PRINCE2 has long been the de facto way of running projects within the UK. However, in recent years Agile methodologies are gaining more traction due to their flexibility and responsiveness. This course will show you how you can get the best of both worlds; introducing the basic concepts of using Agile, whilst demonstrating how you can introduce them within the increased structure of a PRINCE2 environment.
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To enable PRINCE2 Practitioners using PRINCE2, to use Agile concepts within their current project management environment and wish to extend their knowledge and understanding of Agile.
Anybody who wishes to combine the responsiveness of Agile with the clearly-defined framework of PRINCE2.
- Appreciate the basic concepts of Agile ways of working
- Understand the purpose and context for combining PRINCE2 and Agile
- Fix and flex the six aspects of a project in an Agile context
- Apply or tailor the PRINCE2 principles, themes, processes and management products to a project in an agile context
- Prepare for the PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner exam
The environment in which we operate is ever-changing and with technology moving at light speed, it’s often not possible to plan projects years or even months in advance. Using PRINCE2 Agile, you can keep the structure and familiarity that PRINCE2 brings, whilst benefitting from the responsiveness that working in an Agile way brings. PRINCE2 Agile is about being able to react easily to changes within the market, scope your current project and release value to the organisation throughout rather than at key sets points.
PRINCE2 is still by far the biggest and most popular way of running projects. However Agile is growing ever stronger, so rather than picking one or the other, opt for PRINCE2 Agile and have the best of both worlds available to you and your projects.
- Explain the differences between projects and BAU
- The common Agile approaches
- History of Agile
- Different levels of Agile maturity
- Describe behaviours, concepts and techniques that characterise Agile
- Describe how to transition to Agile
- Define the PRINCE2 Agile view of 'Agile'
- Intorduction to Kanban
- The core concepts of Lean start-up
- Introduction to Scrum
- Purpose and context
- Complementary strengths of PRINCE2 and Agile
- Benefits of PRINCE2 Agile contexts/situation
- Define the make-up of PRINCE2 Agile
- Explain the eight 'guidance points'
- The six sliders
- Requirements terminology, decomposition and prioritization, including MoSCoW and ordering
- The rich communication focus area
- How to manage frequent releases
- The benefits of 'failing fast'
- How to use the 'hexagon' in relation to the six aspects of project performance
- Tolerances, what to 'fix' and what to 'flex'
- The five targets that underpin the use of the hexagon
- Explain why the 'fix and flex' approach is good for the customer
- Defining value
- User stories
- The 5 PRINCE2 Agile behaviours (Transparency, Collaboration, Rich Communication, Self-Organization, Exploration)
- Definition of done
- Quality testing, quality checking and management techniques
- Risk and how Agile concepts mitigate many typical risks
- Agile techniques that may apply to each
- Typical output mechanisms when 'Controlling a Stage' and 'Managing a Stage Boundary'
- Approaches to 'Managing Product Delivery'
- Describe PRINCE2 Agile delivery roles
- Explain how to use the health check
- Describe the fundamental values and principles of Agile
- Two common organisational roles (Scrum Master and Product Owner)
- Roles, adjusting, specilaist roles
- Make-up of a typical delivery team
- Servant leadership
- Working agreements
- Self-organising teams
- Feedback loops and their importance
- How to 'manage by exception'
- Tips for the PRINCE2 Agile project managers
- Work in Progress boards
- Burn charts
- Information radiators
- Scrum of scrums
In order to sit PRINCE2 Agile, you must hold at least one of the below qualifications:
- PRINCE2® Foundation (or Higher)
- Project Management Professional® (PMP)
- Certified Associate in Project Management® (CAPM)
- IPMA Level A, B, C and D® (Certified Projects Director)
There is no compulsory pre-course reading, although some material will be available to delegates on Quanta Learn. Please note that this course will not be recapping PRINCE2, rather focussing on the Agile concepts, therefore, some delegates may benefit from refreshing their PRINCE2 knowledge.
Pre-course reading and post-course support on Quanta Learn, our e-learn platform.
This is an intensive course which will guide you through the entire methodology. Please note that you will be expected to complete approximately 2 hours of homework each evening during the course.
The exam is an open book (PRINCE2 Agile book only) objective testing exam, sat at the end of day 3, with a pass mark of 60%.