Agile Programme Management (AgilePgM®)

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Duration: 3 Days
Time: 9.00am – 5.00pm 
Public Class: RM 5,250.00
Live Virtual Class: RM 5,250.00
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Course Overview

If you are familiar with project management and the concepts involved, Program Management is something similar but yet very different. A Program can be defined as a group of different but related projects managed in a coordinated manner which can deliver benefits to the organization. In general, the program manager’s responsibility is to oversee a group of related projects, which sometimes also includes managing the project managers and the team which are within his or her program to ensure the entire program can deliver the expected outcomes and benefits.

The reason why program management is the natural next step for many project managers who are looking to take their project management career to the next level is because the knowledge of program management can be applied to more than just managing multiple projects. It also provides the knowledge for managers to help organization to reach its business goals through managing series of ongoing or new critical strategic initiatives. For example, a program management can also be applied in helping an organization to look for ways to increase its leads, through managing different initiatives such as email marketing, social media, designing landing page, or even help with managing the launch of a new product which involves initiatives such as sales, operation, distribution and marketing. Thus, in order to effectively manage a program to benefit the organization, acquiring the specific Program Management knowledge is important and necessary.

The Agile Program Management training and certification is based on the Agile Program Management (AgilePgM) Handbook, published by the Agile Business Consortium. The guidance provides program managers and others involved with major business change initiatives with a disciplined but flexible approach to the management of transformational organizational change, allowing for iterative and incremental delivery of outputs and benefits. AgilePgM does not attempt to redefine the fundamentals of program management, and assumes some knowledge of a program management method. It builds on that knowledge to show how those involved in programs may need to think, act and react differently in an agile environment. The benefits of the Agile Program Management course can be quickly realized by the organization as the accredited training and certification will provide the candidates with the capabilities to:

  • Establish flexible agile programmes that respond to business change.
  • Utilise agile methodologies to encourage successful programme delivery.
  • Actively promote trust and close cooperation between stakeholders.
  • Assist the organization in achieving transformational change faster, at lower cost and risk.
Who Should Attend

Anyone involved in agile programmes will benefit from the qualification, but it is specifically aimed at:

  • Those responsible for implementing change in organisations
  • Senior business people who have responsibility for programmes
  • PMO Managers
  • Project Managers participating in an agile programme
  • PMO Staff
  • Governance bodies (e.g. financial, strategic, compliance)
  • Programme Assurance
  • Sponsoring Groups
  • Risk Managers
  • Procurement Professionals involved in agile programmes
Learning Outcomes

In Agile Program Management, the emphasis is on the Agile concepts of empowerment active stakeholder involvement and iterative development and incremental delivery of benefits whilst maintaining the control required to ensure that the program successfully delivers the expected benefits. The Agile Program Management philosophy is guided by five important principles which managers must adopt to ensure a successful outcome of an Agile program. The 5 principles are:

  • Principle 1 – Programme goals are clearly and continuously aligned to business strategy
  • Principle 2 – Benefits are realised incrementally and as early as possible
  • Principle 3 – Governance focusses on creating a coherent capability
  • Principle 4 – Decision-making powers are delegated to the lowest possible level
  • Principle 5 – Agile programmes are iterative and have the ability to contain both Agile and non Agile projects

The purpose of the Foundation qualification is to confirm that a candidate has sufficient knowledge and understanding of the Agile Program Management guidance to work as an informed member of a Program Team, Change Team or project delivery team working within an environment supporting Agile Program Management. High Level Performance Definition of a Successful Foundation Candidate should understand the key principles and terminology within the Agile Program Management guidance. Specifically, the candidate should be able to:

