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Differences between traditional and agile project management

Generally, there are two main approaches in project management.
In traditional project management, the quality/performance parameters, the timeframe, and the budget are set prior to planning. Then the project is planned and executed in a linear way. E.g. the project plan is developed on the basis of the project specification (here the project delivery is written down) or the set parameters are controlled and monitored with project management methods (like stakeholder or risk analysis). Usually, this approach is used for construction projects, organisational projects or projects with precise goals or a clear target setting.
Agile project management on the other hand is a set of methods and process models (e.g. Scrum, Kanban, Extreme Programming) which helps realising projects (mainly) in software development. Here the project goals are highly variable and often can’t be formulated clearly at project start-up (e.g. maybe you don’t know all the functions and features of a program or an app, so you just specify what you know now and let the big picture clear itself over time). Here the role of a traditional project manager doesn’t exist anymore, and the project team is self-organised. Also, the budget and the timeframe are usually not fixed at the beginning. Agile approaches are mostly iterative and more flexible than traditional procedures.

How many questions do I have to answer during the pre-test of the Cert. Junior Project Manager (IAPM)?

For the pre-test, 25 questions must be answered within 20 minutes.

How many questions do I have to answer for the self-test regarding the traditional project management?

For the self-test concerning traditional project management, 25 questions must be answered within 20 minutes.

How many questions do I have to answer in the Cert. Junior Project Manager (IAPM) certification exam?

The Cert. Junior Project Manager (IAPM) certification exam requires 40 questions to be answered within 35 minutes, and you'll need to complete 65% correctly of the questions to pass the test.

How many questions do I have to answer in the Cert. Project Manager (IAPM) certification exam?

The Cert. Project Manager (IAPM) certification exam requires 120 questions to be answered within 80 minutes. To pass you will need to answer 65% of the questions correctly.

How many questions do I have to answer properly in order to pass the exam to the certiciation as Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM)?

The Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certification exam requires 120 questions to be answered within 80 minutes. To pass you will need to complete 65% of the questions correctly.

How much is the certification as Cert. Junior Project Manager (IAPM)?

The IAPM as an international, world-wide association wants to give as many people as possible the possibility of a certification. Since income varies widely from country to country, for the IAPM the gross domestic product of the country, the prospective examinee holds the citizenship, counts as basis for the certification costs. Here you can see the cost of certification as Cert. Junior Project Manager (IAPM) depending on your citizenship.

To whom is the certification as Cert. Project Manager (IAPM) addressed?

The certification as Cert. Project Manager (IAPM) is aimed at all those who have basic, comprehensive knowledge in project management. This knowledge enables you to plan, organise and carry out a project theoretically well. Work experience is not necessary, but an advantage.

To whom is the certification as Cert. Junior Project Manager (IAPM) addressed?

The certification as Cert. Junior Project Manager (IAPM) is just the right thing for project management beginners, students or newcomers to project management who want to have their basic project management knowledge documented in order to set the course for their future in project management.

To whom is the certification Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) addressed?

The certification as Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) is aimed at people who wish to have their theoretical knowledge and practical experience in project management certified. For admission to certification, proof of at least 5 years of professional experience is required, three of them in a position with considerable responsibility in project management.

What are the certification policies of IAPM?

Here you can have a look at the IAPM certification guidelines:

What is the Cert. Junior Project Manager (IAPM) certification?

The certification as Cert. Junior Project Manager (IAPM) provides the basic theoretical knowledge in the area of traditional project management in form of a certificate by an international association. To get the Cert. Junior Project Manager (IAPM) certification, the prospective certificate holder has to take an online exam. At least 65% of 40 questions must be answered correctly within 35 minutes.

What is the Cert. Project Manager (IAPM) certification?

The certification as Cert. Project Manager (IAPM) provides the basic theoretical knowledge in the area of traditional project management in the form of a certificate by an international association. To get the Cert. Project Manager (IAPM) certification, the prospective certificate holder has to take an online exam. At least 65% of 120 questions must be answered correctly within 80 minutes.

What is the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) certification?

The Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) is a certification level that proves the knowledge and comprehensive practical experience in traditional project management. To obtain certification as Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM), the examinee must take an online exam. At least 65% of the 120 questions must be answered correctly within 80 minutes.

What is the difference between the Cert. Project Manager and the Cert. Senior Project Manager certification?

The content of the exam is the same for both certifications, i.e. the respective test is generated randomly from the same pool of questions.

During the certification as Cert. Project Manager (IAPM) only the theoretical knowledge in the field of project management is tested. Experience is not necessary, but advantageous.

A Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) must have at least five years of practical experience in project management in addition to his specialist knowledge. Three years of this time should be proven to be in a management position or a position with considerable scope of responsibility.

What levels of certification does the IAPM offer?

The IAPM offers:

Certification as Cert. Junior Project Manager (IAPM)
Certification as Cert. Project Manager (IAPM)
Certification as Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM)
Certification as Cert. Junior Agile Project Manager (IAPM) 
Certification as Cert. Agile Project Manager (IAPM)
Certification as Cert. Senior Agile Project Manager (IAPM)
Certification as Cert. International Project Manager (IAPM)

Which alternative do I have, if my experience is not sufficient for the Cert. Senior Projecter Manager (IAPM) certification?

Based on the individual project data - a maximum of five projects can be named for scoring - and the project experience over the last five years, a total score is determined using a mathematical formula. For admission to certification as Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) must achieve a minimum score.

If you do not reach the minimum score, you can apply for certification as Cert. Project Manager (IAPM). Once you have extended your project experience, you can upgrade the certification to Cert. Senior Project Managers (IAPM).

Which certification levels are offered by the IAPM?

The IAPM offers:

Certification as Cert. Junior Project Manager (IAPM)
Certification as Cert. Project Manager (IAPM)
Certification as Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM)
Certification as Cert. Junior Agile Project Manager (IAPM)
Certification as Cert. Agile Project Manager (IAPM)
Certification to Cert. Senior Agile Project Manager (IAPM)
Certification to Cert. International Project Manager (IAPM)

Which requirements do I have to fulfil in order to pass the certification as Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM)?

In addition to expertise, the Cert. Senior Project Manager (IAPM) requires at least five years of project management experience, three years of those in a management position or a position with considerable responsibility.

Which requirements do I have to fulfill in order to pass the certification as Cert. Junior Project Manager (IAPM)?

For certification as Cert. Junior Project Manager (IAPM) there are no access requirements. Anyone who is interested in project management and would like to prove his knowledge can apply for this certification.

Which requirements do I have to fulfill in order to pass the certification as Cert. Project Manager (IAPM)?

For certification as Cert. Project Manager (IAPM) there are no access requirements. Anyone who has dealt with project management and would like to prove his knowledge can apply for this certification.

Who is Roland Ottmann, Ph.D.?

Roland Ottmann (Ph.D.) is deputy chairman of the board of IAPM and chairman of the IAPM advisory body "Traditional Project Management", author of numerous well-known publications and since 1992 CEO of Ottmann & Partner GmbH - one of the leading training companies for project management in Germany. He is seen as a proven expert in project management, has precide over the "GPM German Association for Project Management" for many years and initiated the German Project Excellence Award in 1996 and the International Project Management Award in 1998. He was centrally involved in th specification of the learning content for the IAPM certification courses and in the development of the IAPM certification system.

The IAPM certification

The certification can be taken via a reputable online examination procedure. The costs are based on the gross domestic product of your country of origin.


Which certification suits you best?

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