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Agile Project Management Practitioner Certification Course

November 3 @ 9:00 am - November 5 @ 5:00 pm

£950

The 3 day BMLI Agile Project Management Practitioner Classroom course is an APMG accredited course builds on the techniques learnt in the Foundation course and shows how to put those concepts into practice. The BMLI Agile Project Management Practitioner is delivered as a classroom course, over 3 days. BMLI also delivers the APMG AgilePM Practitioner course in an elearning format, providing you with the flexibility to learn at your own pace.

On the Agile Practitioner elearning course you will learn:

  • The underpinning philosophy and principles of Agile.
  • The lifecycle of an Agile project, including alternative configurations.
  • The products produced during an Agile project and their purpose.
  • The techniques used and their benefits and limitations.
  • The roles and responsibilities within an Agile project.

Since its introduction in 2010, AgilePM has established itself as the world’s leading framework and certification for Agile project management, with over 130,000 exams sat worldwide.

Accredited training and certification will help individuals to:

  • 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 timeboxing.
  • Understand and assign roles and responsibilities within an Agile project.
  • Understand the mechanisms for governance and control of an Agile project.
  • Understand how to test, estimate and measure progress in an Agile project.
  • Describe and apply the Agile approach to managing requirements.

The Benefits of elearning

Our Agile Practitioner e-Learning courses provide you with the ultimate flexibility, so that you are able to study at your own pace and complete your course in the comfort of your own surroundings.

The difference between the Agile Project Management Foundation course and the Practitioner qualification is that on the Foundation, you are expected to learn the terminology and concepts you will need to “talk the right language.” At the Practitioner level, however, the bar is set higher, so that you will be expected to take the knowledge learnt at Foundation and apply it to case studies and real- life scenarios.

What topics are covered?

Roles and responsibilities, from the Project Manager’s perspective

In the Foundation course, delegates learn all of the roles in an Agile project team and their key responsibilities within that team. At the Practitioner level, we explore those relationships even further and focus on how the Agile Project Manager role relates to each of the others. We will look at what the Agile Project Manager’s responsibility is to each of the roles so that you are well equipped to play this role, if that is what you choose to do and so you know what is expected of you as an Agile Project Manager.

Agile Project Management through the project lifecycle

At Foundations, delegates learn what the various phases are in the DSDM lifecycle and how they relate to each other. However, it can often seem like a phased, Waterfall project lifecycle, without the deeper understanding gained at Practitioner level. At Practitioner, delegates will explore ways of configuring the DSDM project lifecycle to suit their particular organisation and environment. We also explore the specific role of the Agile Project Manager and what daily responsibilities look like at various stages in the DSDM project lifecycle.

Effective use of the DSDM Products

At Practitioner level, delegates will delve deeper into the purpose of the DSDM products as well as exploring each product in detail, so that by the end of this module, delegates will know who is responsible for each product, who is accountable for it, who are the contributors and who is informed by it.

Deliver on time – combining MoSCoW Prioritisation with Timeboxing

The ability of Agile Project Managers to deliver projects on time is the key characteristic of Agile projects. This module explores how Agile Project Managers achieve this using the combination of two key Agile techniques: MoSCoW Prioritisation and Timeboxing. Both techniques will enable some improvement to your process, but when they are combined and used together effectively, prioritisation and timeboxing become the “secret recipe” of how to achieve on time delivery.

People, Teams and Interactions

People are at the heart of every Agile project and that is why the Practitioner course dedicates an entire module focusing on the way people communicate on Agile projects and how individuals and teams interact to achieve a successful outcome for the project. The fundamental tenet of Agile ways of working is that face- to- face communication is by far and away the best way to achieve good results. However, modern organisations are often spread across different continents and time zones. This module explores ways that Agile Project Managers can remain close to the principle of co- located teams in today’s diverse organisations.

Requirements and User Stories

It is well known that Agile projects welcome change because it usually means that the customer gets more of what they need, in terms of the solution being built. The traditional way of gathering requirements and analysing or translating them into technical tasks is no longer adequate in an Agile world where people and teams are constantly collaborating on the evolving solution. This module explores how the Agile Project Manager can facilitate communication and team work by helping the project team to understand the Agile concept of User Stories.

Estimating – How and When?

A fundamental concept in Agile projects is the acceptance that there is complexity and therefore a level of uncertainty. The Agile Manifesto values “Responding to change over following a plan.” Change is at the heart of Agile projects because it usually means that the customer is getting more of what they need rather than what they may have started out as saying they wanted, at the beginning of the project. How do Agile Project Managers use estimates to help predict delivery in an uncertain and changing environment? This module explores many of the new techniques required for Agile estimation which aim to cope with this level of uncertainty and bring a level of predictability to the Delivery Plan.

Project Planning through the lifecycle

There is a popular misconception about Agile projects that there is little or no planning. However, as delegates will see in this module, the opposite is really true. The difference is that Agile projects prefer continuous planning, in small increments rather than big design up front (BDUF). The idea is that creating the plan at the beginning of the project and then making changes to that plan difficult so that you have to stick to the original plan leads to misunderstandings about requirements and a fixed mindset in terms of delivery. In Agile methods, rather than making a plan at the beginning of the project, when least is known about the project, planning is conducted throughout the project to appropriate horizons which minimise risk.

Quality – Never Compromise Quality

When you prioritise “On time delivery,” as we do in Agile projects, then there could be the temptation to cut corners. In other words, “Get it in on time, we will fix it later!” However, in Agile projects, quality standards and practices are agreed at the beginning and communicated to all involved, so that quality cannot be compromised as way of delivering on time.

Risk Management

Agile projects divest decisions, of the appropriate level, to the teams evolving the solution. This saves time and speeds up delivery. But how do Agile Project Managers maintain enough control and manage the risk of this type of approach? This module explores the robust mechanisms in place which safeguard delivery of the project as well as the quality of the evolving solution.

Tailoring the approach

Agile Project Management is not intended to be an “Out- of- the- box” solution and so the Agile Project Manager will normally need to tailor the solution to meet the specific needs of the project and the organisation. This module shows you how to assess the project environment and the environment and what to do to address project risk. Tailoring the Agile Project Management approach requires you to know what in the Agile PM framework is non negotiable and what can be changed.

Conclusion

The Agile Project Management Practitioner course is intended to equip you with all of the knowledge, tools and techniques to become an effective Agile Project Manager and to lead successful Agile projects.

You can find more general information about this course and APMG here.

Target Audience & pre-requisites

The Practitioner course is open to anyone with an interest in project management and agile techniques, although some experience of working in project teams would be beneficial. This level of course is aimed at those who are about to embark on a project and want to use an agile framework to deliver it.

Delegates are required to have successfully completed the Foundation course and passed the Foundation exam.

The pre-course material will be sent to you prior to the course and comprises of:

Reading the Agile Pre-Course study guide PDF
Reading Chapters 1 to 3 from the official Agile Project Management Handbook v2.0 PDF

A full hard copy of the Agile Project Management Handbook v2.0 will be provided to you upon arrival on the course.

Details

Start:
November 3 @ 9:00 am
End:
November 5 @ 5:00 pm
Cost:
£950
Event Category:
https://www.bmli.co.uk/courses/agile-project-management-practitioner

Organiser

BMLI
Phone:
0800 048 5645
Email:
admin@bmli.co.uk
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