Agile is a general methodology applicable to project management and product development, and is increasingly used today as businesses and industries recognise the inherent value in this approach. The PMI-ACP® is a well respected credential in the Agile community, and demonstrates your competence in carrying out project management using Agile practices. The certification mandatorily requires a combination of agile training, experience working on agile projects and passing a rigorous examination on agile principles, practices, tools and techniques.
Our three-day workshop gives you multiple opportunities to learn how best to implement Agile practices appropriate for your teams, through an engaging blend of discussion, group interaction, case studies and real-world focused workshops. It also prepares candidates to sit for the rigorous PMI-ACP® examination. Candidates who have successfully obtained this certification can meet the needs of organisations by applying a diversity of methods to project management.
Overview of Agile Project Management
- Agile Manifesto
- Popular Agile Methodologiess
- Agile Principles and Practices
- Quick Overview of the Agile Practices using Scrum
Understanding the Key roles and Artifacts of Scrum
- Scrum Master (Agile Project Manager)
- Product Owner
- Team Members
- Product Backlog
- Sprint Planning Meeting
- Sprint Backlog
- Tracking Board
- Sprint Demo
Understanding User Stories
- The Anatomy of a User Story
- User Story Development Techniques
- Story Points
- Ideal Time
- Wide Band Delphi
The Sprint Planning Meeting
- The Sprint Planning Meeting Time Box
- Feature Prioritization
- The Tracking Board
- Definition of Done
- Load Balancing
- Self Organized teams
- Work Volunteering
- Daily Stand-up Meetings
- Burn Down Chart Updation
- Sprint Demo Meetings (Continuous improvement process)
- Sprint Retrospectives
- Scaling Scrum
- Co-located and Distributed Teams
Best Practices and Concepts
- Agile Tooling
- Osmotic Communications for Co-Located and Distributed Teams
- WIP Limits
- Cumulative Flow Diagram
- Process Tailoring
- Affinity Estimating
- Product Road Map
- Story Maps
- Wire Frames
- Frequent Verification and Validation
- Test Driven Development / Test First Development
- Continuous Integration
- Project Charter for an Agile Project
- Participatory Decision Models
- Process Analysis Techniques
- Value-based Assessment
- Emotional Intelligence
- Adaptive Leadership
- Conflict Resolution
- Servant Leadership
- Building High Performance Teams
Value Based Prioritization
- Return on Investment (ROI)
- Net Present Value (NPV)
- Internal Rate of Return (IRR)
- Customer Valued Prioritization
- Minimally Marketable Feature (MMF)
- Relative Prioritization / Ranking
- Business Case Development
- Agile Contracting Methods
- Agile Project Accounting Principles
- Applying New Agile Practices
- Compliance (Organization)
- Control Limits for Agile Projects
- Failure Modes and Alternatives
- Globalization, Culture and Team Diversity
- Innovation Games
- Principles of Systems Thinking (Complex Adaptive Chaos)
- Regulatory Compliance
- Variance and Trend Analysis
- Vendor Management
From the Course :
- Get an introduction to Agile principles and practices
- Learn how to mentor high-performance teams who deliver results
- Understand techniques for actively managing project scope and ensuring delivery of the best products possible
- Get familiar with new ways of managing project scope, schedule, budget and quality that are easily improved through effective Agile controls
- Learn to combine best methods from multiple Agile methodologies
- Use consistent cadence of “common sense” best practices in Agile
- Apply powerful metrics to ensure continuous improvement
- Learn about common pitfalls many teams fall into when adopting Agile practices
- Change "Command and Control" leadership style to the more powerful "Servant Leadership" method of management
- Respond to change quickly to seize competitive advantage
- Benefits of Agile and why Agile teams are significantly happier with their work
From the Workshop :
- 21 PDUs/21 SEUs
- 100 Days extra free online access to Agile & Scrum
- 1 PMI-ACP® Practice Tests
- Group discussions facilitated through classroom training
- Hard copy of the courseware
- Assistance with PMI® Exam Application Form and end-to-end support via phone, email and chat
To apply for the PMI-ACP®, you need to meet the following requirements :
1.General Project Experience
2000 hours of working on project teams within the last 5 years or having an active PMP/PgMP credential
2.Agile Project Experience
1500 hours of working on Agile Project Teams or with Agile Methodologies, in addition to “General Project Experience” above
3.Training in Agile Practices
21 contact hours earned in Agile Practices
To apply for the PMI-ACP® Certification Exam :
Register and log in to PMI's Online System to get started.
A printable PMI-ACP application form is also available.
