Agile Project Management course (AgilePM)

Instructor-led Agile Project Management courses equip you with a modern skillset.

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AgilePM certification

AgilePM certification

What is AgilePM?

AgilePM is based on the well-known DSDM Agile Project Framework. The method aims to balance the standards and governance required for good project management, with the flexibility and adaptability provided by agile.

Features of AgilePM

AgilePM has many important features, including:

  • It is a tried-and-tested approach, successfully adopted by a wide range of organisations across multiple industries
  • Addresses the full project lifecycle, offering flexibility while retaining concepts key to effective project delivery and project management
  • Assigns clear roles and responsibilities, advocating collaboration, open communication, and team empowerment
  • Ensures solutions meet project objectives through strict acceptance criteria
  • Incorporates agile tools to support effective solution development
  • It can be easily integrated with existing processes such as PRINCE2 and ISO9001.

Advantages of AgilePM

The primary advantage that AgilePM and DSDM have over other methods is that while many other agile methods were designed for small projects and small teams, DSDM was designed to support larger projects with multiple teams. This allows AgilePM to scale organically without the addition of add-ons.

Not just a method

AgilePM is not just a project management method. It is also a certification scheme that helps project managers and aspiring project managers learn to effectively manage projects using modern tools, agile approaches, and best-practice management solutions.

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Is AgilePM certification popular

Is AgilePM certification popular?

Leading agile framework

Since its introduction in 2010, AgilePM has established itself as the world’s leading agile project management framework. Since then, nearly 200,000 people have become certified in AgilePM worldwide.

30% of all AgilePM exams have been sat in the UK – it’s a great choice for those working in the United Kingdom, or EU.

Career development

AgilePM is fast becoming one of the most popular agile certifications available. Instructor-led AgilePM training offers a fast route for anyone wanting to demonstrate their expertise as an agile project manager or those who want to begin working as an agile project manager.

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Why is AgilePM certification so popular

Why is AgilePM certification so popular?

There are 6 key factors why AgilePM certification is proving to be the most popular agile project management certification.

AgilePM provides governance and agility

Based upon DSDM and the Agile Project Framework, AgilePM blends both corporate governance aspects with key agile concepts and is specifically aimed at project managers.

The authors of the Agile Project Framework were the same people who developed DSDM, one of the founding signatories to the Agile Manifesto.

That is why sometimes AgilePM is also known as AgilePM DSDM.

AgilePM never compromises quality

Never compromising quality is an underlying principle of AgilePM. This is achieved by agreeing high-level acceptance criteria throughout the full project lifecycle.

Risk management

A starting point in AgilePM for understanding risks is the Project Approach Questionnaire. This enables a shared understanding of project risks and how to mitigate them.

Beyond product development approaches

Whereas common agile methods such as Scrum offer product development approaches, they do not address project management. AgilePM goes further than Scrum by offering an agile project management approach based upon DSDM and its proven Agile Project Framework.

Clear roles and responsibilities

AgilePM assigns clear roles and responsibilities to individuals from the business, user, technical and management areas so that effective stakeholder collaboration can occur.

Incorporates popular agile practices

AgilePM incorporates key agile practices such as MoSCoW prioritisation, timeboxing, and iterative development to support effective product development.

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What are the levels of AgilePM certification

What are the levels of AgilePM certification?

There are 2 levels of AgilePM certification: the entry-level AgilePM Foundation certification and the intermediate AgilePM Practitioner certification.

AgilePM Foundation

This entry-level agile project management certification has no prerequisites and does not require any previous experience in project management. It is a great way to start learning about the agile mindset as well as applicable project management skills and tools.

AgilePM Foundation exam
  • Style: Multiple-choice
  • Questions: 50
  • Pass mark: 50% (25/50)
  • Duration: 50 minutes
  • Materials allowed: Closed-book
  • Prerequisites: None
  • Results: Same day.

AgilePM Practitioner

This intermediate agile project management certification helps students learn to tailor the AgilePM approach to suit different contexts and project scenarios.

Certification requires no previous experience in agile project management, making it a great way for first-time project managers to learn applicable agile skills and tools.

To take the Practitioner exam, students must first pass the AgilePM Foundation exam.

  • Style: Multiple-choice
  • Questions: 80
  • Pass mark: 50% (40/80)
  • Duration: 150 minutes
  • Materials allowed: Open-book
  • Prerequisites: AgilePM Foundation (2010 or 2014 version), or DSDM Atern Foundation, or DSDM Advanced Practitioner
  • Results: Same day.

How to earn your AgilePM certification

To earn your Agile Project Management certification, you can enrol on our instructor-led AgilePM training. Our instructor-led courses either take place in a traditional physical classroom or take place in a virtual classroom using advanced virtual learning technology. In a physical classroom course, you must travel to the venue. In the virtual classroom course, you participate over the internet using a computer and headset (and optional video camera).

Instructor-led courses

All instructor-led courses are taught by experienced Agile Project Management trainers and offer all the benefits of face-to-face learning with an experienced tutor. To participate in an instructor-led course, you must be able to commit to a fixed classroom schedule.

To check whether there is a classroom instructor-led course in your area, or a virtual instructor-led course hosted on the internet, please check the dates on the AgilePM Foundation page or AgilePM Practitioner page.

Self-paced courses

If you cannot commit to a fixed classroom schedule, you can always obtain your Agile Project Management certification by enrolling in a self-paced online AgilePM course.

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History of agile project management

History of agile project management

Shaping the Agile Manifesto

In 1994, frustrated by costly, rigid, or unreliable software development methods, the not-for-profit DSDM Consortium was formed to help define new, industry-standard management methods.

In 2001, DSDM helped shape the Manifesto for Agile Software Development, also known as the Agile Manifesto.

Agile Project Framework

AgilePM and the DSDM Agile Project Framework were released in 2010. Nearly 200,000 people around the world have become AgilePM certified, making AgilePM the most popular agile project management certification in the world.

Agile Business Consortium

In 2016 the DSDM Consortium changed its focus from IT-specific frameworks to the wider context of business agility and rebranded as the Agile Business Consortium.

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AgilePM Foundation course details:

Course format
  • Instructor-led AgilePM Foundation courses are available as either traditional classroom courses or online virtual classroom courses.
Course includes
  • AgilePM Foundation instructor-led tuition
  • AgilePM Foundation course materials
  • AgilePM Agile Project Management Handbook
  • Sample AgilePM Foundation exams
  • AgilePM Foundation exam.
Course times
  • AgilePM Foundation courses are held over 3 days from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm.

Learning outcomes

  • Instructor-led AgilePM Foundation training provides students with a basic understanding of the Agile Project Framework derived from DSDM (Dynamic Systems Development Methodology).
Course content

The instructor-led AgilePM Foundation course covers the following topics:

  • The underpinning philosophy and principles of Agile
  • The lifecycle of an Agile project, including alternative configurations
  • The products produced during an Agile project and their purpose
  • The techniques used and their benefits and limitations
  • The roles and responsibilities within an Agile project.
  • None.
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AgilePM Practitioner course details:

Course format
  • Instructor-led AgilePM Practitioner courses are available as either traditional classroom courses or online virtual classroom courses.
Course includes
  • AgilePM Practitioner instructor-led tuition
  • AgilePM Practitioner course materials
  • AgilePM Practitioner sample exams
  • AgilePM Practitioner exam
  • 3-month free membership to the Agile Business Consortium after passing the Practitioner exam.
Course times
  • AgilePM Practitioner courses are held over 1 day from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Learning outcomes

  • AgilePM Practitioner instructor-led training provides builds on ideas taught at Foundation level and equips students with sufficient knowledge and understanding of the Agile Project Framework to apply and tailor it to any given scenario.
Course content

Instructor-led AgilePM Practitioner training covers the following topics:

  • How to appropriately configure the lifecycle of an Agile project
  • How to produce and evaluate the content of Agile products produced during an Agile project
  • How to test, estimate and measure progress in an Agile project
  • The Agile approach to managing requirements.
  • AgilePM Foundation.
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AgilePM Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Is Knowledge Train accredited for AgilePM training?

Yes. Knowledge Train is an APMG Accredited Training Organisation for AgilePM. Not only that, but we have won awards for the quality of our AgilePM training.

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Why choose Knowledge Train over other course providers?

Instructor-led classroom training

Our instructor-led classroom courses are taught by some of the best AgilePM trainers in the UK. Each is a training expert with years of experience working in agile project management. They help deliver a high quality of training you won’t find elsewhere.

