AgilePM® Foundation and Practitioner – Course Overview

Based on the proven fundamentals within DSDM Atern – the only agile approach to focus on delivery of projects in a fully agile way – the AgilePM® certification provides users of the method with the core principles needed to facilitate a successful project, whilst allowing a degree of scope and agility that not many other methodologies provide.

Using a set of established and proven components that provide a holistic approach to the management and governance of projects, AgilePM® has an overarching philosophy and guiding principles, together with a lifecycle and a set of deliverables to be created and maintained as the project progresses from a controlled start through to completion. It provides clearly defined roles with specific responsibilities designed to bring together all the stakeholders involved in the project, and allows the successful delivery of agile projects in organisations regardless of sector, industry or size

AgilePM® is a Registered Trade Mark of the APM Group Ltd

AgilePM® Foundation and Practitioner – Intended Audience

This course is suitable for anyone who currently is or going to be working in a project environment. It is particularly suitable for those who wish to work in a more agile way and the course is appropriate for any role within a project organisation

On completing the course delegates will gain knowledge and understanding of:

  • How to lay the foundations for successful agile projects
  • How an agile project is managed
  • The agile project lifecycle
  • The different management styles needed for successful agile projects (compared to “traditional” projects)
  • The roles and responsibilities within an agile environment
  • The key documents that can help manage an agile project
  • How agile can be tailored to meet the needs of particular projects

How to prepare for the AgilePM® examinations

This course is made up of two parts. The first 3 days cover all the elements of AgilePM® in preparation for the Foundation exam and specifically cover the following:

  • Choosing the right approach
  • The basics of agile project management
  • Roles and responsibilities
  • Preparing for an agile project
  • The factors that lead to success
  • How to manage an agile project
  • Agile lifecycles
  • Processes and Products
  • Communication in an agile project
  • Iterative development
  • Prioritisation and Time boxing
  • Maintaining control in an agile project
  • Managing risk
  • Requirements and estimating
  • Agile planning
  • Building in quality


The last day of the course looks at the application of AgilePM® and enables delegates to become familiar with the structure of the Practitioner exam and specific exam techniques which can assist.

The course includes the Foundation exam, which is taken during the afternoon of the 3rd day of the course and the Practitioner exam, which is taken during the afternoon of the 4th day.

The Foundation exam is a closed book, 1 hour multiple-choice exam where delegates are required to achieve a minimum of 30 correct answers out of 60 to be awarded a pass. Please note that passing this exam is a pre-requisite for sitting the Practitioner exam.

The Practitioner exam is an open book, 2 hour objective test exam set against a scenario. There are 4 complex multiple-choice questions with 15 marks being available for each question. Delegates are required to achieve a minimum of 30 out of 60 marks (50%) to be awarded a pass.

An exam requirement is that delegates must show photo ID to the trainer during the course e.g. Passport, Driving Licence.

AgilePM® Foundation and Practitioner – Accreditation Details

All of our AgilePM2® courses are accredited by APMG – International.

Case Study

A team based case study is used throughout dealing with specific areas within an agile project including:

  • Factors to consider when deciding whether to go agile
  • Selecting an appropriate agile team
  • Identifying, assessing and controlling agile risks
  • Communicating effectively with stakeholders
  • Requirements prioritisation
  • Planning an agile project

Course Information

The duration of this course is five days. Courses run from approximately 9.00 until 5.30 daily apart from the last day, which will finish by 4.30.

At the end of each day (apart from the last), there is approximately 2 hours of evening work for delegates to complete.

The usual maximum number of delegates on each course is 9.

The course is non-residential, however we can provide a list of recommended hotels close to the venue for those wanting to arrange accommodation. Tea, coffee and cold drinks are available during the course, however delegates should make their own lunch arrangements.