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PRINCE2 Agile® Practitioner Certificate In Agile Project Management Duration 3 Days

Course Overview

This three day course provides delegates with a thorough understanding of the PRINCE2 Agile® guidance, and is aligned to the current version of PRINCE2. During the course we introduce the basic concepts of common agile ways of working, discuss the purpose and context for combining PRINCE2 and the agile way of working, evaluate the focus areas to a project in an agile context, fix and flex the six aspects of a project in an agile context, and be able to apply or tailor the PRINCE2 principles, themes, processes and management products to a project in an agile context.

 

 

 

All relevant course materials are provided, including the official publication 'PRINCE2 Agile'. The course concludes with the PRINCE2 Agile Examination.

Exam Insurance

12-month BCS Associate membership

Prerequisites

PRINCE2 Agile can be taken if you hold any of the following certifications:

  • PRINCE2 Foundation,
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner,
  • Project Management Professional® (PMP),
  • Certified Associate in Project Management® (CAPM),
  • IMPA Levels A,B,C and D® (Certified Projects Director)

Please note, although any of the above certifications are permissible as pre-requisite QA strongly recommends that delegates hold a recent PRINCE2 practitioner certificate before attending the course.

Essential Prerequisites

Proof of prerequisites MUST be produced on the day of the exam to the trainer.

Acceptable forms of prerequisite confirmation are as follows:

  • For PMI or IPMA certification holders: An electronic or hard copy of the candidates examination certificate
  • For PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner Certificate holders:
    • A copy of the candidates examination certificate
    • A confirmed entry in the AXELOS Successful Candidate Register. You will need to provide the full SCR number (registration/candidate number located on your certificate).

There is no dedicated pre-course reading. This course will not be recapping PRINCE2, rather focusing on the agile concepts, therefore, some delegates may benefit from refreshing their PRINCE2 knowledge.

Delegates will learn how to

Understand the basic concepts of common agile ways of working

Understand the purpose and context for combing PRINCE2 and the agile way of working

Be able to apply and evaluate the focus areas to a project in an agile context

Be able to fix and flex the six aspects of a project in an agile context

Be able to apply or tailor the PRINCE2 principles, themes, processes and management products to a project in an agile context

To learn through the use of theory and practical exercises

To prepare delegates for the PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner exam

Outline

The PRINCE2 Agile course uses a combination of theory, discussion and practical exercises to ensure delegates feel confident in the application of the concepts. Additional evening work will be required in the form of consolidation reading and mock examination questions. The evening work is an integral part of the course and delegates should expect to spend approximately 2.5 hours on these activities.

The course will cover the following learning outcomes:

Understand the basic concepts of common agile ways of working

Explain the differences between projects and BAU (Business as Usual)

Describe agile and its common approaches, how and why agile approaches have developed and where they are used.

Describe the history of agile, its contrast to the waterfall way of working and how the agile manifesto fits in

Describe the different levels of agile maturity and well-known agile frameworks

Describe behaviours, concepts and techniques that characterise agile

Define the PRINCE2 Agile view of 'agile'

Describe Kanban, the Kanban method and its six general practices, including the use of Cumulative Flow Diagram (CFDs)

Describe the core concepts of Lean start-up

Describe the use of workshops

Describe how to transition to agile

Define Scrum theory and explain the nature of the Scrum team, Scrum events, Scrum artefacts and Sprints

Understand the purpose and context for combining PRINCE2 and the agile ways of working

Describe the complementary strengths of PRINCE2 and the agile ways of working

Define who can benefit from using PRINCE2 Agile and in what contexts/situation

Define the make-up of PRINCE2 Agile (frameworks, behaviours, concepts, techniques, focus areas)

Explain the eight 'guidance points'

Explain how PRINCE2 controls and governance can enable agile to be used in many environments

Describe what a typical PRINCE2 'project journey' looks like in an agile context

Be able to apply and evaluate the focus areas to a project in an agile context

Explain the purpose and use of the Agilometer throughout a project

Describe the six sliders used on the Agilometer, explain their significance and how to improve them

Describe in detail requirements terminology, decomposition and prioritization, including MoSCoW and Ordering

Explain how requirements prioritization is used

Explain the rich communication focus area, its importance and its key techniques

Explain how to manage frequent releases and the benefits of 'failing fast'

Be able to fix and flex the six aspects of a project in an agile context

Describe how to use the 'hexagon' in relation to the six aspects of project performance

Explain the use of tolerances in terms of what to 'fix' and what to 'flex' in relation to the six aspects of project performance

Describe in detail each of the five targets that underpin the use of the hexagon

Explain why the 'fix and flex' approach is good for the customer

Be able to tailor the PRINCE2 principles, themes, processes and management products to a project in an agile context

Describe in detail the 5 PRINCE2 Agile behaviours (Transparency, Collaboration, Rich Communication, Self-Organization, Exploration)

Explain that agile needs to be incorporated in all seven PRINCE2 processes and all seven themes but that the amount appropriate to each will vary depending on the project context

Describe the two common Organization roles of Scrum master and Product owner

Explain how to adjust roles, including the use of specialist roles, and the options for team organization in a project

Describe the make-up of a typical delivery team

Describe servant leadership, its use and importance

Describe how to define Working Agreements

Describe quality setting techniques including 'definition of done' and the use of acceptance criteria

Describe quality testing, quality checking and management techniques

Describe approaches to planning and typical planning techniques

Describe approaches to risk and how agile concepts mitigate many typical risks

Describe how blending PRINCE2 with agile approaches controls, responds to, and minimizes the impact of change, including risk management and configuration management

Describe how empowered self-organizing teams handle change dynamically within set tolerances

Describe common feedback loops and their importance

Describe progress monitoring techniques including use of Work in Progress boards, burn charts, information radiators

Describe in detail agile techniques that may apply to each PRINCE2 process including Cynefin

Describe how to flex the 'Direct a Project' stage and the benefits of collaborative working

Describe how to 'manage by exception' with emphasis on empowerment, quantity of deliverables, rich information flows and value of deliverables

Explain why PRINCE2 'stages' may not be required, including use of timeboxes and Scrum of scrums

Describe typical output mechanisms when 'Controlling a Stage' and 'Managing a Stage Boundary

Describe the use of retrospectives and how to make them effective

Describe approaches to 'Managing Product Delivery' including Scrum and Kanban

Explain how to define Work Packages, Product Descriptions, quality criteria and tolerances

Give guidance on behaviours, risks and the frequency of releases

Explain how to manage Stage Boundaries and the similarities between a stage and a release

Explain how to assess quantity, quality and benefits of stage deliverables

Explain how to effectively close a project, including evaluation of the use of agile

Describe how to tailor PRINCE2 products, including Work Packages, Highlight Reports and Checkpoint Reports

Describe in detail agile techniques that may apply to each PRINCE2 theme including requirements, defining value and user stories

Describe guidance on the use of contracts

Describe PRINCE2 Agile delivery roles

Explain how to use the Health Check

Describe the fundamental values and principles of agile

Outline tips for the PRINCE2 Agile project manager

PRINCE2 Agile Examination - key information

2.5 hour exam

Open book (PRINCE2 Agile book only)

Objective Testing Exam

Taken on the afternoon of the third day

50 questions totalling 50 marks (1 mark per question)

Pass mark is 60% (30 correct answers).

Throughout the PRINCE2 Agile course, delegates will be exposed to numerous examples of examination questions. We will undertake a number of exercises and 'question-and-answer' sessions that will help to consolidate the learning, thereby ensuring that delegates are more than adequately prepared for the final examination.

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