Project Management

PRINCE2 Agile® Foundation/​Practitioner

Combine PRINCE2 with Agile for a complete project management solution

  • Duration 5 Days
  • Fee - Virtual Instructor-Led Contact ALC + GST
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Overview

PRINCE2 Agile® brings the best of both worlds by combining agile concepts and approaches with the world’s most popular project management method. Developed in response to user demand, the PRINCE2 Agile certification teaches you how to blend structure, governance and control with agile methods, techniques and approaches.

There are two levels within the PRINCE2 Agile Certification scheme – Foundation and Practitioner. The Foundation module is designed to give candidates an overview of PRINCE2, an overview of agile concepts and techniques and the knowledge they need to apply the two together. The Practitioner module is designed to help candidates apply the PRINCE2 Agile method in practice through real-world project management examples. The modules can be taken separately but most prefer to do the combined course.

About this Course

This five-day course provides delegates with a thorough understanding of the PRINCE2 Agile® guidance. The course will cover:

  • PRINCE2 methodology
  • The key concepts of agile ways of working
  • The context for combining agile with PRINCE2
  • Evaluate the focus areas to a project in an agile context
  • Fix and flex the six aspects of a project in an agile context
  • How 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 Foundation and Practitioner exams are taken during the course.

Our Trainers Make the Difference

  • Leigh Harris

    Leigh is a recognised professional in the development and delivery of project, programme, and enterprise architecture training. He has held roles as a training manager and facilitator within leading consultancies and multi-national training organisations.

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  • Michelle Zgalin

    Michelle's career has centred around project delivery, business analysis, facilitation and consulting having spent over 20 years in the IT industry working in Australia as well as in the United Kingdom and Central Europe.

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  • Sue Taylor

    Sue Taylor is an experienced portfolio, program, project and change management consultant, trainer and practitioner with experience across private and public sectors, including state and federal government agencies and financial organisations.

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  • Kim Riordan

    Kim has over 30 years experience including over 15 years at senior/executive management level in a variety of medium to large organisations, managing geographically dispersed teams of 100+ staff.

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Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the concepts of PRINCE2
  • Understand the 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 themes, processes and management products for a project in an agile context

Who Should Attend

PRINCE2 Agile is suitable for anyone who delivers projects, large or small, in an agile context. It is a valuable training and certification scheme for anyone working within an agile project environment, whether they’re a project manager, project support or part of the wider project team.

If you already hold a PRINCE2 certification at either Foundation or Practitioner level, you are eligible to go direct into the PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner module. Please contact us for further details.

Which to choose – AgilePM® vs PRINCE2 Agile®

There are a number of Agile approaches available for project management. Two of the most popular are AgilePM and PRINCE2 Agile. This article reviews the fundamentals of each – their similarities and differences – so that you can choose the one most appropriate for your needs.

Course Contents

1. Agile Ways of Working

  • Differences between projects and BAU (Business as Usual)
  • Agile and its common approaches, how and why agile approaches have developed and where they are used.
  • History of agile, its contrast to the waterfall way of working and how the agile manifesto fits in
  • Different levels of agile maturity and well-known agile frameworks
  • Behaviours, concepts and techniques that characterise agile
  • The PRINCE2 Agile view of ‘agile’
  • Kanban, the Kanban method and its six general practices, including the use of Cumulative Flow Diagram (CFDs)
  • Core concepts of Lean
  • The use of workshops
  • How to transition to agile
  • Scrum essentials, Scrum teams, Scrum events, Scrum artefacts and Sprints

2. Combining PRINCE2 and Agile Ways of Working

  • Complementary strengths of PRINCE2 and the agile ways of working
  • Who can benefit from using PRINCE2 Agile and in what contexts/situation
  • Make-up of PRINCE2 Agile (frameworks, behaviours, concepts, techniques, focus areas)
  • The eight ‘guidance points’
  • How PRINCE2 controls and governance can enable agile to be used in many environments
  • What a typical PRINCE2 ‘project journey’ looks like in an agile context
  • Apply and evaluate the focus areas to a project in an agile context

3. Purpose and Use of the Agilometer Throughout a Project

  • The six sliders used on the Agilometer, explain their significance and how to improve them
  • Requirements terminology, decomposition and prioritization, including MoSCoW and Ordering
  • How requirements prioritization is used
  • The rich communication focus area, its importance and its key techniques
  • How to manage frequent releases and the benefits of ‘failing fast’

4. The Six Aspects of a Project in an Agile Context

  • How to use the ‘hexagon’ in relation to the six aspects of project performance
  • Use of tolerances in terms of what to ‘fix’ and what to ‘flex’ in relation to the six aspects of project performance
  • The five targets that underpin the use of the hexagon
  • Why the ‘fix and flex’ approach is good for the customer

