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The Agile Project Management (AgilePM®) certification is aimed at those working in a project-focused environment who are looking for a leaner, structured approach that enables them to respond far more quickly to change and that is conducive to rapid implementation of high-priority initiatives.
Accredited by APMG and based on the proven fundamentals within DSDM Atern (see below), the certification provides the ability to deliver Agile Projects in organisations requiring standards, rigour and visibility around Project Management, while at the same time enabling the fast pace, change and empowerment provided by Agile.
This course will:
To stay effective, businesses need to be able to change quickly. The core focus of traditional project management methodologies is to thoroughly understand the reasons for change before the change can be enabled. In the real world, this approach can be far too time-consuming.
Agile project management covers the people, products and practices (techniques) required to successfully implement projects. Agile will help you:
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Agile is not a project management method or framework. Rather, it is a term that encompasses a family of different approaches, including DSDM Atern, Scrum, XP, Crystal, Feature-Driven-Development, which came together in 2001 as the “Agile Alliance” to formulate the Agile Manifesto – a statement of shared values about the development of software to support business. Now it extends to include other approaches such as Lean development and its values have spread well beyond the bounds of software into many other areas of business.
Good Agile means delivering business value early. The key characteristics which make a project Agile are: short increments and frequent delivery; continuous user involvement at all levels; scope management by prioritisation of features; focus on business need; delivery on time and to budget; a collaborative approach between all parties, including external suppliers; embracing change and learning; sufficient but not excessive control; facilitative leadership and appropriate empowerment.
Their are very many variants of Agile available. ALC offers the training and certification accredited by APMG, the organisation most closely associated with PRINCE2. In November 2010, APMG launched its new Agile Project Management certifications (AgilePM) in partnership with the DSDM Consortium. Based on the familiar structure of the PRINCE2 Foundation and PRINCE2 Practitioner level qualifications, AgilePM certification is underpinned by DSDM Atern, whilst acknowledging the other popular agile approaches around.
DSDM Atern is a mature and fully-featured Agile approach, established for more than 15 years and appropriate to all types of project. There are many organisations who have been training in, and using, this approach over the years, so it is robust, tried and tested. Unlike other popular Agile approaches, its focus is not purely on the development team: its scope extends to project structure and control. It specifies roles and responsibilities for project governance as well as for the mixed-skill development teams. It gives guidance on project management concerns such as risk and escalation, configuration management and quality. It also focuses on the triple concerns of time, cost and function, which, along with timeboxing, all work to deliver on time and within budget by prioritisation of features.
The good news for those who have laboured through PRINCE2 certification is that your knowledge is not redundant. However, in the ever-moving need for new skills, the logical next step in your life-long learning is in most cases Agile. Development teams are already doing Agile and current PRINCE2 project managers are already becoming an essential part of the new Agile project workforce.
Separately, PRINCE2 and Agile are good, robust approaches for the management of all types of projects; together they are greater than the sum of their parts. The answer is that, although Agile Project Management can stand alone in certain environments, it is not a replacement for PRINCE2, but a complement to improve project delivery and success. Agile is not the new PRINCE2. It is, however, here to stay.
There are many stereotypes about what is traditional project management and what is Agile. In reality, Agile and traditional project management approaches as complementary to each other rather than competitive. In this context an Agile Project Manager is not someone who only does Agile projects. It is someone who has a deep knowledge of both Agile and traditional plan-driven principles and practices and knows how to blend them together in the right proportions to fit a given situation. Significant rewards will accrue to organisations and individuals who get it right.
ALC is a leading provider of training across a broad range of Project Management methods, frameworks and approaches. Our Agile Project Management training courses are held on a regular basis in Australia, Singapore, New Zealand, Malaysia and Hong Kong.
AGILE offers a different approach to other project management frameworks, with the key focus being on assessment through the development lifecycle. Essentially, regular iterations are performed where teams must develop incremental improvements for products that can also be implemented and shipped in a short timeframe.
