The AgilePM® course and associated certification are targeted to project managers and project participants want to be agile. Our course is based on the DSDM Atern agile approach that offers the agility that comes with the agile approach whilst ensuring better controls than light-weight agile approaches like Scrum. AgilePM® provides proven scalability and the ability to work with corporate management processes, supported by a track record of success over more than 20 years in IT and non-IT projects.
An AgilePM® certification allows candidates to develop and gain an understanding of agile and the ability to apply relevant project management methods, leading to successful agile projects. You would also be able to tailor projects to different situations, improve business/stakeholder engagement and involvement with projects and improve time-to-market, feedback whilst ensuring effective controls are in place to ensure project success.
What makes using conventional (waterfall) project management so ludicrous for most projects, is the assumption that detailed planning could and should precede project execution. There also seems to be a general misconception that agile methods don't do pre-planning, when in fact the opposite is true.
All Agile projects include time for pre-planning. The difference is that with an agile approach you plan based on what you know and you record what you don't know. Then allow people who need to deliver to answer the question during delivery. Knowledge gained from previous stages and understanding the context better as the project unfolds work so much better.
Projects are much more about expectations than specifications. No matter how well we try to define specifications up-front, we will never be able to capture and quantify expectations upfront. Sometimes the user or the consumer needs to see something tangible before they can either accept or reject it because it either meets or doesn't meet their expectations. It is often much easier to know what you don't want than to know what you want!
Agile delivers value sooner - now or later, you choose.
Are you scared of experimentation – do you need to get it right first time?
In most, if not all, industries no amount of research and detailed planning will be enough to get it right the first time! The only approach that is workable is an empirical approach.
Our knowledge is imperfect and we do not have time to perfect it, and by the time we can proof something, it may no longer be true. Experimentation is most often the only way we can get to a workable answer quickly enough to have an impact on our market and to satisfy customers' fickle and ever-changing needs.
We often hear people saying that Agile's lack of detailed upfront planning is a very risky approach.
My response is that we don't neglect detailed planning, we just don't spend inordinate amounts of time planning things based on guesses and assumptions!
We however do, do detailed planning, but we break planning up, and only do detailed planning when it's needed, when we have real tangible data and when we are about to do something, then, and ONLY then. The reality is that we often only find out the detailed required as we progress and start to deliver on requirements (user stories), and secondly, as customers and users see what we deliver they also, all of a sudden better understand their real requirements and are better able to articulate their needs.
Agile, like Lean, is a cultural and behavioural phenomenon before anything else and in essence the changes in behaviour it advocates, work best if the leadership of the organisation understands and commits to these changes. These changes in culture are impacted quite significantly by the leadership style in the organisation.
Leaders in organisations where successful adoption of Agile occurs, show genuine interest in how employees execute their tasks, stimulate and inspire employees to develop and grow and act as coaches, teachers and enablers rather than supervisors.
The most crucial factor for Agile success in complex environments is to have the right level product owners (skills and seniority), that work for the business and not the PMO, IT, or R&D and that drive delivery in every product or service portfolio, constantly thinking about P&L, Risk and Value Creation.
The added advantage of getting this rights is that the business now owns the outcomes and projects AND change and transformation become part of doing business as usual. This is the ONLY way any organisation will survive in this new, fickle, digital world we live in, with the only certainty being uncertainty and the need to change!
The Agile way of thinking is best known in the field of software development, but the principles are increasingly being applied in other types of projects and it is fast becoming a regular project management technique. Scrum is the most used Agile methodology and is suitable for all professionals looking to keep their knowledge up to date with the latest developments in the fields of IT and Project Management, particularly those leading or participating in projects. The Product Owner role focuses on bringing value for the customer and value for the business, through Project Management techniques.
In particular, the certification is suitable for professionals working in the areas of Project Management, Software development, IT Service Management and Business Management.
Organisations that use an agile approach to project management will be able to deliver change faster, at a lower cost and with lower risk, in line with business objectives. The agile project management approach can either be used to complement your current approach or can be used to change the way you run projects.
Agile project management is best suited for empirical projects but can be used for any project. Organisations using an agile approach reports better project results, higher level of customer satisfaction and lower costs for projects.
The course will:
This 5-day accredited classroom course, which combines foundation and practitioner levels, provides participants with a thorough grounding in the DSDM Atern Agile and will cover the following:
This course also provides 28 CPE/PDUs towards PMI’s certification/re-certification or ISACA CGEIT, CRISK, CISA, CSIM certifications.
This course is accredited by APMG International, the official governing body for AgilePM® certification.
The Foundation exam is a 40 minute closed-book exam consisting of 60 question multiple-choice exam and you require 30 marks required to pass (50%).
The Practitioner exam is an open-book 2.5 hour objective-testing type of exam it consists of four questions per exam each counting fifteen. You will require thirty marks out of the available sixty marks to pass the exam.
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