5. Tailoring PRINCE2 principles, themes, processes and management products to a Project in an Agile Context

  • 5 PRINCE2 Agile behaviours (Transparency, Collaboration, Rich Communication, Self-Organization, Exploration)
  • How to incorporate agile in all seven PRINCE2 processes and all seven themes but that the amount appropriate to each will vary depending on the project context
  • The two common Organization roles of Scrum master and Product owner
  • How to adjust roles, including the use of specialist roles, and the options for team organization in a project
  • Make-up of a typical delivery team
  • Servant leadership, its use and importance
  • How to define Working Agreements
  • Quality setting techniques including ‘definition of done’ and the use of acceptance criteria
  • Quality testing, quality checking and management techniques
  • Approaches to planning and typical planning techniques
  • Approaches to risk and how agile concepts mitigate many typical risks
  • How blending PRINCE2 with agile approaches controls, responds to, and minimizes the impact of change, including risk management and configuration management
  • How empowered self-organising teams handle change dynamically within set tolerances
  • Common feedback loops and their importance
  • Progress monitoring techniques including use of Work in Progress boards, burn charts, information radiators
  • Agile techniques that may apply to each PRINCE2 process including Cynefin
  • How to flex the ‘Direct a Project’ stage and the benefits of collaborative working
  • How to ‘manage by exception’ with emphasis on empowerment, quantity of deliverables, rich information flows and value of deliverables
  • Why PRINCE2 ‘stages’ may not be required, including use of timeboxes and Scrum of scrums
  • Typical output mechanisms when ‘Controlling a Stage’ and ‘Managing a Stage Boundary
  • Use of retrospectives and how to make them effective
  • Managing Product Delivery using Scrum and Kanban
  • How to define Work Packages, Product Descriptions, quality criteria and tolerances
  • Guidance on behaviours, risks and the frequency of releases
  • How to manage Stage Boundaries and the similarities between a stage and a release
  • How to assess quantity, quality and benefits of stage deliverables
  • How to effectively close a project, including evaluation of the use of agile
  • How to tailor PRINCE2 products, including Work Packages, Highlight Reports and Checkpoint Reports
  • Techniques that may apply to each PRINCE2 theme including requirements, defining value and user stories
  • Guidance on the use of contracts
  • PRINCE2 Agile delivery roles
  • How to use the Health Check
  • Fundamental values and principles of agile
  • Outline tips for the PRINCE2 Agile project manager

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.

6. PRINCE2 Agile Foundation & Practitioner Exam

The Foundation and Practitioner paper-based exams will be held during the class.

 

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Fees

Fees per person

PRINCE2® Agile Foundation & Practitioner – Course & Exam Vouchers (5 days)

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Fees Include:

  • Comprehensive ALC Course Workbook
  • Official Axelos textbook PRINCE2 Agile® (included with Foundation module)
  • Practice Exams
  • PRINCE2 Agile® Foundation Certificate Exam Voucher
  • PRINCE2 Agile® Practitioner Certificate Exam Voucher

Exams and Other Information

NOTE: you will be expected to do some evening study during the course

Foundation & Practitioner Exams

Participants of the PRINCE2 online training course will be provided with an online exam voucher to sit the exams at a time and date of their choosing within 3 months of the course. The web-proctored exams are available 24/7 and run by the examination institute PEOPLECERT.

*As of 01 February, 2022 paper-based exams will no longer be offered by PeopleCert the examination institute for PRINCE2®. All exams will be conducted online. During the course you will receive an exam voucher and instructions how to book the exam for a date and time of your choice within 3 months of the course. 

The Foundation Certificate exam format is:

  • Objective testing
  • One-hour multiple-choice paper
  • 50 questions with a pass mark of 55%
  • Closed book exam

The Practitioner Certificate exam format is:

  • 2.5 hour exam
  • Open book (PRINCE2 Agile book only)
  • Objective Testing Exam
  • Taken on the afternoon of the fifth day
  • 50 questions totaling 50 marks (1 mark per question)
  • Pass mark is 60% (30 correct answers)

Note – Re-certification is required 3-5 years after original certification

Pre-Requisites

The Foundation Certificate is a mandatory pre-requisite to undertake the Practitioners exam.

Practitioner Module

You can enroll direct in the PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner module if you hold any of the following certifications:

  • PRINCE2 Foundation 2009 or 2017 version,
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner 2009 or 2017 version,
  • PRINCE2 Agile Foundation
  • A current Project Management Professional® (PMP),
  • Certified Associate in Project Management® (CAPM),
  • IMPA Levels A,B,C and D® (Certified Projects Director)

NOTE: Although any of the above certifications are acceptable as a pre-requisite to the Practitioner module, we strongly recommend that delegates hold a recent PRINCE2 certificate before enrolling in the Practitioner module.

Choosing the right course

PRINCE2 vs AgilePM - which is the right method for you and or your organisation