AgilePM® Agile Project Management Training

Agile Project Management Training & Certification Courses

AgilePM® is the most popular agile project management qualification in the world – Trusted Training Radar™

AgilePM® Agile Project Management is a guide and qualification from the APMG International, launched in November 2010. The AgilePM® Agile Project Management training scheme aims to address the needs of those working in a project-focused environment (such as  PRINCE2® ) who want, or need, to be agile. Based on the proven fundamentals of DSDM, this new certification provides the ability to deliver Agile Projects in organisations requiring standards, rigour and visibility around Project Management, while at the same time enabling the fast pace, change and empowerment provided by Agile management methods. It is fully scalable and provides excellent integration with  PRINCE2®

The AgilePM® Project Management certification scheme features Foundation and Practitioner level qualifications. SPOCE provide an extensive range of accredited AgilePM® Project Management training and certification courses covering both levels. The delivery methods range from Instructor-led classroom events, Accredited eLearning, Blended learning, to Bespoke on-site client events.

SPOCE can provide APMG International approved AgilePM® Agile Project Management training courses to individuals looking to improve their project management skills on one of our open public AgilePM® training courses. However, if there are more than 4 or more delegates within an organisation looking to take the course, SPOCE can offer more cost-effective AgilePM® Client Courses.

Project Management Benefits

The AgilePM® Agile methodology guidance and supporting training courses explain how to lay the foundations for successful agile projects and manage an agile project from start to finish.

– Gain an understanding of agile and agility and the ability to apply the relevant project management method, leading to successful agile projects.
– Promote trust and close co-operation between the business and developers and gives the business ongoing visibility into what is happening.
– Combine knowledge of more traditional project management methodologies with agile to better adapt to a changing business environment.
– Improve time-to-market and project success rates while simultaneously accelerating results by encouraging stakeholder involvement, feedback and effective controls.
– Deliver change faster, at a lower cost and with lower risk by continually validating project milestones against business objectives.
– Complements and works with existing corporate processes such as PRINCE2® , quality and audit processes which improves rigour and visibility around project management, leading to a proven track record of successful delivery in a corporate environment.
– Achieve better communication and control over projects and adapt project plans without disrupting the project budget, timescale and scope.

Project Management Certification

The Agile PM Certification scheme aims to address the needs of those working in a project-focused environment who want to be agile.

Based on the proven fundamentals within the Agile Business Consortium’s Agile Project Framework, the certification provides the ability to deliver Agile projects in organizations requiring standards, rigour and visibility around project management, while at the same time enabling the fast pace, change and empowerment provided by Agile.
The Agile PM certification course will:

– Explain how to lay the foundations for successful agile projects
– Explain how an agile project is managed
– Clarify the different management styles needed for successful agile projects (compared to “traditional” projects)
– Provide integration with PRINCE2® and other project management methodologies/frameworks.
There are no pre-requisites for the Agile PM foundation examination. Candidates must achieve a pass at AgilePM foundation level before completing the AgilePM® practitioner examination. The DSDM Atern Foundation and Advanced Practitioner certificates are also acceptable pre-requisites for the practitioner exam.

Candidates must hold the AgilePM practitioner certification in order to take the Agile PM re-registration examination.

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Agile Certified Practitioner

Course Overview

The course is based on the PMI-ACP Examination Content Outline, including:

  • Tools and Techniques for Agile Project Management (50% of exam questions)
  • Knowledge and Skills (50% of exam questions)

We provide training on the underlying principles and values of the Agile Manifesto and the most common Agile methodologies that are on the Exam, including:

  • The Scrum Framework
  • Extreme Programming (XP)
  • Lean Software Development
  • Kanban in Software Development
  • Other
  • Feature Driven Development (FDD)
  • Dynamic systems development method (DSDM)
  • Crystal Clear

Next Course Dates

Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) Certification Course

28th April -30th April

Topics Covered

We will cover all 6 Agile knowledge domains and underlying task areas:

  • Value-Driven Delivery
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Boosting Team Performance Practices
  • Adaptive Planning
  • Problem Detection and Resolution
  • Continuous Improvement

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Kanban Training

Kanban Training in Dublin, Cork, Limerick

This course will introduce the Kanban method. It will explain the lean background to Kanban, how you should implement Kanban.

A simple way to look at Kanban is to “stop starting and start finishing”. In other words take on less but get it done quicker. Its about focusing on getting work complete and not to have loads of unfinished work. Unfinished work is waste – of no use to anyone and going out of date or at least requiring a refresh to even understand what we did.

