Celebrating 100,000 AgilePM exams

Celebrating 100,000 AgilePM exams!

3 December 2018

AgilePM® reaches 100,000 exams milestone!

But why so popular?

Agile is seen as not only a method but also a mindset and a way of working. AgilePM is not prescriptive; it offers guidance and best practice with the aim of giving users the skillsets required to be flexible and adaptable in this fast-paced and uncertain world.

Published by the Agile Business Consortium, AgilePM guidance offers a practical and flexible methodology that achieves an ideal balance between the standards, rigour and visibility required for good project management. It offers a structured and scalable corporate agile framework based on proven practice.

Since its introduction into the APMG product set in 2010, AgilePM has fast established itself as the leading framework and certification for agile project management.

Agile’s influence on the project management industry continues to rise at pace. More organisations and project professionals than ever are embracing agile tools and frameworks as they aim to increase the success of – and return on investment from – projects and other change initiatives.

But why has AgilePM proven so popular? Here are some of the key features that contribute to its success.

  • A tried and tested corporate approach: AgilePM is essentially a project manager’s subset of the Agile Business Consortium’s wider Agile Project Framework. The framework – established for over 20 years and regularly refreshed – provides governance and rigour along with the agility and flexibility demanded by organisations today.
  • Addresses the full project lifecycle (beyond product development): AgilePM offers a mature agile approach that, whilst offering agility and flexibility, retains the concepts of a project, project delivery and project management. It goes beyond the realm of agile product development approaches such as Scrum.
  • Quality and governance controls: One of AgilePM’s underlying principles is Never Compromise Quality. In an AgilePM project, high-level acceptance criteria is agreed at various stages throughout the project lifecycle, from initial requirements at the feasibility stage, to objectives for each stage of product/solution development.
  • Risk management: AgilePM provides practical ideas for managing risk, directly addressing many of the common risks associated with projects. The Project Approach Questionnaire provides an effective starting point for creating a clear, shared understanding of project risks and their mitigation.
  • Clear roles and responsibilities: People working together effectively is the foundation of any successful project. AgilePM recognises this and assigns clear roles and responsibilities to each person in a project, representing business, solution/technical, management and process interests.
  • Popular agile practices incorporated: AgilePM incorporates and encourages a range of popular agile practices to support effective product and solution development, including MoSCoW prioritisation, timeboxing and iterative development.

A global framework & certification

AgilePM is proving popular around the world with candidates representing a broad range of organisations, industries and sectors. The graph below highlights the distribution of the almost 17,000 Foundation exams sat globally in 2017:

APMG AgilePM exams 2017

Analysis of candidate data from 2017 demonstrates AgilePM’s appeal in various industries, with Information & Communication (24% of 2017 Foundation candidates) and Financial & Insurance Services (15% of 2017 Foundation candidates) leading the way.

Statistics from APMG International

For more information on the AgilePM framework, training and certification, visit www.apmg-international.com/AgilePM.