Agile has really taken off in the past couple years as organisations grapple with the frustrations of traditional project management approaches and the need to find ways to increase successful project delivery.
There are many stereotypes about what is traditional project management and what is Agile. In reality, Agile and traditional project management approaches are complementary to each other rather than competitive. An Agile Project Manager is not someone who only does Agile projects. It is someone who has a deep knowledge of both Agile and traditional plan-driven principles and practices and knows how to blend them together in the right proportions to fit a given situation. Significant rewards accrue to organisations and individuals who get it right.
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The Agile Project Management (AgilePM®) certification is aimed at those working in a project-focused environment who are looking for a leaner, structured approach that enables them to respond far more quickly to change and that is conducive to rapid implementation of high-priority initiatives.
Accredited by APMG and based on the proven fundamentals within DSDM Atern (see below), the certification provides the ability to deliver Agile Projects in organisations requiring standards, rigour and visibility around Project Management, while at the same time enabling the fast pace, change and empowerment provided by Agile.
This course will:
To stay effective, businesses need to be able to change quickly. The core focus of traditional project management methodologies is to thoroughly understand the reasons for change before the change can be enabled. In the real world, this approach can be far too time-consuming.
Agile project management covers the people, products and practices (techniques) required to successfully implement projects. Agile will help you:
Agile is not a project management method or framework. Rather, it is a term that encompasses a family of different approaches, including DSDM Atern, Scrum, XP, Crystal, Feature-Driven-Development, which came together in 2001 as the “Agile Alliance” to formulate the Agile Manifesto – a statement of shared values about the development of software to support business. Now it extends to include other approaches such as Lean development and its values have spread well beyond the bounds of software into many other areas of business.
Good Agile means delivering business value early. The key characteristics which make a project Agile are: short increments and frequent delivery; continuous user involvement at all levels; scope management by prioritisation of features; focus on business need; delivery on time and to budget; a collaborative approach between all parties, including external suppliers; embracing change and learning; sufficient but not excessive control; facilitative leadership and appropriate empowerment.
Their are very many variants of Agile available. ALC offers the training and certification accredited by APMG, the organisation most closely associated with PRINCE2. In November 2010, APMG launched its new Agile Project Management certifications (AgilePM) in partnership with the DSDM Consortium. Based on the familiar structure of the PRINCE2 Foundation and PRINCE2 Practitioner level qualifications, AgilePM certification is underpinned by DSDM Atern, whilst acknowledging the other popular agile approaches around.
DSDM Atern is a mature and fully-featured Agile approach, established for more than 15 years and appropriate to all types of project. There are many organisations who have been training in, and using, this approach over the years, so it is robust, tried and tested. Unlike other popular Agile approaches, its focus is not purely on the development team: its scope extends to project structure and control. It specifies roles and responsibilities for project governance as well as for the mixed-skill development teams. It gives guidance on project management concerns such as risk and escalation, configuration management and quality. It also focuses on the triple concerns of time, cost and function, which, along with timeboxing, all work to deliver on time and within budget by prioritisation of features.
The good news for those who have laboured through PRINCE2 certification is that your knowledge is not redundant. However, in the ever-moving need for new skills, the logical next step in your life-long learning is in most cases Agile. Development teams are already doing Agile and current PRINCE2 project managers are already becoming an essential part of the new Agile project workforce.
Separately, PRINCE2 and Agile are good, robust approaches for the management of all types of projects; together they are greater than the sum of their parts. The answer is that, although Agile Project Management can stand alone in certain environments, it is not a replacement for PRINCE2, but a complement to improve project delivery and success.
There are many stereotypes about what is traditional project management and what is Agile. In reality, Agile and traditional project management approaches as complementary to each other rather than competitive. In this context an Agile Project Manager is not someone who only does Agile projects. It is someone who has a deep knowledge of both Agile and traditional plan-driven principles and practices and knows how to blend them together in the right proportions to fit a given situation. Significant rewards will accrue to organisations and individuals who get it right.
AGILE offers a different approach to other project management frameworks, with the key focus being on assessment through the development lifecycle. Essentially, regular iterations are performed where teams must develop incremental improvements for products that can also be implemented and shipped in a short timeframe.
This focus on work cycle repetition is called iterative project management. Essentially, it means that every aspect of an undertaking is revisited time and again to ensure it is still meeting pre-determined objectives. As such, if an issue is encountered or the project needs to be taken in a new direction, time is available to do so. AGILE has most commonly been used in a software development environment but it’s applicability is far broader, across project management in general.
Adaptability is key in a modern business environment, especially when the requirements of a project are prone to change. AGILE can assist business projects by:
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This course will enable participants to understand:
The course is aimed at Project Managers and others involved in Project Management who want to understand how to apply Agile approaches within an overall Project Management Lifecycle framework.
1. Agile Project Management Fundamentals
• What is Agile Project Management?
• Benefits of Agile Project Management
• When to use Agile Project Management
• Preparing for a successful Agile project
• Agile Project Management Principles
2. The Agile Project Management Process
• Agile Project Management Framework
• Configuring the Agile Project Lifecycle
3. Work Products and Deliverables
• Management Products and Deliverables
• Business Work Products and Deliverables
• Technical Products and Deliverables
4. Agile Project Teams
• Agile Project Roles and Responsibilities
• Agile Project Team Empowerment
• Agile Project Team Structure
5. Agile Project Management Practices
• Facilitated Workshops
• MoSCoW Prioritisation
• Iterative Development
6. Project Management and Control
• Agile Planning
• Agile Risk Management
• Agile Estimating and Measurement
• Agile Configuration Management
7. Other Agile Project Management Concerns
• Agile Requirements (Functional and Non-functional Requirements)
• Agile Testing
• Quality Management and Quality Control
• Ensuring Maintainability and Scalability
Fees NZ$ per person
|Agile® Project Management Course||$2450 + gst|
There are two exams included with the AgilePM course. Both exams are set and marked by APMG:
The Foundation exam is held at the end of Day 3:
The Practitioner exam is held at the end of Day 4:
There are no pre-requisites to sit the Foundation exam. To be eligible to take the Practitioner exam you must have one of the following: