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  • 1. Agile ProjectManagement“more about business…less about IT”PRINCE2® is a Registered Trade Mark of the Office of Government Commercein the United Kingdom and other countrieswww.maventraining.co.uk І 020 7089 6161
  • 2. What is Agile project management? • Agile Project Management (AgilePM) is the new training course and qualification certified and accredited by the APMG. • Developed in partnership with the DSDM Consortium it is based upon the tried and tested principles of DSDM Atern and was developed to work alongside more traditional approaches such as PRINCE2®. • AgilePM explains how an agile project is managed and clarifies the different management styles needed to deliver successful agile projects.2 © Maven Training 2011 www.maventraining.co.uk І 020 7089 6161
  • 3. Benefits of Agile project management • Most agile methods in the marketplace to date, such as Scrum and XP are software specific and work only at a product delivery level. Because AgilePM is based on DSDM Atern, the only agile method that works at a project management level, it provides a full project management framework that includes roles and responsibilities and a full project lifecycle. • AgilePM can be used on any type of project and of any size • Agile Project Management provides structure and rigour whilst still enabling the fast pace, change and empowerment provided by agile and because AgilePM is fully scalable it provides perfect integration with PRINCE2. • By flexing the deliverables on a project and through the various techniques used such as timeboxing and MoSCoW prioritisation, AgilePM delivers projects on time and on budget whilst protecting the quality of the final deliverables.3 © Maven Training 2011 www.maventraining.co.uk І 020 7089 6161
  • 4. Agile project management - principles • Focus on the business need • Deliver on time • Collaborate • Never compromise quality • Build incrementally from firm foundations • Develop iteratively • Communicate continuously and clearly • Demonstrate control4 © Maven Training 2011 www.maventraining.co.uk І 020 7089 6161
  • 5. Agile project management - Techniques • Facilitated workshops –bringing together all stakeholders to discuss the requirements of the project and to help identify the potential solutions to be delivered by the project. • Modelling –approaches to developing the solution using a lot of visualisation and involving the business or customer as much as possible. • MOSCOW (M = must; S = should; C = could; W = won’t have this time) - prioritisation technique to reach a common understanding on the importance of each requirement. • Prototyping – create examples of the solution from different perspectives in order to converge on an accurate solution. • Timeboxing – controlling the project by breaking the project down into small timeboxes which each have clear objectives and deliverables.5 © Maven Training 2011 www.maventraining.co.uk І 020 7089 6161
  • 6. What do people say about the course? “I am a Scrum Master but I wanted more structure for handling problems – Scrum assumes everything is going to go well but I want to know what I can do if there are problems” “I wanted to be able to make an educated decision on what project management approach to use – Agile is often mentioned so I wanted to see for myself what is offers” “I have done PRINCE2 and MSP but was looking for something that bridges the gap between development and project management” “This qualification is offered by the same organisation that does the PRINCE2 exams so I thought it was a good qualification to get” “To be honest Agile has become a bit of a buzzword and I wanted to find out what it meant”6 © Maven Training 2011 www.maventraining.co.uk І 020 7089 6161
  • 7. Agile project management qualifications Foundation: • 1 hour multiple choice paper • 60 questions, 30 correct answers (50%) are required for a pass • Closed book exam Practitioner: • 2 hour objective based testing exam • 4 questions with 15 marks per question • 30 marks (50%) of the marks are required for a pass • Open book (can use hand book to research your answers)7 © Maven Training 2011 www.maventraining.co.uk І 020 7089 6161
  • 8. Are qualifications important? • Agile is growing in importance as a core qualification requirement for many project management roles – and not just IT project management. Examples of what you might see in an agile job description: — “Maintain momentum for project delivery in a dynamic and fast moving environment” — “Drive Agile Methodology throughout the project/teams - ensuring the development teams are practising the core agile principles of collaboration, prioritisation, team accountability and visibility” — “Organising and facilitating project planning, daily stand-up meetings, reviews, retrospectives, sprints and release planning” • The Agile Project Management Qualification is evidence that you have current knowledge of project management best practice (the qualification was only launched in November 2010) and you are committed to your personal development8 © Maven Training 2011 www.maventraining.co.uk І 020 7089 6161
  • 9. Why choose Maven Training? To deliver Agile Project Management courses Maven has partnered with Keith Richards Consulting who are recognised experts in agile methods • Training experience: — KRC deliver many Agile courses and workshops every week across the UK and Europe — Trainers are highly experienced in Agile and other project management approaches so they can offer real world experience and a detailed assessment of the advantages and challenges of using Agile and how to align it with other methods • Thought leadership: — Keith Richards is the author of ‘Agile project management: running PRINCE2 projects with DSDM Atern’ — Short listed for ‘ the most valuable agile player’ at the annual UK Agile awards9 © Maven Training 2011 www.maventraining.co.uk І 020 7089 6161