APMG Agile Project Management – Foundation + Practitioner
This five-day accredited course provides participants with an in-depth grasp of the DSDM Agile Project Management framework. It comprises a Foundation-level introduction to the framework as well as a thorough learning of how a project manager can apply Agile at the Practitioner-level – these enable success for both examinations associated with the course.
The course, facilitated by our skilled trainers, who possess practical application of the methodology, includes examination coaching and practice using sample questions from prior examinations.
Do note though that this course does not cover the Scrum Framework.
Delegates should be prepared to set aside time to revise for the Foundation and Practitioner examinations, in the evenings after the course lecture finishes. This includes studying the course Handbook and working through sample examination questions.
This combined course is targeted at those who expect to have a management or leadership role in an Agile project and is specifically built to support anyone who needs to apply the DSDM Project Management framework in a business environment. Delegates are expected to have experience of team leading, project management, or project assurance/support.
As one delegate said, “The course has really helped me. With so many projects failing to complete on time or budget, it’s good to look at things a different way and see scope as a moveable feast.”
Foundation and Practitioner examinations
There are no prerequisites for this course although it would be beneficial for delegates to have some practical experience of project work within an Agile environment.
Proof of identity
Delegates must bring signed photo ID on any APMG exam (passport, driving licence, student card) as they will be asked by the invigilator to produce it prior to the exam.
Delegates must also be familiar with the APMG Terms and Conditions of Certification which can be found on the APMG International website (http://www.apmg-international.com/).
While not required, delegates are encouraged to visit the DSDM Consortium’s website (www.dsdm.org)to get an initial feel for the framework.
Benefits to the Delegates
Delegates will learn the following:
- How 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
- What is Agile? And why use DSDM?
- Philosophy, Principles, and Project Variables
- Preparing for Success
- Preparing for Agile Project Management
- The DSDM Process
- The People – DSDM Roles and Responsibilities
- The DSDM Products
- Key Practices – Prioritisation and Timeboxing
- Planning and Control Throughout the Lifecycle
- Other Practices – Iterative Development, Facilitated Workshops, Modeling and Prototyping
- Roles and Responsibilities – the project manager’s view
- Agile Project Management through the Lifecycle
- The Effective use of the Products
- Deliver on Time – Combining MoSCoW and Timeboxing
- People, Teams and Interactions
- Requirements and User Stories
- Estimating – How and When
- Project Planning throughout the Lifecycle
- Quality – Never Compromise Quality
- Risk Management
- Tailoring the Approach
Agile Foundation and Practitioner Examinations
All delegates will sit the APMG Agile Foundation examination (a multiple choice paper) in the late afternoon of the second day of the course. Successful candidates will then be eligible to sit the Practitioner examination in the afternoon of the fifth day. Photo ID is required to take these exams.
The Foundation examination is taken at about 15:00 during the afternoon on Day 2 and candidates may take 40 minutes to complete it.
The Practitioner examination takes place at about 13:00 on the afternoon of Day 5 and will last for up to 2½ hours
Please Note: The last day (Day 5) will finish by 15:30 after the conclusion of the Practitioner exam.
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