Is this course accredited?
Yes, it is accredited by the APMG.
What is the experience of the Instructor(s) delivering my course?
All of our trainers are fully accredited and have over ten years of experience in AGILE methodologies
What do The Knowledge Academy provide me on the course?
We provide the official Agile Project Management Handbook, The Knowledge Academy courseware folder, official certificate and refreshments
Does the course include the exams?
Yes, the course includes the both the AGILE Foundation and Practitioner exams.
Are there any prerequisites for the AGILE examinations?
There are no prerequisites for the Foundation examination, however, candidates must achieve a pass at Foundation level before completing the Practitioner examination.
What is the structure of the exams?
The Foundation exam is multiple choice and the AGILE Practitioner exam is in the "Objective Testing" format, a style of complex multiple-choice examination
What time shall I arrive at the venue?
Please arrive at your training venue for 08:45am
What is the pre-course reading?
There is pre-study work required for this course. There are no-set pre-requisites for attending this course. The following pre-course study work will be sent to you via email which you will need to set aside approx. 3-5 hours to complete: 1) Agile Pre-Course Study Guide PDF 2) Chapters 1 to 4 extracted from the official Agile Project Management Handbook v1.2 PDF (Please read prior to attending) A full hard copy of the Agile Project Management Handbook v1.2 will be provided to you upon arrival on the course. In additional, delegates will be required to complete homework exercises each evening
What are the hours of the course?
The training hours are start at 9am and finish at 5pm approximately
Is there home work?
There is a minimum of 2 hours homework each evening
What is AGILE Project Management Certification?
This is the world’s only official Agile Project Management certification available in the market today. Certified by the Cabinet Office & Governed by APMG, The Knowledge Academy’s Agile Project Management certified course is aimed at those working or assisting on projects that need to be able to react to an issue that occurs throughout the project at any given moment. Even if this is your first time learning the Agile methodology, this certification will enhance the individual’s ability to change, respond and to be more decisive about making that all important decision, therefore saving time and in addition resulting in the project(s) not going over budget or being delayed. In the current economic climate this is the most sought after project management methodology.
IT'S OFFICIAL: MORE candidates PASS Agile exams with our courses than any other training provider as verified by APM Group. How is this verified?
This has been verified by APMG based on statistics from 1 Jan 2013 - 30 November 2013 and is based on volume of delegates
The Knowledge Academy
Software development teams have been using techniques such as Scrum, XP (eXtreme Programming), Lean and others for over a decade. Agile Project Management goes beyond these techniques to bring innovation, responsiveness and quality to projects across the full gamut of human endeavour. Here are principles, processes and practices that can be applied in any sector.
The Agile Project Management qualification aims to address the needs of those working in a project-focused environment who want to be Agile.
Based on the proven fundamentals within DSDM Atern, the certification provides the ability to deliver Agile Projects in organizations requiring standards, rigour and visibility around Project Management, while at the same time enabling the fast pace, change and empowerment provided by Agile.
The training is delivered by highly experienced project management trainers, with participation by the delegates being integral to the learning process.
There are no pre-requisites for attending this course. The following pre-course study work will be sent to you via email which you will need to set aside approx. 3-5 hours to complete:
1) Agile Pre-Course Study Guide PDF
2) Chapters 1 to 4 extracted from the official Agile Project Management Handbook v1.2 PDF (Please read prior to attending)
A full hard copy of the Agile Project Management Handbook v1.2 will be provided to you upon arrival on the course.
In additional, delegates will be required to complete homework exercises each evening
Explain how to lay the foundations for successful agile projects
Explain how an agile project is managed
Clarify the different management styles needed for successful agile projects (compared to "traditional" projects)
Prepare for the Agile PM examinations.
This course is in two parts: Foundation and Practitioner.
