Agile Project Management Course (Agile PM) Foundation & Practitioner With Exams
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An Agile Project Management course equips you with a modern skillset.
With over 100,000 people certified with Agile Project Management qualifications, AgilePM is the most popular route to developing an Agile career.
Based upon DSDM, an Agile Project Management virtual classroom course will equip you with an understanding of how to apply Agile philosophy and techniques to deliver projects faster whilst still meeting the quality expected.
All Agile Project Management training courses are virtual classroom courses delivered by our expert AgilePM instructors.
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Agile Project Management
What is Agile Project Management?
Traditional frameworks such as PRINCE2® give organisations control over projects. In recent years however methods such as Scrum, Kanban and DSDM have become popular, especially in the software industry.
By teams working in short iterations, they can deliver products incrementally to the customer. This is known as timeboxing and enables teams to deliver products faster than traditional approaches.
Two core Agile principles are to embrace change and to foster communication between team members and the customer. These help the team to deliver a product better able to meet customer expectations.
Development methods such as Scrum are missing one core capability - project management. That's why in recent years there's been an increasing recognition that this must be applied to Agile projects.
What is AgilePM Certification?
AgilePM is a certification scheme developed by APMG International in conjunction with the Agile Business Consortium in 2010. It covers philosophy, processes and techniques which help both managers and development team members.
Based on DSDM
These accredited Agile Project Management training courses are based on DSDM - one of the earliest and best-known Agile methods.
Amongst all Agile methodologies, DSDM is different in that it integrates project management and product development into a single process. For many organisations, DSDM is all that is needed, although some gain value from integrating DSDM with approaches such as PRINCE2.
There are 2 qualifications each with an exam. Exams are included as part of every course.
- Prerequisites: none;
- Duration: 40-minutes;
- Questions: 50 multiple-choice style;
- Pass-mark: 50%;
- Suitable for: current/aspiring Agile project team members.
- Prerequisites: AgilePM Foundation;
- Duration: 150-minutes;
- Questions: 80 multiple-choice style;
- Pass-mark: 50%;
- Suitable for: current/aspiring Agile project team members and managers.
The easiest route to certification is by attending a four-day Agile PM Foundation & Practitioner classroom course.
Certification and careers
Agile PM qualifications are recognized by employers around the world, especially in the IT and creative sectors. By end of 2018 according to the Agile Business Consortium, over 100,000 people had gained AgilePM qualifications.
Many project-based jobs in the IT, marketing or creative sectors, often specify ‘knowledge of Agile’ in the job requirements. Applying for such roles without a qualification puts you at a disadvantage.
If you are seeking an Agile Project Manager role, there’s no better certification.
What will you learn?
The syllabus is based upon the DSDM method - one of the earliest Agile approaches and a signatory to the Agile Manifesto.
DSDM is a proven, best-practice approach for delivering projects on-time and in-budget. It covers the entire life cycle. It is fully scalable for use on projects of any size and for any type or business sector.
DSDM recommends the use of several practices, including:
- Facilitated workshops;
- Modelling and iterative development;
- MoSCoW prioritisation;
Use with other approaches or methods
DSDM can be easily tailored and used alongside traditional methods such as PRINCE2 and complements approaches such as Scrum.
During these classes students learn all areas described within DSDM which includes the following topics.
DSDM recognises that projects usually fail not because of technology, but because of people. This simple assumption provides the context for the remainder of the course.
The DSDM philosophy says that “the best business value emerges when projects are aligned to clear business goals, deliver frequently and involve the collaboration of motivated and empowered people.”
Students learn that the philosophy is supported by 8 principles which build the mindset and behaviours necessary amongst the project participants to bring the philosophy alive.
These guide the team in the attitude it must take and the mindset it must adopt. This is so that it can deliver consistently and be flexible at the same time. Students learn about all 8 principles:
- Focus on the business need;
- Deliver on time;
- Never compromise quality;
- Build incrementally from firm foundations;
- Develop iteratively;
- Communicate continuously and clearly;
- Demonstrate control.
There are several factors required to be in place if DSDM projects are to achieve a successful outcome. Students learn about these factors, and why, if they cannot be met, they pose significant risks.
DSDM provides an iterative and incremental approach to development. Students learn that the most important business needs must be addressed early. This enables users to see the evolving solution and to provide feedback and request changes during development.
Roles and responsibilities
There are 3 main groups of stakeholders (business, technical and management) to be represented in decision-making. Students learn about the responsibilities of each role. Students familiar with Scrum will recognize many similarities of DSDM roles with the Scrum Product Owner and Srum Master roles.
Students learn about the set of products recommended by DSDM. These describe the solution itself, or those created to assist with its development, plus any required for project governance and control.
Planning and control
DSDM puts a greater emphasis on high-level planning than many other agile methods. Students learn effective approaches to planning which avoid creating detailed plans.
