Ashish is an immensely qualified trainer with rich Project management experience, understanding, and knowledge, who makes the concepts of Agile just seep into you with extreme ease. - Subodh Chandra
The Agile Project Management Foundation Certification aims to address the needs of those working in a project-focused environment who want to be Agile. Based on the proven fundamentals within DSDM Atern, the new certification provides the ability to deliver Agile Projects in organizations requiring standards, rigour and visibility around Project Management, while at the same time enabling the fast pace, change and empowerment provided by Agile.
The Agile Project Management qualification aims to address the needs of those working in a project-focused environment who want to be Agile. Based on the proven fundamentals within DSDM Atern, the new certification provides the ability to deliver Agile Projects in organizations requiring standards, rigor and visibility around Project Management, while at the same time enabling the fast pace, change and empowerment provided by Agile. The course:
- Explains how to lay the foundations for successful agile projects
- Explains how an agile project is managed
- Clarifies the different management styles needed for successful agile projects (compared to “traditional” projects)
- Provides integration with PRINCE2®
- What is Agile?
- Benefits of APMG Agile Project Management
- Agile vs. Waterfall
- How Agile works within PRINCE2
- Comparing APMG agile n scrum
- Comparing APMG agile and PMI ACP
- The Agile Manifesto
- Agile Flavours
- Introducing APMG Agile Foundation exam
- Introducing APMG Agile Practitioner exam
Day 1: 4 hours
- APMG Agile Project Management Fundamentals –
- The Philosophy of Atern
- The 8 Principles of Atern
- The 7 processes of Atern
- The Atern lifecycle – the 7 Processes
- The Agile team roles and responsibilities
- Configuration Management
Day2: 4 hours
- Facilitated workshops
- MoSCoW prioritisation
- Iterative development
- Time boxing
- Delivering Quality
- Control in Atern projects
- Project Management
- 4 questionsper paper, 15 marks available per question
- 30 marks required to pass (out of 60 available)- 50%
- Two hours duration
- Open-book (restricted to the manual only) examination
- Trained over 5000+ professionals on best practice project management and scheduling
- Experienced and Subject Matter Expert Trainers
- Hands-on training based on real time Project Scenarios
- Scenario based Step-by-Step Instructions Manual
- Guidelines / Checklist on Best Project Management and Scheduling Practices
- Post Training troubleshooting and hand holding
What is Agile and how is it different form Prince2?
PRINCE2 is focussed on the management of project and has emphasis on the governance, management products, and processes for doing the project management work and how work should be delegated, monitored, reported and escalated. PRINCE2 does NOT cover the product development aspect. It provides guidance on how the interface between the Project Manager and the Team manager should work. But does not elaborate how the Team Manager does requirement analysis, product development and testing. Since this is a specialist work, PRINCE2 has left it out from the scope. Agile Project Management handbook on the other hand talks about how to develop a product from a scratch, the roles required in product development, the deliverables of the development team, key practices to enable the team to deliver the product fast and respond to changing priorities of the business. You can think of like the Managing Product Delivery is where PRINCE2 fits in.
Are there any prerequisites before taking the course?
No pre-requisites as such for Foundation. The practitioner exam however requires the candidate to have passed the APMG Foundation certification exam. The APMG certification courses are for competency and skill development and therefore are open to anyone who wishes to learn the concepts without any prior understanding and experience.
What is DSDM Atern?
DSDM stands for Dynamic Systems Development Model. DSDM is the oldest agile approach, launched in 1995. The Consortium is the guardian of DSDM, the Agile Project Framework and Full Delivery Method that provides best practice guidance for on time, in budget delivery of projects in any Business Sector. DSDM serves their members and the international community by providing products and services that support organisations and individuals in their learning, adoption and application of DSDM for Agile Project Management and Delivery. APMG have collaborated with DSDM to bring the APMG Agile Project Management qualification. The DSDM Atern book is available for free at www.dsdm.org
How does agile reduce traditional project management risk?
- Agile reduces the common traditional project risks of late deliveries by fixing the date
- It also reduces the risk of business not knowing what they want by using an iterative approach to development
- It reduces the risk of change request by taking continuous feedback from business stake holders and engaging them throughout the development
- It also reduces the risk of losing market opportunities by releasing products in an incremental manner
How does APMG’s Agile Project Management scheme differ from PMI’s?
- APMG Agile talks and discusses the team structure. Their roles and responsibilities and the engagement of various stakeholders whereas, the PMI-ACP does not specifically cover the roles, responsibilities and structure
- APMG Agile is more like a prescriptive method wherein you know what happens next, who does it and what is credited and the suggested content. On the other hand, PMI-ACP focuses on the tools n techniques, the how n why and the essential skills required. It’s more like guidance
- The certification for PMI-ACP comes for PMI and is recognised in U.S. and the Agile certification comes from APMG and is recognised in Europe and Australia
How is Agile training structured?
ProjectingIT offers a blended learning model. You can choose from 1) eLearning self paced training access for flexible learning (Coming soon……..), 2) Enrol for virtual online instructor led training or 3) attend a classroom training program or attend all.
How are the exams structured?
- The Agile Project Management Foundation exam can be taken in 2 ways – Remotely i.e. anywhere including your home at your convenient time or at an APMG centre
- 60 questions and duration of 60 mins. It’s a closed book objective type exam and the pass mark is 50%.
- * We enjoy 100% rate for foundation
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- The Agile Project Management Practitioner exam can be taken only at an APMG centre.
- 60 questions and duration of 120 mins. It’s an open book objective type scenario based exam and the pass mark is 50%.
* So far we have 100% pass rate for our classroom workshop conducted.
Who provides the certifications?
APMG offers 2 qualifications on Agile: foundation and practitioner. The certificate comes from APMG.
Who can take up Agile? / Who would benefit from Agile training?
Anybody who is involved in projects including Project Managers, Executives, Business Stake Holders, Users, Team Leaders, Developers, Testers and anyone who want to learn
APMG Agile Vs Scrum:
- Scrum is more focused on software development whereas Agile PM is for any industry.
- Scrum discusses the practices in development team but offers flexibility
- It does not talk about governance, business case, project management and the big picture
- Agile PM integrates project n product development and brings together management, business and technical perspective together
Can we just take the training and not take the exam or vice-versa?
Of course you can just take the training without taking the exams. However please note that the certification is in demand in the industry and adds value to your profile. The employers are seeking professionals with not just knowledge but also credentials to provide confidence. It increases the marketability of individual seeking good opportunities. The exams can also be taken directly, but once again, it helps to complete the course within a smaller time window and also pass it in the first try. This helps you understand the concepts quickly and learn tricks on how to approach the exams and clear it.
What are the related courses after completion of Agile?
Scrum, PMI-ACP, Lean Six Sigma as they are all from the same family of Agile and they provide techniques n practices that you can find useful to manage your product delivery.