Alex Cowan has been an entrepreneur (5x) and an intrapreneur (1x). He’s currently on the faculty at UVA Darden where he focuses on digital innovation, teaching two courses: Software Design and Software Development. He’s also an active advisor to companies on new product and venture creation.
Prior to Darden, he was founder and CTO of Leonid Systems, which was acquired by BroadSoft (NASDAQ: BSFT). His Venture Design framework is widely used by practitioners and instructors for creating new products in agile environments.

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Customer-Centric IT Strategy (Coursera)

Now more than ever, corporations are investing heavily in IT. The quality of these investments affect the daily work of millions, yet it’s not uncommon to see industry surveys where the failure rates for IT projects is over 50%. It’s possible to do better and it’s possible to do [...]
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Managing an Agile Team (Coursera)

While agile has become the de facto standard for managing digital innovation teams, many wonder if they’re doing it ‘right’. Twitter is full of jokes about how teams say they do agile but don’t ‘really’ do it. The reality is that getting the most out of agile is less [...]
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Agile Meets Design Thinking (Coursera)

Despite everyone's good intentions, hard work and solid ideas, too many projects end up creating unneeded, unusable, and unsellable products. But it doesn't have to be this way. Agile and design thinking offer a different--and effective--approach to product development, one that results in valuable solutions to meaningful problems. In [...]
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Coding for Designers, Managers, & Entrepreneurs III (Coursera)

Do you want to experience what it is to go from idea to code? If so, this is the place for you! This is the third course in the Coding for Designers, Managers, and Entrepreneurs Specialization. If you’re a hands-on collaborator with developers, this course is specifically designed for [...]
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Coding for Designers, Managers, & Entrepreneurs II (Coursera)

Do you want to experience what it is to go from idea to code? If so, this is the place for you! This is the second course in the Coding for Designers, Managers, and Entrepreneurs Specialization. If you’re a hands-on collaborator with developers, this course is specifically designed for [...]
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Coding for Designers, Managers, & Entrepreneurs I (Coursera)

Do you want to experience what it is to go from idea to code? If so, this is the place for you! This is the first course in the Coding for Designers, Managers, and Entrepreneurs Specialization, which is specifically designed for you, if you’re a hands-on collaborator with developers. [...]
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Agile Analytics (Coursera)

Few capabilities focus agile like a strong analytics program. Such a program determines where a team should focus from one agile iteration (sprint) to the next. Successful analytics are rarely hard to understand and are often startling in their clarity. In this course, developed at the Darden School of [...]
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Digital Product Management: Modern Fundamentals (Coursera)

Not so long ago, the job of product manager was about assessing market data, creating requirements, and managing the hand-off to sales/marketing. Maybe you’d talk to a customer somewhere in there and they’d tell you what features they wanted. But companies that manage product that way are dying. Being [...]
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Continuous Delivery & DevOps (Coursera)

Amazon famously delivers new code every 11.6 seconds. Just a few years ago, this was unthinkable: many ‘cutting edge’ firms would release software quarterly. When it comes to digital innovation, velocity is critical and many would say it’s the most reliable determinant of success. Bringing an organization to the [...]
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Hypothesis-Driven Development (Coursera)

To deliver agile outcomes, you have to do more than implement agile processes- you have to create focus around what matters to your user and constantly test your ideas. This is easier said than done, but most of today’s high-functioning innovators have a strong culture of experimentation. In this [...]
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