Students learn that delivery planning requires both incremental and timebox approaches.
Whilst planning, thought must be given to how the products will be tested. In common with other Agile approaches, testing is a continuous activity, not something left to the end of the project. Students learn how quality methods must be integrated into the development process.
Estimating is a key part of planning. Students learn a variety of estimating methods and when they should be used.
This technique is used in many approaches. Students from a Scrum background will be familiar with prioritizing features from the product backlog when planning a sprint and how this technique supports planning and control.
This technique is also commonly used in other approaches. It’s what drives the creation of what are called Sprints in Scrum. Students learn about the timebox technique and how and when it is used on the project.
Students learn about this technique and how it helps achieve greater buy-in to decisions quickly.
Students learn how iterative development is a process whereby a business solution evolves from a high-level concept to something with acknowledged business value.
Modelling techniques help to improve communications and prompt the right questions on projects. Students learn that modelling techniques do not need to be high tech using sophisticated tools and ‘low bandwidth’ approaches such as sketches may be appropriate.
Managing the project through the life cycle
DSDM is one of the few Agile approaches with an explicitly defined project manager role and responsibilities. Students learn these key responsibilities and how this role compliments other roles whilst embracing the core DSDM principles.
People, team and interactions
Effective communication is essential. Students discuss many of the soft skills which enable communications to be effective.
Requirements and user stories
Students learn that trying to define a full and detailed set of requirements too early is often counterproductive. Students learn that gathering requirements early can only be done at a high level. These are then progressively broken down as the project progresses in the form of user stories.
Trying to run a project in an environment not suited to DSDM can be risky. Students learn to use the Project Approach Questionnaire to identify areas of risk and to negotiate changes to reduce risk and to improve the probability of success.
The topics you learn on an Agile Project Management training course will boost your effectiveness as an Agile Project Manager or team member.
Agile PM FAQ's
What format are your Agile Project Management courses?
Currently, during the Covid-19 pandemic, all our Agile Project Management courses are in a virtual classroom environment. They take the same time as a typical classroom course. The only difference is that you attend the class from home, using your computer.
You can also take an online Agile Project Management course which enables you to self-study in your own time.
Which version are your Agile Project Management courses?
All our Agile Project Management courses follow the AgilePM v2.0 syllabus and Agile Project Management Handbook. These are based upon the Agile Project Framework - the latest version of DSDM.
What are the prerequisites for your Agile Project Management training?
- AgilePM Foundation - no prerequisites;
- AgilePM Practitioner – you must have passed the Foundation exam.
Is there reading before attending?
Yes, you will need to do 1-hour of reading before attending either of our Agile Project Management courses.
What topics are covered on an Agile Project Management Course?
An Agile Project Management course covers the DSDM method - one of the earliest Agile approaches.
Students learn the DSDM approach, principles, philosophy, recommended products, roles and responsibilities and processes.
Delivery planning, quality, risk, requirements, estimating, and well-known agile practices such as timeboxing, facilitated workshops, modelling, iterative development and MoSCoW prioritisation are also covered.
When do I get my exam results?
- Foundation exam – results received within about 15 minutes.
- Practitioner exam - provisional results same-day. Official result 5-7 business days later.
What are your exam pass rates?
- Agile PM Foundation - 99% pass rate
- Agile PM Practitioner - 99% pass rate.
What's the difference between Foundation and Practitioner exams?
Both exams are multiple-choice.
- Foundation exam
- Duration: 40 minutes;
- Questions: 50 multiple-choice;
- Type: closed-book;
- Pass mark: 25/50 (50%);
- What’s tested: DSDM and Agile terminology and concepts.
- Practitioner exam
- Duration: 150 minutes;
- Questions: 80 multiple-choice;
- Type: closed-book;
- Pass mark: 40/80 (50%);
- What’s tested: a candidate’s ability to apply DSDM and Agile Project Management to a fictional scenario.
Do the qualifications expire?
Agile PM Foundation and Practitioner qualifications never expire.
You get Agile PM Registered Practitioner Status after successfully passing the Practitioner exam. This status expires after five years. To renew you must pass a Re-registration exam 3-5 years after passing your initial Practitioner exam.
AgilePM or PRINCE2 Agile®?
If you have already passed a PRINCE2 exam, then choose an PRINCE2 Agile course. If you don’t already have a PRINCE2 qualification, then take an Agile PM course in London.
Where can I get more information?
Agile PM qualifications
For more information about the AgilePM qualification scheme, visit the APMG International web site.
Agile Business Consortium
For information about the Agile Business Consortium visit the Agile Business Consortium web site.
Is there an AgilePM course near me?
Our students come from all over the UK including: London, Leeds, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Cardiff, Swansea, Slough, Plymouth, Derby, Leicester, Nottingham, Newcastle, Blackburn, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen.