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PMI-ACP Exam Preparation [Online]

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Abstract: 

This course will help prepare students for the Agile Certified Practitioner exam, first by explaining the application process and test, then by looking at specific areas of Agile such as the Agile framework, value-driven delivery, stakeholder engagement, boosting team performance, adaptive planning, problem detection and resolution, and continuous improvement.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

This course is best suited for those with existing agile training and experience; it is designed to satisfy the educational requirements of the PMI-ACP exam. To write the exam, one must have 2,000 hours of project experience (or a PMP) plus 1,500 hours of agile experience. Exam registration is separate from this course and must be arranged through PMI.

PREREQUISITE

It is recommended that one have taken Introduction to Agile prior to this course.

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Course Introduction

Lesson 1: Application Process & Test

  • Application Process
  • ACP Qualifications
  • Scheduling Your Exam
  • Rescheduling/Cancelling
  • Exam Results
  • Fees
  • The Test
  • Test Breakdown
  • The Exam
  • Test Breakdown (Cont.)
  • Level 1 (33% of Total Examination Questions)
  • Level 2 (12% of Total Examination Questions)
  • Level 3 (5% of Total Examination Questions)
  • Key Readings
  • Key Domain Areas

 

Lesson 2: Agile Framework

  • PMBOK® Guide vs. Agile
  • Overview - Agile is Iterative and Incremental
  • The Effects of WIP and “Best Resourcing”
  • Overview - The Beginning of Agile
  • Overview - Agile Development Values…
  • Overview - The 12 Principles of Agile Software
  • The Heartbeat of Agility
  • Must, Wants and Needs
  • Agile Methodologies
  • Scrum Basics - Foundation
  • Scrum Basics - The Scrum Roles
  • Team Members
  • Scrum
  • The Daily Sprint Schedule
  • Key Scrum Artifacts - Product Backlog
  • Scrum Board
  • Extreme Programming - Core Values
  • Extreme Programming - XP Core Practices
  • Extreme Programming - XP Is Customer Focused
  • Extreme Programming - Iteration 0
  • Extreme Programming - The Basic Steps
  • Feature-Driven Development
  • Feature-Driven Development (FDD)
  • Dynamic Systems Development Method
  • Dynamic Systems Development Method - DSDM
  • Eight Principles
  • Crystal
  • Lean Software Development
  • Kanban Development
  • Task/Kanban Board
  • Kanban Development (Cont.)
  • Test Assumption

 

Lesson 3: Value-Driven Delivery

  • Assessing Value
  • Planning Value
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • A Sample Story Map
  • A Sample Product Roadmap
  • Types of Risks
  • Expected Monetary Value (EMV)
  • Decision Tree Analysis
  • Agile Contracting
  • Why Not Gantt Charts and Other Software?
  • Little’s Law
  • Cumulative Cost Curve
  • Forecasting - ETC
  • Forecasting - EAC
  • Forecasting - TCPI
  • Burndown Chart

 

Lesson 4: Stakeholder Engagement

  • Who is a Stakeholder?
  • Wireframes
  • Personas
  • User Stories
  • User Story Strengths
  • User Stories The 3 Cs
  • You Must INVEST in Your Stories
  • Definition of Done (DoD)
  • F2F is Best
  • Information Radiators Examples
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Speed B. Leas Conflict Model
  • Participatory Decision Models
  • Management vs. Leadership
  • Servant Leadership
  • 12 Principles for Leading Agile Projects

 

Lesson 5: Boosting Team Performance

  • COCOMO
  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Leadership Styles
  • Theories of Management Style
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Empowered Teams
  • High-Performance Teams
  • The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
  • The Daily Scrum
  • One-on-One Coaching & Mentoring
  • Brainstorming Techniques
  • Other Tools

 

Lesson 6: Adaptive Planning

  • Timeboxing
  • Progressive Elaboration
  • Process Tailoring
  • The Agile Pyramid
  • Value-Based Analysis
  • Value-Based Decomposition and Prioritization
  • Agile Games
  • Wideband Delphi and Planning Poker
  • Estimation
  • Time, Budget and Cost Estimation
  • What Causes Project Delays?
  • Planning Differences

 

Lesson 7: Problem Detection and Resolution

  • Cost vs. Value of Change
  • Escaped Defects
  • Quality Standards
  • Failure Modes and Alternatives
  • Continuous Integration
  • Risk-Based Spike
  • Test-Driven Development
  • Acceptance Test-Driven Development
  • Problem Solving
  • Problem Solving - Gather Data
  • Problem Solving - Generate Insights
  • Problem Solving - Decide What to Do

 

Lesson 8: Continuous Improvement

  • Retrospectives Are Key
  • Retrospectives Steps
  • Complexity Assessment
  • Course Closure

 

course info

Course ID: CA-1002
Course Level: Intermediate
Duration: 21 hours

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PMI PDUs

PMI Talent TriangleThe following table provides the breakdown of the professional development units (PDUs) for this course aligned with the PMI Talent TriangleTM.

  Tech. Ldrshp. Strat. & Bus.
PMP 21 0 0
PgMP 21 0 0
PfMP 0 0 0
PMI-ACP 21 0 0
PMI-SP 0 0 0
PMI-RMP 0 0 0
PMI-PBA 0 0 0

 
The three columns in the table are Technical Project Management, Leadership, and Strategic & Business Management.

Other Credits

Other professional (re)certification credits are available, including:

  • Certified Business Analyst Professionals (CBAPs) earn 21CDUs (Category 2B)
  • Certified Software Quality Engineers (CSQEs) earn 3 RU
  • CIPS Information Systems Professionals (ISPs) earn 21 Learning Credits
  • CIPS Information Technology Certified Professional (ITCPs) earn 21 Learning Credits