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Agile Project Management Course in London

I am so proud of my Agile Project Management training course. I have designed it so that its emphasis is on how to adopt agile ways of working, what the likely challenges are and practical ideas for how to overcome them. I update my course presentation for every course, bringing in the latest ideas from my consultancy assignments to ensure that you are getting up to date, relevant and pragmatic advice. I weave all of this experience into the delivery of the AgilePM Foundation and Practitioner syllabus so you will pass your exams and be able to apply what you have learnt to your job.

 

My style of training encourages lots of questions and an opportunity to pursue in more depth aspects of agile working that are most useful to you. I work with big and small companies, private, public and third sector and for those organisations with high maturity in project management and those that want to build this capability. I know that agile has a reputation as it relates and works well for IT. My experience is about adopting it for a wider, more strategic body of work across all corporate functions and all types of products and services.

 

Worried about taking exams?

There are two types of exams on this course:

Foundation – a 40 minute multiple choice test

Practitioner – a 2.5 hour exam covering 4 areas of change management. The best way to think of this exam is as 4 ‘mini’ exams each lasting 35-40 minutes. This keeps you focused on the questions in front of you and really helps to manage your time.

The most important thing to know about the course is that you will have lots of practice for the exams and you will be able to self-Mark the practice papers so you can track your own progress. You let me know how you are going (no public sharing of this information, it’s between you and me) and if you are worried we will work out a revision plan together.

You will know that you have passed your Foundation exam almost immediately after you finish as I am empowered to mark the Foundation papers and give you your result as part of my Exam Invigilators license.

 

If you want to explore how agile working can benefit your career and deepen your expertise and value, come and join me on my next course.

Exam details

Foundation

What is Agile and what it is not!

Choosing the best Agile approach for you

Agile Project Management – the foundations

Agile Roles and Agile Responsibilities

Prepping for Agile Project Management

Process and Products – definitions and application

Communication – art and science

Prioritisation – MoSCoW in theory and practice

Structure

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)

Practitioner

Advanced techniques in applying Agile Project Management – practical skills

Practitioner tools – essentials for Agile projects

Mapping Agile to PRINCE2®

Personalised advice on how to apply Agile in your business

Networking with others in different industries

Why choose us?

Maximum 12 delegates per course – ensures best access to Melanie

Pass rate – currently 99% for all courses

Great customer feedback – 5-Star reviews from delegates

Practical experience – Melanie actively consults on agile and change projects

Industry leader – Melanie is Chair of the Change Management Institute UK

The Story

Agile Project Management is also known as AgilePM and helps project managers and business leaders to deliver projects faster, cheaper and with more tangible benefits than using more traditional waterfall project management approaches. Originating from the agile software community, Agile was designed to work directly with the business as well as IT. The qualification “Agile Project Management Foundation and Practitioner” was launched in 2010 in cooperation with APMG and DSDM and Melanie Franklin is one of the leaders in training this examination based course. Her 100% success rate comes from her being an Agile Expert as well as Scrum Master and practitioner in Lean Kanban.

Why is Melanie Franklin such an expert in Agile? Through the 1990s, Melanie was responsible for delivering global programmes for investment banks using traditional waterfall methods such as PRINCE2®. When she formed her training company in 2001 she promoted such methods as well as programme, change and risk management to become the worlds 5th largest provider of accredited courses. As the recession started to reduce capital and headcount from projects, she sought ways to better improve delivery of benefits faster and at lower cost. As Agile came mainstream in 2010 she promoted its use through webinars, seminars, white papers and videos and culminated in her writing her books “Agile Change Management” and “Creating Agile Environments”.  Melanie conducts Agile webinars for the examining body APMG as well as publishing a regular blog, series of white papers and helpful guides for how to adopt Agile.

So what are the benefits of the Agile Certification? The top benefits of taking the Agile Project Management course and passing the Agile Practitioner qualification are:

  • to evidence your skills in Agile Project Management
  • learn and adopt the latest techniques in leadership
  • deliver projects and business strategy faster and cheaper
  • improve your CV or resume with a current certification
  • get paid more for doing the same job
  • speed up your search for a new and better job
  • join the fastest growing project approach in the market today
  • learn how to use Agile in a waterfall environment
  • helps you speak to the business and control IT
  • learn from other leaders that join the London Agile courses
  • understand how to recover failing projects
  • access a comprehensive methodology taking you from start to finish

What is the Agile Project Management course structure? The full AgilePM Foundation and Practitioner course runs for 4 days and takes delegates through the 8 Agile principles. The first 3 days focus on the groundwork and concepts of Agile and culminate with the Foundation exam in the 3rd day. Practitioners then stay on to take the 4th day where skills in applying the Agile method to practical environments. Delegates take the Agile Practitioner exam at the end of the 4th day. Melanie Franklin runs her courses with high intensity and practical examples drawn from her active Agile consulting work with clients so delegates always find direct application to their own work.

What are the Key techniques in Agile Project Management? There are many techniques that Melanie teaches on the Agile course but here are the main ones:

  • MoSCoW
  • Timebox
  • Minimum viable product
  • Done
  • Stand-up
  • Delivery plan
  • Estimating
  • Kanban
  • Modelling
  • Stakeholder engagement

Are there Key principles in the Agile method? As with all best practice methods there are key principles. There are 8 for Agile which define the approach:

  • focus on the business need
  • deliver on time
  • collaborate
  • never compromise on quality
  • build incrementally from firm foundations
  • develop iteratively
  • communicate continuously and clearly
  • demonstrate control

Is Agile Project Management training just for those working in IT? Certainly not – most people coming onto the Agile courses in London are from a general project management and consulting back ground. They are seeking ways in which they can enhance project delivery and benefit realisation by having the Business and IT work closer together.

How is Agile Project Management linked to Change Management? Melanie Franklin pioneered the combination of Agile and Change through her book Agile Change Management. Seeing the benefits of taking behavioural and leadership skills into the structured project management environment, she took the short-term characteristics of Agile Project Management and combined them with the medium term objectives of Change Management. 95% of delegates taking an Agile Project Management course with Melanie also take the Change Management Practitioner course as they also see the benefits of combining the two subjects.

How is the Agile qualification recognised? The Agile Project Management approach came through the APMG and DSDM Atern with the support of the Scrum Alliance. This was subsequently picked up by Axelos to run alongside their PRINCE2 certification. This gives the Agile Project Management qualification a global recognition.

Where Agile courses are run? Melanie Franklin runs her open scheduled courses in London and delegates from anywhere in the world can attend. Clients also ask her to run Agile courses at their offices around the world. So far she has delivered Agile throughout England, Scotland, Ireland as well as Denmark, Germany and Holland. Further afield she has run courses in the UAE and Saudi Arabia.