I Want to Study Agile Project Management

We have put this page together to help you, if either:

  • You want to study Agile Project Management to learn about it, or
  • To study for an Agile Project Management qualification, or
  • You are considering it

On this page, we have colated all of our information, tools, and resources, to help you from your first investigations, to your final exams. 

And, to keep it simple, we have divided it into Five Steps...



You're thinking about the learning Agile PM; maybe even a qualification.

As Project Managers, we can no longer afford to ignore Agile.

And, even if you aren't involved in software and technology projects that are where Agile is mostly used, the ideas are becoming more important for other forms of projects too. So, whatever type of Project Management you're familiar with, it pays to learn something of Agile.

And for some of us, Agile qualifications will be a necessary stepping stone in your career.

So, before we start, let's understand what Agie Project Management is...

Some Free Resources to Help You Learn the Basics of Agile...

We also have two excellent introductory articles for you. Each was written by a guest author; and each an expert in Agile Project Management...

  1. Why You Can No Longer Ignore Agile Methodologies
    ...by Chris O'Halloran
  2. What is Agile and Why is it Important to Project Managers?
    ...by Chuck Cobb

In addition, take a look at Chuck Cobb's FREE course: 'Learn the Truth about Agile versus Waterfall'.


In this article, you'll learn:

  • Why Agile is no longer just for software projects
  • Why (in some respects) Agile Scrum now beats PRINCE2 and PMBOK


In this article, you'll learn about:

  • Agile versus 'typical' project management
  • Adaptivity and why it's important
  • Scrum and Kanban
  • The PMI-ACP Certification

There's an Elephant in the Room...

So, we'll address it!

Agile versus Waterfall

or, more properly...

Adaptive (agile) and 
Predictive (traditional, or waterfall)
Project Management

What are they, what's the difference, when should you use each, and can you combine them?



Agile vs Waterfall

In this article, you'll learn:

  • What are 'Agile' and 'Waterfall' Project Management?
  • The differences between them
  • The best of both worlds: 'Hybrid' approaches
  • When to use each one


Learn the Truth about Agile versus Waterfall

And for more detail, from an Agile expert, here's a free course.

Learn to see Agile and Traditional plan-driven project management in a fresh new light... as complementary rather than competitive.


Agile Principles: The 12 Keys to Adaptive Project Management

If you want to go a little further, in this article, you'll learn:

  • Why Agile PM is so important
  • How Agile began
  • The 12 Agile Principles
  • How the Agile Principles relate to practical tools and techniques


Hybrid Project Management: What You Need to Know

There are many contexts where neither traditional, predictive Project Management, nor adaptive Agile Project Management will be appropriate. You'll want to get the best of both worlds. And why shouldn't you?

In this article, we answer four questions:

  • What is Hybrid Project Management?
  • Why do We Need Hybrid Project Management?
  • How Can You Make Hybrid Project Management Work?
  • What is the Role of ‘Project Manager’ in Hybrid Project Management?


How to do a Basic Agile Project | Video

And finally, here are the basics of how to actually do a basic Agile Project.

  • Project Planning and Roadmap
  • Release Planning and Sprint Planning
  • Daily meetings
  • Sprint Review and Retrospective


Now you Need to Inform Yourself about the PMP qualification.

There are plenty of Agile Qualifications out there, and we offer courses to prepare you for many of them.

But first, you should ask: 'Should I get a Project Management Qualification?'

If your answer is 'yes', then you next need to find your way through the bewildering array of Agile qualifications.

And finally, if it's been a while since the last time you did some studying, you'll want to brush up on how to get the best from your Project Management learning.


Project Management Qualification: Should you go for a PM Certification?

In this article, you'll learn:

  • What types of qualifications there are
  • The reasons for getting a qualification
  • Which type is right for you


Study Project Management: How to Get the Best from Project Management Learning

In this article, you'll learn:

  • 3 Questions to ask before you start
  • 10 Principles to help you learn effectively



Comprehensive article...

In this article, you'll learn about the different providers in three tiers:

  1. Principal Agile PM promotors
  2. Major PM organizations
  3. Third party organizations


Now you've made your decision, you're firmly on your learning journey.

Stage 1: Preparation

The first stage is preparing to learn by soaking up some simple introductory content. 

I'd start with the short videos in the Agile Methodologies module of our Free Academy of Project Management.


Free Academy of Project Management

There is a growing collection of videos in the Agile Project Management course, within our Free Academy of Project Management, including:

  • Lean Project management
  • Scrum
  • Kanban
  • Scrumban
  • Planning Poker



Comprehensive article...

With some basic information about Agile, it's time to learn what the PMI's Agile Practctice Guide covers.

In this article, you'll learn about:

  1. What the guide is... and is not
  2. What's in the guide (with summaries)
  3. Our response to the Guide
  4. The Guide's impact on PMI qualifications: PMP, CAPM, PMI-ACP

Stage 2: Structured Learning

You should have decided which of two paths, at this moment, you want to pursue:

  1. Learning about Agile Project Management for its own sake, and not for an exam
  2. Preparing for an Agile Project Management exam, to gain a qualification

The two columns below follow each route...

To learn a little about some of the principal certifications, check out these videos...

What is the PMI-ACP? The Agile Certified Professional | Video
What is PRINCE2 Agile? ...and Does it Make Sense? | Video

Non-qualification Route

We've partnered with Agile expert and lecturer Chuck Cobb, whose Agile Project Management Academy offers a cpomprehensive range of courses, from the basics to advanced learning.