  • Understand the phases and iterative nature of the Agile Programme Framework and incremental delivery of capability and benefits
  • Understand the roles, team structures, roles and responsibilities within an agile programme as well as aspects of stakeholder engagement
  • Understand the governance structures required and how governance style can affect the agility of a programme
  • Understand the nature of planning an agile programme, the evolutionary nature of benefits and how to structure the delivery of an Agile programme.
  • Understand the management and control elements, review points and processes of an Agile programme.
  • Understand the requirements and outputs of Quality Management in an Agile programme
  • Understand the products required to support an Agile programme
Course Outline
Lifecycle and Products : Level 1
  • Identify appropriate information for inclusion in the Agile products:
    • Terms of Reference
    • Business Case
    • Prioritised Requirements List
    • Solution Architecture Definition
    • Development Approach Definition
    • Delivery Plan
    • Management Approach Definition
    • Feasibility Assessment
    • Foundation Summary
    • Evolving Solution
    • Timebox Plan
    • Timebox Review Record
    • Project Review Report
    • Benefits Assessment
  • Identify what the Project Manager needs to consider as the project
    progresses through the following phases:
    • Pre-Project Phase
    • Feasibility Phase
    • Foundations Phase
    • Evolutionary Development Phase
    • Deployment Phase
    • Post-Project Phase
  • Be able to apply the Agile approach to Delivering Quality (including
    Testing) using the recommended activities and actions where
    appropriate.
  • Be able to tailor the recommended activities and actions where
    appropriate.
Lifecycle and Products : Level 2
  • Whether the products listed in 0301 above are fit for purpose, and
    whether the appropriate roles have been involved in their
    development and maintenance throughout the life of an Agile project.
  • Whether the recommended actions have been undertaken
    appropriately in the phases, and whether the appropriate roles have
    been involved when carrying out the phases in 0302 above.
  • Whether activities have been, or are scheduled to be, undertaken
    appropriately, and whether the appropriate roles have been involved
    in Delivering Quality (including Testing).
  • Whether activities have been, or are scheduled to be, undertaken
    appropriately, and whether the appropriate roles have been involved
    in tailoring DSDM.
People and Roles : Level 1
  • Identify an appropriate Agile team structure and role descriptions,
    including acceptable role consolidations or sharing.
  • Identify the recommended actions for each of the roles associated
    with an Agile team.
  • Identify the recommended actions associated with team interaction.
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People and Roles : Level 2
  • Whether the allocated roles and responsibilities are appropriate.
  • Whether the recommended actions for each of the roles associated
    with an Agile team are appropriate, considering team interactions.
Techniques : Level 1
  • Identify how Timeboxing should be used, the roles involved in its use
    and where in the lifecycle it would be used.
  • Identify how MoSCoW should be used, the roles involved in its use
    and where in the lifecycle it would be used.
  • Identify how requirements and/or User stories should be used and
    any improvements associated with their use.
  • Identify how other techniques (Facilitated Workshops, Iterative
    Development and Modelling) should be used, the roles involved in
    their use, and where in the lifecycle they would be used.
Techniques : Level 2
  • Whether Timeboxing has been applied appropriately to a project
    scenario.
  • Whether the MoSCoW approach to prioritisation has been applied
    appropriately to a project scenario.
  • Whether requirements and/or user stories have been applied
    appropriately.
  • Whether the other techniques (Facilitated Workshops, Iterative
    Development and Modelling) have been applied appropriately to a
    project scenario.
Planning and Control : Level 1
  • Identify the use of, and improvements associated with focusing on,
    Estimating where appropriate.
  • Identify the use of, and improvements associated with focusing on,
    Risk where appropriate.
  • Identify how the DSDM Principles are applied and any improvements
    associated with their use.
  • Be able to apply the Agile approach to Planning, tailoring the
    recommended activities and actions where appropriate.
  • Be able to apply the Agile approach to tracking and control, tailoring
    the recommended activities and actions where appropriate.
Planning and Control : Level 2
  • Whether Estimating has been applied appropriately.
  • Whether Risk has been applied appropriately,
  • Whether the DSDM Principles have been applied appropriately.
  • Whether activities have been, or are scheduled to be, undertaken
    appropriately, and whether the appropriate roles have been involved
    in Planning.
  • Whether activities have been, or are scheduled to be, undertaken
    appropriately, and whether the appropriate roles have been involved
    in tracking and control.
Exam Structure

The Agile Programme Management Foundation Exam has the following structure:

  • Multiple choice
  • 50 questions per paper
  • 25 marks required to pass (out of 50 available) – 50%
  • 40 minute duration
  • Closed-book
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