Agile Project Management
AgilePM® is a five day APMG accredited Project Management certification based upon the DSDM® Agile Project Framework. It focuses on DSDM from the perspective of a Project Manager and provides an excellent introduction to Agile in general. Aside from Project Managers, I would recommend this course to Scrum Masters and anyone working or looking to work in a more scaled Agile environment.
DSDM is one of the original Agile frameworks – often described as ‘corporate-strength’ Agile for corporate projects and environments requiring a full and scalable lifecycle, greater formality and governance. Since its introduction in 2010 over 100,000 people have achieved certification.
There are two stages of certification starting with Foundation and then digging deeper for the Practitioner level. The course looks at how to organise and run projects using an Agile approach, but also explores the topic of Agile in a wider context via discussion and practical exercises.
This Agile Project Management training course is split into two parts. The Foundation course runs over 2-days with the exam at the end of the second day. Those taking the Practitioner course will then attend a further three days with the exam on the final day after lunch.
Some training companies run the Practitioner as a 2-day course, but we feel the extra day gives students time to better prepare for the Practitioner exam. Aside from the standard sample paper and questions we provide additional AgilePM style questions to support exam preparation. Also, there is repetition during the Practitioner course and we feel it is more beneficial to use exercises to illustrate the application of the learned theory.
The Foundation course covers:
- An introduction to Agile frameworks and DSDM
- The DSDM philosophy and principles
- Key success factors for adopting an Agile approach
- How DSDM has a full project lifecycle and why it is important when planning an Agile project
- Describe and discuss the DSDM products created as deliverables and to run the project
- The roles and responsibilities relevant for an Agile project organisation
- The key practices advocated by DSDM – timeboxing, MoSCoW prioritisation, facilitated workshops and iterative development
We then ‘dig deeper’ with the Practitioner course to explore:
- Roles and Responsibilites – 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
- Estimating – How and When
- Project Planning through the Lifecycle
- Quality – Never Compromise Quality
- Risk Management
- Tailoring the approach
This training is for anyone responsible for delivering projects or involved with the set-up and delivery of projects. Typically, this would be Project Managers – with or without Agile experience. For Project Managers needing Agile project management training we would recommend Foundation and Practitioner levels.
We would also recommend the course for Business Analysts, Developers and Testers needing an understanding of how Agile works. For these roles the Foundation course would probably be sufficient.
Scrum Masters and Product Owners with experience of using Scrum would also benefit. DSDM is a full project approach and can be used as a wrapper for Scrum. DSDM roles can be mapped to the Scrum Master and Product Owners roles and DSDM can give a scaled strategic perspective missing from Scrum.
Simple multiple choice:
- 50 questions / 50 marks
- 25 marks needed to pass – 50%
- 40 minutes
Complex multiple choice:
- 4 multi-part questions per paper
- 80 marks available / 20 marks per question
- 40 marks needed to pass – 50%
- 2 hours and 30 minutes
- Open book – official handbook only
- Agile Project Management training Certificate of Attendence
- AgilePM Foundation exam fee
- AgilePM Practitioner exam fee
- Workbook of slides
- Case study and answer pointers
- Latest AgilePM Handbook
- Coffee & refreshments if public course
- One year free membership of the Agile Business Consortium
- Public courses will typically run at a central London location
- In-house courses can be run at your office or a suitable location of your choosing