As the popularity of adopting Agile methods for project management rises in the public sector, so does your need to have a clear strategy in place to implement methodologies that help your team communicate better, manage risks, and deliver high quality services in a faster manner.

This four-day course covers the established certification by APMG. It has been created to give an extensive breakdown of the principles of this modern project management approach. As well as highlight how it both differs and extends traditional methodologies, such as PRINCE2.

Leave our four-day course fully qualified in AgilePM Practitioner Level and confident in your ability to apply agile in your organisation to transform and improve project management.

This course is aimed at professionals who are who are operating in an agile environment and need to be able to run projects in more complex and scalable situations.

Exams

Foundation exam at the end of day 2 and practitioner exam at the end of day 4

About the Chair: Steve Browne
Steve started as a computer programmer, working for a subsidiary of Nat West bank, before taking on a role in pre-sales consultancy and client training both in the UK and internationally.

He became involved in Project Management in the 1980’s while working for a services company. Two spells as a company director saw Steve develop a strong interest in formal methods. A return to full time project management included a series of increasingly complex projects and led to programme and portfolio management roles. He has worked with both on-shore and off-shore teams to deliver change on behalf of his clients.

His interest in training has continued throughout his career and was a tutor on a multi-national’s Global Project Management Excellence initiative. He has been a full time trainer since January 2008, predominantly delivering PRINCE2, APMP, PMP and Agile Project Management courses.

Steve has worked for a broad range of clients including Nationwide Building Society, The Post Office, the Department for Work and Pensions, the Environment Agency, Hoover, Corus, British Airways and bmi British Midland as well as a number of banks, local authorities and housing associations

09:00 - 09:30

Registration

09:30 - 09:45

Introductions and Logistics

09:45 - 10:15

The Marshmallow Challenge

An exercise to introduce the concepts of iteration and incremental delivery

10:15 - 10:40

What is Agile?

  • Background to Agile
  • Agile (iterative) vs. Waterfall (sequential) approaches
  • What is Agile?
  • An overview of some Agile methods
  • The Agile Manifesto
10:45 - 11:00

Break

11:00 - 11:45

Principles and Mindset

  • The underlying philosophy
  • Taking control of time and cost
  • AgilePM principles and mindset
11:45 - 12:30

What Makes a Project Successful?

  • Preparing for success
  • Success factors and scaling
  • When to use Agile
  • Risks to success
  • Bringing stakeholders on board
12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 14:30

Who Plays Which Role?

  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Business involvement
  • Delivery roles
14:30 - 14:45

Break

14:45 - 15:45

Prioritisation

  • MOSCOW prioritisation
  • Timeboxing
15:45 - 16:30

Agile Practices

  • Facilitated workshops
  • Modelling
  • Iterative development
16:30 - 16:45

Homework

16:45 - 17:00

Questions & Close

09:00 - 09:15

Registration

09:15 - 10:00

Homework review and Day 1 recap

10:00 - 10:45

The DSDM Process

From initial idea, through delivery, to measuring the improvement it has made

10:45 - 11:00

Break

11:00 - 12:30

The DSDM Products

Tools to help track and control the project

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 14:30

Planning and Control Throughout the Lifecycle

What techniques to apply when

14:30 - 14:45

Break

14:45 - 15:15

Revision

15:15 - 15:30

Foundation Exam Administration

15:30 - 16:10

Foundation Exam

16:10 - 16:45

Foundation Exam Marking

16:45 - 17:00

Questions & Close

09:00 - 09:45

Homework Review

09:45 - 10:45

The Agile PM View

  • Roles and Responsibilities – the AgilePM view
  • How the PM can work with and get the best from the other participants
10:45 - 11:00

Break

11:00 - 11:45

The Lifecycle

  • Agile Project Management – through the lifecycle
  • Help deliver effectively, at a lower cost and with lower risk, by continually validating project milestones against business objectives
11:45 - 12:30

The Effective Use of the Products

Deciding what is the simplest and most helpful way of applying the management tools

12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:30 - 14:30

Deliver on Time

  • Combining MoSCoW Prioritization and Timeboxing: Keeping everything on track.
  • People, Teams and Interactions: Boost communication and stakeholder engagement skills, critical for successful projects
  • How to get teams working together even when they’re not co-located
14:30 - 14:45

Break

14:45 - 15:30

Requirements

  • Requirements and User Stories
  • Understanding requirements gathering and plain language ways of capturing them
15:30 - 16:30

Estimating

How and When

16:30 - 16:45

Homework

16:45 - 17:00

Questions & Close

09:00 - 09:45

Homework Review

09:45 - 10:45

Innovation and Flexibility

  • Knowing the life-cycle of project planning and applying it innovatively
  • How to create flexible plans without stifling creativity
10:45 - 11:00

