PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner Certificate in Agile Project Management

Duration: 
3 days
Codes: 
PPMP2AG,PRINCE2
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Overview

PRINCE2 is the most commonly used project management approach in the world today and is increasingly being used in conjunction with Agile practices. As more and more organisations adopt and embed Agile, the need for specific guidance on how to use PRINCE2 in the context of Agile has become important.

PRINCE2 and Agile each have their own strengths and when combined they complement each other and create a holistic approach to managing projects in an Agile way. The strength of PRINCE2 lies in areas of project direction and project management, while Agile has a very strong focus on product delivery. Combining PRINCE2 and Agile delivers an integrated and seamless approach to managing and delivering modern projects.

PRINCE2 Agile describes how to configure and tune PRINCE2 so that it can be used in the most effective way when combining it with Agile behaviours, concepts, frameworks and techniques.

PRINCE2 Agile does not favour one Agile approach over any other, it engages with Agile in all of its many forms to provide a holistic project management approach that can be tailored to suit a wide variety of project conditions.

It is important that potential students for this course are currently certified in PRINCE2 Foundation and secondly that they have a basic understanding of what Agile is, otherwise combining PRINCE2 and Agile together will not be effective. It is also important to note that PRINCE2 Agile is not a substitute for PRINCE2.

The course includes a copy of the official PRINCE2 Agile publication, which is permitted for use in the exam.

It is important to know that some consolidation work will be required by candidates in the evenings; approximately 2 hours per evening.

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Examination

By completing this course, the student will have sufficient knowledge to sit the PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner Examination. The exam is held on day 4 of the course.

The PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner Examination is:

  • 2.5 hour scenario-based objective testing multiple choice exam
  • 50 questions worth 1 mark each
  • Requires 30 marks out of 50 to pass (i.e. 60%)
  • Open book (official PRINCE2 Agile book only)

Audience

The existing PRINCE2 business community will benefit from PRINCE2 Agile:

  • PRINCE2 organisations or individuals who wish to adopt Agile
  • PRINCE2 organisations or individuals who are practising Agile in some form
  • PRINCE2 organisations or individuals who are encountering other organisations or individuals using Agile in some form
  • Organisations or individuals who have some Agile experience and wish to adopt PRINCE2

Many specific roles will also benefit from PRINCE2 Agile:

  • PRINCE2 Practitioners
  • Agile Project Managers
  • Scrum Masters
  • Project Office Managers
  • Project Leaders
  • Team Managers
  • Agile Support
  • Agile Facilitators
  • DSDM Coaches
  • Agile Coaches

Skills Gained

Successful completion of this course will enable participants to:

  • Understand the basic concepts of common Agile ways of working
  • Understand the purpose and context for combining PRINCE2 and the Agile way of working
  • Understand which areas are of particular significance and focus when using Agile and PRINCE2
  • Incorporate the fundamental Agile behaviours, concepts and techniques in PRINCE2
  • Be able to fix and flex the 6 aspects of a project in an Agile context
  • Apply or tailor the 7 PRINCE2 principles, themes and processes for an Agile project
  • Produce the PRINCE2 management products for an Agile project
  • Map the common Agile roles to a PRINCE2 project management team
  • Be prepared for the PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner exam

Prerequisites

PRINCE2 Agile can be taken if you hold any of the following certifications:

  • PRINCE2 Foundation,
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner,
  • Project Management Professional (PMP),
  • Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM),
  • IMPA Levels A,B,C and D (Certified Projects Director)

Essential Prerequisites

Proof of prerequisites MUST be produced on the day of the exam to the trainer.

Acceptable forms of prerequisite confirmation are as follows:

  • For PMI or IPMA certification holders: An electronic or hard copy of the candidates examination certificate
  • For PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner Certificate holders:
    • A copy of the candidates examination certificate
    • A confirmed entry in the AXELOS Successful Candidate Register. You will need to provide the full SCR number (registration/candidate number located on your certificate).

Pre-Course Reading

Proof of identification

If taking an exam, candidates are required to provide Photo ID with a valid signature e.g. driving license, passport or named work ID badges prior to sitting their exam. Failure to produce this ID will result in their exam results being withheld until proof of ID is provided. Please note that if proof is not provided within 40 days, candidate's exam results will be null and void and a re-sit would be required.

Reasonable Adjustments Policy

Course Outline

The PRINCE2 Agile course uses a combination of theory, discussion and practical exercises to ensure delegates feel confident in the application of the concepts. Additional evening work will be required in the form of consolidation reading and mock examination questions. The evening work is an integral part of the course and delegates should expect to spend approximately 2.5 hours on these activities.

