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 is a downloadable pre-course studyguide. It includes reading the first four chapters of the Agile Project Management Handbook v1.1. These four chapters will be provided electronically. A full hard copy of the Agile Project Management Handbook v1.1 will be provided on the course itself. In addition, delegates will be required to complete a MINIMUM of 2 hours homework each evening which is set by the instructor
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 is pre-study work required for this course. There is a downloadable pre-course studyguide. It includes reading the first four chapters of the Agile Project Management Handbook v1.1. These four chapters will be provided electronically.
A full hard copy of the Agile Project Management Handbook v1.1 will be provided on the course itself.
In addition, delegates will be required to complete a MINIMUM of 2 hours homework each evening which is set by the instructor
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
- “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
Agile Project Management and Quality
There are always news and challenging ideas coming to life within project management, normally towards technology and the management of innovation. This means that the world of project management is married to that of software and is always increasing in complexity. This therefore leads to Agile.
There are many methodologies which are under the Agile ‘umbrella’ such as;
- Extreme Programming (XP)
- The Crystal Family
- Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM)
- Feature Driven Design
- Adaptive Software Development
- Lean Development
- Team Software Process (TSP)
- Personal Software process (PSP)
All agile methods have one thing in common; they each in their own unique way address the dilemma encountered when building complex deliverables with user interfaces – what the customer says they want and need is always uncertain. In fact sometimes the solution often defines the requirements. By employing Agile Project Management, small teams are enabled to respond quickly to any changes which are made and deliver them to the customer efficiently. Agile teams work in small chunks ensuring they consult the customer at any given chance and frequently releasing product increments allowing for critiques to be made.
However, Agile did not form overnight – it was produced over many years in answer to address the customer’s needs. Agile is motivated by constant feedback in order to meet the business/ customer needs. Before Agile, too many times the wrong thing was delivered and therefore it was important to ensure the right thing was sent to the right person at the right time. Agile was then born.
Agile Project Management differs a great deal from the traditional methods;
- Requirements are too important to just be left at the beginning – they must be evolved as the project progresses
- The process emerges to fit the circumstances – all control metrics are determined throughout depending on the results, rather than defined by historical performance.
- Planning is vital however, following a plan is not as important as satisfying the customer.
For Agile project management, quality is vital and this is taught throughout the Agile training course and enhanced throughout the everyday use of Agile in projects.
Agile Project Management combines a list of quality management practices such as; Six Sigma, the Juran Trilogy and the Plan-Do-Check-Act theory. Quality is a relentless goal of all Agile projects. Whilst many agree that quality itself is extremely difficult to define as there is no clear definition which satisfies all. However, it is one of those things that we know it when we see it. Today more than ever, quality is often linked with price and this is something Agile Project Management takes into consideration during its projects. The quality values which many customers expect and what Agile takes into account are;
- Quality of communication
- Product quality
- Quality practices
- Resource conservation
- Quality of performance
- Quality of relationships
These are the quality management principles which Agile training teaches its delegates. This enables all individuals to ensure these components are readily available during all agile projects.