Kanban provides a pragmatic, actionable, evidence-based guidance for successful evolutionary change. It starts with what you do now and pursues evolutionary change while respecting current roles, responsibilities and job titles, and encouraging leadership at all levels.

You will learn how to apply the Kanban principles, how to visualise and self-share the workload to create a constant flow of DONE. The Kanban workshop is for anyone trying to create a cultural framework for continuous improvement.

This is a fast paced workshop, where attended lean to apply KanBan to their real jobs and see how to visualise the bottlenecks.

Topics Covered

  • Personal Kanban – Simplest implementation of Kanban
  • The Agile Dilemma
  • What is KanBan Goals Behind the Kanban Approach to Change
  • Kaizen Culture
  • Kanban’s Five Core Properties
  • The Kanban Concepts, Principles, and Terminology
  • Kanban Team/ Kanban Roles
  • Card Walls/ Workflow and Cadences
  • Limiting work in progress
  • Visualisation of the Work
  • Class of Service
  • Service Level Agreements
  • Tracking Work-in-Process/ Cumulative Flow Diagram

Who Should Attend?

This course is suitable for anyone who is involved in product development or knowledge work. This includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Team Manager running multiple projects simultaneously
  • Product/project managers
  • Product/software developers and testers
  • Business analysts
  • High-level management positions

FAQ about Kanban

Differences between Scrum and Kanban

Scrum and Kanban are two terms used interchangeably. In reality, there are significant differences between these two Agile methodologies. Understanding these differences is key to choosing the path that will work best for your environment. In a nutshell, what is Scrum? Without getting too detailed, Scrum is a form of project management training used to organize work into small, manageable pieces that can be completed by a cross-functional team within a prescribed time period (called a sprint, generally 2-4 weeks long). To plan, organize, administer, and optimize this process, Scrum relies on at least three prescribed roles: the Product Owner , the Scrum Master and the Team Members. Another common tool used by scrum teams is the Scrum Board – a visual representation of the work flow, broken down into manageable chunks called “stories”, with each story moved along the board from the “backlog” (the to-do list), into work-in-progress (WIP), and on to completion.

In a nutshell, what is Kanban?

Kanban is also a tool used to organize work for the sake of efficiency. Like Scrum, Kanban encourages work to be broken down into manageable chunks and uses a Kanban Board (very similar to the Scrum Board) to visualize that work as it progresses through the work flow. Kanban limits the amount of work allowed in any one condition (only so many tasks can be ongoing, only so many can be on the to-do list.)

How are Scrum and Kanban the same?

Both Scrum and Kanban allow for large and complex tasks to be broken down and completed efficiently. Both place a high value on continual improvement, optimization of the work and the process. And both share the very similar focus on a highly visible work flow that keeps all team members in the loop on WIP and what’s to come.

Roles and responsibilities in Kanban

On scrum teams, there are at least three roles that must be assigned in order to effectively process the work: the Product Owner, Scrum Master, and Team Members. Each role has its own set of responsibilities, and they must work together to achieve an orderly and efficient balance. The scrum team itself also must be cross-functional, which is to say that one team must have all the resources necessary to complete the entire sprint’s work. Under Kanban, no set roles are prescribed. Practically speaking, it makes sense for someone to serve as a project manager or supervisor, especially for larger more complex Kanban projects, but the roles should theoretically evolve with the needs of the project and the organization. A Kanban team is not required to be cross-functional since the Kanban work flow is intended to be used by any and all teams involved in the project. Therefore, a team of specialists and a separate team of generalists may be working on different aspects of the same Kanban project from the same board, and that’s ok.

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PMI-ACP ® Certification Course

PMI-ACP Overview

The PMI-ACP ® certification is for anyone involved in product development that has a large amount of complexity and uncertainty. Obtaining the credential recognises an individual’s skills in using Agile tools and techniques to navigate complex projects towards satisfactory outcomes successfully.

What is the PMI?

The PMI is the worlds largest not-for-profit organisation specifically designed and made for project management professionals.  The PMI’s worldwide advocacy for project management is upheld by its globally recognised standards, regulations and certification program, extensive academic and market research programs, chapters and communities of practice, and professional development opportunities.

To achieve a PMP certification, each candidate must under go educational and experiential standards establish by PMI and must demonstrate an acceptable and valid level of understand and knowledge about project management that is tested by the project management professional certification examination.

