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  • Acquiring SEUs for CSP – and Agile Workshop Facilitation

    Many of our past students express an interest in the Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) qualification, and so recently we sent an email to them all providing  further information about requirements – some useful reference information in order to help them  acquire those illusive 70 Scrum Education Units (SEUs)  and  support  their  CSP application. A copy of the email is shared below. We  will  follow up this first email, in a series, with supplementary emails with additional advice so do get in touch if  you would like to be added to the mailing list ( We would  also like to recommend one of our upcoming courses which is eligible for Category B SEUs. Our Agile Workshop Facilitation course, taking place on 25-26 April, is one of two Scrum Alliance-approved Advanced Agile courses (the other being the Agile Analysis and Story Writing course) and, our April course coming up will be the last taught by our wonderfully experienced Agile trainer, coach and facilitator, Julia Godwin. We’ve worked with Julia for over 20 years now and she is a passionate Agilist with a wealth of experience. She will be retiring this year and so her course later this month will be her last […]

Agile Project Management

Agile Project Management (AgilePM) is an Agile stablemate to PRINCE2 based upon a subset of the Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) Atern Agile approach, the longest established Agile method based on managing projects. AgilePM focuses on those elements of Agile that are specific to the Agile Project Manager whilst DSDM Atern also includes guidance on delivery techniques and solution development.

2e1ax_default_entry_our-approach-agilpm-pageAgilePM can be used easily with the entire DSDM Atern approach, or as a project management wrapper for Scrum and other Agile methods. AgilePM is popular with organisations who are are using Scrum but feel that it doesn’t fully meet their needs for project management and governance – particularly if they are already using PRINCE2 or a similar gateway-based approach.

Agile Project Lifecycle Phases

The Feasibility and Foundations phases of the AgilePM lifecycle cover the initial up-front high-level analysis, design and planning required to initiate an Agile project. Guidance is provided for the deliverables of these phases including a MoSCoW Prioritised Requirements List (Must have, Should have, Could have and Won’t have).

In Scrum these initial activities are often referred to as Sprint Zero, but in the AgilePM framework they do not have to be organised as iterative cycles at all.  Completion of these phases forms an important governance checkpoint before development commences through detailed Exploration and Engineering of requirements within iterative Timebox cycles. Again, guidance is provided for recommended documentation.

Agile Project Roles

our-approach-agilpm2-pageThe full set of Management, Technical and Business/Customer focused roles are defined. With a few exceptions, roles can be shared between people and several roles can be performed by the same person.

    Project Level Roles

    • Business Sponsor: Owns the Business Case, commits funds and resources (equivalent to the highest level aspects of the Product Owner role from Scrum)
    • Business Visionary: Defines, owns and communicates the business Vision (equivalent to the higher level aspects of the Product Owner role from Scrum)
    • Project Manager: From either business / user / customer or supplier side as appropriate (equivalent to the higher level aspects of the ScrumMaster role)
    • Technical Co-ordinator(s): Ensures the solution is technically fit for purpose

    Solutions Development Team Roles

    • Team Leader: One for each small team  (equivalent to the team level aspects of the ScrumMaster role)
    • Business Ambassador: Defines detail of requirements, oversees acceptance testing of solution
    • Business Analyst: Ensures the business need is properly thought through
    • Solution Developer: Creates the solution
    • Solution Tester: Plans, defines and performs all non-business user/customer side testing

    Other Roles

    • Workshop facilitator: Facilitates workshops for the project
    • Business Advisor: Inputs specialist business knowledge, perhaps from other areas and/or provides another viewpoint for the Business Ambassador role.
    • Agile Coach: Coaches the Project Team on the Agile approach