And these courses are also available in money-saving bundles, carefully crafted for a smooth learning journey..

...or click the course thumbnail for information about the individual course.

Complete Agile PM Curriculum

Transform yourself...
Take on a high-impact Agile Project Management role

For project managers who are serious about learning Agile project management and becoming a capable practitioner.

Ideal if you are committed to taking PMI-ACP exam.

Agile PM101
For beginners

Learn the Truth about Agile versus Waterfall

Agile PM 102
Understand what's next in Agile

Future of Agile Project Management

PMI-ACP Preparation
Beginners and PMI-ACP candidates

How to Prepare for PMI-ACP Certification

Agile PM 201
For Agile Practitioners

Understanding Agile at a Deeper Level

Agile PM 202
For experienced PMs and PMI-ACP candidates

Introduction to Agile Project Management

Agile PM 301
For experienced PMs, Agile Intermediate,  & PMI-ACP candidates

Mastering Agile Project Management

Agile PM 401
For experienced PMs, Agile Intermediate & Advanced, Senior Business Managers

Advanced Agile Project Management

Agile PM 402
Senior Project and Program Managers

Enterprise-level Agile Project Management

Complete Agile Business Management Curriculum

A complete curriculum for business-people and product owners who need to effectively participate and lead in an Agile environment.

For Agile Product Owners, Product Managers, Business Analysts, Project Sponsors, and Business Executives.

This course provides a solid foundation for the other courses in the overall Agile Business Management curriculum.

Agile BM101 - Hybrid Agile PM for Business 300

Provides a much deeper understanding of how to effectively lead Agile/Scrum projects for anyone in a Product Owner role or in an equivalent level of business responsibility.

Agile BM201 - Mastering Agile Business Management 300

This course focuses on advanced topics related to applying Agile to a business at an enterprise level 

Agile BM301 - Enterprise-level Agile Business Management 300

All-access Pass Agile PM Package

Everything. All Access.
Prepare for an Advanced Agile Project Management role.

For project managers who are serious about learning Agile project management and progressing to an advanced practitioner.

Ideal if you are committed to PMI-ACP and beyond.

Qualification Route

With our partners, the mPlaza, GreyCampus, and PM PrepCast, we offer a wide range of Agile qualifications.

Courses from scrum.org, Scrum Alliance, Agile Business Consortium, EXIN, Axelos, and PMI.

...or click the course thumbnail for information about the individual course.

AgilePM Foundation

The basics of project management based on DSDM® Agile methodology, which is one of the most comprehensive Agile methods.
From the Agile Business Consortium

Agile Scrum Foundation

Prepare for a certification that combines Agile service management techniques and scrum development frameworks.

GreyCampus EXIN Agile Scrum Master CSM


For a step up from the Agile Scrum Foundation, this live online course readies you for the Scrum Master role.
From  EXIN

GreyCampus Certified ScrumMaster CSM


Live, online training for Scrum Masters, following the Scrum Alliance syllabus. This course has a 5 star rating from over 5,000 students.
From Scrum Alliance

The Scrum Framework

Get to know the Scrum framework in The Scrum Guide, and understand the practical considerations in Scrum projects.
From scrum.org

Scrum Product Ownership

Apply the Scrum framework as a Product Owner, to maximize value creation and delivery with a product.
From scrum.org


Tailoring and use of PRINCE2 in Agile environments at team level and PRINCE2 at higher management levels.
From Axelos

Agile PrepCast

Make passing your PMI Agile Certified Practitioner exam as easy as you can, with the world-class PM PrepCast PMI-ACP video training course!
From the PMI

GreyCampus PMI-ACP Certification Training


GreyCampus offers both recorded and live course options to study for your PMI-ACP qualification.
From the PMI

How to Prepare for PMI-ACP Certification

You will develop a plan to achieve PMI-ACP certification and develop a clear understanding of the potential career paths for an Agile Project Manager.
From the PMI

Stage 3: Informal Learning

We have some book recommendations for you...

The Project Manager's Guide to Mastering Agile

Principles and Practices for an Adaptive Approach.

The Project Manager's Guide to Mastering Agile 2nd Ed

'...totally insightful, refreshing, and "right-on" in how Agile Scrum and Traditional Project Management can co-exist.'

2nd Edition

In paperback and in kindle...

Agile Project Management for Dummies

Making everything easier.

Agile PM for Dummies 3rd Ed

'...clear presentation of concepts, application of the methods, and understanding of managing such projects.'

3rd Edition

In paperback and in kindle...

Agile Project Management

Creating Innovative Products.

Agile Project Management - Jim Highsmith

'If you have only heard of the agile approach and want to know what is it about... this book fulfils the expectations generously.'

In paperback and in kindle...

Coaching Agile Teams

A Companion for Scrum Masters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in Transition.

Coaching Agile Teams - Lyssa Adkins

'...essential field guide for those practicing Agile Project Management.'

'...brings real life working examples, both ones that work and why some things fail.'

In paperback and in kindle...


The best exam preparation is a simulated exam.

Through our partners, PTCoE, we offer simulated exams for... 


You can book your Axelos, APMG, and EXIN Exams through us.

For the PMI's PMI-ACP® exams, you need to buy the vouchers from PMI directly. The exam is not available online, and you should take them in exam centers.

The PSM and PSPO exam vouchers are available for purchase in scrum.org, and the exams are taken online.

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