AgilePM Foundation & Practitioner

Course Overview

This comprehensive four-day AgilePM training course immerses participants in the essentials of Agile project management, and explores the specifics of the AgilePM framework. It demonstrates how to apply this framework effectively for the successful delivery of Agile projects. The course provides a balance between the necessary standards, rigour and visibility for good project management, and the rapid pace, change and empowerment inherent in Agile. Agile project management’s increasing popularity means that Agile knowledge and skills have become integral for career progression. Developed in collaboration with the Agile Business Consortium, AgilePM offers a complete, ‘off-the-shelf’ framework for Agile project management that has undergone rigorous testing and refinement since its original launch as DSDM in 1994.

Why Choose AgilePM Course & Certification?

Course Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course other than English at ‘Business Level’. For progressing to Practitioner certification, you must have already passed one of the following:

1. AgilePM Foundation Certificate   |  2. DSDM Atern Foundation Certificate  |   3. DSDM Advanced Practitioner Certificate

AgilePM Foundation & Practitioner Syllabus

The syllabus includes applying a variety of Agile practices, testing and evaluating benefits in an Agile project, facilitating and supporting within an Agile project, and the Agile approach to managing and prioritizing requirements. the syllabus for the AgilePM Foundation and Practitioner course will include, but not be limited to, the following topics:
  • Introduction to Agile: Learn about the philosophy, principles, and benefits of Agile methodologies. Understand the contrast between traditional project management approaches and Agile methods.
  • AgilePM Framework Overview: Explore the AgilePM framework in-depth, including its lifecycle, roles and responsibilities, and the products created during an Agile project.
  • Applying Agile Practices: Learn how to apply a variety of Agile practices in a project. Examples include facilitated workshops, MoSCoW prioritization, iterative development, and modelling. Each of these practices enhances collaboration, communication, and effectiveness within the project team.
  • Testing and Evaluation: Understand how to implement testing strategies within an Agile project. Learn how to estimate effort, evaluate benefits delivery, and manage project progress.
  • Facilitation and Support Mechanisms: Get to know the mechanisms for facilitation and support within an Agile project. This includes understanding the roles of the Agile team members and the use of Agile tools and techniques.
  • Managing and Prioritizing Requirements: Gain insights on the Agile approach to managing and prioritising requirements. Understand how to create, organise, and maintain a product backlog, as well as how to effectively manage changes to project requirements.
  • Project Planning and Control: Understand how to plan and control an Agile project using iterative development, timeboxing, and other Agile techniques.
  • Quality and Risk Management: Learn how to integrate quality, governance, and risk management controls within the Agile project management process, ensuring high standards, effective oversight, and proactive risk management.
  • Stakeholder Engagement and Communication: Learn strategies for effective stakeholder engagement and communication within Agile project management. Discover techniques for managing expectations, improving transparency, and ensuring stakeholder satisfaction.
  • Exam Preparation: Undertake a thorough preparation for both the AgilePM Foundation and Practitioner exams. This will include exam technique training, sample questions, and practice exams.
Remember, the course is designed with a mix of theory and practical exercises. These exercises aim to reinforce learning and help participants apply their knowledge in a practical, real-world context. These activities will be supplemented by case studies to provide deeper insights into the application of AgilePM.

Learning Outcomes

Globally recognized certification
AgilePM Foundation and Practitioner certifications are widely recognized in the project management industry. This accreditation will boost your credibility as a competent Agile project manager.
In-depth understanding of AgilePM
Understand the philosophy and principles underlying AgilePM, how it differs from traditional project management approaches, and how to implement it effectively in various project situations.
Configuring Agile project lifecycle
Gain knowledge on how to appropriately tailor the lifecycle of an Agile project to fit specific scenarios, enhancing project outcomes and efficiency.
Application of Agile techniques
Learn to identify and apply popular Agile techniques such as MoSCoW prioritization, iterative development, and timeboxing, which can increase project productivity and success rate.
Agile project governance understanding
Get insights into the mechanisms for governance and control of an Agile project, ensuring smooth operations and consistent alignment with business objectives.
Career Advancement
Agile project management skills are in high demand, and this course’s certification will add significant value to your CV, enhancing your employment prospects and career progression opportunities.
Enhanced Communication & Stakeholder Engagement Skills
Agile methodology emphasizes strong communication and stakeholder engagement. This course will provide you with tools and strategies to improve these critical skills, ensuring project requirements are clearly understood and agreed upon, leading to higher project success rates.
Agile Business Consortium Membership
Get a complimentary 3-month membership with the Agile Business Consortium, giving you access to a vast resource of Agile knowledge and networking opportunities.

AgilePM Foundation & Practitioner Exam Format

Foundation:

Delegates are invited to sit for an online exam at the end of the course:

Upon successful completion of this course, and the associated exam, participants will be awarded the APMG AgilePM Foundation certificate.

Practitioner:

Delegates are invited to take an online exam at the end of the course. The Practitioner exam has the following format:

Course Method & Duration

This course uses a balanced blend of theory and practical Agile project management experiences. It employs several case studies and hands-on exercises to ensure a practical perspective and to facilitate learning in a dynamic and interactive environment. Let’s delve deeper into the teaching methods employed during this AgilePM Foundation & Practitioner course:

Balanced Learning
The course is designed to offer a mix of theoretical knowledge and practical experience in Agile project management. Participants will learn the concepts, principles, and methodologies of AgilePM, and then have opportunities to apply this knowledge through practical exercises, simulating real-world project scenarios.
Case Studies and Caselets
Throughout the course, we will present a variety of case studies and caselets that demonstrate AgilePM in action across various industries. These case studies will offer a practical perspective, showing how the theories translate into practice, and fostering a deeper understanding of the AgilePM framework.
Practical Exercises
This course firmly believes in the power of learning by doing. Therefore, it incorporates numerous practical exercises to ensure that concepts are not just theoretical. Participants will have the chance to take part in group tasks, problem-solving activities, and mock projects, all designed to consolidate their learning and enhance their understanding of AgilePM.
Interactive Classroom Activities
To keep the learning environment engaging and active, the course includes several classroom activities. These could range from group discussions, quizzes, role-play exercises, to interactive games related to AgilePM. These activities ensure there’s never a dull moment and contribute to an immersive, enjoyable learning experience.
Experiential Learning
The course emphasizes experiential learning, where participants learn from experiences or learn by doing. Through facilitated discussions, reflective practices, and feedback sessions, learners will gain insights into their understanding and application of the AgilePM concepts.
Study Materials
Participants will have access to world-class study materials that are frequently updated to reflect the latest developments in Agile project management. These materials are crafted with the intention of not only aiding learning during the course but also serving as a valuable resource for future reference in the workplace.

The methods used in this course are designed to create an active learning environment, encouraging participants to take an active role in their learning journey. The course aims to not only equip participants with the knowledge they need to pass their AgilePM exams but also to instill the skills and confidence required to apply AgilePM in their day-to-day work.

The combined course lasts for four days and can be attended in-person or virtually.

Benefits For Your Organisation

Adoption of a Structured Agile Framework
AgilePM offers a structured, scalable Agile framework that can be tailored to fit the size and complexity of any project, providing consistency and standardization across your organization’s project management practices.
Enhanced Quality, Governance, and Risk Management
AgilePM integrates quality, governance, and risk management controls, ensuring high standards are maintained, projects are effectively overseen, and risks are proactively managed, mitigating potential issues.
Increased Collaboration and Customer Satisfaction
AgilePM fosters a collaborative approach that encourages frequent communication and stakeholder engagement. This not only enhances team dynamics but also ensures projects meet customer expectations, leading to increased satisfaction.
Cost-Effective Approach
With AgilePM’s ‘off-the-shelf’ framework, your organization can avoid the significant costs of developing a unique framework, providing an economical solution to implementing Agile practices.
Faster, More Effective Change Management
AgilePM enables organizations to deliver change faster and more effectively due to its iterative, flexible approach. This facilitates rapid response to changes, ensuring your projects stay aligned with business objectives and market demands.
Improved Roles & Responsibilities Allocation
AgilePM defines clear roles and responsibilities, ensuring team members understand their tasks, which can lead to increased productivity and project success.
Compatibility with Existing Processes
AgilePM complements and works seamlessly with existing corporate processes such as PRINCE2®, quality and audit processes, providing an integrated, comprehensive approach to project management.