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APMG Agile Project Management Foundation And Practitioner DURATION: 5 Days

Course Overview

Please note: This course has been updated to version 2.0 of the Agile Project Management Handbook. This five-day accredited course provides participants with a thorough grounding in the DSDM Agile Project Management framework. It is comprised of a Foundation-level introduction to the framework, and an in-depth Practitioner-level examination of how a project manager applies the framework. Presented by skilled lecturers with extensive experience in the practical application of project management, the course includes examination coaching and practice using sample questions.




This course does not cover the Scrum Framework.

Delegates should be prepared to set aside time to revise for the Foundation and Practitioner exams, in the evenings after the course lecture finishes. This includes studying the course Handbook, and working through sample exam questions.

Target Audience:

The Practitioner course is intended for anyone who expects to have a management or leadership role in an Agile project and is specifically built to support anyone who needs to apply the DSDM Project Management framework in a business environment. Delegates are expected to have experience of team leading, project management, or project assurance/support.

Exam(s) included


Proof of identity

Delegates must bring signed photo ID on any APMG exam (passport, driving license, student card) as they will be asked by the invigilator to produce it prior to the exam. Delegates must also be familiar with the APMG Terms and Conditions of Certification which can be found on the APMG International website. 

Pre-Course Reading

While not required, delegates are encouraged to visit the DSDM Consortium's website and start to become familiar with the framework, at www.dsdm.org.

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

Set up an Agile project

Identify appropriate people for Agile roles 

Define Increments and Timeboxes
to keep a project on track

Manage a Solution Development Team

Communicate with business stakeholders in a project environment

Use Agile techniques, including prioritisation of requirements,
to ensure on-time project delivery,

Present the benefits of Agile approaches to senior management

Identify risks to delivery of projects managed using the DSDM Agile approach


Foundation Preparation

What is Agile? And why use DSDM?

Philosophy, Principles, and Project Variables

Preparing for Success

Preparing for Agile Project Management

The DSDM Process

The People - DSDM Roles and Responsibilities

The DSDM Products

Key Practices - Prioritisation and Timeboxing

Planning and Control Throughout the Lifecycle

Other Practices - Iterative Development, Facilitated Workshops, Modeling and Prototyping

Practitioner Preparation

Roles and Responsibilities - the project manager's view

Agile Project Management through the Lifecycle

The Effective Use of the Products

Deliver on Time - Combining MoSCoW and Timeboxing

People, Teams, and Interactions

Requirements and User Stories

Estimating - How and When

Project Planning throughout the Lifecycle

Quality - Never Compromise Quality

Risk Management

Tailoring the Approach

Agile Foundation and Practitioner Examinations

All delegates will sit the APMG Agile Foundation examination (a multiple choice paper) in the late afternoon of the second day of the course. Successful candidates will then be eligible to sit the Practitioner exam in the afternoon of the fifth day. Photo ID is required to take these exams.

Exam timing

The Foundation examination is taken at 15:00 during the afternoon on Day 2 and candidates may take 40 minutes to complete it
The Practitioner examination takes place at 13:00 on the afternoon of Day 5 and will last for up to 2.5 hours

Please Note: The last day (Day 5) will finish by 15:30 after the conclusion of the Practitioner exam.

APMG-International Agile Project Management is a trademark of The APM Group Limited.