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Agile Project Management Diploma

To succeed in an age of rapid change, organisations must assess, react and adapt faster than ever. An agile mindset, a focus on value, and an iterative approach to planning is the way forward. This Agile diploma equips you with knowledge of Agile principles, practices, and frameworks. Gain a high-level overview of projects, flexible management frameworks, and practical applications in product development, IT, and more.

Take the next step towards achieving your career goals with our Agile Diploma and Certification Programme
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39 Hours
€ 2,000
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Boost Your Career Prospects with Our Diploma Programme

Agile methodologies are crucial for successful project management in today’s fast-paced business world, helping professionals in any industry stay innovative and flexible throughout a project’s lifecycle. As organisations embrace agile practices, more and more project management professionals seek to validate their expertise and stand out from the competition. Becoming an agile project manager can lead to improved project management skills, increased employability, higher project success rates, and a range of other benefits that contribute to personal and professional growth.

Our course is taught by a certified agile practitioner with extensive industry experience. The curriculum is meticulously designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of agile values, principles, and practices and agile approaches, such as Lean, Scrum, Kanban, and more. You’ll gain practical knowledge that can immediately apply to your professional endeavours.

What will I learn?

This diploma programme confirms your proficiency in applying various agile methodologies such as Scrum, Lean, and Kanban.

This comprehensive course uses a blend of lectures, real project case studies, expert insights, group discussions, and practical exercises to help you prepare for the next step in your exciting project management career. Each week, you will cover a different aspect of project management and learn new techniques to manage projects.

Browse more information about the course modules and learning objectives.
Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, you will achieve the following learning outcomes:

 

  • Gain an understanding of the competencies required for agile project leaders
  • Distinguish between defined (traditional) and empirical (Agile) project management methodologies (e.g. lifecyles, events, artefacts, etc.)
  • Discuss the complementary relationship between Lean and Agile philosophies, principles, and practices
  • Recall Agile values and principles set out in the Agile Manifesto
  • Explain how a project manager’s role will change on an agile project
  • Critically appraise project management and organisational contexts in which projects can be delivered
  • Critically evaluate how Agile project management behaviours and practices can promote organisational success
Course Modules
1) Agile Framework
  • Why Agile?
  • Origin and Context
  • Benefits of Agile
  • Agile Principles and Practices
2) Lean Project Management
  • Define Lean
  • Key Principles and Practices of Lean
  • Concept of Lean Project Management

 

3) Agile Approach to Planning
  • Agile Planning
  • Purpose of Agile Vision and Chartering
  • Identify the Multiple Levels of Planning in Agile
  • Product Road Map & Story Map
  • Release & Iteration Planning

 

4) User Stories and Agile Estimating
  • What a User Story is and Why it is Used
  • Attributes of a Good User Story
  • Importance of the 3 C’s
  • Theme, Epic, User story, and Task
  • Distinguish Between Acceptance Criteria, Acceptance Test and Definition of Done (DoD)
  • Distinguish Between Relative and Absolute Estimates

 

5) Product Backlog
  • Define Product Backlog
  • Qualities of a Good Product Backlog
  • Importance of Backlog Prioritisation
  • Purpose of Backlog Refinement Sessions
  • Minimal Viable Product (MVP) and a Minimal Marketable Product (MMP)
6) Agile Testing and Agile Metrics
  • Traditional and Agile Testing
  • Test-last and Test-first Approaches
  • Agile Testing Flow
  • Agile Testing Practices
  • Traditional and Agile Project Management Metrics
  • Time-boxing and Velocity
  • Key Mechanisms for Measuring Progress in Agile Projects
7) Scrum
  • What is Scrum?
  • Scrum Pillars/Cycle
  • Roles and Responsibilities of Scrum Team
  • Concept of Generalising Specialist
  • Scrum Events and Artefacts
8) Extreme Programming (XP) and Kanban
  • Goals of Extreme Programming (XP)
  • Key XP Concepts
  • Compare and Contrast XP vs Scrum
  • Kanban Model
  • Importance of Work in Progress (WIP) Limits
  • Time-boxing and Flow-based Methods
  • Compare and Contrast Scrum vs Kanban
9) Agile Black Boxes I: Risk Management and Stakeholder Management
  • Traditional Risk Management Basics
  • How Agile Addresses Core Risks
  • How Agile Manages Risk via Product Backlog
  • Risk-based Spike
  • Importance of Good Stakeholder Engagement in Agile Contexts
  • Stakeholder Management Process
  • Stakeholder Analysis Techniques
10) Agile Black Boxes II: Team Development and Leadership
  • Track Risks via Risk Burn Down Charts
  • Use of Pre-mortems
11) Scaling Agile and Hybrid Approaches
  • What is Meant by Scaling Agile
  • Approaches for Scaling Agile
  • SAFe vs Scrum
  • Hybrid Approaches
  • Benefits and Disbenefits of Hybrid Approaches
Practical Competence

Our Agile diploma prepares you to become a successful Agile Project Manager by equipping you with top-notch soft skills and technical abilities.

