Agile Project Management Foundation and Practitioner

Duration: 
5 days
Codes: 
AGILEFP

Overview

The Agile Project Management training course is a stable-mate to PRINCE2, ITIL and Managing Successful Programmes, with accreditation and certification by the APM Group to both Foundation and Practitioner levels.

Agile can be applied to projects regardless of scale or discipline. Agile Project Management Foundation and Practitioner shows Project Sponsors they can adopt Agile with confidence, and provide focus to the entire project team.

Agile approaches such as eXtreme Programming, Scrum and Lean Software Development are becoming increasingly mainstream. They describe how to successfully deliver in complex situations when requirements and possible solutions are subject to continuous change; but they stop short of describing a full project lifecycle with defined Phases, Work Products, Roles and Responsibilities.

This course covers how to operate in such an Agile fashion within an overall project framework which is accredited as a stable-mate to PRINCE2 and based on the DSDM Atern approach. Through practical experience of the Agile style of working, case studies and example scenarios from a highly experienced trainer, it provides delegates with an understanding of how the Agile Project Management process can enable planning, management and control for predictable Agile project deliveries.

The Agile Project Management certification, accredited by APMG offers a boost to your career. Foundation and practitioner certifications makes you an invaluable asset to your employer and clearly differentiated in a competitive market.

Audience

Familiarity with project work, either as a project manager or as another role on a project - this course is not designed to teach people how to be a project manager, it is intended to provide an agile framework to those who already have some basic project experience Familiarity with agile product development (for example, Scrum) - this course builds on product development experience to encompass the entire agile project lifecycle, not just development aspects

Skills Gained

At the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Set up an Agile project
  • Identify appropriate people for Agile roles
  • Define Increments and Timeboxes to keep a project on track
  • Manage a Solution Development Team
  • Communicate with business stakeholders in a project environment
  • Use Agile techniques, including prioritisation of requirements, to ensure on-time project delivery,
  • Present the benefits of Agile approaches to senior management
  • Identify risks to delivery of projects managed using the DSDM Agile approach

Prerequisites

Important Course Information Important Course Information Recommended Experience: Recommended Experience:

  • Familiarity with project work, either as a project manager or as another role on a project - this course is not designed to teach people how to be a project manager, it is intended to provide an agile framework to those who already have some basic project experience
  • Familiarity with agile product development (for example, Scrum) - this course builds on product development experience to encompass the entire agile project lifecycle, not just development aspects

Familiarity with agile product development (for example, Scrum) - this course builds on product development experience to encompass the entire agile project lifecycle, not just development aspects Course Materials: Course Materials:

  • This course is accredited by APMG.

This course is accredited by APMG. Course Preparation: Course Preparation:

  • There are a few hours of pre-course reading required.
  • On evenings 1, 3 and 4 there will be some sample exam questions set as homework. It is important to set aside some time to complete this extra work - candidates who are able to complete both the pre-reading and the homework achieve significantly better exam results.

On evenings 1, 3 and 4 there will be some sample exam questions set as homework. It is important to set aside some time to complete this extra work - candidates who are able to complete both the pre-reading and the homework achieve significantly better exam results. Exam Information: Exam Information:

  • The Foundation and Practitioner exams will be administered during class.
  • Foundation exam: 40 minutes, 50 multiple-choice questions, passing score is 50%, closed book
  • Practitioner exam: 2.5 hours, 4 objective questions (20 possible points per question), passing score is 50%, open book (AgilePM Handbook)

Attendees who have successfully completed the exam are gifted 1 year membership with Agile Business Consortium. Individual Consortium membership offers the following benefits:

  • Online webinars
  • Member training days
  • 20% discount on items in the Consortium's web-shop, including general events such as the Agile Business Conference
  • Latest templates

Eligible candidates will automatically receive an email invitation from The Consortium to activate their membership.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Agile Project Management

Establishing Agile Fundamentals

  • Exploring the relationship between Agile, AgilePF and DSDM
  • Contrasting traditional waterfall project management approaches with DSDM
  • Integrating DSDM with best practice methods
  • Outlining the eight principles that guide DSDM

Preparing for an Agile project

  • Analysing the Project Approach Questionnaire (PAQ)
  • Accepting the DSDM philosophy
  • Identifying a successful team style
  • Building the Foundations for an Agile Project

Completing pre-project activities

  • Ensuring that the right projects are started and set up correctly
  • Identifying important members of the team
  • Planning the Feasibility Phase

Assessing project feasibility

  • Confirming that a solution exists
  • Creating an outline business case
  • Defining the project organisation structure
  • Planning the Foundation Phase

Setting firm foundations for an Agile project

  • Integrating business, solution and management perspectives
  • Establishing a Prioritised Requirements List (PRL)
  • Defining project and solution standards
  • Agreeing on roles and responsibilities
  • Extending the outline business case
  • Baselining a schedule of project activities
  • Evolving an Accurate Solution

Investigating and designing options

  • Iteratively exploring detailed requirements and confirming viability
  • Iteratively modelling solutions
  • Refining the evolving solution to meet prioritised business needs
  • Expanding and refining products

Incorporating DSDM project management techniques

  • Timeboxing development cycles
  • Controlling progress throughout the project
  • Delivering a quality product to meet requirements
  • Managing project risk
  • Deploying Solutions

Releasing to the business

  • Achieving acceptance from stakeholders
  • Planning the release
  • Transferring ownership to the business environment
  • Migrating products into live use
  • Training end users and completing documentation

Closing the project

  • Confirming that the benefits can still be delivered
  • Formally closing the project
  • Evaluating the project to support continuous improvement

Conducting post-project activities

  • Assessing whether the project benefits have been achieved
  • Comparing the results of the projects to the original business case
  • Foundation and Practitioner Exams

Preparing for the exams

  • Gaining insight into the exam process
  • Applying proven tips for exam success
  • Practising with sample test questions

Foundation Exam (Day 2)

  • Completing the necessary APMG paperwork
  • Taking the foundation exam

Practitioner Exam (Day 5)

  • Taking the practitioner exam

Exam

Agile Project Management Foundation exam

  • Simple multiple choice exam - 40-minute exam
  • 50 questions, pass mark is 25 (50%)
  • Taken at the end of Day 2 of training

Agile Project Management Practitioner exam

  • Complex multiple choice - Objective Test - 2.5-hour exam
  • Open book exam (reference to Agile PM Handbook allowed)
  • Four questions worth 20 marks each (80 marks), pass mark is 40 (50%)
  • Pre-requisite for Agile PM Practitioner:
  • Agile Project Management Foundation (or DSDM Astern Foundation) certificate
  • DSDM Advanced Practitioner certificate
  • Taken at the end of Day 5 of training

Thinking about Onsite?

If you need training for 3 or more people, you should ask us about onsite training. Putting aside the obvious location benefit, content can be customised to better meet your business objectives and more can be covered than in a public classroom. It's a cost effective option.

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