AgilePM Foundation is based on Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) and was introduced in 2010 by Agile Business Consortium. It has become the world’s leading framework and certification for Agile Project Management with more than 130,000 exams taken globally.
Overview of AgilePM Foundation
The Handbook offers a practical and repeatable methodology. It achieves an ideal balance between the standards, rigour and visibility required for good project management, and the fast-pace, change and empowerment provided by Agile.
AgilePM Foundation offers a structured and scalable corporate Agile framework based on proven practice.
Why organisations and project professionals consider AgilePM Foundation to support their adoption of agile project management practices?
A tried and tested corporate approach
- The AgilePM methodology is essentially a project manager’s subset of the Agile Business Consortium’s wider Agile Project Framework. The framework – established for over 20 years and regularly refreshed to reflect current practices and business requirements – provides governance and rigour along with the agility and flexibility demanded by organisations today. A wide range of organisations across many industries and sectors have adopted AgilePM and the underlying Agile Project Framework.
Addressing the full project lifecycle (beyond product development)
- The informality of many of the agile approaches is daunting and sometimes perceived as too risky for organisations delivering projects and programmes. AgilePM offers a mature approach that, whilst offering agility and flexibility, retains the concepts of a project, project delivery and project management.
Inclusion of change management activities
- AgilePM goes further than other project management approaches, because it has a specific process for considering how what has been created will be implemented. This deployment step is integral to the AgilePM lifecycle and ensures that there is a focus on how to support users once the deliverables are made available to them.
Quality & governance controls
- One of AgilePM’s underlying principles is Never Compromise Quality. Throughout the AgilePM project lifecycle high-level acceptance criteria is agreed . This is defined at the feasibility stage before objectives for each stage of product/solution development. The responsibility for ensuring outputs meet quality criteria is a core part of all roles. So everyone knows what good should look like, quality expectations are understood before any work is undertaken, . This is a far more efficient approach than rejecting work after it has been created because it doesn’t meet quality criteria that were not clear at the start. This is all geared to ensuring the solution will meet the business need and the project objectives.
- AgilePM provides practical ideas for managing risk. These directly address many of the common risks for projects. For example, missing fixed deadlines or having unclear and volatile requirements. The Project Approach Questionnaire (PAQ) provides a clear, shared understanding of project risks and their mitigation.
Clear roles & responsibilities of AgilePM Foundation
- AgilePM recognises this that people working together effectively are the foundation of any successful project. By assigning clear roles and responsibilities to each person in a project, representing the business interests, the solution/ technical interests, the management interests and the process interests. Everyone involved in an AgilePM project works closely together breaking down potential communication barriers. Acknowledging the best solutions emerging from self-organizing, empowered teams.
Popular agile practices incorporated
AgilePM incorporates and encourages a range of popular agile practices to support effective product and solution development. These include:
- MoSCoW Prioritisation ,(a technique for helping to understand and manage priorities)
- Time-boxing, (Objectives met in a fixed period of time)
- Iterative Development, (a process in which the evolving solution, or part of it, evolves from a high-level concept to something with acknowledged business value).
Integrated with existing processes:
Agile PM works alongside more formalised project management approaches such as PRINCE2®. Formalised quality processes can be dovetailed into Agile PM e.g. ISO9001
- Apply the underpinning philosophy and principles of AgilePM in a project situation
- Appropriately configure the lifecycle of an Agile project to a given scenario
- Identify and apply popular Agile techniques in a project situation, including MoSCoW prioritisation, iterative development and time-boxing
- Assign roles and responsibilities within an Agile project
- Understand the mechanisms for governance and control of an Agile project
- Plan how to test, estimate and measure progress in an Agile project
- Describe and apply the Agile approach to managing requirements.
Who is the Foundation Level for?
- Practising project managers.
- Agile team members looking to become Agile Project Managers .
- Individuals pursuing the AgilePM Practitioner Certificate.
These are the key things you will learn:
- Underpinning philosophy and principles of Agile.
- Lifecycle of an Agile project, including alternative configurations.
- Purpose and format of products of an Agile project.
- Techniques used and their benefits and limitations.
- Roles and responsibilities within an Agile project.
- Multiple choice format
- 50 questions per paper
- 25 marks required to pass (out of 50 available) – 50%
- 40 minutes duration
- Closed book
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