 

Agile Methodologies

Understand and apply Agile frameworks such as Scrum, Kanban, and Lean to manage projects efficiently.

Collaboration and Communication

Enhance teamwork, communication, and collaboration among team members and stakeholders.

Adaptability and Flexibility

Develop an adaptive mindset to embrace change, respond to uncertainties, and make data-driven decisions.

Leadership and Empowerment

Empower teams, facilitate decision-making, and foster a culture of accountability and self-organisation.

Admission Requirements

An Ordinary Bachelor’s Degree, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificate, or equivalent qualification is mandatory.

 

Candidates without a tertiary-level qualification but possessing substantial professional experience may undergo an evaluation interview, either in-person or via telephone, at the discretion of the Course Director. This interview aims to assess their suitability for the programme.

 

All applications will pass through screening processes by IPM’s Admissions Assessment Board. The submission of a CV is necessary to verify eligibility.

 

If you are unsure if this Agile Project Management Diploma programme suits you, feel free to schedule a call to speak with our educational adviser.

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Benefits of Agile Project Management Diploma

Agile Project Management Diploma demonstrate your expertise in:

  • Engaging effectively with stakeholders to gather requirements, incorporate feedback, and ensure the project’s success in an Agile context.
  • Providing value to customers through iterative development cycles and utilising Agile metrics for informed decision-making.
  • Foster better teamwork, communication, and collaboration within project teams.
  • Deliver projects that align with client expectations and priorities by focusing on value delivery and iterative improvements.
  • Earn a comprehensive Agile diploma while preparing for industry-recognised certifications such as IPMA Agile.
  • Gain a competitive edge with dual credentials that validate your expertise and dedication to Agile practices.

If you want to learn more about agile project management and how to become an agile project manager, please read our article: Agile Project Management.

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Agile Project Management Diploma is Ideal for...

  • People who work on projects with constantly changing requirements
  • Anyone with a desire to provide value as quickly as possible
  • Project managers who want to expand their Agile knowledge

Agile teams, project managers, team leaders, scrum masters, software developers, business analysts or anyone involved in agile-based projects, or aspiring to excel in Agile project management

 

Have questions about the course content or requirements?

Schedule a call to talk with an adviser today.

Why IPM?
Reputation & History
Project Management Expertise
Why Choose This Course?
Globally Positioned
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Reputation & History
  • Established in 1989 as the first Irish professional body dedicated to the promotion of project management as a discipline.
  • Trained over 40,000 Professionals and Certified over 6,000 Project Managers.
  • National Body for IPMA® in Ireland.
  • First PMP Certification exam hosted in Ireland.
  • Worked with over 500 different corporations.
  • Globally recognised certification body.
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Project Management Expertise

Unlike other organisations, which offer different training programs across many functional areas, the Institute is a specialist organisation dealing solely with the disciplines of project, program, and portfolio management.  

Our graduates are instructed by a world-class faculty of international subject-matter experts ranging from Project Directors to former Heads of PM Certification Authorities. Focusing solely on project management guarantees exceptional instruction and learning opportunities. 

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Why Choose This Course?
  • This course helps diversify your skill set by teaching agile knowledge and practices.
  • This course offers 2 premium Certifications from IPMA and IPM.
  • Our faculty of handpicked international experts will provide you with a variety of perspectives.
  • You will join a large and growing cohort of IPM Alumni.
  • The programme is practical and pulls from internationally respected methodologies.
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Globally Positioned

IPM is uniquely partnered with the world’s leading project management certification bodies: IPMA (Member Association & Certification Body), PMI (Authorised Training Partner), and PRINCE2® (Accredited Training Organisation). We are the national body for IPMA in Ireland. 

We have also partnered with Ireland’s second largest University, Technological University (TU) Dublin, meaning we can offer Bachelor & Master’s levels programmes. This affiliation links us to the European University of Technology (EUt+). 

