This course is an exam preparation boot-camp for the PMI’s Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP™) certification. It also covers all of the required materials for the Project Management Association of Canada’s (PMAC) Certified Agile Project Manager (Cert.APM) certification.
Duration – 3 days
Professional Development Units (PDUs) – 21
According to PMI.org the prerequisites to sitting the PMI-ACP exam are as follows:
1,500 hours working on agile project teams or with agile methodologies
2,000 hours working on project teams
21 hours of education in agile practices
Please see http://www.pmi.org/certification/agile-management-acp.aspx for more information
Students are responsible for ensuring they meet any exam prerequisites (for the one(s) they plan to take) prior to registering for the course
Lectures, discussions and hands-on activities
Project Managers, Team Leads, Business Analysts, Product Owners, Product Managers, Developers & Architects, UI & UX designers, Testers & QA
This course is available for Virtual Delivery but is not recommended. Some conditions apply.
Chapter 1 – Introduction
PMI-ACP, CSM and CSP Compared
Agile or Waterfall?
Chapter 2 – The Certifications
Exams and your Preparation
Chapter 3 – Agile Versus Traditional Project Management
The Agile Manifesto
Flipping Iron (Triangle)
Waterfall Project Lifecycle
Agile Project Lifecycle
Don’t be Fragile!
Traditional vs Agile Project Management
Agile Isn’t New
Who are the players in Agile?
True Goal of Agile
Chapter 4: Scrum
Candidates for the Scrum Roles
Tasks and Task-boards
Done, Done, Done and DONE!
XP and Scrum
Chapter 5: eXtreme Programming (XP)
Heavyweight versus Lightweight
XP Versus Scrum
The 12 Practices
The 4 Values
The 4 Activities and 12 Principles
How It Works
Who Benefits from XP?
Chapter 6: Lean Software Development
History of Lean
The Seven Principles of Lean Thinking: + 22 Tools
Lean Principles to Agile Practices
Agile does NOT see “the whole”
“The Toyota Way”
Lean Portfolio Management
Why it Works
Chapter 7: DSDM Atern and FDD 119
Feature Driven Development (FDD)
Chapter 8: Creating an Agile Work Environment
Teams and their Spaces
Understanding Team Dynamics
Chapter 9: Planning and Estimating 142
Investment Analysis and Justification
Chapter 10: Stakeholder Engagement
Aligning Stakeholder Understanding
Management versus Leadership
Organizational Change Management
Chapter 11: Communicating Results
Cumulative Flow Diagrams
Basic Agile Metrics
Chapter 12: Coaching and Mentoring Agile Teams
Coach or Mentor?
What is an Agile Coach?
Role of an Agile Coach
Who’s the Coach?
When/Where to Coach
Being an Effective Coach
Manage or Coach?
Allying the Disciplines
How am I doing?
Chapter 13: Agile Risk Management
Imbedded Risk Management
Risk Management Touch Points
Risk Burn-down Chart
Plotting Risk Burn-down
Agile Risk Boards
Agile Framework Address Core Risks
Chapter 14: Working in Sprints
Chapter 15: Agile Modeling
Agile Modeling (AM) Core – Principles and Practices
Agile Design Practices
Just Barely Good Enough (JBGE)
Acceptance Tests as Artifacts
Requirements Gathering Techniques
Effectiveness of User Requirements
Potential Artifacts for Agile Modeling
References and Recommended Reading
Chapter 16: Agile Project Leadership
What the PMI-ACP Says
The State of the Practice
- Course Manual (not just slides)
- Facilitated exercises to reinforce Agile concepts
- Full Agile Glossary of Terms
- 90-days access to an Agile Exam preparation site
- Exam preparation Guide