Prepare for Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Certification while learning to lead Agile software projects that adapt to change, drive innovation and deliver on-time business value. Today, more and more organizations and companies are adopting the Agile Approach over the traditional Waterfall Methodology and many more are progressively making this essential transition. It is increasingly important that Project Management professionals demonstrate true leadership in today's software projects. Our Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP)® CertificationTraining will prepare you to lead your next Agile project and help you prepare for the Project Management Institute Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Certification Exam.
We at Course Highlights follow a Practitioners' Approach towards training. We focus on:
Guidelines to help you successfully gain PMI-ACP® Certification:
|Educational Background||Secondary School Certification (High School Diploma or Equivalent)|
|General Project Management Experience||2,000 hours of project team work experience. These hours must have been earned within the last 5 years.
If you already hold a PMPR credential, you have already fulfilled this requirement
|Agile Project Management Experience||Agile Project Management Experience 1,500 hours working on Agile project teams or in Agile methodologies. These hours are in addition to the 2,000 hours required for general Project Management experience. These hours must have been earned within the last 2 years.|
|Agile Project Management Training||21 contact hours earned in Agile Project Management topics (PMI-ACP® PDUs)|
|PMI-ACP® Examination||Tests knowledge of Agile Fundamentals and the ability to apply that knowledge to basic projects.|
|PMI-ACP® Maintenance||Once you pass the exam, it is required that you earn 30 Agile PDUs, or 3 Agile CEUs every 3 years, in order to maintain your PMI-ACP®® Certification. These contact hours can concurrently count toward your PMI-ACP® and/or PMP if you hold both designations.|
|PMI-ACP® Exam Administration Type||PMI Member||PMI Nonmember|
|CCR Certification renewal||$90||$130|
|No. of Scored Questions||100|
|No. of Pre-test (not scored) Questions||20|
|Total PMI-ACP Exam Questions||120|
3hrs. - Examination is preceded by a tutorial and followed by a survey both are optional
|PMI-ACP® Exam Blueprint|
|Agile tools and techniques||50%|
|Agile knowledge and skills||50%|
Introduction to AGILE and PMI
Prerequisites for the PMI-ACP® Exam
About the AGILE Exam; Procedure, Format and its Content
Question Answer Session
Agile Information Radiator
Agile Team Space
Osmotic Communications for collocated teams
Osmotic Communications for distributed teams
Agile Daily Stand-ups
|Agile Planning, Monitoring and Adopting
Agile Task and Kanban boards
Agile Time Boxing
Agile Iteration and Release Planning
Agile WIP limits
Agile Burn Down/up Charts
Agile Cumulative Flow Diagrams
Agile Process Tailoring
Agile Relative Sizing/story Points
Agile Wide Band Delphi
Agile Planning Poker
Agile Affinity Estimating
Agile Ideal Time
Agile Process Tailoring
|Agile analysis and design
Agile Product Road Map
Agile User Stories and Backlog
Agile Story Maps
Agile Progressive Elaboration
Agile Wire Frames
Agile Frequent Verification and Validation
Agenda for the Session
Agile Test First Development
Agile Acceptance Test-Driven Development
Agile Definition of Done/Complete
Agile Continuous Integration
|Soft skills Negotiation
Agile Emotional Intelligence
Agile Adaptive Leadership
Agile Conflict Resolution
Agile Servant Leadership
Agile Risk-Adjusted Backlog
Agile Risk Burn Down Graphs
Agile Risk-based Spike
Agile Return On Investment (ROI)
Agile Net Present Value (NPV)
Agile Internal Rate of Return (IRR)
Agile Customer-Valued Prioritization
Agile Minimally Marketable Feature (MMF)
Agile relative Prioritization or Ranking
Agile Cycle Time
Agile Earned Value Management (EVM) for agile projects
Agile Escaped Defects
|Agile value stream analysis
Agile value Stream Mapping
Agile Flow Charts
Agile Spaghetti Diagrams
|Agile Knowledge and Skills (Level-1)
Agile Manifesto values and principles
Assessing and incorporating community and stakeholder values
Agile Brainstorming techniques
Building empowered teams
Coaching and mentoring within teams
Agile Communications management
Feedback techniques for product (e.g., prototyping, simulation, demonstrations, evaluations)
Agile Knowledge sharing
Agile Leadership tools and techniques
Agile Problem-solving strategies, tools, and techniques
Project and quality standards for Agile projects
Agile Team motivation
Time, budget, and cost estimation
Value-based decomposition and prioritization
|Agile Knowledge and Skills (Level-2)
Agile frameworks and terminology
Building high-performance teams
Agile Business case development
Collocation (geographic proximity)/distributed teams
Agile Continuous improvement processes
Elements of a project charter for an Agile project
Agile Facilitation methods
Agile Participatory decision models (e.g., input-based, shared collaboration, command)
PMI’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
Process analysis techniques
|Agile Knowledge and Skills (Level-3)
Agile contracting methods
Agile project accounting principles
Applying new Agile practices
Control limits for Agile projects
Agile Failure modes and alternatives
Globalization, culture, and team diversity
Agile Innovation games
Principles of systems thinking (e.g., complex adaptive, chaos)
Variance and trend analysis
Variations in Agile methods and approaches
Agile is a philosophy that uses organizational models based on people, collaboration and shared values. The Agile Manifesto outlines the tenets of Agile philosophy. Agile uses rolling wave planning, iterative and incremental delivery, rapid and flexible response to change, and open communication between teams, stakeholders and customers. There are many agile methodologies that adhere to these tenets, such as Scrum, XP, Lean and Test-driven Development (TDD).
