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What is Agile?

What is Agile?

The ability to create and respond to change in order to succeed in an uncertain and turbulent environment.

What is Agile Software Development?

Agile Software Development is an umbrella term for a set of methods and practices based on the values and principles expressed in the Agile Manifesto.
Solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing, cross-functional teams utilizing the appropriate practices for their context.

Agile Manifesto

We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Through this work we have come to value:

Individuals and interactions over processes and tools.
Working software over comprehensive documentation.
Customer collaboration over contract negotiation.
Responding to change over following a plan.
That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more.

Agile project management is a project management methodology that turns traditional project management ‘upside down’ by fixing time, cost and quality and making features the variable:

Agile is typically used in software projects however is expanding in use to other IT areas (and industries) – however, one of the key factors in the success of Agile projects is that it requires a different mode of thinking in both project management and the teams – Agile fails most often when team members can’t adjust to the change in thinking and methodology.

According to payscale.com an Agile accredited professional has a salary up to $120k a year.

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PMI Agile

The PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® formally recognizes your knowledge of agile principles and your skill with agile techniques. It will make you shine even brighter to your employers, stakeholders and peers.

The PMI-ACP® is our fastest growing certification, and it’s no wonder. Organizations that are highly agile and responsive to market dynamics complete more of their projects successfully than their slower-moving counterparts — 75 percent versus 56 percent — as shown in our 2015 Pulse of the Profession® report.

The PMI-ACP spans many approaches to agile such as Scrum, Kanban, Lean, extreme programming (XP) and test-driven development (TDD.) So it will increase your versatility, wherever your projects may take you.

According to payscale.com an PMI-ACP accredited professional has a salary up to $130k a year.

  • PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) Classroom

    $1,800 Classroom, IT Management
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PRINCE2

PRINCE2 (an acronym for PRojects IN Controlled Environments) is a de facto process-based method for effective project management. Used extensively by the UK Government, PRINCE2 is also widely recognized and used in the private sector, both in the UK and internationally. The PRINCE2 method is in the public domain, and offers non-proprietorial best practice guidance on project management.

Key features of PRINCE2:
Focus on business justification
Defined organization structure for the project management team
Product-based planning approach
Emphasis on dividing the project into manageable and controllable stages
The flexibility that can be applied at a level appropriate to the project.

PRINCE2 History
PRINCE was established in 1989 by CCTA (the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency), since renamed the OGC (the Office of Government Commerce). In June 2010, the Office of Government Commerce Best Practice Management functions moved into the Cabinet Office.
PRINCE was originally based on PROMPT, a project management method created by Simpact Systems Ltd in 1975, and adopted by CCTA in 1979 as the standard to be used for all Government information system projects.
When PRINCE was launched in 1989, it effectively superseded PROMPT within Government projects. PRINCE remains in the public domain and copyright is retained by the Crown. PRINCE2 was published in 1996, having been contributed to by a consortium of some 150 European organizations.

How Can PRINCE2 Benefit You?
Using PRINCE2 provides you with greater control of resources, and the ability to manage business and project risk more effectively. This will benefit:
Individuals seeking leading project management skills and greater employment prospects
Project managers
Directors/executives (senior responsible owners) of projects, and
Organizations.
For individuals, PRINCE2 certification is an invaluable asset to your career as it increases employment prospects and helps you do your job more effectively. This is true for any job function. A 2016 AXELOS survey questioned individuals in project management and other roles, such as IT, senior management and operations. They reported that “regardless of function, candidates do find that PRINCE2 is valuable to their career” (pg. 22).

How Can PRINCE2 Benefit Your Organization?
For organizations, PRINCE2’s formal recognition of responsibilities within a project, together with its focus on what a project is to deliver (the why, when and for whom) provides your organization’s projects with:
A common, consistent approach.
A controlled and organized start, middle, and end.
Regular reviews of progress against plan.
Assurance that the project continues to have a business justification.

For further benefits, visit “Why PRINCE2?”
PricewaterhouseCoopers, in a 2007 survey, found that “higher-performing projects are significantly more likely to be staffed with certified project managers” (pg. 14). Out of all the certificates that enable higher-performing projects, Arras People’s 2011 survey named PRINCE2 the most popular (pg. 6).
The 2016 PRINCE2 report by AXELOS studied the level of PRINCE2 adoption by different organizations. They found an even size split in the level of PRINCE2 adoption, regardless of the organization’s size (pg. 30). PRINCE2 is useful for small or large companies, especially because it’s so adaptable and compatible with the likes of agile.

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  • PRINCE2 Foundation and Practitioner Certification Training Classroom

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