The Agile Certified Practitioner course is a great way to get an overview and practice the Agile methods.

What’s involved in the PMI Program?

This Program fulfils the PMI® requirement of 21 contact hours which an ACP® aspirant needs to have before applying for the ACP® Certification Examination. The Program also aims to train the participants to be active Project Managers using Agile methodologies.

Key Topics

The following key topics are included in the PMI certification course by Althris.

  • Agile Principles and Mindset
  • Value-Driven Delivery
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Team Performance
  • Adaptive Planning
  • Problem Detection and Resolution
  • Continuous Improvement (Product, Process, People)

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Scrum Master Training

Scrum Master Training in Dublin

Scrum Master Training provides a framework for leading and developing your team. As we know, the goal of any organisation is to have high-performing, cross-functional teams. Agile has transformed how projects operate and how innovation is applied. Scrum Master Training is a highly effective framework to apply agile.

The Scrum Master is responsible for making sure that the team lives by the values and practices. They help the organisation to empower the team to deliver on the vision for the product. They are the organisation change agents and remove obstacles to improve as a process owner for the team and to do anything possible to help the team perform at their highest level. He/she is a genuine mentor, visionary and process champion for the team and not a mere manager, guru or a project administrator. This Scrum Master certification session is a 2-day course that covers the principles and (empirical) process theory underpinning the Scrum framework, and the role of the Scrum Master in it.

In this course, students work on real-life cases with other classmates together as a team. This course is made up of discussions and hands-on exercises based on real-life situations. Scrum Master Training courses take place in Dublin and Cork, and you can arrange in-house training. In addition to this, the course covers all the topics related to Scrum Master including practice exams.

Topics Covered

  • Scrum Master theory and principles
  • The Scrum Master Framework
  • The Definition of Done
  • Running a Scrum Master project
  • Working with people and teams
  • Scrum Master in your organisation
  • The role of the Scrum Master
  • Scrum Master sample exam with work through and discussions on responses


What are the benefits of a Scrum Master Certification?

A Scrum Master Certification will allow you to stay ahead of the curb when it comes to project management which will allow you to manage your team and resources more effectively. Through the Scrum Master training it will allow you to change your agile mindset and view projects in a completely different light. Not only will it increase your efficiency and mindset but it will also open a host of new potential career prospects. These are just a few benefits that come with having a Scrum Master Certification.

What does a Scrum Master actually do?

The scrum master is the team role responsible for ensuring the team lives agile values and principles and follows the processes and practices that the team agreed they would use.. They are what holds everything together and ensure that the teams are meeting goals and setup retrospectives, sprint reviews and sprint planning sessions.

The general benefit expected from having a scrum master on a team is providing a self-organizing team with ongoing access to someone who has used agile, and scrum in particular in another setting and can help the team figure out the best way to apply it in their situation.

How to become a Scrum Master?

The Scrum Master is a role that you need to grow into. A really good starting point is the to complete the Scrum Master training and also achieve a certification. Training can either be in house classroom style training or online. An  Althris Scrum Master training course provides a good grounding in the principles and creates a roadmap for you agile journey.

Will a Scrum Master Certification help me get a job?

A Scrum Master Certification will certainly increase your chance of landing a job in a project management role. It’s a globally recognized certification and make individual who hold it very desirable to organisations.

How Long Your Training Last?

This Scrum Master certification session is a 2-day course that covers the principles and (empirical) process theory underpinning the Scrum framework, and the role of the Scrum Master in it.

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About Althris

Althris is an established Scrum Master Certified training business who take an interactive approach to all our training sessions. With years of experience in training Scrum Master classes we are delighted to be able to offer our training services to Ireland and the UK. We offer a range of different project management training sessions including PRINCE2, Scrum MasterPMI-ACP and Kanban. We offer both in-class training for Scrum Master with a certification and online training for PRINCE2 also with a certification. When you choose to work with us, we take you beyond the traditional training methods you become accustom too. Just like the business world, training methods are ever changing and developing. We’ll work with you to adopt new approaches and techniques, helping you to achieve measurable and sustainable results through our certified training.

Who Should Attend?

Project manager, Program Manager, Technical project manager, Team lead, Project lead, Technical lead, Release manager, Test manager, Test engineer, Quality engineer, Quality analyst, Test analyst, Business analyst, Software Engineer, System Engineer, Developer, Programmer, Account manager, Service Manager, Manager, Product Manager, Software coder, Software tester, Manager – software development, Architect – software development, Product management