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360° Learning Partner
  • Join Ireland’s largest project management community of 25,000 followers.
  • Mentoring and Events – Get support for your career or help guide new project managers.
  • Volunteering – Gain project experience while helping the project management community.
  • Platform for your voice – Submit an article to our blog and showcase your writing.
  • Industry updates – Get the latest PM news and insights from global experts.

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I undertook a course with the Institute in April 2021 and the support and guidance provided were excellent. The course content and delivery far surpassed my expectations and I would recommend the Institute to anyone wishing to commence or continue their Project Management education.
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Eddy Younes

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Great team and support from the staff. The teacher on the course was very knowledgeable. I enjoyed taking my certification here.
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Adrienne Fleming

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Wonderful experience on the Diploma in Project Management with the Institute of Project Management.
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Barry McBreen

Product Manager at CNP Santander Insurance
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We had a small class from different backgrounds; HR, IT, Sales, Product Owner. I highly recommend them and they offer considerable value add. Had a query and the head of course (was not expecting it) took a short phone call out of hours so that will tell you the customer mantra. Go for it!
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William Geach

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I've been working in Tech for 8 years now and the Agile Project Management class turned into a huge unlock for me, it was the way our dev teams have been doing business and the environment we work in the entire time. I look forward to getting my next PM credential from you.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Find your questions answered and everything you need to know about the course.

What is included in the course fee?

The course fee includes the examination and certification fees, access to all course materials on the Student Hub, live expert-led virtual classes, recordings and unlimited support from our Student Support team.

Does the course have payment plans?

Yes, there are two payment options available:

  • Full payment before the start of the course
  • 50/50 instalment plan: the first instalment of 50% should be paid upfront, and the remainder halfway through the course (week 7).

 

What are the delivery formats available for this course?

Online.

 

Choose weekly online evening classes with industry-expert lecturers.

 

Do not need to worry about missing a class – a recording of each online class will be available for playback in the Student Hub for a limited period of time.

Is the course suitable for candidates without former PM knowledge?

Yes, the Agile Project Management Diploma programme is a perfect fit for someone who wants to get the fundamental knowledge and essential techniques in agile project management.

 

This diploma programme open doors to new career opportunities and advancement in project management roles with a specialised diploma in Agile Project Management.

Is the course applicable to any industry?

Agile Methodology was initially developed for software development, but other industries can also benefit from it. The content of this professional diploma in project management programme is suitable for various industry sectors.

How is this course assessed?

The course is assessed through two written assignments (a self-assessment and a written project) and a 3-hour online exam at the end of the course (Multiple-Choice and Scenario style of questions).

How much time do I need to spend every week to complete the course?

Classes run one evening per week, from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

 

Plan to spend approximately 4 to 6 hours each week on the core material and reflecting on what you have learned. However, as you can appreciate, this is very dependent on each individual’s capability.

Are the course qualifications recognised internationally?

Yes, the course credentials are recognised in over 70 countries.

Will recordings be available if I miss a class?

A recording of each online class will be available for playback in the Student Hub for a limited period of time, so you do not need to worry about missing a class.

How will this course help with my career?


A diploma in Agile Project Management validates your expertise in Agile methodologies, frameworks, and best practices, making you a credible candidate for Agile project management roles. It provides a solid foundation, advanced skills, and industry recognition, all of which contribute to a successful and fulfilling career in Agile project management.

What is the difference between your diploma courses?

The Agile Project Management Diploma is tailored for professionals seeking to excel in Agile environments and lead successful projects. Agile teams, project managers, team leaders, scrum masters, software developers, business analysts or anyone involved in Agile-based projects can benefit from the course.

 

This Diploma programme open doors to new career opportunities and advancement in project management roles with a specialised diploma in Agile Project Management.

 

Certified Project Management Diploma is the best course for those who want to start their accredited career path as a project manager. It is also best suited for project managers who need to strengthen their practice with formal training on core project management tactical subjects.

 

The Strategic Project Programme Management Diploma is designed for candidates with at least 3 years of professional experience in a project management role, who are confident managing a project from initiation to close out according to best practices and standards. This course will build on your foundations to develop your skills to manage multiple projects and implement strategic project management in your daily practice and in your organisation.

 

The Project Leadership and Management Diploma is best suited to emerging leaders and project management professionals looking to refine their management and leadership skills. The programme is designed to help you evolve from a project manager to a project leader. As such, the focus will be on developing the capabilities, attitudes, and behaviours needed to become a confident, driven, and focused project leader.

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