Here are definitions for some common terms associated with agile principles and practices:
|Agile Manifesto||A public declaration of the philosophy and principles of agile software development,created in February 2001 in Snowbird, Utah, USA. Visit the Agile Manifesto to learn more.|
|Agile Methodologies||Frameworks and processes whose practices support the Agile Manifesto principles. Examples include:Scrum,Extreme Programming (XP),Crystal, Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM Atern), Feature Driven Development(FDD).|
|Agile Practices||Activities that are the application of agile principles.|
|Agile Principles||Fundamental truths and shared values that drive behavior in agile methodologies.|
|Incremental and Iterative||The approach of implementing a work product in successive pieces (increments),while also gradually refining the work product through targeted improvements (iterations).|
Agile principles and practices include:
Organizations who use agile principles and practices have documented the value they see from these techniques:
The PMI-ACP® certification specifically validates a practitioner’sability to understand and apply agile principles and practices. The PMP®credential recognizes demonstrated competence leading and directing project teams.
Agile is a topic of growing importance in project management. PMI market research shows that project management practitioners are embracing agile principles and practices for successfully managing projects. Additionally, the following points show the increasing demand for an agile certification:
Yes, Scrum Alliance courses qualify for the education eligibility requirements. Only hours of training in agile practices will meet the certification eligibility requirements. One hour of education equals one contact hour of education eligibility.
PMI-ACP® is a single certification that provides the brief details of umbrella of all Agile frameworks in one workshop, along with Agile project Management practices, including engineering / technical practices. This helps participants under the expectations from each of the other roles in addition to his/her role. The coverage is comprehensive.
This 3-day training workshop is ideal for all agile aspirants such as PMO Leaders, Project Directors, Project Heads, Project Leads, Project Consultants, Project Analysts, Project Managers, Program Managers, Delivery Managers, Product Managers, Business Analysts, QA Analysts, Project Stakeholders, Project Coordinators and all other professionals who are involved in projects. The most benefitted are the traditional Project Managers working with agile developers; and Project Managers looking for more successful ways to facilitate a project’s success.
3hrs. - Examination is preceded by a tutorial and followed by a survey both are optional
|General Project Experience||• 2,000 hours working on project teams
• These hours must be earned within the last 5 years
• Active PMP® or PgMP® will satisfy this requirement
|AgileMethodologies||• 1500 hours working on agile project teams or with agile methodologies
• These hours are in addition to the 2,000 hours required in “general project experience”
• These hours must be earned within the last 3 years
|Training in Agile Practices||• 21 contact hours
• Hours must be earned in agile practices
Once again, please refer to the PMI-ACP® handbook: PMI-ACP® Handbook for details.
The fee for PMI members is $435 and non-member fee is $495. PMI membership cost is $119 per year and there is a $10 joining fee.
The process is you complete the application online and upon review and confirmation; you will be able to pay the fees as above. Once the fee is paid your application may optionally be selected for audit. If it is, you follow the instructions to complete the audit and proceed to schedule the examination.
You should enroll yourself for Agile training, which in any case is one of the pre-requisites for the examination. The training should provide you with guidance about Agile methodologies and what to study for the examination.
In addition, you should go through the list of suggested references by PMI (see link:http://www.pmi.org/en/Certification/~/media/Files/PDF/Agile/PMI000-GainInsightsAIGLE418.ashx). If you are not a PMP or not otherwise familiar with the Project Management Body of Knowledge, you may want to read the PMBOK to familiarize yourself with general Project management concepts. You would also need to read the PMI code of ethics document.
You must also get sufficient practice of solving exam questions including few “full-length” examinations under simulated conditions.
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