AG04: Fundamentals of Agile: PMI-ACP Exam Prep

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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


Exam Prerequisites:

  • PMI-ACP:

    • According to 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

Students are responsible for ensuring they meet any exam prerequisites (for the one(s) they plan to take) prior to registering for the course

Course Prerequisites:

  • None     


Course Format  

  • Lectures, discussions and hands-on activities


Intended Audience            

  • Project Managers, Team Leads, Business Analysts, Product Owners, Product Managers, Developers & Architects, UI & UX designers, Testers & QA


Virtual Delivery  

  • This course is available for Virtual Delivery but is not recommended. Some conditions apply.


Certification Course         

  • Yes


Course Outline


Chapter 1 – Introduction

PMI-ACP, CSM and CSP Compared

Agile or Waterfall?


Chapter 2 – The Certifications



Exams and your Preparation

Course Focus


Chapter 3 – Agile Versus Traditional Project Management

The Agile Manifesto 

Flipping Iron (Triangle)

Agile Characteristics

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

Agile Terms 


Chapter 5: eXtreme Programming (XP)

Heavyweight versus Lightweight

XP Versus Scrum 

The Basics 

Embrace Change 

XP Roles 

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

DSDM Atern  

Feature Driven Development (FDD)


Chapter 8: Creating an Agile Work Environment 

Teams and their Spaces 

Understanding Team Dynamics 


Chapter 9: Planning and Estimating  142

On Estimating



Investment Analysis and Justification



Chapter 10: Stakeholder Engagement 

Aligning Stakeholder Understanding


Effective Leadership

Management versus Leadership

Organizational Change Management 


Chapter 11: Communicating Results

Burn-down Charts 

Burn-up Charts 

Agile Terms 

Information Radiator 

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-Adjusted Backlog

Risk Census

Risk Burn-down Chart 

Plotting Risk Burn-down 

Risk-based Spike 

Agile Risk Boards 

Agile Framework Address Core Risks 


Chapter 14: Working in Sprints

The Sprint 

Sprint Backlogs 

Product Quality 

Sprint Review 



Chapter 15: Agile Modeling 



Best Practices 

Agile Modeling (AM) Core – Principles and Practices 

Agile Design Practices 

Design Throughout

Managing Change

Just Barely Good Enough (JBGE)

Acceptance Tests as Artifacts 

Agile Documentation

Communications Models 

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 Practicalities 

The State of the Practice 


 What’s included:

  • 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