PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)

The PMI-ACP (Agile Certified Practitioner) training will empower you to become a skilled agile professional with knowledge of a broad range of agile methodologies, including Scrum, Kanban, Lean, extreme programming and test-driven development. The ACP is PMI’s fastest-growing certification and is a recognized way for a project manager to demonstrate experience and professional versatility. Today’s employers care about the PMI credential, making it a great choice for career advancement.

Who Should Apply?

If you work in agile teams or if your organization is adopting agile practices, the PMI-ACP is a good choice for you. Compared with other agile certifications based solely on training and exams, the PMI-ACP is evidence of your real-world, hands-on experience and skill.

Exam and Certification

You must take formal training on PMI Agile Certified Practitioner, gain PMI membership and pay the exam fee directly to schedule your exam. Once you pass the exam successfully, you will be awarded the prestigious PMI-ACP certificate from PMI.

  • The certification exam has 120 multiple-choice questions and you have three hours to complete it.
  • To maintain your PMI-ACP, you must earn 30 professional development units (PDUs) in agile topics every three years.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: PMIACP® Course Preview

  • Value of PMI–ACP® Certification to the Professional
  • Value of PMI–ACP® Certification to the Organization
  • PMI–ACP® Eligibility Requirements
  • PMI–ACP® Timeline
  • PMI–ACP® Certification Fees
  • PMI–ACP® Certification Maintenance & Renewal
  • PMI–ACP® Exam Information
  • PMI–ACP® Exam Blueprint
  • Practice Questions
  • Sources of Information
  • About the Agile exam, format and what is tested

Lesson 2: Introduction to Agile

  • What is Agile
  • How Has Agile Evolved
  • The Agile Manifesto
  • Principles of Agile Manifesto
  • Definition of Agile
  • Benefits of Agile
  • Agile: Real Life Example

Lesson 3: Agile Methodologies

  • Agile Methodologies, Frameworks, and Processes
  • Scrum
  • Scrum Roles
  • Scrum Meetings
  • Extreme Programming (XP)
  • Extreme Programming Process Diagram
  • Five Core Principles of XP
  • The Crystal Methodologies
  • Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM)
  • Principles of DSDM Atern
  • Feature Driven Development
  • Feature Driven Development Cycle
  • Agile Project Management
  • APM Framework
  • The APM and PMBOK® Guide
  • Lean Software Development
  • Lean Principles
  • Kanban
  • Lean Kanban Method
  • OpenUP
  • Agile Controversy

Lesson 4: Communication

  • Project Communication
  • Information Radiators
  • Task Boards
  • Big Visible Charts
  • Continuous Integration Build Health Indicators
  • Effective Information Radiators
  • Team Space
  • Collocated vs. Distributed Teams
  • Osmotic Communications
  • Daily Stand-up Meeting
  • Agile Tooling

Lesson 5: Agile Planning, Monitoring, and Adopting: Part 1

  • Multiple Levels of Planning
  • Aligning Agile Projects to Programs and Portfolios
  • User Story: Card, Conversation, and Confirmation
  • User Story: Attributes
  • Story Card Information
  • Theme and Epic
  • Timeboxing
  • Advantages of Timeboxing
  • Prioritizing Requirements: MoSCoW
  • Release Plan

Lesson 6: Agile Planning, Monitoring, and Adopting: Part 2

  • Velocity
  • Iteration Plan
  • Velocity Driven Iteration Planning
  • Commitment Driven Iteration Planning
  • Iteration: Midcourse Corrections
  • Release Plan vs. Iteration Plan
  • Release Burndown Chart
  • Burndown Charts
  • Burndown Bar Charts
  • Burnup Charts
  • Cumulative Flow Diagrams
  • CFD: Little’s Law
  • Work in Progress: Detailed

Lesson 7: Agile Planning, Monitoring, and Adopting: Part 3

  • Kanban Boards
  • Kanban Cards
  • Retrospectives
  • Techniques to Conduct Retrospectives
  • Agile Process Tailoring

Lesson 8: Agile Estimation: Part 1

  • Measures of Size
  • Relative Estimating
  • Story Points
  • Story Points and Estimating
  • Value Points
  • Ideal Days
  • Comparing the Approaches
  • Estimation Scale
  • Planning
  • Poker Lesson

Lesson 9: Agile Estimation: Part 2

  • Accuracy vs. Precision
  • Wideband Delphi
  • Wideband Delphi Process
  • Affinity Estimation
  • Estimation using T-shirt Sizing
  • Affinity Estimation Process
  • Silent Relative Sizing
  • Edit the Wall
  • Place Items into Relative Size Buckets
  • Store the Data