Break

11:00 - 12:30

Quality, Risk and Evaluation

  • Never Compromise Quality
  • Risk management: How to use AgilePM to control risk and improve your chances of success
  • Clarify different management styles needed for successful agile projects compared to traditional projects and be able to tailor these to the situation
  • How to test, estimate and evaluate profit delivery in an Agile project
  • The products produced during an Agile project and their purpose
  • What are the limitations of AgilePM?
12:30 - 13:30

Lunch

13:45 - 14:00

Practitioner Exam Administration

14:00 - 16:30

Practitioner Exam

16:30 - 17:00

Questions & Close

Steve Browne

Project Management Consultant, AgilePM Accredited Trainer

Steve started as a computer programmer, working for a subsidiary of Nat West bank, before taking on a role in…

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Duration

4 day non-residential

Central London

Q: Private: Who is the AgilePM course suitable for?

A: The AgilePM Practitioner course is aimed at experienced project managers. You may be adding to your knowledge of traditional approaches such as PRINCE2®. Or you may be operating in an agile environment and need to be able to run projects in more complex and scalable situations. We have a range of options available to you so please contact us and we will advise you on the right option for you.

Q: Private: Is this an accredited course?

A: Yes. AgilePM is accredited by the APMG; the same accrediting body that look after the PRINCE2 qualifications.

Q: Private: What is the exam structure?

A: The AgilePM Foundation exam is a one-hour, closed book, multiple choice exam. The AgilePM Practitioner exam is a 2-hour exam in the objective testing style, which basically means complex multiple choice. You are permitted to use your AgilePM Handbook during the practitioner exam.

Q: Private: Is there any precourse reading?

A: Our advice is that pre-course reading is beneficial but not essential. Delegates can either have their handbook posted to them in advance or they can collect it on the first day of the course. Delegates receive their handbooks approximately 2 weeks before the course starts but you can request for this to be sent earlier if you would like to make a head start on your reading. If you are intending to do some pre-course reading we recommend about 3-5 hours.

Q: Private: What does my course cost cover?

A: Your course cost covers all course materials, which includes a print copy of the PowerPoint slides, exercises and case study; your copy of the Agile Project Management Handbook; all applicable exam fees; your lunches and refreshments whilst on the course and your certificate upon successful completion of the course. We are also happy to provide you with an attendance certificate if required too. There are absolutely no further costs to pay.

Q: Private: Should I go for Foundation only or Practitioner?

A: Our advice is to think about your objectives for going on the course. All of the teaching takes place in the first 4 days of the course. Delegates then take the foundation exam at the end of day 4. Those who are staying on the take the practitioner exam stay on for a 5th day; the morning of which is spent preparing delegates for the practitioner exam, which is taken after lunch.

If you are attending the course because you just need the knowledge, e.g. you are about to start work on an agile project and need some training first, or you are working with a client who uses agile so you need some help in this area, then attending the first 4 days to foundation level may be sufficient for you.

However, if you want the practitioner qualification for your CV to help you get that promotion, or to win more contracts, or to demonstrate to potential employers or customers that you have the necessary skills that they are looking for, then the practitioner qualification is definitely right for you.

Q: Private: What are the course times?

A: Course times are 9.30 – 5 although we ask that delegates arrive early on the first day for coffee and registration. You may finish earlier on exam days.

Q: Private: Where is your London Training Venue?

A: The venue for this training is still being confirmed however it will definitely be in Zone 1 of Central London. Venues we use on a regular basis are around Oxford Circus, Victoria and Charing Cross. As soon as the venue is confirmed delegates will be emailed with the exact location and the best ways of getting there.

Q: Private: When will I get my joining instructions and pre-course reading material?

A: Joining instructions and AgilePM Handbooks are sent out approximately 2 weeks before a training course starts. You can request these earlier however, as long as you have confirmed your booking.

Q: Private: How does AgilePM link to PRINCE2®?

A: AgilePM was created by the APMG and the DSDM Consortium as a project management approach that can work effectively alongside more traditional approaches such as PRINCE2®. The APMG recognised that DSDM Atern was the only agile method that was fully scalable and could therefore work alongside PRINCE2®. The APMG didn’t see any reason to ‘reinvent the wheel’ so they worked with the DSDM Consortium to produce ‘Agile Project Management’ which is a subset of DSDM Atern (albeit a very large one!).

The difference between a DSDM Atern course and the AgilePM course is that AgilePM focuses on DSDM Atern specifically from a project management point of view. By having AgilePM and PRINCE2® in your best practice toolkit you effectively have the best of both worlds. Many leading experts will tell you that is not a case of using one method or the other but more a case of ‘how much’ and ‘when’.