Agile means adapting an approach to project management that emphasises flexibility, responsiveness to change and innovation.
By applying agile techniques to your projects you can continually improve your processes and adopt a value-driven approach to project management that allows you to deliver high quality work.
This five day course, covers the newly launched certification by APMG and the DSDM Consortium that has been created to sit alongside PRINCE2 as an approach to project management. The course is equally divided between the theory of the new wave of agile project management and the practical experience of the techniques and disciplines involved. Delegates will receive a copy of the Agile Project Management Foundation exam at the end of the course.
Leave our five 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.
The course is aimed at Project Managers from the public sector who are either adding to their knowledge of traditional approaches such as PRINCE2 or who are operating in an agile environment and need to be able to run projects in more complex and scalable situations.
Foundation exam at the start of day 3 and practitioner exam at the start of day 5
- What is Agile? Choosing an appropriate Agile approach
- Philosophy, Principles and Project Variables
- Preparing for Success
- The DSDM Process
- The People – DSDM Roles and Responsibilities
Questions & Close
Foundation Syllabus - Continued
- The DSDM Products
- Key Practices – Prioritisation and Timeboxing
- Planning and Control throughout the Lifecycle
- Other practices: Facilitated Workshops , Modelling, and Iterative Development
- Sample Foundation exam
Questions & Close
Foundation Exam Administration
Foundation Exam Marking
- Roles and Responsibilities – the PM view
- Agile Project Management – through the lifecycle
- The Effective Use of the Products
- Deliver on time – Combining MoSCoW Prioritization and Timeboxing
- People, Teams and Interactions
- Requirements and User Stories
Questions & Close
Practitioner Syllabus - Continued
- Estimating – How and When
- Project Planning through the Lifecycle
- Quality – Never Compromise Quality
- Risk management
- Tailoring the approach
- Sample Practitioner exam questions
Questions & Close
Practitioner Exam Adminstration
Feedback, Evaluation & Close
5 day non-residential
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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.
A: Yes. AgilePM is accredited by the APMG; the same accrediting body that look after the PRINCE2 qualifications.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.