Agile Foundation

EXIN Agile Scrum Foundation is a certification that validates a professional’s blended knowledge in Agile Methodologies and Scrum practices. Agile Scrum is about working together to successfully reach the goal. Agile methodologies are popular approaches in software development and are increasingly being used in other areas. Scrum practices include establishing cross-functional and self-managed teams, producing a working deliverable at the end of each iteration or Sprint.


EXIN Agile Scrum Foundation


The exam EXIN Agile Scrum Foundation is part of the EXIN qualification program and has been developed in cooperation with international experts in the field.


The Agile way of thinking is best known in the field of software development but the principles are increasingly being applied in other types of projects. Scrum is the most used Agile methodology and is suitable for all professionals looking to keep their knowledge up to date with the latest developments in the fields of IT and Project Management, particularly those leading or participating in projects. In particular, the certification is suitable for professionalsworking in the areas of: Project Management; Software development; IT Service Management; and Business Management.

  • Prerequisite(s) : None, but candidates are recommended to follow Agile Scrum Training
  • Examination type : Computer-based or paper-based multiple-choice questions
  • Indication study load : 60 hours, depends on existing knowledge
  • Practical assignment(s) : Not applicable
  • Time allotted for examination : 60 minutes


  • Group size : The maximum number of participants is 25 (This does not apply to online training courses)
  • Contact hours : The minimum number of contact hours for this training course is 14. This includes group assignments, exam preparation and short breaks. This number of hours does not include homework, logistics for exam preparation and lunch breaks.
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1.1 Concepts of Agile and Scrum (15%)

The candidate can:

1.1.1 Explain why Agile methodologies are important and how they add value

1.1.2 Describe Agile manifesto and principles

1.1.3 Explain the Agile project management framework

2.1 Scrum roles (17.5%) The candidate can:

2.1.1 Explain the Product owner role

2.2.2 Explain the Scrum master role

2.2.3 Explain the Scrum team role

2.2.4 Explain the manager role in Scrum

2.2.5 Explain how some of the other roles (e.g. technical architect) play out in Scrum and how they can contribute.

2.2 The rituals and time-boxing (10%) The candidate can:

2.2.1 Explain the characteristics of Time-boxing

2.2.2 Explain the characteristics of Sprints

2.2.3 Explain the characteristics of the daily stand-up

2.2.4 Explain the characteristics of the Sprint review

2.2.5 Explain the characteristics of the Sprint retrospective

2.3 The importance of a backlog (5%) The candidate can:

2.3.1 Explain the characteristics of a backlog

2.3.2 Write good requirements, do’s and don’ts for the product owners

2.3.3 Split stories

2.4 Scrum methods and practices (2.5%) The candidate can:

2.4.1 Recognize the principles of refactoring, pair programming and continuous integration

2.4.2 Explain the value of Configuration management

2.4.3 Tell the difference between Agile testing and testing on conventional projects

2.4.4 Define when a Sprint, Story and a Release is really done

3.1 The concept of light-weight, flexible plans (10%) The candidate can:

3.1.1 Defend the value of Responding to change versus following a plan

3.1.2 Plan at multiple levels: Daily, Sprint, Release, Product, Portfolio

3.1.3 Describe a high-level roadmap for Release planning

3.1.4 Plan Sprints for the next few weeks of activity

3.2 How to get to a reliable estimate (15%)

The candidate can:

3.2.1 Name the first principles of estimation

3.2.2 Distinguish types of estimates

3.2.3 Define Units of measure for size

3.2.4 Describe different techniques of estimation

4.1 The importance of monitoring (10%)

The candidate can:

4.1.1 Name the first principles of monitoring

4.1.2 Indicate metrics used in Scrum

4.1.3 Justify commonly used charts in Scrum

4.1.4 Describe how to create information radiators

5.1 Scrum in different situations (15%) The candidate can:

5.1.1 Describe how to apply Scrum to large projects with complex inter-dependencies

5.1.2 Describe how to apply Scrum to “maintenance projects”

5.1.3 Describe Scrum in distributed teams: What works and what does not

5.1.4 Explain how contracts and fixed price projects can be tailored for Scrum

5.1.5 Explain how to transition teams or projects to Scrum


Exam Format

  • Examination Format
  • Objective testing
  • Eight questions – 10 question items per question, each worth one mark
  • 44 marks or more required to pass (out of 80 available) – 55%
  • Two-and-a-half hours’ (150 minutes) duration, no additional reading time.
  • Open book exam (official PRINCE2 manual only)
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