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BCS Foundation Certificate in Agile

This two day agile foundation certificate course from the BCS introduces Agile principles and explains the use of Agile practices in projects and software development.

The course is designed to ensure the candidate has suitable knowledge of the core concepts of Agile practices, Agile values and Agile principles.  It does not solely focus on one specific methodology.

The certificate is relevant to anyone new to Agile or working within an Agile environment.

The BCS Agile Foundation exam is taken on the final afternoon.

Included in this certification is a free 12-month BCS Associate membership. Please click here for terms and conditions.


Learning Objectives

Holders of the BCS Foundation Certificate in Agile should be able to:
- Recall the origins of Agile methods
- Understand and apply the core values and principles of Agile methods
- Know the difference between the defined process and the empirical processes used in Agile
- Explain the issues identified in the traditional / waterfall approach
- Recognise myths that are often attributed with Agile practices
- Know the different approaches to the empirical model for improvement and change
- Explain the business culture and the economic case required for Agile
- Understand the implication of Agile practices on individuals, teams and businesses
- Explain the way in which we engage customers into an Agile project
- Know how we respond to change in an Agile project
- Describe the common Agile roles, techniques and practices


Experience of Project Management or Software Development experience is assumed.

Course Content

The Agile Manifesto
4 Values
12 Principles

Rationale & Benefits of Agile
History of Agile
Empirical and defined processes
The pillars of the empirical process
The waterfall approach
The iron triangle of project constraints
Working with uncertainty and volatility
Agile myths
Empirical models for improvement and change
Business culture and Agile
The economic case for Agile
The lifecycle of product development 

Individuals and their Interactions over Processes and Tools
Motivated and Talented Individuals
Emergent design from Self-Organising Teams

Working Systems over Comprehensive Documentation
Satisfy the Customer with Continuous Delivery of Value
Deliver Working Systems Frequently
Working Systems as a Measure of Progress
Technical Excellence and Good Design 

Customer Collaboration over Contract Negotiations
Business People and Developers Must Work Together
Face-to-face Communications
Reflect and Adjust Regularly

Responding to Change over Following a Plan
Embrace Change
Sustainable Pace
Simplicity – The Art of Maximising the Amount of Work Not Done

Common Agile Roles
The Role of the Customer
The Role of the Team
The Role of the Agile Leader
The Role of Stakeholders
The Agile Mindset

Common Agile Techniques
User Stories
Acceptance Criteria and Scenarios
MoSCoW Prioritisation
Estimation using Story Points
Agile quality assurance and testing 

Common Agile Practices
Short Feedback Loops
Focus on Quality
Emergent Documentation
Visual Boards
Team Synchronisation Meeting
Show and Tells
Continuous Improvement

Relevant Methods and Approaches for Agile Teams
DSDM Atern
Lean Startup

Exams & Certification

There is a one hour multiple choice exam.

Successful candidates receive the BCS Foundation Certificate in Agile.

Exam format:

- One hour exam with 40 multiple choice questions
- Closed Book 
- Pass mark is 65% (26 out of 40)

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