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PRINCE2 Agile® Practitioner Exam

PRINCE2 Agile® Practitioner Exam

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PRINCE2 Agile® Practitioner Exam


PRINCE2 Agile® Practitioner links agile concepts with the most popular approach to project management. The certification has been built in response to user demand. Moreover, the PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner certification teaches you to blend structure, governance and control with agile methods, techniques and approaches.


Exam Prerequisites

You can take the PRINCE2 Agile Practitioner certificate if you hold any of the following certifications:

  • PRINCE2® Foundation (or higher)
  • PRINCE2 Agile® Foundation
  • Project Management Qualification® (PMQ)*
  • Certified Associate in Project Management® (CAPM)*
  • IPMA Levels A,B,C and D® (Certified Projects Director).


Exam Course Outline

The PRINCE2 Agile® Practitioner Exam covers the following topics - 

MODULE 1


  • Explain the differences between projects and BAU (Business as usual) (Figure 1.1, Section 1.2)
  • Describe agile and its common approaches, how and why agile approaches have developed and where they are used (Figure 2.3, Section 2.1)
  • Describe the history of agile, it’s contrast to the waterfall way of working and how the Agile Manifesto fitsin (Figure 2.1)
  • Describe the different levels of agile maturity and well-known agile frameworks (Section 2.2.1, Table 2.1)
  • Describe behaviours, concepts and techniques that characterize agile (Section 2.2.2, Table 2.2)
  • Define the PRINCE2 Agile view of ‘agile’(Section 2.2)
  • Describe Kanban, the Kanban method and its six general practices, including the use of Cumulative Flow
  • Diagrams (CFDs) (Figure 20.2, Figure 20.4, Section 20.4.1)
  • Describe the core concepts of Lean Start-up (Section 20.4.2)
  • Describe the use of workshops (Section 26.4.1)
  • Describe how to transition to agile (Appendix F)
  • Define Scrum theory and explain the nature of the Scrum team, Scrum events, Scrum artefacts and Sprints (Appendix H)


MODULE 2


  • Describe the complementary strengths of PRINCE2 and the agile way of working (Section 3.1, Figure 3.1)
  • Define who can benefit from using PRINCE2 Agile and in what contexts/situations (Section 3.1, Section 3.2, Section 3.3)
  • Define the make-up of PRINCE2 Agile (frameworks, behaviours, concepts, techniques, focus areas) (Section 3.5, Figure 3.2)
  • Explain the eight ‘guidance points’ (Section 3.6)
  • Explain how PRINCE2 controls and governance can enable agile to be used in many environments (Section 3.7)
  • Describe what a typical PRINCE2 ‘project journey’ looks like in an agile context (Figure 4.1, Section 4.1)


MODULE 3


  • Explain the purpose and use of the Agilometer throughout a project (Section 24.1, Section 24.2, Section 24.3)
  • Describe the six sliders used on the Agilometer, explain their significance and how to improve them (Figure 24.1, Section 24.4)
  • Describe in detail requirements terminology, decomposition and prioritization, including MoSCoW and Ordering (Figure 25.2, Section 25.5, Table 25.3)
  • Explain how requirements prioritization is used (Figure 25.2, Section 25.5) 
  • Explain the rich communication focus area, its importance and its key techniques (Section 26.1, Section 26.2, Section 26.3)
  • Explain how to manage frequent releases and the benefits of ‘failing fast’ (Section 27.1, Section 27.2)


MODULE 4


  • Describe how to use the ‘hexagon’ in relation to the six aspects of project performance (Figure 6.1, Section 6.1)
  • Explain the use of tolerances in terms of what to ‘fix’ and what to ‘flex’ in relation to the six aspects of project performance (Figure 6.1, Section 6.1, Table 6.1)
  • Describe in detail each of the five targets that underpin the use of the hexagon (Section 6.4, Section 6.5, Table 6.2)
  • Explain why the ‘fix and flex’ approach is good for the customer (Section 6.5)