You can always refer the PMI-ACP Handbook for further information
Please note that credential must be maintained in 3 year cycles, by adding 30 PDUs in agile project management per three year cycle.
- Project Managers
- Project Planners
- Quality Assurance Staff
- Project Controllers
- Product Owners
- Scrum Masters
- Scrum Team Members
- Anyone looking to demonstrate level of experience and knowledge of managing agile projects or wanting to further the understanding of how Agile is applied and practiced.
- Gartner's analysts (Thomas Murphy and David Norton) predict that by 2012 "agile development methods will be utilized in 80% of all software development projects"
- It is not a matter of choice but just a matter of time before you will find yourself working in Agile Team / Organization. The Sooner you embrace this shift the faster you will grow.
- Being Agile (Not just Doing Agile) brings efficiencies not just to Teams but also to enterprises.
Why Choose a PMI® Certification, than any other project management certifications? What makes PMI-ACP®'s special?
- PMI-ACP®certifications are not based on one specific methodology, so they're flexible and adaptable. You can easily transfer them between industries, market segments and geographic locations.
- PMI-ACP®continually conducts in-depth studies to ensure that our credentials actually reflect the current skills, knowledge and best practices you need to succeed.
- You never have to worry about a PMI-ACP® certification becoming obsolete. Our certification maintenance program requires you to earn a professional development unit (PDUs), which encourages you to continually develop your skills and stay current as the profession changes.
- PMI-ACP® certification offers financial benefits - the Project Management Professional (PMP) ® credential increases your salary by up to 10%, according to the PMI-ACP® Salary Survey - Sixth Edition, 2009 - and helps you stand out and better market yourself to prospective employers.
- Part of that marketability comes from the prestige of PMI-ACP® certifications. PMI-ACP® has provided project management certifications for over 25 years, and our PMP-ACP® credential was the first one designed specifically for project managers.
Why PMI's ACP Certification?
- Earn More - Studies show that certified professionals can earn more than their non-certified peers.
- Brand - Over the years PMI has not only gained a huge community following but also respect of Enterprises around the world and at all levels.
- Coverage - Unlike other Agile "based" certification, PMI ACP focuses on depth and breadth of general Agile foundation and methodologies.
- Acceptance - Response to recently completed "pilot" program has been extremely favorable and this lucrative certification is open to all (check PMI-ACP Requirement's section to see you qualify).
What value does a practitioner with the PMI-ACP bring to an organization?
- The PMI-ACP demonstrates a practitioner's value and level of professionalism to employers:
- The knowledge of both Agile and waterfall methods gives the practitioner greater breadth and depth as a project manager.
- The certification shows the practitioner's ability to lead basic teams using Agile principles and practices.
- The certification appeals to a wide, rapidly growing audience as more organizations adopt Agile processes
How will I get my 21 PDU's? Is there any extra cost associated to this apart from the course fee?
Once you complete the specified numbers of hours of e-learning on our website, we will issue the 21 PDU certificate and there is no extra cost associated for the PDU's.
After completing the application, how much time do I have to complete the examination?
After you pay the certification fee and have your application approved, you have one year to take the examination.
Where does PMI offer the certification examination?
PMI offers the PMI-ACP examination globally at computer-based testing centers. You cannot schedule your examination appointment until you receive your eligibility notification and submit payment.
Will the examination be available in many languages?
The examination is only available in English at this time. PMI is considering adding additional translations in the future.
How many questions are in the examination?
There are a total of 120 questions on the examination. Of the 120 questions, 20 are considered pretest questions. Pretest questions do not affect the score and are used in examinations as an effective and legitimate way to test the validity of future examination questions, and are randomly placed throughout the exam.
What are the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) for this certification?
PMI-ACP holders are required to earn 30 professional development units (PDUs) in Agile topics during each three-year renewal cycle.
Can PMI-ACP PDUs count toward the maintenance of other PMI credentials?
The 30 PDUs in Agile topics can also count towards the maintenance of the PMP® or PgMP® certification(s). If an Agile practitioner is taking general project management classes, only the hours that pertain to Agile topics can be applied towards the PMI-ACP
What certification exams does PMI-ACP® offer?
PMI-ACP® offers now five different exams related to the discipline of Project Management. These are:
- PgMP : Program Management Professional
- PMP : Project Management Professional
- CAPM® : Certified Associate in Project Manager
- PMI-SP® : PMI®- Scheduling Professional
- PMI-RMP® : PMI®- Risk Management Professional
- PMI-ACP® : PMI® Agile Certified Practitioner
Venue for New Jersey - 10th - 12th Dec 2014
TBD, Training venue details will be communicated to all participants atleast 10 days before the Program.