Lesson 10: Agile Analysis and Design

  • Agile Product Roadmap
  • Product Backlog
  • Agile Story Maps
  • Agile Wireframes
  • Chartering
  • Components of Agile Project Charter
  • Agile Personas
  • Agile Modeling

Lesson 11: Agile Quality

  • Quality in Agile
  • Agile Frequent Verification and Validation
  • Test First Development
  • Acceptance Test Driven Development
  • ATDD Cycle
  • Definition of Done
  • Checklist for Story Completion
  • Continuous Integration

Lesson 12: Soft Skills Negotiation

  • Agile Emotional Intelligence
  • EI and Scrum Masters/Agile Project Managers
  • Emotional Intelligence Skills Assessment Framework
  • Benefits of Emotional Intelligence
  • Collaboration Technology
  • Adaptive Leadership: ‘Doing Agile’ Tools
  • Agile Negotiation and Conflict Management
  • Five Levels of Conflict by Speed Leas
  • Agile Conflict Resolution
  • Servant Leadership
  • Agile Servant Leadership

Lesson 13: Value-Based Prioritization

  • Forecasting
  • Time Value of Money: Terminologies
  • Calculation of Future Value and Present Value
  • Return on Investment
  • Net Present Value
  • Internal Rate of Return
  • Payback Period
  • Agile Compliance
  • Prioritization
  • Prioritizing Requirements: MoSCoW
  • Prioritizing Requirements: Kano Model
  • Categories: Kano Model
  • Prioritization Requirements: Relative Weighting
  • Agile Customer Valued Prioritization
  • Minimum Marketable Feature
  • Introduce slack
  • Manage Change

Lesson 14: Agile Risk Management

  • Risk Management in Agile
  • Risk Adjusted Product Backlog
  • Risk Management Lifecycle
  • Risk Identification
  • Risk Assessment: Categories
  • Risk Assessment: Risk Census
  • Risk Assessment: Risk Board
  • Risk Burndown Chart
  • Risk Response Strategies
  • Risk Review
  • Risk Profile Graphs
  • Progressive Risk Reduction
  • Risk-Based Spike

Lesson 15: Agile Metrics

  • Agile Metrics
  • Types of Metrics
  • Velocity
  • Unit of Measure for Velocity
  • Velocity at Work: Burn Charts
  • Burndown Chart: Line Style
  • Burndown Chart: Bar Style
  • Burnup Chart
  • Combined Burn Chart
  • Cycle Time
  • Lead Time vs. Cycle Time
  • Earned Value Management for Agile
  • EVM Terminologies
  • Earned Value Metrics with Formulae
  • Earned Value: Planning Parameters
  • EVM for Agile
  • Baseline Metrics
  • Measuring Metrics
  • Result Interpretation
  • Managing Scope Change
  • Escaped Defects

Lesson 16: Agile Value Stream Analysis

  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Value Stream Mapping: Process
  • Mapping Seven Wastes of Lean Manufacturing to Software
  • Agile Flowcharts
  • Flowchart Symbols
  • Agile Spaghetti Diagrams
  • Benefits of Spaghetti Diagram

Lesson 17: Knowledge and Skills: Part 1

  • Active Listening
  • The Agile Manifesto
  • Assessing and Incorporating Community and Stakeholder Values
  • Agile Brainstorming Session
  • Building Empowered Teams
  • Coaching and Mentoring within Teams
  • Agile Coaching
  • Coaching at Levels
  • Skills of an Agile Coach

Lesson 18: Knowledge and Skills: Part 2

  • Agile Communication
  • Feedback Techniques
  • Incremental Delivery
  • Knowledge Sharing
  • Agile Problem Solving
  • Agile Problem-Solving Techniques
  • Agile Leadership

Lesson 19: Knowledge and Skills: Part 3

  • Project and Quality Standards for Agile Projects
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Agile Team Motivation
  • Agile Team Motivation: Maslow’s Theory
  • Agile Team Motivation: Frederick Herzberg’s Theory
  • Agile Team Motivation: McClelland’s Theory
  • Agile Team Motivation: Boehm’s Theory
  • Building High Performance Teams
  • Characteristics of High Performance Agile Teams
  • Collaborating Collocated Teams
  • Deliberately Distributed Teams
  • Distributed vs. Collocated Teams
  • Agile Facilitation Methods
  • Agile Participatory Decision Making

Lesson 20: Knowledge and Skills: Part 4

  • PMI® Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • Process Analysis Techniques
  • Self Assessment
  • Agile Contracts
  • Fixed Price Fixed Scope Contract
  • Time and Materials Contract
  • T and M with Fixed Scope and Cost Ceiling
  • T and M with Variable Scope and Cost Ceiling
  • Agile Compliance
  • Control Limits for Agile Projects
  • Agile Failure Modes
  • Agile Coach Failure Modes

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