MODULE 5

  • Describe in detail the five PRINCE2 Agile behaviours (Transparency, Collaboration, Rich Communication, Self-Organization, Exploration) (Section 7.4, Figure 7.1)
  • Explain that agile needs to be incorporated in all seven PRINCE2 processes and all seven themes but that the amount appropriate to each will vary depending on the project context (Section 8.1, Section 8.2, Figure 16.2, Figure 16.3, Figure 16.4, Section 16)
  • Describe the two common Organization roles of Scrum master and Product owner (Section 10.2.1)
  • Explain how to adjust roles, including the use of specialist roles, and the options for team organization in a project (Section 10.3, Section 10.4, Section 10.5.2, Table 10.1, Figure 10.4, Figure 10.5)
  • Define the make-up of a typical delivery team (Section 10.4.2, Section 10.4.3)
  • Describe servant leadership, its use and importance (Section 10.5.1)
  • Describe how to define Working Agreements (Section 10.5.3)
  • Describe quality setting techniques including ‘definition of done’ and the use of acceptance criteria (Section 11.2)
  • Describe quality testing, quality checking and management techniques (Section 11.2, Section 11.3, Section 20.3)
  • Describe approaches to planning and typical planning techniques (Section 12.3)
  • Describe approaches to risk and how agile concepts mitigate many typical risks (Section 13.1, Section 13.2)
  • Describe how blending PRINCE2 with agile approaches controls, responds to, and minimizes the impact of change, including risk management and configuration management (Section 14.2, Section 14.3)
  • Describe how empowered self-organizing teams handle change dynamically within set tolerances (Section 10.2, Section 14.3.3)
  • Describe common feedback loops and their importance (Section 14.4.1)
  • Describe progress monitoring techniques including use of ‘work in progress’ boards, burn charts, information radiators (Figure 15.1, Section 15.2, Section 15.3, Section 15.4)
  • Describe in detail agile techniques that may apply to each PRINCE2 process including Cynefin (Figure 17.3, Section 17.3, Section 17.4)
  • Describe how to flex the ‘Direct a Project’ stage and the benefits of collaborative working (Section 18.2, Section 18.3)
  • Describe how to ‘manage by exception’ with emphasis on empowerment, quantity of deliverables, rich information flows and value of deliverables (Section 18.3)
  • Explain why PRINCE2 ‘stages’ may not be required, including the use of timeboxes and Scrum of scrums (Section 19.2)
  • Describe typical output mechanisms when ‘Controlling a Stage’ and ‘Managing a Stage Boundary’ (Section 19.2, Section 19.3, Section 21.3, Section 21.4)
  • Describe the use of retrospectives and how to make them effective (Section 19.4.1)
  • Describe approaches to managing product delivery including Scrum and Kanban (Section 20.2)
  • Explain how to define Work Packages, Product Descriptions, quality criteria and tolerances (Section 20.3)
  • Give guidance on behaviours, risk and the frequency of releases (Section 20.3)
  • Explain how to manage stage boundaries and the similarities between a stage and a release (Section 21.2)
  • Explain how to assess quantity, quality and benefits of stage deliverables (Section 21.3)
  • Explain how to effectively close a project, including evaluation of the use of agile (Section 22.2, Section 22.3, Section 22.4)
  • Describe how to tailor PRINCE2 products, including Work Packages, Highlight Reports and Checkpoint Reports (Chapter 23)
  • Describe in detail agile techniques that may apply to each PRINCE2 theme including requirements, defining value and user stories (Figure 25.3, Section 9.4.1, Section 25.1, Section 25.6.1)
  • Describe guidance on the use of contracts (Section 28.3)
  • Describe PRINCE2 Agile delivery roles (Appendix A, Appendix B)
  • Explain how to use the Health Check (Appendix C)
  • Describe the fundamental values and principles of agile (Appendix E)
  • Outline tips for the PRINCE2 Agile project manager (Appendix G)


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Exam Format and Information

Exam Name PRINCE2 Agile® Practitioner 
Exam Code Agile Practitioner
Exam Duration 2 hour and 30 minutes
Exam Format Multiple Choice Questions using Scenario
Exam Type Cloud Computing
Number of Questions  50 questions (1 mark each)
Eligibility/Pre-Requisite NIL
Exam Fee £405.00
Exam Language English,Dutch, German, Polish
Pass Score 60% (30 marks) and above

PRINCE2 Agile® Practitioner Exam FAQs

PRINCE2 is the world’s most widely adopted project management method, used by people and organizations from wide-ranging industries and sectors. It is a flexible method that guides you through the essentials for managing successful projects, regardless of type or scale. Built upon seven principles, themes and processes, PRINCE2 can be tailored to meet your specific requirements.
PRINCE2® training is available from AXELOS' Accredited Training Organizations (ATOs). ATOs offer a complete range of learning options from classroom-based training to various self-study options.
Candidates are able to self-study (i.e. take the examination directly from AXELOS' Examination Institute (PeopleCert)) without attending an accredited training course) for all of the PRINCE2 certifications, athough we would strongly recommend that you take accredited training before taking a PRINCE2 exam.
The PRINCE2® courses and examinations are based on Managing Successful Projects with PRINCE2: 2017 Edition.
AXELOS updated PRINCE2 in 2017 and released a new publication and new Foundation and Practitioner exams in English. This was prompted by changes since the last edition of the guidance in 2009, as well as expert feedback from PRINCE2 practitioners.
Currently the PRINCE2 2017 manual and exams are only available in English. AXELOS will commence the translation of the guidance, Foundation and Practitioner examinations for the following seven languages at the end of 2017 - Danish, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Norwegian and Polish.
The Foundation examination does not have an expiry period. Candidates who pass the Practitioner exam are recognized as a "PRINCE2® Registered Practitioner". Individuals will remain registered for a period of three calendar years. To maintain their registered status, Practitioners must: Retake the full Practitioner exam at the end of the three years Maintain their certification through PRINCE2 Membership. To remain current membership a candidate must satisfy the following criteria within the three-year period: Join membership within three months of passing your exam and remain in membership for the three-year period by renewing the subscription each year. Maintain the PRINCE2 digital badge which will be awarded as part of membership for the three-year period. Candidates will need to record 20 CPD points each year, in the prescribed categories, for the badge to be extended on renewal. If a candidate has satisfied the above two criteria they will be considered current and issued a new certificate at the end of year three that is valid for a further three years. You will only receive a new certificate if your digital badge has been maintained for the three-year period.
Candidates who have passed the PRINCE2® Practitioner examination can state they are a “PRINCE2® Practitioner” on CVs, business cards and online profiles. Candidates who have passed either of the Practitioner or Practitioner Re-Registration examinations within the last five calendar years can state they are a "PRINCE2® Registered Practitioner".
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