Agile Project Management

Information from Agile Business Consortium and APMG International

AgilePM® is the world’s leading certification in Agile Project Management, with over 80,000 exams taken worldwide. Businesses today need results faster and more efficiently. Project management needs to be flexible to adapt to changing circumstances, but still deliver. AgilePM balances robust governance with a collaborative culture that inspires innovation and improves competitive advantage.

Developed by the not-for-profit Agile Business Consortium and accredited by the examination institute APMG International, AgilePM is based around eight principles and combines flexibility with sufficient forward planning, and collaboration to ensure goals are well understood by all stakeholders.  

The world of project management has changed significantly over recent years. Until recently, much of the corporate world predominantly used traditional, sequential, “waterfall” approaches for projects.

Far too many projects were failing, for a variety of reasons, but mainly because projects were just too big and too long, communication and business engagement were poor and progress was measured in percentage complete, rather than business value delivered.

AgilePM guidance offers a practical and repeatable methodology that achieves an ideal balance between the standards, rigour and visibility required for good project management, and the fast pace, change and empowerment provided by agile.

The focus is on developing solutions incrementally enabling project teams to react effectively to changing requirements, whilst empowering project personnel and encouraging increased collaboration and ownership. 

The guidance is based on the Agile Business Consortium’s Agile Project Framework and is underpinned by the framework’s eight principles for effective agile project delivery:

  1. Focus on the business needs
  2. Deliver on time
  3. Never compromise quality
  4. Build incrementally from firm foundations
  5. Build Iteratively
  6. Collaborate
  7. Communicate continuously and clearly
  8. Demonstrate Contro

The AgilePM guidance and supporting training courses explain how to lay the foundations for successful agile projects and manage an agile project from start to finish. 

Foundation Examination

The Foundation Examination tests the general understanding of the fundamental principles of Agile Project Management. This is intended for those who intent to work within a project environment and who need to know the terminology used and some of the theory behind the practice. It is also a preamble to the Practitioner qualifications.

The Foundation Examination is closed book with short answer and multi-choice questions. There are 50 questions. Total time available is 40 minutes. Pass mark is 50%.  For a candidate to proceed to take the Practitioner level qualification, they will need to pass their Foundation Examination

Practitioner Examination
The Practitioner Examination requires a comprehensive understanding of the principles and theory of the Agile Project Management handbook. 

The Practitioner Examination is an open book and scenario based with objective style questions. The paper consists of 4 questions, each worth 20 marks, giving a total of 80 marks. The examination must to be completed within 2 and a half hours. Candidates need to achieve a 50% (score of 40) to pass the paper.

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