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PRINCE2 Agile® Practitioner Training

Summary

PRINCE2 Agile® Practitioner is designed to support organizations and individuals who use PRINCE2 as a project management methodology and are seeking to extend their knowledge and understanding of Agile, applying its approach within their existing project management environment.

 

Target group

PRINCE2 Agile is being offered as an extension qualification for those who already have a good understanding of PRINCE2. It will also be of interest for program managers with MSP® who will need to understand not only how the program relates to the projects, but also how projects relate to the delivery mechanism.

 

Context

PRINCE2 Agile® Practitioner is a follow-up on PRINCE2® Practitioner and part of the Best Management Practice Portfolio.

 

Prerequisites

PRINCE2® Practitioner.

 

Exam content

  • Understand the basic concepts of common agile ways of working.
  • Understand the purpose and context for combining PRINCE2® and the agile way of working.
  • Be able to apply and evaluate the focus areas to a project in an agile context.
  • Be able to fix and flex the six aspects of a project in an agile context.
  • Be able to apply or tailor the PRINCE2 principles, themes, processes and management products to a project in an agile context.

 

Exam Details

Exam duration:

150 minutes

Number of questions:

50

Pass mark:

60% (30 out of 50)

Open book:

 

Official PRINCE2® manual and

PRINCE2 Agile™ Manual

Electronic devices permitted:

No

PRINCE2 Agile® - Training Course Curriculum

Introduction

  1. Welcome
  2. Course Objectives
  3. Overview of the PRINCE2 Agile Manual
  4. Overview of the PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner Examination

Introduction to PRINCE2 Agile

Provides an introduction to PRINCE2 Agile noting that:

  • It is not a method in itself but an extension of the existing PRINCE2 method
  • It can be used with any and all agile behaviours, concepts, frameworks and techniques

Ensures from the outset that every student understands the difference between project work and BAU work.

Positions what agile is and what agile is not with an overview covering:

  • The Agile Manifesto
  • Waterfall v "Iterative and Incremental" development approaches
  • Agile:
    • Basics
    • Frameworks
    • behaviours, concepts and techniques

Most of what is said and written about agile refers to BAU but PRINCE2 Agile does not operate in a BAU environment. The point of PRINCE2 Agile is to run projects in an agile context and it is therefore the application of agile ways of working (that work well in a BAU context) in a project context – this is what PRINCE2 Agile seeks to achieve

 

Scrum

Provides training on scrum according to the scrum guide which is seen as the definitive definition of scrum, covering:

  • Scrum Theory
  • The Scrum Team
  • Scrum Events
  • Scrum Artifacts
  • Artifact Transparency

Kanban

Kanban is Japanese: “Kan” means “card” whilst “ban” means “signal”.

The Kanban concept is widely used in “Lean manufacturing”.

 

This lecture covers the kanban content referred to in the PRINCE2 Agile manual, which is primarily based on the Kanban method (created by David J. Anderson).

 

You'll learn the 6 general practices of the Kanban Method:

  1. Visualize
  2. Limit 'Work in Progress' (WIP)
  3. Manage the flow
  4. Making policies explicit
  5. Implement feedback loops
  6. Improve collaboratively, evolve experimentally

The lecture provides all the information you need on Kanban for the PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner exam.

 

Cumulative Flow Diagrams (CFDs)

It is important that you understand what a Cumulative Flow Diagramis and this may take some time.

 

This lesson takes you though the Cumulative Flow Diagramin simple steps, to ensure you can read it to see:

  • how much work is in progress
  • what the lead time is

A Cumulative Flow Diagram is about as hard as it gets from the point of view of knowing kanban for PRINCE2 Agile but it is worth the effort when you get there!

 

Kanban Hints

Provides guidance on using Kanban within a PRINCE2 Agile project and an explanation of Little's Law.

 

Lean Startup

Lean Startup is a popular agile book by Eric Ries.

 

Some of the stories inside the book and concepts are very interesting and at times unbelievable but in some respects this represents a sophisticated strain of agile and to many people a great way to work. Although it is a book about start-up companies this is analogous to a project and the parallels are easy to make.

 

This lesson provides an introduction to Lean Startup and all the information you will need for the PRINCE2 Agile Exam.

 

QUIZ 1

Exam Questions - Introduction to PRINCE2 Agile.

 

At the end of every section of the course we have a quiz. The questions are displayed on the projection screen and on your smartphone. Each student answers the question on their smartphone and the results are displayed on the projection screen.

 

It's a great way to reinforce learning.

Recap of PRINCE2

Fundamental to students taking this course and wishing to take the PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner exam is that they are existing PRINCE2 Practitioners.

 

Therefore this lesson is short providing only a very brief recap of PRINCE2.

Blending

Introduces the Layer Cake, which represents the three levels of a project and the important point of the metaphor that both PRINCE2 and agile have their strengths and we need to play to those strengths - but we must blend and weave these together as it will not work as well if they are running in parallel universes.

