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BCS Agile Foundation Certificate

Course Overview

This two-day foundation certificate course is concerned with the use of Agile practices in projects, product and software development.
The course is designed to ensure the delegate has suitable knowledge of the core concepts of Agile practices, the Agile values and principles, across a breadth of Agile methodologies. It is not aimed at preparing delegates to implement a specific Agile approach.

2 days

Target Audience The certificate is relevant to anyone requiring an understanding of Agile, including organisational leaders and managers wanting to understand the value of Agile practices, or those who work in an Agile environment. Examination The closed-book exam is taken during the course and consists 40 multiple-choice questions taken over an hour. A pass mark of 65% (26 out of 40) is required for delegates to become accredited.


Experience of working as a member of a project team, for example as a tester, business analyst, software developer, project manager, or release manager, is helpful but not required. Proof of identity Please ensure that you bring photo identification with you on the day of your examination as you will not be allowed to sit the exam without it. Pre-Course Reading There is no pre-course reading required.

Delegates will learn how to

At the end of this course you will be able to:

Recall the origins of Agile methods.

Understand and apply the core values and principles of Agile methods.

Know the difference between the defined process and the empirical processes used in Agile.

Explain the issues identified in the traditional / waterfall approach.

Recognise myths that are often attributed with Agile practices.

Know the different approaches to the empirical model for improvement and change.

Explain the business culture and the economic case required for Agile.

Understand the implication of Agile practices on individuals, teams and businesses.

Explain the way in which we engage customers into an Agile project.

Know how we respond to change in an Agile project.

Describe the common Agile roles, techniques and practices.



The course is designed to present theoretical models and current industry practices, with an emphasis on understanding the intentions behind the four value statements of the Agile Manifesto. Towards the end of the course, we look at Agile approaches in use today, at a high level only.

The course includes the following syllabus areas:

The Agile Manifesto

4 Values

12 Principles

Rationale & Benefits of Agile

History of Agile

Empirical and defined processes

The pillars of the empirical process

The waterfall approach

The iron triangle of project constraints

Working with uncertainty and volatility

Agile myths

Empirical models for improvement and change

Business culture and Agile

The economic case for Agile

The lifecycle of product development

Individuals and their Interactions over Processes and Tools

Motivated and Talented Individuals

Emergent design from Self-Organising Teams

Working Systems over Comprehensive Documentation

Satisfy the Customer with Continuous Delivery of Value

Deliver Working Systems Frequently

Working Systems as a Measure of Progress

Technical Excellence and Good Design



Customer Collaboration over Contract Negotiations

Business People and Developers Must Work Together

Face-to-face Communications

Reflect and Adjust Regularly

Responding to Change over Following a Plan

Embrace Change

Sustainable Pace

Simplicity - The Art of Maximising the Amount of Work Not Done

Common Agile Roles

The Role of the Customer

The Role of the Team

The Role of the Agile Leader

The Role of Stakeholders

The Agile Mindset

Common Agile Techniques

User Stories

Acceptance Criteria and Scenarios

MoSCoW Prioritisation

Estimation using Story Points

Agile quality assurance and testing

Common Agile Practices

Short Feedback Loops

Focus on Quality

Emergent Documentation

Visual Boards

Team Synchronisation Meeting

Show and Tells


Continuous Improvement




Relevant Methods and Approaches for Agile Teams


XP (Extreme Programming)

DSDM Atern


Software Development

Lean Startup