AGILE PROJECT MANAGEMENT FOUNDATION AND PRACTITIONER

Why should I take the AgilePM Foundation and Practitioner course?

This course is specifically designed for Project Managers and presents an approach to planning, resourcing, and managing a successful Agile project. It offers a practical and repeatable methodology that achieves an ideal balance between the standards, rigor and visibility required for good project management, and the fast-pace, change and empowerment provided by Agile

Who should attend this class?

Typical job roles include:

  • Project Managers or aspiring Project Managers
  • Project Team members

  • Agile Team members

  • Consultants

What is included?

The course includes:

  • 5-days classroom training from an AgilePM Approved Trainer

  • Official manual: "Agile Project Management Handbook v2.0"

  • Accredited course material including sample exam questions

  • AgilePM Foundation and Practitioner exams + Certificate

  • 30 PDUs if you are a P MP

What will I learn?

By the end of the course you will be ready to:

  • Deliver quicker, cost-effective and low risk change by implementing a tried and tested approach to agile project management.

  • Understand the background of agile in project management and the differences compared to traditional / alternative approaches.

  • Equip yourself with the core principles, concepts and processes required for successful agile projects.

  • Apply the DSDM agile approach to projects and daily activities and embrace an evolutionary development approach for more effective solutions.

  • Boost communication and stakeholder engagement skills; critical for successful projects.

  • Clarify different management styles needed for successful agile projects compared to traditional projects and be able to tailor these to the situation.

  • Help organizations deliver effectively, at a lower cost and with lower risk, by continually validating project milestones against business objectives.

  • Become an informed member of a project team using DSDM and AgilePM practices.

  • Take and pass the AgilePM Foundation and Practitioner exams

What are the course prerequisites?

There are no prerequisites to take this course. Experience in project management is an advantage.  You need to complete about 3 hours of study before the course. We'll provide all the reading materials you need to get prepared before you come to class.

What are the course contents?

This is the full APMG AgilePM course. It covers the full AgilePM syllabus to Practitioner level and includes sample exams .

Key Learning Points

Foundation

What is Agile? Choosing an appropriate Agile approach

Philosophy, Principles and Project Variables

Preparing for Success

The  DSDM Process 

The  People – DSDM Roles and Responsibilities

The  DSDM Products

Key Practices - Prioritization and Timeboxing

Planning and Control throughout the Lifecycle

Other practices:
Facilitated Workshops , Modelling, and Iterative Development

Practitioner

Roles and Responsibilities - the PM view

Agile Project Management – through the lifecycle

The Effective Use of the Products

Deliver on time – Combining MoSCoW Prioritization 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

EXAMS

Which exams are included in this course?

This course includes the AgilePM Foundation and Practitioner exams .

AgilePM Foundation exam

This is your first AgilePM exam designed to test your knowledge and understanding of AgilePM

  • 50 multiple choice questions

  • Closed book exam

  • 40 minutes duration

  • 50% needed to pass - 25 correct marks

AgilePM Practitioner Exam

Your second AgilePM exam tests your ability to apply the AgilePM guidance to a realistic scenario. You are required to show that you can analyze situations and make decisions using the standard appropriately. You must pass the Foundation exam to sit the Practitioner.

  • 8 Objective Testing style questions with 10 points per question. A total of 80 marks are available

  • Complex multiple choice

  • Open book exam, but only the official AgilePM manual can be used

  • 2.5 hours duration

  • 50% needed to pass - 40 correct marks

When are the exams taken?

Your Foundation exam is taken on Tuesday afternoon. Your Practitioner exam is taken on Friday Morning.

How does the course prepare me for the AgilePM Foundation and Practitioner exams?

The course follows the official AgilePM Foundation and Practitioner exam syllabus. The accredited training materials are cross referenced to areas of the exams so that you are fully prepared. During the course, you practice with the latest exam papers written by APMG. Day 4 of the course is dedicated to practicing for your Practitioner exam and our expert trainer will guide you through a series of exercises and discussions to get you ready for the exam itself .

Do I need ID for the  AgilePM  exams?

You must bring photographic ID with you. A driver's license or passport is fine. A work ID, with photograph, is also acceptable.

How long does my  AgilePM  qualification last?

The AgilePM Foundation qualification is permanent. The Practitioner qualification must be renewed every 5 years to maintain your status as an AgilePM Registered Practitioner by retaking the Practitioner exam.

What happens if I don't pass an  AgilePM  exam?

If you don't pass your AgilePM Foundation exam you can retake a different paper immediately. All our exam packs include spare papers so you can re-take the test the same day. But relax: most people pass Foundation level exams first time around. Do the work, read the book and you will be OK. The immediate retake is there as a safety net if you need it. If you don't pass the Practitioner you will find this out by email a week after taking the class. We'll send you your score and a question by question breakdown of your paper. You can retake the Practitioner exam at the next class or online for an additional fee .

Can I just take the  AgilePM  exams with you?

Sorry, no. We are an Accredited Training Organization for AgilePM so we are not permitted to offer just exams. 

FAQS

Where is the class held?

Our courses are held at quality downtown venues in all major Canadian cities. You will be close to transport links and parking.

What are the class hours?

  • Monday -> Thursday: 8.30 AM to 4:30 PM

  • On Friday, 8.30 AM to 11.30 AM

How do I prepare for  AgilePM training?

You have about 3 hours of preparation to do before you attend the AgilePM Foundation and Practitioner course.  Before the class, we will send you the official AgilePM manual: “Agile Project Management Handbook v2.0” as well as Reading List.  During the pre-course, you read key chapters of the manual.  Even if you don’t understand things before you come along – don’t worry.  If you’ve done the work, our trainers are experts in AgilePM. We’ll get you understanding the method in no time at all.

Can I split the  AgilePM Foundation and Practitioner course?

Yes. You have a busy schedule so 5 days out of office may not be possible. Also, you may prefer to take the Foundation first, apply some of your new knowledge and then come back and upgrade to Practitioner. We don't charge you extra if you book the course as one event but take it on two different occasions.

How many PDUs do I get for this course?

PMPs can claim 30 PDUs at the PMI for the AgilePM Foundation and Practitioner course. (18 Technical PDUs, 6 Leadership PDUs, 6 Strategic PDUs)