PRINCE2 Agile® Practitioner
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01. The Official Manual

Course Information

What is PRINCE2 Agile?

PRINCE2 Agile is a relatively new program from AXELOS, which is about using PRINCE2 in Agile projects. In other words, it’s about tailoring PRINCE2 to suit Agile environments.

The levels of certification for PRINCE2 Agile

There are two levels of PRINCE2 Agile Foundation and PRINCE2 Agile® Practitioner, and as usual, Foundation is the basic level, and Practitioner is the advanced one.

We don’t offer PRINCE2 Agile Foundation courses, because we can’t find a practical and useful way of teaching (1) PRINCE2, (2) Agile, and (3) the way PRINCE2 can be used in Agile projects, all in one course.

Prerequisites of the exam

You must have at least one of the following certificates before taking the PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner exam:

  • PRINCE2 foundation
  • PRINCE2 Practitioner
  • PRINCE2 Agile Foundation
  • PMP® or CAPM®
  • IPMA levels A, B, C, or D

PRINCE2 Agile vs. PSM, CSM, ASF, and PMI-ACP

PSM (Professional Scrum Master), CSM (Certified Scrum Master), ASF (Agile Scrum Foundation), and PMI-ACP® (Agile Certified Professional) are all about the way Agile delivery approaches work. PSM and CSM are completely focused on Scrum, and ASF and PMI-ACP are mainly (but not entirely) focused on Scrum.

PRINCE2 Agile, on the other hand, is not about learning an Agile delivery approach such as Scrum. It’s about learning how to use the PRINCE2 project management methodology along with an Agile approach such as XP, DSDM®, Kanban, and Scrum.

PRINCE2 Agile vs. AgilePM®

AgilePM is about a delivery approach called DSDM. DSDM is one of the oldest Agile methods, from the same era as XP, Crystal, and Scrum.

As a result, AgilePM is different from PRINCE2 Agile, because it teaches a delivery approach, while PRINCE2 Agile is about using PRINCE2 project management methodology in Agile environments. However, they have some similarities, because DSDM is not limited to the delivery layer and has a comprehensive management layer similar to PRINCE.

Is this the right program for me?

If you’re not certified in PRINCE2, it’s best to aim for PRINCE2 Foundation and PRINCE2 Practitioner first. If you’re not certified in Agile, it’s best to aim for ASF, PSM, or AgilePM first.

In other words, while the prerequisites are not too constraining, still PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner is an advanced program that is best done after many other certificates.

How can I learn more about PRINCE2 Agile before making my decision?

You can start taking our eLearning course and see if the topic is interesting to you. The first 30% of the course is free.

This PRINCE2 Agile eLearning Course

This course is designed for advanced candidates who are already familiar with PRINCE2 (at least in the Foundation level) and with Agile (e.g., have ASF or PSM certificates).

This course is accredited by PeopleCert (the official examination institute for PRINCE2) on behalf of AXELOS (the owner of PRINCE2).

The course is equivalent to a 3-day course (21 PDUs) and consists of 41 lessons. In short, the course provides everything you need to learn the topic and prepare for the exam. The first 30% of the course is free, and you can take it and see if it meets your needs before finalizing your decision.

There are Integrated Flashcards, educational games, and quizzes throughout the course, as well as two sample exams. In short, the course provides everything you need to learn the topic and prepare for the exam. The first 30% of the course is free, and you can take it and see if it meets your needs before finalizing your decision.

Here’s the list of lessons in this course:

  • Intro
    • 01. The Official Manual
  • General Concepts
    • 02. What is Agile? The overall idea
    • 03. What is Agile? Development processes
    • 04. The Agile Manifesto
    • 05. Agile Principles
    • 06. Tailoring PRINCE2
    • 07. The Concept behind PRINCE2 Agile®
    • 08. Behaviors, Concepts, and Techniques
    • 09. Who’s PRINCE2 Agile® for?
    • 10. The 8 Guidance Points
    • 11. Fix or Flex
    • 12. The 5 Targets behind Flexing
    • 13. Behaviors
  • Tailoring PRINCE2® for Agile Environments
    • 14. PRINCE2® Principles in PRINCE2 Agile®
  • Themes
    • 15. Business Case
    • 16. Organization
    • 17. Quality
    • 18. Plan
    • 19. Risk
    • 20. Change
    • 21. Progress
  • Processes
    • 22. Starting up a Project and Initiating a Project
    • 23. Directing a Project
    • 24. Controlling a Stage
    • 25. Managing Product Delivery
    • 26. Managing a Stage Boundary
    • 27. Closing a Project
  • Management Products
    • 28. Reports
    • 29. Records
    • 30. Baselines
    • 31. Roles and Responsibilities
  • Focus Areas
    • 32. The Agilometer
    • 33. Requirements
    • 34. Rich Communication
    • 35. Frequent Releases
    • 36. Contract
  • A quick Review of Delivery Methods
    • 37. Scrum
    • 38. Kanban
    • 39. DSDM®
    • 40. The Lean Startup
  • Exam Preparation
    • 41. Sample Exam

The exam is open book; you can only use the official PRINCE2 Agile manual from AXELOS during the exam. Answering some of the questions is very easy when you can look them up in the manual, so, it's a good idea to buy the book as soon as possible.

I suggest you order your copy now, from the TSO webshop, Amazon, or somewhere else. You can buy the PDF version of the book, but then you have to print it for your exam; using the PDF version is not allowed.

During the course, I'll tell you which pages to bookmark. Those bookmarks will help you answer questions more easily.

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