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Prep Course for PMI's Agile Certified Practitioner
(PMI-ACP)® Exam

Preparing Candidates for PMI's Agile Certification

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Traditional Classroom
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3 Days
21 PDUs / 2.1 CEUs
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Seven 3-hour sessions
21 PDUs / 2.1 CEUs

Candidates attending this course are expected to apply for the PMI® Agile Certification exam, therefore, the course pre-requisites will be those relevant to the exam which are:

  • Secondary degree (high school or equivalent) or higher and
  • 2,000 hours working on project teams within the last 5 years (Note: PMP® and/or PgMP® credential holders will be accepted as fulfilling this general project experience requirement), and
  • 1,500 hours working on Agile project teams or with agile methodologies in the last 3 years (in addition to the 2,000 hours required in general project experience).

In addition, in order to fully contribute to class discussions and maximize the classroom experience for all attendees, IIL recommends that all participants have at least 1,200 hours of agile project experience at the time they attend this course and have plans to acquire the remaining 300 hours – for a total of 1,500 hours in the last three years as required by PMI – within their planned timeframe for taking the PMI-ACP® exam.

Course Level: Advanced

About the Program
This course builds on the candidates’ practical experience of Agile in the workplace to equip them with the broad range of knowledge and skills required for the PMI® Agile Certification exam. It will follow the PMI® requirements and reference the suggested reading list, but will not be limited to those areas.

Within the profession and discipline of project management, Agile continues to develop as a significant and important aspect of bringing change to an organization. Where the products of change must be delivered to the business “on time”, Agile is often the chosen methodology.

In addition to equipping candidates for the PMI® Agile Certification examination, this course will also support candidates in taking a more informed and effective role in Agile projects. It will also enable them to take a significant role in encouraging and enabling the organization to become or develop as an Agile environment.

Who Should Attend
This course is designed for anyone currently working on Agile-based projects and with wider project experience who wants to become PMI® Agile certified.

Anyone with a working knowledge of Agile from senior management to product developers will benefit from this course including but not restricted to:

  • Project Managers
  • Team Leaders
  • Business Analysts
  • Technical Coordinators

What You Will Learn
You will learn how to:

  • Appreciate the wider aspects of Agile project management tools and techniques
  • Integrate various disciplines within Agile
  • Tailor / customize Agile to suit the needs of different projects
  • Prepare yourself for the PMI® Agile Certification examination

Course Overview

Getting Started

  • Introductions
  • Agenda
  • Expectations

Foundation Concepts

  • Defining “Traditional” Project Management
    • Project management parameters
    • The “traditional” approach to the parameters
    • Strengths and weaknesses of traditional approach
  • Defining “Agile” Project Management
    • Project management parameters revisited
    • The “agile” approach to the parameters
    • Strengths and weaknesses of agile
  • Managing projects with traditional and agile methods
    • Can the two approaches co-exist?
    • Leveraging the benefits of both methods
    • Options for using both methods on a project
    • Avoiding the elephant traps
  • Key aspects of the PMI® Agile Certified Practitioner  (PMI-ACP)® Handbook
    • Overview
    • Eligibility requirements
    • Exam information
    • Exam Blueprint
    • Continuing certification requirements
  • Key aspects of the PMI Agile Certification Examination Content Outline
    • Introduction
    • Agile exam content outline
    • Tools and techniques
    • Knowledge and skills
    • Domains and tasks (not examined)

Agile Domains and Tasks (not examinable topics)

  •       Purpose of Domains and Tasks
  •      Domain 1 – Agile Principles and Mindset          
  •      Domain II – Value-Driven Delivery
  •       Domain III – Stakeholder Engagement
  •       Domain IV – Team Performance
  •       Domain V – Adaptive Planning
  •       Domain VI – Problem Detection and Resolution
  •       Domain VII – Continuous Improvement (Product, Process, People)

Agile Tools and Techniques Related to PM “Hard Skills”

  •       Planning, monitoring, and adapting
    • The need for planning, monitoring, and adapting
    • The Agile approach to planning and plans
    • The Agile planning tools and techniques
    • The Agile monitoring tools and techniques
    • The Agile approach to adapting
  •       Product quality
    • A definition of “product quality”
    • Setting the standard for product quality
    • Agile tools and techniques for achieving product quality
  •       Risk management
    • A definition of “risk”
    • What is “at risk”?
    • The acceptability of risks
    • The Agile tools and techniques for managing risks

Agile Tools and Techniques Related to PM “Soft Skills”

  •       The difference between PM “hard and soft” skills
  •       Communications
    • The importance of communications
    • Forms of agile communications
    • Communications within the project
    • Communications from the project
    • Communications to the project
    • Making communications the cultural norm
  •       Interpersonal Skills
    • Defining and understanding management
    • Defining and understanding leadership
    • Defining and understanding servant leadership
    • Delegating vs. empowering
    • Playing to people's strengths
    • Overcoming the roadblocks

Core Agile Tools and Techniques

  •       The philosophy of core Agile tools and techniques
  •       Agile estimation
    • Will traditional forms of estimating work for agile?
    • The relationship between estimating and guessing
    • The relationship between estimating and sizing
    • The where, who, and how of agile estimating
  •       Agile analysis and design
    • Product analysis and design from a user point of view
    • Product analysis and design from a supplier point of view
    • Product analysis and design from an agile project point of view

Value-Based Agile Tools and Techniques

  •       The role of value-based tools and techniques in bridging traditional PM with Agile
  •       Value-based prioritization
    • Value-based prioritization and agile projects
    • Investment appraisal methods
    • Regulatory driven
    • Customer driven
    • Ranking methods (MMF, MoSCoW)
  •       Metrics
    • What should we measure/track?
    • Methods of measuring/tracking
    • Adding value with metrics
  •       Process Improvement
    • Value-stream analysis
    • Value-stream mapping  

Agile Knowledge and Skills

  •       Context of Agile Knowledge and Skills vis-à-vis Agile Tools and Techniques
  •       Agile Knowledge and Skills   
    • Process focused
    • People focused
    • Product focused
    • Project focused       

Exam Preparation and Course Closure

  •       The application process – where are you now?
  •       The “Exam-Focused Journal” – what you still have to do
  •       Further preparation – self-study schedule
  •       Exam topic review
  •       Practice exam
  •       Practice exam debrief
  •       Course closure

Course Summary and Next Steps

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