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APMG-International AgilePM® Foundation & Practitioner classroom

The AgilePM Foundation and Practitioner course aims to address the needs of those working in a project-focused environment who want to be agile, via a five-day instructor-led training course. 

About the course

Based on the proven fundamentals within DSDM  - the only agile approach to focus on delivery of projects in a fully agile way - the certification lives up to its name by providing users of the method with the core principles needed to facilitate a successful project, whilst allowing a degree of scope and agility that not many other methodologies provide. The five-day workshop is divided into two modules, the first being the one-day Foundation course which includes the Foundation examination on the afternoon of day one, and a four-day Practitioner course which provides the opportunity for participants to take the Practitioner examination on the morning of the final day (subject to passing the Foundation examination).

 

Duration

This is a five-day classroom workshop.

Pre-requisites

There are no formal pre-requisites for attending the Foundation exam. 

In order to sit the Practitioner exam you must hold one of the following qualifications:

  • Agile PM Foundation certificate
  • DSDM Foundation certificate
  • DSDM Advanced Practitioner certificate

Learning objectives

By the end of the Foundation element of the course you should understand the key principles and terminology within the Agile Management Foundation guidance. Specifically: 

  • 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

By the end of the Practitioner element of the course you should be able to: 

  • Apply the underpinning philosophy and principles of DSDM 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 in a project situation: 
    • Facilitated Workshops
    • MoSCoW prioritisation
    • Iterative Development
    • Modelling
    • Timeboxing
  • Identify the 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

Materials

This is an intensive five-day instructor-led classroom course, providing all you need to pass the AgilePM Foundation and Practitioner examinations first time:

  • All accompanying course material
  • The official handbook
  • The cost of the AgilePM Foundation and Practitioner examinations

Refreshments will also be provided throughout the duration of your training.

Duration of access

This is an intensive five-day instructor-led classroom course.

What's covered?

  • What is Agile? And why use DSDM?
  • Philosophy, principles and project variables
  • Preparing for success
  • 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
  • Agile project management through the lifecycle
  • The effective use of products
  • Deliver on time-Combining MoSCoW and timeboxing
  • People, teams and interactions
  • Requirements and user stories
  • Estimating – How and when
  • Project planning through the lifecycle
  • Quality – Never compromise quality
  • Risk management
  • Tailoring the approach
  • Exam preparation

Target audience

This qualification is aimed at: 

  • Practising project managers
  • Agile team members who wish to become Agile Project Managers

For the 2014 exams aligned to Handbook v2.0

Foundation exam format

  • Multiple choice format
  • 50 questions per paper
  • 25 marks required to pass (out of 50 available) - 50%
  • 40 minutes duration
  • Closed book

Practitioner exam format

  • Objective testing
  • 4 questions per paper, 20 marks available per question
  • 40 marks required to pass (out of 80 available) - 50%
  • 2.5 hours duration
  • Open book (restricted to the official manual only) examination

How you take your exam

You will take your Foundation exam at the end of the first day, and then the Practitioner exam on the final day of the course.

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