Udacity’s Contribution to the COVID-19 Crisis: One Free Month Access to Nanodegree Programs

At this point, we’ve all been changed by COVID-19. Our normal lives have halted and our day-to-day activities have been turned upside down. Here’s what we’ve experienced so far:

  • Hundreds of millions of people around the world are quarantined or working from home. 
  • Schools and universities are shut down, and parents and educators are scrambling to move to a virtual learning environment. 
  • Millions and soon to be tens of millions of people have lost their jobs.

If you’ve been laid-off, or stuck working at home, or even have stir-crazy kids that need something to do, we can help.

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Udacity Partners With Nutanix to Introduce Hybrid Cloud Nanodegree Program Scholarship

Today, we are proud to announce our new Hybrid Cloud Nanodegree program, developed in collaboration with Nutanix to expand cloud and engineering skills. Our partnership with cloud computing software leader Nutanix has enabled us to thoughtfully produce a Nanodegree program that will enhance learning opportunities in the emerging cloud technologies — essential to any organization upleveling its IT infrastructure. To ensure this Nanodegree program is accessible to all interested participants, we are also opening 10,000 applications to a Hybrid Cloud Scholarship Program. 

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Major Milestone! Udacity Reaches 100,000 Alumni

Udacity has hit a significant milestone — we now have 100,000 alumni! 

Hitting the 100,000 alumni mark as an online learning platform is not just an accomplishment –– it’s a reason for us to celebrate you, our alumni.

There’s nothing we value more than seeing Udacity graduates gain the skills they need to go further in their careers. 

And, at the end of the day, we’re here to empower you with the knowledge and experience to help you land your dream job. 

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Turn Your Quarantine into Career Credentials

Fifty years from now, we’ll all tell our grandchildren about the time the world stopped spinning. When restaurants were shuttered, businesses sent their workers home, and planes vacated the sky. And we’ll be asked what we did with all that extra time stuck at home.

What if you could say that 2020 was the lemon you turned into lemonade? The opportunity you seized to advance your career? Many are jumping at that chance, and Udacity is helping them do it— all from home.

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Product Management Methodologies: Agile vs Waterfall vs Scrum vs Kanban

Product managers face a common challenge in the nascent stages of creating a product: finding the ideal methodology.. While there’s a wide assortment of methodologies to choose from, each one has its own principles, rules, practices, processes, and pros and cons. And, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach. 

The Project Management Institute (PMI) defines product management methodology  as a “framework that is used to structure, plan, and control the process of developing an information system.” 

Think of these methodologies as a series of steps that a product manager needs to execute (with the help of a team, of course ) to design, develop, and test a product toward its successful launch/ release. While it shares a certain degree of overlap with project management, product management is restricted to managing the life cycles of products only – from their birth (ideation/ design phase) to their distribution (market launch/ release).

However, with so many product management methodologies to choose from, how do you cherry-pick the best one for your product? The short answer is — it depends. The right methodology depends entirely on the variables you’re working with – primarily your timelines, flexibility, and budget. 

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach, there’s also not just one approach that’ll fit the bill. You may find that a combination of methodologies, such as Agile + Waterfall, may be right for your team.

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Udacity Leads Effort to Upskill Laid-Off Workers With New Scholarship

Businesses both large and small, have been adversely impacted by COVID-19, causing the economy to launch into a tailspin. 

In fact, many large corporations — including Marriott and GE Aviation — have announced that they will lay off hundreds of workers as a result of having their industries decimated by travel bans, event cancellations, and shelter-in-place orders.

An abrupt lay-off can have negative repercussions on a worker’s income and leads to undue stress when the future seems uncertain.

However, there is relief for recently laid-off workers. Udacity is offering Nanodegree program scholarships to individuals who have experienced job loss in the United States due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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10 Nanodegree Programs Later… A Dream Job | Student Story

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My name is Adrian Lievano. I’m 26 years old and a graduate with my Master’s and Bachelors from the University of Pennsylvania in 2015. After graduating, I raised angel-money and ran a startup based out of Kenya for nearly 2.5 years. I decided to step away from the experience to move away from Kenya and reenter the tech-industry, driving to San Francisco from Miami in four days with my brother and dog. Once I arrived, I accepted an offer to work at a biotechnology company as a research bioengineer. 

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