Foundation lasts three days and includes a one hour multiple choice examination on the afternoon of the third day
Practitioner is a one day workshop including a two hour, scenario based examination. Prerequisites for the Practitioner examination are either:
Agile Project Management Foundation Certificate,
DSDM Atern Foundation Certificate, or
DSDM Advanced Practitioner Certificate
Choosing the right approach
The basics of Agile Project Management
Roles and Responsibilities
Preparing for an Agile project
The factors that lead to success
How to manage an Agile project
Processes and Products
Communication in an Agile project
Prioritisation and Time boxing
Maintaining control in an Agile project
Requirements and Estimating
Building in quality
Exam Structure - Foundation
Multiple choice format
60 questions per paper
30 marks required to pass (out of 60 available) - 50%
60 minutes duration
Exam Structure Practitioner
4 questions per paper, 15 marks available per question
30 marks required to pass (out of 60 available) - 50%
Two hours duration
Open-book (restricted to the manual only) examination
- Official Agile Project Management Handbook
- The Knowledge Academy Courseware
- Experienced Instructor
- “An exceptionally well orchestrated and administered course. The instructor was very well versed in all aspects of AGILE and all similar project management styles which made for clear and understandable instruction and explanations. The programme was easily achievable and left plenty of time for questions.”By Colin Johnson (ELCAS User) from Manchester
- “Location very good, tutor excellent, tough course, lots to do in a very short space of time but thoroughly enjoyed the experience and will go on another course again”By Ollie Pierce (Project Officer) from Birmingham
- “Very good course very difficult but learnt so much. Had an amazing teacher which made the experience even better!”By Ron Moss (Manager) from Birmingham
- “Right from the arrangement for the course and exam, to actual training had been arranged and organised well. One of the best trainers on the subject - Rob Walters”By Nettie Bradley (Project Executive) from London
- “Well done to The Knowledge Academy for putting on an excellent course, the trainer was great and had a very high standard of teaching.”By Fred Arnold (Agile Coach) from Manchester
- “Excellent course, well-delivered by an outstanding trainer. Special thanks go to TKA for an easy booking process through to an excellent course. I will be signing up to the next level in March.”By Gareth Hoyland (Agile Coach) from London
- “I have used many training providers for our company's training requirements and I was referred to The Knowledge Academy. The training has been better than my existing training provider. As a result we have decided to move all our training to TKA”By Lynne Branning (Agile Test Analyst) from Glasgow
- “Good course with great delivery by the trainer, who did a great job in bringing the course 'alive' with great examples and fantastic energy.”By Naresh Sharma (Agile Expert) from Edinburgh
Classroom Based Training
Whilst online base training has many advantages there are also several hindrances to taking this approach. The most common being the lack of direct and immediate access to an instructor. Should you find yourself unable to progress or need clarification on an aspect of your course you would have to start an email correspondence and wait for a reply. This can be incredibly interrupting to your learning, especially if you find yourself motivated, enthusiastic and raring to go only to find yourself sitting around hoping for a swift response from your instructor.
Consequently, this is the biggest advantage to classroom training. In a classroom environment there is an element of teamwork and interaction that online teaching cannot replicate. The fact that there are others around you in the same situation can be a fantastic motivator, giving you instant access to the instructor and the opportunity to take part in debates and discussions about your course, reinforcing what you are learning along the way.
Unfortunately these advantages can pass by some students. It can sometimes be difficult for an instructor to recognise and engage some people, especially those that may be shy or introverted. Those who are more vocal can dominate discussions and potentially drown out the quieter members of a classroom, partly negating the advantages of the social aspect of classroom learning.
The biggest difference between the two, and the main reason that online courses have received a boom in popularity is that unlike classroom training, online courses can reach hundreds to even thousands more people at once in a swift and effective manner. This method ensures consistency in the course content, and for the companies training, a steady stream of data that helps them ascertain what is and isn’t working in their courses, helping them to develop, adapt, and provide a better service moving forward.
Ultimately, the decision of which approach to choose is entirely down to the customer. If you think that you have the desire and motivation to milk every last drop of learning possible from an online course, then it may just be the best approach for you.
However, if you prefer a social aspect to your learning and the possibility to bounce ideas off others in the same position as you, as well as instant and constructive advice from a tutor, perhaps a classroom based approach is the optimal route.
Fortunately at The Knowledge Academy we offer expert training in both approaches to learning. We have an efficient customer service department we do our best to ensure that you get the best result possible from whatever course you decide to take. When all is said and done, our priority is that you receive first-rate training that enables you to move forward better prepared and in a far better position than which you first contacted us in.