 

This lesson will enable you:

  • to blend and weave PRINCE2 and agile on your projects
  • understand the constituent parts of PRINCE2 Agile
  • understand the 8 guidance points upon which PRINCE2 Agile is based

 

QUIZ 2

Exam Questions - Blending

Fix and Flex - The Hexagon

The Hexagon is formed from the 6 aspects of project performance/control identified in PRINCE2:

  1. Time
  2. Cost
  3. Quality
  4. Scope
  5. Risk
  6. Benefits

At the end of this lesson you will understand, which aspects you should fix and which aspects you may flex on a PRINCE2 Agile project.

Fix and Flex - The Five Targets

The 5 targets represent the rationale behind the hexagon:

  1. Be on time and hit deadlines
  2. Protect the level of quality
  3. Embrace change
  4. Keep teams stable
  5. Accept that the customer doesn't need everything.

This lesson will enable students to understand the rationale behind every target, so that they then understand why the PRINCE2 Agile hexagon is like it is.

 

Fix and Flex - Balance and Prioritisation

This lesson ensures that you have understood the wider holistic view.

In essence, the PRINCE2 Agile view is: that to be on time and to protect quality and to embrace change, is a much better proposition for the customer than to deliver everything they asked for at the start of the project.

 

QUIZ 3

Exam Questions - Fix and Flex

The Agilometer

This lesson will enable students to

  • Understand 6 key areas covered by The Agilometer:
  1. Flexibility on what is delivered
  2. Level of collaboration
  3. Ease of communication
  4. Ability to work iteratively and deliver incrementally
  5. Advantageous environmental conditions
  6. Acceptance of Agile
  • Use the Agilometer to answer the question “How agile can we be on this project?”

 

QUIZ 4

Exam Questions - The Agilometer

Requirements and User Stories

It is quite common for people to use different terms for the same thing (e.g. feature, requirement, user story, function). Not only this but it is quite possible that people using the same word mean different things.

 

This lesson will ensure you understand the different requirements terminology in sufficient detail to pass the exam. 

 

It should be noted that requirements is one of the five focus areas as PRINCE2 doesn't provide enough detail on this to run in an agile context. It is therefore important to PRINCE2 Agile as many of the failings of current projects relate to badly written requirements and/or user stories.

 

The lecture will ensure you are able to write useful user stories and prioritise them appropriately.

 

QUIZ 5

Exam Questions - Requirements and User Stories

 

Rich Communication

At the end of this lesson you will understand:

  • what effective communication is
  • what options are available for communicating with stakeholders
  • how to select the most effective means of communication for any given situation

Agile Contracts

This lesson will enable you to understand:

  • the issues faced when writing contracts in an agile environment
  • different methods of structuring contracts in an agile environment

QUIZ 6

Exam Questions - Rich Communication and Agile Contracts

 

Frequent Releases

This lesson will enable you to understand the advantages and disadvantages of frequent releases so that you can selected an appropriate release schedule for you project.

 

QUIZ 7

Exam Questions - Frequent Releases

PRINCE2 principles

At the end of this lesson you will understand:

  • the importance of each of the PRINCE2 principles in an agile context
  • how to apply the PRINCE2 principles to an agile project to ensure success

 

PRINCE2 Agile Behaviours

The five PRINCE2 Agile behaviours have been created to cover all of the various principles, values and attitudes that have come to epitomise agile. 

 

At the end of the lecture you will understand each of the five PRINCE2 Agile behaviours and how to apply them to your projects:

  • Transparency
  • Collaboration
  • Rich Communication
  • Self-organization
  • Exploration

Any agile behaviour of note should be covered in some way in one of these and if not they should be covered by one of the seven principles of PRINCE2.

 

QUIZ 8

Exam Questions - Principles and Behaviours

Business Case Theme

This lesson will ensure that you understand:

  • the general view of the Business Case within an agile environment
  • how to tailor the Business Case within an agile context

QUIZ 9

Exam Questions - Business Case Theme

 

Organisation Theme

The Organisation Theme is so significant in agile that it requires two lessons to cover it in sufficient detail.

 

The lessons will ensure that you understand:

  • the general view of the Organisation Theme within an agile environment
  • how to tailor the Organisation Theme within an agile context

The first lesson focuses on:

  • the general view
  • guidance for different sizes of work
  • the delivery team

The second lesson focuses on:

  • additional (new) roles on the delivery team
  • servant leadership
  • different levels of customer communication and input
  • working agreements

QUIZ 10

Exam Questions - Organisation Theme

 

Quality Theme

This lesson will ensure that you understand:

  • the general view of the Quality Theme within an agile environment
  • how to tailor the Quality Theme within an agile context
  • how to test
  • the relationship between scope and quality on an agile project

QUIZ 11

Exam Questions - Quality Theme

 

Plans Theme

This lesson will ensure that you understand:

  • the general view of the Plans Theme within an agile environment
  • how to tailor the Plans Theme within an agile context
  • methods of estimating on an agile project

QUIZ 12

Exam Questions - Plans Theme

 

Risk Theme

This lesson will ensure that you understand:

  • the general view of the Risk Theme within an agile environment
  • how to tailor the Risk Theme within an agile context

QUIZ 13

Exam Questions - Risk Theme

 

Change Theme

This lesson will ensure that you understand:

  • the general view of the Change Theme within an agile environment
  • how to tailor the Change Theme within an agile context
  • the feedback loop

QUIZ 14

Exam Questions - Change Theme

 

Progress Theme

This lesson will ensure that you understand:

  • the general view of the Progress Theme within an agile environment
  • how to tailor the Progress Theme within an agile context
  • Burn Charts
  • Information Radiators

QUIZ 15

Exam Questions - Progress Theme

Tailoring PRINCE2 to the Project Environment

This lesson provides guidance to enable you to tailor PRINCE2 to your agile project environment.

 

Particular focus is placed upon:

  • Work Packages
  • Highlight Reports
  • Checkpoint Reports

QUIZ 16

Exam Questions - Tailoring PRINCE2 to the Project Environment

Agile and the PRINCE2 Processes

At the end of this lesson you will understand:

  • where agile fits into the PRINCE2 process model.
  • a way that a stage may be broken down (there are a variety of agile approaches)
  • how the typical agile process fits in to PRINCE2

Please note this is how it fits into PRINCE2 and not  how it fits into PRINCE2 Agile – understanding this distinction is important because PRINCE2 Agile is not a new method or new framework it is guidance on how to tailor PRINCE2 to work in an agile context.

 

Starting Up a Project (SU) and Initiating a Project (IP)

When you have completed this lesson you will understand how to tailor the SU and IP processes.

 

It explains within an agile context:

  • what you may find 
  • what you should do
  • what this might look like

When using PRINCE2 Agile you will be able to apply it to the situation that you are encountering as this may come in a variety of forms.

 

Cynefin

It is quite likely that the Cynefin (Kuh-nev-in …rhymes with Kevin) framework is news to most students taking this course.

 

The creator of this concept is called Dave Snowden who has helped with PRINCE2 Agile. This lecture will explain everything you need to know about Cynefin in order to pass the exam. However, if you wish to use Cynefin on your projects, watching some of Dave's free videos would be advised and a link is provided in the resources.

 

At the end of the lesson you will understand the 5 domains within the Cynefin Framework:

  • Obvious
  • Complicated
  • Complex
  • Chaotic
  • Disorder

QUIZ 17

Exam Questions - Starting Up a Project (SU) and Initiating a Project (IP)

 

Directing a Project (DP)

When you have completed this lesson you will understand how to tailor the DP process.

 

It explains within an agile context:

  • what you may find 
  • what you should do
  • what this might look like

When using PRINCE2 Agile you will be able to apply it to the situation that you are encountering as this may come in a variety of forms.

 

QUIZ 18

Exam Questions - Directing a Project (DP)

 

Controlling a Stage (CS)

When you have completed this lesson you will understand how to tailor the CS process.

 

It explains within an agile context:

  • what you may find 
  • what you should do
  • what this might look like

When using PRINCE2 Agile you will be able to apply it to the situation that you are encountering as this may come in a variety of forms.

 

Retrospectives

Retrospectives are a very popular and key technique used in agile.

 

At the end of this lesson you will be able to:

  • distinguish them from product reviews
  • use them to review the process with a view to improving it.

QUIZ 19

Exam Questions - Controlling a Stage (CS)

 

Managing Product Delivery (MP)

When you have completed this lesson you will understand how to tailor the MP process.

 

It explains within an agile context:

  • what you may find 
  • what you should do
  • what this might look like

When using PRINCE2 Agile you will be able to apply it to the situation that you are encountering as this may come in a variety of forms.

 

Work Packages

This lesson will enable you to understand that the formality of a Work Package can be quite wide and varied and would depend on the project circumstances.

 

QUIZ 20

Exam Questions - Managing Product Delivery (MP)

 

Managing a Stage Boundary (SB)

When you have completed this lesson you will understand how to tailor the SB process.

 

It explains within an agile context:

  • what you may find 
  • what you should do
  • what this might look like

When using PRINCE2 Agile you will be able to apply it to the situation that you are encountering as this may come in a variety of forms.

 

QUIZ 21

Exam Questions - Managing a Stage Boundary (SB)

 

Closing a Project (CP)

When you have completed this lesson you will understand how to tailor the CP process.

 

It explains within an agile context:

  • what you may find 
  • what you should do
  • what this might look like

When using PRINCE2 Agile you will be able to apply it to the situation that you are encountering as this may come in a variety of forms.

 

QUIZ 22

Exam Questions - Closing a Project (CP)

Transitioning to Agile

This lesson provides guidance on transitioning to agile.

 

Once completed you will understand how to use the agile specific Health Check and how it covers:

  • behaviours
  • environment
  • process
  • techniques

 

Appendices and Summary

The final lesson explains what is found in the manual appendices and when to use them.

It also summerizes the course.

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