PRINCE2® Agile Practitioner Training Course

Understand How You Can Merge PRINCE2® & Agile Best Practice

Introduction

PRINCE2® Agile has been developed as a single-tier Practitioner qualification.

PRINCE2® is a registered trade mark of AXELOS Limited.

The purpose of our 3-day PRINCE2® Agile Practitioner training course is to demonstrate that you can apply and tailor PRINCE2® Agile in a scenario situation.

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You can book this course and hold it in credit until you have decided on a specific course date. Alternatively, please view our other course dates.
Exam Included
3 Days
£1195Excl. VAT

Course Outline

Our PRINCE2® Agile Practitioner course uses a combination of theory, discussion and practical exercises to ensure you feel confident in the application of the concepts.

Please Note: Additional evening work will be required in the form of consolidation reading and mock examination questions. Evening work is an integral part of the course and you should expect to spend approximately 2 1/2 hours on these activities.

Our PRINCE2® Agile Practitioner training 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 characterize 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 prioritisation, including MoSCoW and Ordering
  • Explain how requirements prioritisation 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-Organisation, 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 organisation roles of Scrum master and Product owner
  • Explain how to adjust roles, including the use of specialist roles, and the options for team organisation 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 minimises the impact of change, including Risk Management and Configuration Management
  • Describe how empowered self-organising 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

Description

Our PRINCE2® Agile Practitioner training course will provide you with a thorough understanding of the PRINCE2® Agile guidance, and is aligned to the current version of PRINCE2®. During the course, we will 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.

About the Course

During our PRINCE2® Agile Practitioner training course, you 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 for the PRINCE2® Agile Practitioner examination

Who Should Attend

Our PRINCE2® Agile Practitioner is aimed at Project Managers who hold a current PRINCE2®® Practitioner qualification. It is also relevant to other key staff involved with integrating Project Management with product delivery.

An understanding of the Agile concepts within PRINCE2® Agile will also be relevant to those with governance responsibilities for projects using Agile delivery approaches as well as those involved with programme and project support functions.

Materials Provided

  • Full Materials Including the Official Publication 'PRINCE2® Agile'
  • Highly Skilled and Knowledgeable Tutors
  • PRINCE2® Agile Practitioner Examination
  • Refreshments

Organisational Benefits

  • Deliver change faster, at a lower cost and with lower risk by continually validating project milestones against business objectives.
  • Complements and works with existing corporate processes such as PRINCE2®, quality and audit processes which improves rigour and visibility around project management, leading to a proven track record of successful delivery in a corporate environment.
  • Simply adopt a tried and tested approach rather than developing and integrating a company-specific agile management process.
  • Achieve better communication and control over projects and adapt project plans without disrupting the project budget, timescale and scope.
  • Develop professionalism in employees and include agile certification in employee professional development schemes.

Individual Benefits

  • Develop a more advanced, applied level of knowledge to gain an understanding of agile and the ability to apply relevant project management methods, leading to successful agile projects.
  • Clarify different management styles needed for successful agile projects compared to traditional projects and be able to tailor these to the situation.
  • Actively promote trust and close co-operation between the business and developers and gives the business ongoing visibility into what is happening.
  • Combine knowledge of more traditional management methodologies with agile to better adapt to a changing business environment.
  • Improve time-to-market and project success rates while simultaneously accelerating results by encouraging stakeholder involvement, feedback and effective controls.

Prerequisites

Please Note: Proof of prerequisites must be sent to info@purplegriffon.com at least 5 working days prior to the start of the course.

Evidence MUST be reproduced on the day of the examination to the tutor.

Acceptable forms of prerequisite confirmation are as follows:

  • A copy of your PRINCE2® Foundation Certificate
  • Confirmed entry in the AXELOS Successful Candidate Register (This must be a clear print screen of the AXELOS Successful Candidate Register, with the delegates details displayed).

IMPORTANT: Without evidence of the prerequisites, you will NOT be permitted to sit the exam.

Prereading

There is no dedicated pre-course reading.

This course will not be recapping PRINCE2®, rather focussing on the agile concepts, therefore you may benefit from refreshing your PRINCE2® knowledge.

Exam Overview

PRINCE2® Agile Practitioner Examination:

  • The examination duration is 2 1/2 hours
  • Open Book (PRINCE2® Agile Manual Only)
  • Objective Testing Examination
  • 5 Questions = 50 marks
  • The pass mark is 60% (30 correct answers).

Exam Type

Classroom Exam

Professional Development Units - PDUs

There are no Professional Qualification Credits associated with our PRINCE2® Agile Practitioner course.

Qualifications

PRINCE2® Agile Practitioner Certificate in Agile Project Management

Next Steps

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Conclusion

Our PRINCE2® Agile Practitioner course will help you merge a proven PRINCE2® methodology with Agile techniques making you a more productive and knowledgeable Project Manager.

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