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As a business grows, it’s a certainty that the scale of projects will expand in turn. In many cases this can lead to complexity that’s difficult to manage.

It is something that needs to be addressed, and for most companies it’s a good idea to do so before problems start to occur. Project management tools like Agile are the answer – but first it’s a good idea to understand what they are and how they work.

What is a project management tool?

These are basically policies that have been developed as sets of ‘best practice’ guidelines for companies. They can cover many areas, such as IT security, governance, and of course project management.

Agile differs slightly, as it’s a term that encompasses a number of different approaches. It offers a lean approach that cannot be ignored – especially for businesses looking for a simple but capable project management method.

It’s important to note that Agile is quite different from a more traditional framework like PRINCE2, and can actually be used as a sort of follow-on course. This means that participants aren’t restricted to a single framework/tool.  

What is Agile?

Under the Agile banner are a number of project management approaches including Scrum, XP and Crystal – all of which are grouped below what’s called the ‘Agile Alliance’ formed in 2001. Now, Agile encompasses a number of other approaches which have been added since then.  

When a project is controlled using the Agile processes, it means delivering business value early. Key values of Agile include:  

  • Continuous user involvement
  • Project scope management
  • On-time delivery
  • Adhering to budgets
  • Embracing change and learning

These are obviously useful values for those managing a project, but it’s also easy to see how they extend into other areas of business. Certainly, adhering to budgets and meeting deadlines are useful in all areas of a company.

Starting off with Scrum

As noted above, Agile covers a number of different approaches. Scrum is one of the best to get started with, as it is both flexible and simple. This is key when delving into a new project management tool.

Scrum prioritises empirical feedback, short iterations and team self-management – all-important for project management.

What you’ll learn

An Agile project management course offers significant value for participants, especially given the breadth of knowledge that’s covered.

Upon completion, they will have an understanding of the key principles of Agile, along with the lifecycle of an Agile project. This part of the course also details alternative configurations – something that’s extremely useful if the project needs to be adapted.

Other key learning objectives include the roles and responsibilities for those within an Agile project, the techniques used along with their benefits and limitations.

What if I’ve already got project management training?

Many business leaders and individuals are likely to have already started or completed some form of project management training, commonly with a capable framework like PRINCE2. Thankfully, there’s no need to start from scratch when using Agile.

PRINCE2 can be thought of as a ‘first step’ on the project management pathway, with Agile acting as the next logical leap forward.

Want to become qualified in the world’s leading framework and certification for Agile Project Management? Sign up to our AgilePM® Foundation / Practitioner Combined course

Getting started

It’s quite straightforward to get started with ALC frameworks and tools, and Agile is no different. Courses are available in cities throughout Australia, hosted on various dates to make attending easy.

Now is the time to start thinking about how exactly these tools can be put to use within a business, especially to avoid the dangers of costly project overruns.

Courses are coming up this year across major Australian cities, including Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.

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