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BCS Agile Foundation Certificate

Agile has caught the attention of business leaders in the UK and globally as a means of managing change, reducing time to market, eliminating waste and attracting and retaining customers. The question is – what is Agile Project Management and how does it differ from traditional waterfall? What are the roles, skills and competencies required?

This two-day foundation certificate course is concerned with the use of Agile practices in projects, product and software development.

The course is designed to ensure the delegate has suitable knowledge of the core concepts of Agile practices, the Agile values and principles, across a breadth of Agile methodologies. It is not aimed at preparing delegates to implement a specific Agile approach.

Target Audience

The certificate is relevant to anyone requiring an understanding of Agile, including organisational leaders and managers wanting to understand the value of Agile practices, or those who work in an Agile environment.

Examination

The closed-book exam is taken during the course and consists 40 multiple-choice questions taken over an hour. A pass mark of 65% (26 out of 40) is required for delegates to become accredited.

This course includes the Relevant Methods and Approaches for Agile Teams, including Scrum, XP (Extreme Programming), DSDM Atern, Kanban, Lean Software Development and Lean Startup.

Prerequisites

Experience of working as a member of a project team, for example as a tester, business analyst, software developer, project manager, or release manager, is helpful but not required.

Proof of identity

Please ensure that you bring photo identification with you on the day of your examination as you will not be allowed to sit the exam without it.

Pre-Course Reading

There is no pre-course reading required.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this course you will 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.


  • Course content

    The course is designed to present theoretical models and current industry practices, with an emphasis on understanding the intentions behind the four value statements of the Agile Manifesto. Towards the end of the course, we look at Agile approaches in use today, at a high level only.

    The course includes the following syllabus areas:

    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
    Retrospectives
    Continuous Improvement

    Relevant Methods and Approaches for Agile Teams

    Scrum
    XP (Extreme Programming)
    DSDM Atern
    Kanban
    Lean Software Development
    Lean Startup

Duration: 2 days
Price: £1095 + VAT

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