This five-day accredited course provides participants with a thorough grounding in the DSDM Agile Project Management framework. It is comprised of a Foundation-level introduction to the framework, and an in-depth Practitioner-level examination of how a project manager applies the framework.
Presented by skilled lecturers with extensive experience in the practical application of project management, the course includes examination coaching and practice using sample questions.
This course does not cover the Scrum Framework.
Delegates should be prepared to set aside time to revise for the Foundation and Practitioner exams, in the evenings after the course lecture finishes. This includes studying the course Handbook, and working through sample exam questions.
The Practitioner course is intended for anyone who expects to have a management or leadership role in an Agile project and is specifically built to support anyone who needs to apply the DSDM Project Management framework in a business environment. Delegates are expected to have experience of team leading, project management, or project assurance/support.
At the end of this course you will be able to:
- Set up an Agile project
- Identify appropriate people for Agile roles
- Define Increments and Timeboxes to keep a project on track
- Manage a Solution Development Team
- Communicate with business stakeholders in a project environment
- Use Agile techniques, including prioritisation of requirements, to ensure on-time project delivery,
- Present the benefits of Agile approaches to senior management
- Identify risks to delivery of projects managed using the DSDM Agile approach
Proof of identity
Delegates must bring signed photo ID on any APMG exam (passport, driving license, student card) as they will be asked by the invigilator to produce it prior to the exam. Delegates must also be familiar with the APMG Terms and Conditions of Certification which can be found on the APMG International website.
While not required, delegates are encouraged to visit the DSDM Consortium's website and start to become familiar with the framework, at www.dsdm.org.
- What is Agile? And why use DSDM?
- Philosophy, Principles, and Project Variables
- Preparing for Success
- Preparing for Agile Project Management
- The DSDM Process
- The People - DSDM Roles and Responsibilities
- The DSDM Products
- Key Practices - Prioritisation and Timeboxing
- Planning and Control Throughout the Lifecycle
- Other Practices - Iterative Development, Facilitated Workshops, Modeling and Prototyping
- Roles and Responsibilities - the project manager's view
- Agile Project Management through the Lifecycle
- The Effective Use of the Products
- Deliver on Time - Combining MoSCoW and Timeboxing
- People, Teams, and Interactions
- Requirements and User Stories
- Estimating - How and When
- Project Planning throughout the Lifecycle
- Quality - Never Compromise Quality
- Risk Management
- Tailoring the Approach
Agile Foundation and Practitioner Examinations
Leeds - City Exchange
From the train station
- Exit the train station and turn right along Wellington Street
- Cross the road to the Park Plaza Hotel and continue past it to Boar Lane
- Take the first road on your left, Albion Street
- The City Exchange building will be on your left
From the NCP car park
- Exit the car park using the north exit (i.e. don’t go back under the railway bridge)
- Turn left and go up the street with the car park building on your left
- Turn left on to Boar Street
- Turn right onto Albion Street (first street on the right)
- The City Exchange building is along Albion Street on your left
Leeds central station is a short walk from City Exchange. For train times and fares, see the National Rail website. (For walking directions from the station to the training centre, see above.)
Trains running along the East Coast Main Line, offers a service that can get you to London Kings Cross in less than two hours, and provide 26 Leeds – London journeys a day. Connections are made at York for journeys to and from Newcastle and Scotland.
The closest bus stop is Boar Lane T1. Head west along Boar Street and take the first road on the right, Albion Street. The City Exchange building will be on the left.
From M1 or M62 (to closest NCP car park)
- [From M62, take J29 onto M1 towards Leeds]
- Follow M1 to J43, taking M621 following signs to Leeds
- Leave the M621 at Exit 7, following signs to Central Leeds
- Merge onto Dewsbury Road (A653)
- Continue on to Victoria Road, then on to Neville Street
- Turn right onto Sovereign Street
- At the crossroads, turn left onto Swinegate
- The NCP car park will be on your right (under the tunnel)
All delegates will sit the APMG Agile Foundation examination (a multiple choice paper) in the late afternoon of the second day of the course. Successful candidates will then be eligible to sit the Practitioner exam in the afternoon of the fifth day. Photo ID is required to take these exams.
The Foundation examination is taken at 15:00 during the afternoon on Day 2 and candidates may take 40 minutes to complete it
The Practitioner examination takes place at 13:00 on the afternoon of Day 5 and will last for up to 2.5 hours
Please Note: The last day (Day 5) will finish by 15:30 after the conclusion of the Practitioner exam.