In fact, our Agile Project Management (AgilePM) training courses have won awards for being leaders in the field.
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If you’d like to try our instructor-led training and learn how we run our virtual classroom courses, give our team a call on +44 (0)207 148 5985 and we’ll find you a place on our next available course.

Should I take instructor-led or self-paced AgilePM training?

We’ve designed our instructor-led and self-paced courses to give you the best possible chance to learn about Agile Project Management and pass your AgilePM exams. Simply choose the course format that best suits your needs.

You should take instructor-led AgilePM classroom training if any of the following apply:

  • You can commit to a fixed classroom schedule
  • You’d like to earn your AgilePM certification as quickly as possible
  • You prefer face-to-face learning with a trainer
  • You enjoy learning in a social environment with other students.

You should take a self-paced online AgilePM course if any of the following apply:

  • You cannot commit to a fixed classroom schedule
  • You cannot travel to a classroom training venue
  • You prefer to learn at your own pace.

Should I take an instructor-led AgilePM Foundation or Practitioner course?

Instructor-led AgilePM Foundation training is best suited to:

  • Project managers who want to learn to manage agile projects
  • Anyone who wants to become an agile project manager
  • Senior staff who want to learn how to work effectively with agile project managers.

Instructor-led AgilePM Practitioner training is best suited to:

  • AgilePM certified students who want to become agile project managers
  • Project managers who want to add an internationally recognised agile certification to their CV
  • Project assistants, administrators, management specialists, risk managers, business analysts and similar roles who want to start a career in agile project management.

Does my AgilePM certification expire?

AgilePM Foundation certification does not expire and is valid for life. AgilePM Practitioner certification expires after 5 years. Candidates who pass the Practitioner exam are recognised as ‘AgilePM Registered Practitioners’.

Maintaining the ‘Registered Practitioner’ status must be done within 3-5 years by passing an AgilePM Re-registration exam which is the same format as the Practitioner exam and lasts for 2.5 hours.

Beyond the 5-year period, you will be required to complete the full Practitioner exam again to be reinstated as an AgilePM Registered Practitioner.

When do I receive my AgilePM certificate?

For students of our instructor-led classroom courses, you choose to take your AgilePM exams when you feel ready to sit the exam(s). All exam results and certifications are administered by APMG International via the APMG Candidate Portal.

AgilePM Foundation exam results and certifications will be given within 1 working day of submitting your exam.

AgilePM Practitioner exam results and certification will be given within 3 working days of submitting your exam.

When do I receive my AgilePM handbook?

Instructor-led traditional classroom course students
  • You will receive the AgilePM handbook on the first morning of the classroom course.
Instructor-led virtual classroom course students
  • If you live in the United Kingdom, you will receive your handbook via courier in a timely manner before the start of your virtual classroom course.
  • If you live outside the UK, you will receive a digital copy of the AgilePM Handbook via email. You can still elect to receive a hard copy of the AgilePM handbook, but you must pay an additional postage fee.

How can I prepare for the course?

If you’ve enrolled in our instructor-led AgilePM course, we’ll provide introductory reading to help you familiarise yourself with basic terms and concepts before the course begins.

This reading should take no more than 3 hours and provides a basic overview of some of the topics you’ll encounter on the first day of your AgilePM course.

When can I take my AgilePM exam?

As a student learning on an instructor-led AgilePM course, your instructor may set aside time during training hours within which to take the exams. You are not obligated to sit the exams at this time however and can book your AgilePM exams whenever is most convenient for you.

Do I receive any support to help me pass my AgilePM exams?

All our trainers on our instructor-led AgilePM training courses are experienced at coaching students to learn what is required to pass their AgilePM exams.

In addition, you’ll receive official sample exams that match the style, form, and content of questions you will be asked in your AgilePM exams.

If you are a student of our instructor-led virtual classroom AgilePM training courses you can take advantage of watching recordings of the training sessions for later review.

Is there any homework?

As a student on an instructor-led AgilePM training course, our trainers will assign you homework of approximately 2 hours of homework at the end of each day.

Homework may include reading assignments, pop-quizzes, and other beneficial revision exercises.

Is there AgilePM course near me?

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AgilePM Courses in Ireland

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