AgilePM is the world’s most widely-used framework for Agile project management. But how does it work, and how could it benefit your organization? Good e-Learning takes a close look at what makes AgilePM tick
Spend any decent amount of time in either software development or management, and chances are you’ll start hearing about a little thing called 'Agile'. Put simply, this is an umbrella term for a loosely-defined yet highly-respected management methodology; one that empowers organizations with superior efficiency, accountability, and, most importantly, quality.
Originally a development approach, Agile has since been translated not only into IT project management, but also a range of other departments and industries. It emphasizes flexibility, risk management, accountability, and iterative delivery in a way that can be widely applied. Indeed, there are hundreds of thousands of Agile project managers around the globe, and the number is increasing rapidly.
The popularity of Agile has led to the creation of several 'frameworks': well-defined Agile methodologies that have set tools and guidelines, but still stick to the core concepts of the approach. Of all of these, the most popular is 'Agile Project Management', better known as 'AgilePM'.
AgilePM, often referred to as the 'Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM)', is based on the AgilePM Handbook from the Agile Business Consortium (we did tell you Agile was popular, didn’t we?) Since its 2010 release, over 130,000 AgilePM exams have been sat worldwide. The pass rate for AgilePM is also remarkably high: in 2018, 98.5% of students who took the AgilePM Foundation exam passed, while 94.7% of those who sat the AgilePM Practitioner exam became successfully certified.
That is not to say that getting certified in AgilePM is too easy, or that the qualifications themselves aren’t highly respectable. With the wide adoption of the framework, global demand for practitioners is constantly on the rise. As such, not only can AgilePM offer a number of benefits for businesses, but it can also be an excellent career stepping stone for project managers.
At its heart, AgilePM is about bringing order to chaotic corporate environments. It is not solely dedicated to specific project types, such as software development, or even a set industry like IT. Instead, it offers generalized and agnostic advice that is highly actionable for almost any organization out there.
AgilePM utilizes several tools, techniques, and project aspects, such as the structure of its lifecycle, the roles defined within it, the products to be delivered, and so on. It takes an iterative approach, setting short-term goals as well as an endpoint. Regular assessment points are also included, allowing project teams to not only check for errors, but also to re-gauge the requirements for success. This is often done by regularly interacting with and collecting feedback from customers, clients, and stakeholders. This, in turn, both increases visibility and allows managers to ensure that the final results are as fit for purpose as possible.
How can AgilePM Certification Help my Business?
AgilePM is easy for businesses to adopt, whether or not they are used to using a specifically defined methodology. Over the years, it has proven demonstrably effective and offers a number of key benefits:
b>Quality - AgilePM is unique in that it does not simply prioritize getting projects through to completion. Instead, it focuses on quality, employing strict criteria at various lifecycle stages to ensure that each iterative result is satisfactory. AgilePM teams will also regularly reassess the environments in which they are working. For example, if a gap in the market created a demand for additional features, an AgilePM practitioner could recognize it and adjust their project accordingly, optimizing the resulting ROIs
Clarity - Organizations that do not use a defined project management methodology can be somewhat chaotic. Even with experienced managers, projects can become unfocused, wasteful, and unsure of direction. AgilePM can bring order to these environments, making projects more well-targeted and streamlined. It also strictly defines a project’s KPIs, not only providing a stricter level of clarity but also significantly increasing the project’s probability of success
Stakeholder management - AgilePM encourages teams to regularly defer to their stakeholders to update them on their progress and take feedback. This greatly increases the visibility of a project, reducing the potential for delays later on while also building stakeholder satisfaction
Risk management - The iterative style of Agile means that project teams are constantly reexamining their work to check for flaws and potential difficulties. Attempting to solve such issues later on in a project (when there is more unchecked work to go over, and stakeholders are more likely to be demanding a faster release schedule), can create damaging bottlenecks. By following AgilePM, teams can ensure that their projects encounter little to no delays
Speed - AgilePM can help teams improve the speed and efficiency of crucial projects. While this can and does lead to faster turnaround times, the real benefit is visible elsewhere. AgilePM’s iterative approach creates short term gains that can be enjoyed earlier on. This can do wonders for impressing clients and stakeholders
End to top-down management - Unlike other project management frameworks like PRINCE2, AgilePM takes a lateral approach. Roles and responsibilities are defined early on in a project, and team members are allowed to work with a greater degree of autonomy. By increasing accountability and reducing the level of bureaucracy, AgileSHIFT can vastly improve the efficiency of a project. Having time to work independently can even give team members the freedom they need to come up with new ideas to help achieve higher ROIs
Best of Agile - There are many sides to the Agile methodology, along with a number of widely respected tools and techniques. AgilePM contains many of the most popular and demonstrably effective examples, including SCRUM and MoSCoW Prioritization
Ease of adoption - AgilePM is easy to integrate into a project team, even for businesses that are not used to using set methodologies. At the same time, it is also simple to combine AgilePM with existing practices, such as PRINCE2 Agile
Why get Certified in AgilePM with Good e-Learning?
Good e-Learning is an award-winning online training provider with a fantastic library of project management courses. We are dedicated to results and accessibility, providing a range of e-learning assets (each created by subject matter experts) as well as a convenient app to let learners study any time, anywhere.
Our AgilePM courses will teach you everything you need to get certified, whether you can study for hours a day or just during the spaces between meetings. We also offer FREE exam vouchers and resits to help you get certified. Our Learning Ecosystem LMS even makes it easy for companies to manage and inspect the progress of individuals and teams.
Each of our courses is designed with input from leading practitioners and subject matter experts. This is reflected in our range of online training assets, which include instructor-led videos, interactive slides, free downloadable resources, regular knowledge checks, exam simulators, and more. Our support team is also fully qualified to help students understand the subject matter.
Key features of our AgilePM courses:
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