This focus on work cycle repetition as well as the products developed as a result is called iterative project management. Essentially, it means that every aspect of an undertaking is revisited time and again to ensure it’s still meeting pre-determined objectives.
As such, if there’s an issue encountered or the project needs to be taken in a new direction, time is available to do so.
AGILE is most commonly used on software development projects, as this type of undertaking involves a degree of unpredictability.
When researching AGILE, companies may come across Scrum, a method of introducing the AGILE practices into a business environment. Scrum is straight-forward and flexible, and utilises AGILE in the form of short iterations.
Scrum is one of the many approaches to the AGILE method of management, alongside DSDM Atern, XP and Crystal.
The ease of use makes Scrum a good launching point into the AGILE method.
The range of project management methodologies can it hard to discern differences, but there are key points of distinction that businesses need to be aware of. This is especially true when comparing the tool to PRINCE2.
AGILE offers a far more distinct program than PRINCE2 and the associated training courses, promising greater flexibility when used in a project. For example, deliverables can be produced without the need for major reworking, making it useful when the project takes a different turn.
Tasks can also be broken down into smaller and more manageable stages, allowing risk reduction by way of earlier assessment. However, AGILE can set unattainable expectations in place if it’s not fully understood by those using it.
In addition, AGILE is most beneficial to software development, and PRINCE2 could be a more appropriate general framework for businesses.
Adaptability is key in a modern business environment, especially when the requirements of a project are prone to change. In these areas, AGILE can be most useful.
AGILE can assist business projects in the following ways:
Delivering improved communications: Communications are improved by correctly identifying and informing stakeholders, conducing planned work reviews at all appropriate organisational levels and holding daily communications with the team
Building trusted teams: Teams utilising AGILE are self-directed and empowered, with managers that facilitate teams without needing to direct them. In addition, there also fixed time scales and budgets to ensure projects come in as expected.
Regardless of whether PRINCE2 training has already been performed, it’s a good idea to consider the benefits of AGILE. This is a robust approach to project management that’s designed to handle the modern, ever-changing project environment.
When used alongside PRINCE2, businesses have a tool that can be used to improve project delivery and success.
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This course will enable participants to understand:
The course is aimed at Project Managers and others involved in Project Management who want to understand how to apply Agile approaches within an overall Project Management Lifecycle framework.
1. Agile Project Management Fundamentals
• What is Agile Project Management?
• Benefits of Agile Project Management
• When to use Agile Project Management
• Preparing for a successful Agile project
• Agile Project Management Principles
2. The Agile Project Management Process
• Agile Project Management Framework
• Configuring the Agile Project Lifecycle
3. Work Products and Deliverables
• Management Products and Deliverables
• Business Work Products and Deliverables
• Technical Products and Deliverables
4. Agile Project Teams
• Agile Project Roles and Responsibilities
• Agile Project Team Empowerment
• Agile Project Team Structure
5. Agile Project Management Practices
• Facilitated Workshops
• MoSCoW Prioritisation
• Iterative Development
6. Project Management and Control
• Agile Planning
• Agile Risk Management
• Agile Estimating and Measurement
• Agile Configuration Management
7. Other Agile Project Management Concerns
• Agile Requirements (Functional and Non-functional Requirements)
• Agile Testing
• Quality Management and Quality Control
• Ensuring Maintainability and Scalability
|Agile® Project Management
Course + Exam
|$2450 + gst|
The fee includes:
There are two exams included with the AgilePM course. Both exams are based on the new Handbook (v2.0) and are set and marked by APMG:
The Foundation exam (based on Handbook v2.0) is held at the end of the Foundation module and comprises:
The Practitioner exam (based on Handbook v2.0) is held at the end of the Practitioner module and comprises:
There are no pre-requisites to sit the Foundation exam. To be eligible to take the Practitioner exam you must have one of the following: