Agile Project Management Course (AgilePM virtual classroom training)

AgilePM is the world’s most popular Agile Project Management certification. Choose your Agile Project Management course below.

About Agile Project Management certification

AgilePM is the world’s leading guidance and Agile Project Management certification.

In 2010 AgilePM was developed by APMG International in conjunction with the Agile Business Consortium. AgilePM is based upon Agile Business Consortium's Agile Project Framework.

Since 2011, over 120,000 Agile Project Management (AgilePM) exams have been taken.

AgilePM has 2 qualifications: Foundation and Practitioner.

AgilePM Foundation

The AgilePM Foundation-level qualification measures whether a candidate has sufficient knowledge and understanding of the Agile Project Management Foundation guidance to be able to recognise and distinguish between the key elements of the approach. The Foundation qualification is also a pre-requisite for the Practitioner qualification.

This qualification is for

  • Practising project managers.
  • Agile team members wishing to become Agile Project Managers.

Successful Agile PM Foundation candidates

A successful AgilePM Foundation student should understand the key principles and terminology within the Agile Management Foundation guidance including:

  • The underpinning philosophy and principles of Agile.
  • The lifecycle of an Agile project, including alternative configurations.
  • The products produced during an Agile project and their purpose.
  • The techniques used and their benefits and limitations.
  • The roles and responsibilities within an Agile project.

AgilePM Practitioner

The AgilePM Practitioner level qualification measures whether a candidate has sufficient knowledge and understanding of the Agile Project Management guidance to apply and tailor it

to a given scenario situation. The scenario allows the candidate to demonstrate they possess the competence to begin working as an Agile Project Manager on a non-complex project.

This qualification is for

  • Practising project managers.
  • Agile team members wishing to become Agile Project Managers.

Successful Agile PM Practitioner candidates

A successful AgilePM Practitioner student should be able to:

  • Apply the underpinning philosophy and principles of the Agile Project Framework in a project situation.
  • Appropriately configure the lifecycle of an Agile project to a given scenario.
  • Produce and evaluate the content of Agile products produced during an Agile project in a given scenario.
  • Apply the following Agile techniques (Facilitated Workshops; MoSCoW prioritisation; Iterative Development; Modelling; Timeboxing) in a project situation.
  • Identify Agile techniques to be used for a given situation within a scenario.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities within an Agile project and correctly determine the appropriate personnel to fulfil these roles within a given scenario.
  • Understand the mechanisms for control of an Agile Project which are specific to an Agile project.
  • Understand in outline how to test, estimate and measure progress in an Agile project.
  • Describe the Agile approach to managing requirements and identify action to rectify problems with requirements within an Agile project from a given scenario.

Exam details

AgilePM Foundation exam

Format: Multiple-choice.
Questions: 50.
Pass mark: 50% (25/50).
Duration: 40 minutes.
Style: Closed-book.
Pre-requisites: None.

AgilePM Practitioner exam

Format: Objective-testing.
Questions: 4 (20 marks each).
Pass mark: 50% (40/80).
Duration: 2.5 hours.
Style: Open-book (Handbook permitted).
Pre-requisites: AgilePM Foundation.

Benefits to individuals

The benefits of Agile PM to individuals include:

  • You can learn to deliver quicker, cost-effective and low risk change by implementing a tried and tested approach to agile project management.
  • You can understand the background of agile project management and the differences compared to traditional project management approaches and methodologies.
  • You will equip yourself with the core principles, concepts and processes required for the successful agile management of projects.
  • You will learn how to apply the Agile Project Framework to projects.
  • It will boost your communication and stakeholder engagement skills which are critical for successful projects.
  • It helps clarify different management styles needed for successful agile projects and be able to tailor these to the needs of your projects.
  • It embraces an evolutionary development approach for more effective solutions.
  • It enables you to incorporate an Agile methodology into your daily work activities.
  • It enables you to become an informed member of a project team using the Agile Project Framework and AgilePM practices.
  • It enhances your CV and boosts your future employment prospects.
  • You get a year’s free membership to the Agile Business Consortium if you pass your AgilePM exams.

Benefits to organizations

The benefits for organizations of Agile PM include enabling your organization to:

  • Deliver change faster and more effectively by adopting a tried & tested approach to agile project management (the underlying Agile Project Framework was established in 1994 and has been regularly improved ever since).
  • Use a structured and scalable corporate Agile framework based on proven agile practices.
  • Achieve an ideal balance between the standards, rigour and visibility required for good project management, and the fast-pace, change and empowerment provided by Agile.
  • Apply a framework which covers the full project lifecycle, from initiation & foundations through to project close.
  • Ensure clear roles & responsibilities are allocated on a project including representatives of the business, solution/technical, management and process interests.
  • Utilize the built-in quality, governance and risk management controls to ensure ongoing viability of the project throughout the life cycle.
  • Deliver effective product and solution development by incorporating and encouraging a range of popular agile practices.
  • Deliver effectively, at a lower cost and with lower risk, by continually validating project milestones against business objectives.
  • Incorporate change management processes to ensure support for end users and other project stakeholders.
  • Achieve improved collaboration and communications between project teams and stakeholders.
  • Complement and works with existing corporate processes such as PRINCE2®, quality and audit processes.

Who should attend AgilePM training?

Agile Project Management (AgilePM) training is suitable for any of the following:

  • Practicing project managers (junior up to senior).
  • Agile team members wishing to become Agile Project Managers.
  • Project support (e.g. team members, developers).

AgilePM is suitable for people from a wide range of sectors and industries. It is particularly well suited to volatile and innovative projects, where scope is more likely to change (i.e. software development).

About the AgilePM Agile Project Management Handbook

AgilePM courses are based upon the AgilePM Agile Project Management Handbook v2.

The handbook describes a practical and repeatable methodology that achieves a balance between the standards, rigour and visibility required for good project management, and the fast-pace, change and empowerment provided by Agile.

The handbook is based on the Agile Business Consortium's Agile Project Framework (established for over 20 years).

The handbook brings together the many different elements found in a project but in an Agile context. These are:

  • Principles (the behaviours).
  • People (roles and responsibilities).
  • Process (the life cycle).
  • Products (what is produced and when).
  • Practices (timeboxing, modelling, iterative development, prioritization and facilitated workshops).

In short, it offers a structured and scalable corporate Agile framework based on proven practice.

FAQs

AgilePM or PRINCE2 Agile®?

We often get asked about these two frameworks and which is the best approach to take. We advise that if you have passed a PRINCE2 exam in the past, then to choose the PRINCE2 Agile course, and if you don’t have any PRINCE2 qualifications, then the AgilePM course is the quickest way to achieving a widely recognised qualification.

AgilePM Foundation or Practitioner?

All training takes place during the first 3 days of an AgilePM course. The Foundation exam is taken at the end of the day 3, and the Practitioner exam is taken on day 4.

The Foundation course is suitable for anyone looking to learn more about AgilePM. The Practitioner course is more suitable if you are looking to demonstrate your skills to potential clients or employers and want to improve your credentials.

The history of agile project management?

Before 1990s

Before agile methods emerged in the 1990s, to help gain more control over their projects organizations often deployed traditional project management frameworks such as PRINCE2® in the UK and standards such as the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK Guide®) in the USA.

Practicing project managers would often gain professional certification with a qualification such as PRINCE2 and PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP)® becoming popular.

1990s

Agile methods emerged in the 1990s in response to many problems which commonly existed on projects e.g. cost and time overruns, low quality outputs, difficulty in making changes, ineffective risks and issue management, and poor communication to name but a few.

In response, the not-for-profit DSDM Consortium was formed by several organisations from both the public and private sectors. Its aim was to define an industry standard for a new method. The consortium went on to develop Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM, or DSDM Atern).

2001

In 2001, the DSDM Consortium was part of the group which formulated the Manifesto for Agile Software Development (the Agile Manifesto).

2010

AgilePM and the Agile Project Framework were released in 2010 by the DSDM Consortium working with APMG International. Since then over 100,000 people around the world have become AgilePM certified. AgilePM is now the most popular agile project management qualification in the world.

In recent years, agile software development methods such as Scrum, Kanban and Extreme Programming, have become widely used especially in the software industry. Agile often struggled to establish itself outside of the confines of the software development industry.

2016

To address this, in 2016, the DSDM Consortium refocused to address business agility in general. It rebranded itself to the Agile Business Consortium.

The Agile Business Consortium is a global leader in promoting business agility, with unrivalled expertise in the field. The Consortium continues to support new developments and thinking across the entire field of business agility, including aspects of agile culture, leadership, governance and strategy.

In addition to developing the AgilePM certification scheme, it has also developed certification schemes in agile programme management and agile business analysis.

What students say

About Agile Project Management certification

“... I typically work on complex projects with many moving parts -having a flexible, delivery-oriented tool at my disposal means I can rapidly respond to client demands.”

“Our company is gradually moving into Agile project management and the certification I received has given me a step ahead. I also found the certification to be industry and globally relevant.”

“Excellent program and good tests. The certification allowed me to prove my skillset and to successfully apply for a new position.”

“… Our organisation has moved to embrace Agile over waterfall and the AgilePM course has given me the credibility to lead in this space.”

“... I have had a lot of thoughts and reflections after the AgilePM certification and in my organisation I bring new ideas and inspirations that I took from the training. People take my recommendations seriously.”

Why Agile PM?

1. Tried and tested corporate approach

  • Based on the well-established Agile Business Consortium's Agile Project Framework (launched in 1994).
  • Provides governance & rigour along with the agility & flexibility required by organizations today.
  • Adopted by a wide range of organizations representing various sectors & industries.

2. Addresses the full project lifecycle (beyond product development)

  • The informality of agile approaches can often be daunting and too risky.
  • AgilePM offers a mature approach combining agility & flexibility with project concepts such as project delivery & project management.

3. Clear roles & responsibilities

  • AgilePM assigns clear roles & responsibilities in a project, including representatives of the business, solution/technical, management and process interests.
  • AgilePM advocates typical agile concepts such as close collaboration, open communication & team empowerment to break down potential communication barriers.

4. Quality, governance & risk management

  • AgilePM advocates high-level acceptance criteria at different stages in the project lifecycle to ensure solutions meet business need & project objectives.
  • AgilePM addresses common project risks, incorporating a Project Approach Questionnaire for understanding risks & their mitigation.
  • One of the framework’s underlying principles is Never Compromise Quality.

5. Popular agile practices incorporated to support effective solution development

  • MoSCoW prioritisation.
  • Timeboxing.
  • Iterative development.
  • Facilitated workshops.

6. Integrates with existing processes

  • AgilePM is designed to work alongside more formalized project management approaches and quality processes such as PRINCE2® and ISO9001.

Virtual classrooms

During the Covid-19 pandemic, all classroom AgilePM classroom courses have been replace with virtual classroom courses.

Features of a virtual learning environment

AgilePM virtual classroom courses are a great learning alternative if you want to get your Agile Project Management certification with the help of an accredited instructor.

What you need

  • Any home computer or mobile device.
  • Web browser software.
  • Audio device.
  • Internet connection.

Our virtual classes use the latest educational technology. These are some of the tools which you will use in our virtual classroom:

  • Interactive whiteboards.
  • Video between you, your trainer and other students.
  • Recordings of the classes which you can playback later.
  • Online chat rooms where you can talk with other students and get feedback from your instructor.
  • Online exam simulators.
  • Online quiizes.
  • Online live exams.
  • Offline materials (AglePM Handbook) to supplant the online teaching.

Benefits of virtual classroom training

Our virtual classes provide all the benefits of distance education combined with an interactive, social learning in an online training environment.

Online learning

You can also gain your AgilePM professional certification by taking a self-study course (also referred to as e-learning, or sometimes as distance learning).

What you need

  • Any device (Windows, Mac, iOS, or Android).
  • Web browser software.
  • Audio device.
  • Internet connection.

Benefits of self-study online courses

There are many benefits of self-studying AgilePM online including:

  1. You don’t need to travel anywhere to attend a course.
  2. There are no overnight hotel fees to pay, so you save money.
  3. You can stop and pick up the course again any time within 12 months.
  4. You can study in your own time – there’s no waiting for other students in a classroom.
  5. You have highly interactive course materials designed using the best practices in instructional design by experienced designers working alongside subject matter experts.
  6. You don’t get boring videos of a trainer reading from PowerPoint slides.

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Why choose us?

agileKRC are Agile experts with over 20 years of experience in Agile Project Management training and consulting, delivering agile courses accredited by the APMG.

Keith Richards, the founder of agileKRC was the Lead Author of AgilePM and Dynamic Systems Development Methodology.

Keith has been at the forefront of the agile movement in the UK and has helped to bring agile project management to a wider audience.

Leader

agileKRC was independently verified as a Leader for Agile Project Management training in the Trusted Training Radar® report for Agile Project Management Training (Spring 2020).

agileKRC received the highest ratings of any Agile Project Management training provider for learner satisfaction and confidence to deliver training outcomes.

Source: https://courseconductors.com/agile

Accreditation

agileKRC is an Accredited Training Provider for AgilePM. Accredited by the APMG (APM Group) International.

agileKRC is an accredited partner of the Agile Business Consortium, a not-for-profit professional body for business agility.