The course will cover the following learning outcomes:

Understand the basic concepts of common agile ways of working

  • Explain the differences between projects and BAU (Business as Usual)
  • Describe agile and its common approaches, how and why agile approaches have developed and where they are used.
  • Describe the history of agile, its contrast to the waterfall way of working and how the agile manifesto fits in
  • Describe the different levels of agile maturity and well-known agile frameworks
  • Describe behaviours, concepts and techniques that characterise agile
  • Define the PRINCE2 Agile view of 'agile'
  • Describe Kanban, the Kanban method and its six general practices, including the use of Cumulative Flow Diagram (CFDs)
  • Describe the core concepts of Lean start-up
  • Describe the use of workshops
  • Describe how to transition to agile
  • Define Scrum theory and explain the nature of the Scrum team, Scrum events, Scrum artefacts and Sprints

Understand the purpose and context for combining PRINCE2 and the agile ways of working

  • Describe the complementary strengths of PRINCE2 and the agile ways of working
  • Define who can benefit from using PRINCE2 Agile and in what contexts/situation
  • Define the make-up of PRINCE2 Agile (frameworks, behaviours, concepts, techniques, focus areas)
  • Explain the eight 'guidance points'
  • Explain how PRINCE2 controls and governance can enable agile to be used in many environments
  • Describe what a typical PRINCE2 'project journey' looks like in an agile context
  • Be able to apply and evaluate the focus areas to a project in an agile context

Explain the purpose and use of the Agilometer throughout a project

  • Describe the six sliders used on the Agilometer, explain their significance and how to improve them
  • Describe in detail requirements terminology, decomposition and prioritization, including MoSCoW and Ordering
  • Explain how requirements prioritization is used
  • Explain the rich communication focus area, its importance and its key techniques
  • Explain how to manage frequent releases and the benefits of 'failing fast'

Be able to fix and flex the six aspects of a project in an agile context

  • Describe how to use the 'hexagon' in relation to the six aspects of project performance
  • Explain the use of tolerances in terms of what to 'fix' and what to 'flex' in relation to the six aspects of project performance
  • Describe in detail each of the five targets that underpin the use of the hexagon
  • Explain why the 'fix and flex' approach is good for the customer

Be able to tailor the PRINCE2 principles, themes, processes and management products to a project in an agile context

  • Describe in detail the 5 PRINCE2 Agile behaviours (Transparency, Collaboration, Rich Communication, Self-Organization, Exploration)
  • Explain that agile needs to be incorporated in all seven PRINCE2 processes and all seven themes but that the amount appropriate to each will vary depending on the project context
  • Describe the two common Organization roles of Scrum master and Product owner
  • Explain how to adjust roles, including the use of specialist roles, and the options for team organization in a project
  • Describe the make-up of a typical delivery team
  • Describe servant leadership, its use and importance
  • Describe how to define Working Agreements
  • Describe quality setting techniques including 'definition of done' and the use of acceptance criteria
  • Describe quality testing, quality checking and management techniques
  • Describe approaches to planning and typical planning techniques
  • Describe approaches to risk and how agile concepts mitigate many typical risks
  • Describe how blending PRINCE2 with agile approaches controls, responds to, and minimizes the impact of change, including risk management and configuration management
  • Describe how empowered self-organizing teams handle change dynamically within set tolerances
  • Describe common feedback loops and their importance
  • Describe progress monitoring techniques including use of Work in Progress boards, burn charts, information radiators
  • Describe in detail agile techniques that may apply to each PRINCE2 process including Cynefin
  • Describe how to flex the 'Direct a Project' stage and the benefits of collaborative working
  • Describe how to 'manage by exception' with emphasis on empowerment, quantity of deliverables, rich information flows and value of deliverables
  • Explain why PRINCE2 'stages' may not be required, including use of timeboxes and Scrum of scrums
  • Describe typical output mechanisms when 'Controlling a Stage' and 'Managing a Stage Boundary
  • Describe the use of retrospectives and how to make them effective
  • Describe approaches to 'Managing Product Delivery' including Scrum and Kanban
  • Explain how to define Work Packages, Product Descriptions, quality criteria and tolerances
  • Give guidance on behaviours, risks and the frequency of releases
  • Explain how to manage Stage Boundaries and the similarities between a stage and a release
  • Explain how to assess quantity, quality and benefits of stage deliverables
  • Explain how to effectively close a project, including evaluation of the use of agile
  • Describe how to tailor PRINCE2 products, including Work Packages, Highlight Reports and Checkpoint Reports
  • Describe in detail agile techniques that may apply to each PRINCE2 theme including requirements, defining value and user stories
  • Describe guidance on the use of contracts
  • Describe PRINCE2 Agile delivery roles
  • Explain how to use the Health Check
  • Describe the fundamental values and principles of agile
  • Outline tips for the PRINCE2 Agile project manager

PRINCE2 Agile Examination - key information

  • 2.5 hour exam
  • Open book (PRINCE2 Agile book only)
  • Objective Testing Exam
  • Taken on the afternoon of the third day
  • 50 questions totalling 50 marks (1 mark per question)
  • Pass mark is 60% (30 correct answers).

Throughout the PRINCE2 Agile course, delegates will be exposed to numerous examples of examination questions. We will undertake a number of exercises and 'question-and-answer' sessions that will help to consolidate the learning, thereby ensuring that delegates are more than adequately prepared for the final examination.

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