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Preparation for PMI’s Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP®) exam

16-18 Apr 2018 (€1,095 per seat)
Dublin
Three Days
Purpose: 

If your organisation is using agile practices in projects, or is considering adopting agile approaches to project management, the PMI-ACP® certification may be right for you. The PMI-ACP encompasses knowledge of agile principles, practices and tools and techniques across agile methodologies. It is intended for individuals who want to

  • Demonstrate to employers their level of professionalism in agile practices, tools and techniques
  • Increase their professional versatility in agile techniques
  • Hold a certification that is more credible than existing entry-level, training or exam-only based offerings

See http://www.pmi.org/en/Certification/New-PMI-Agile-Certification.aspx for eligibility requirements.

There are 6 ‘domain areas’ used by the PMI to help logically group the above Tools & Techniques and Knowledge & Skills for training purposes. These are

  1. Value-driven delivery
  2. Stakeholder engagement
  3. Boosting team performance practices
  4. Adaptive planning
  5. Problem detection and resolution
  6. Continuous improvement

This course provides an introduction to Agile and then covers, by domain area, all the tools and techniques and all the knowledge and skills required to pass the exam, including extensive sets of sample questions.

The three day course enables participants to apply for 14 PDUs with their PMI chapter.

Exam Information: 

Trigraph does not administer the exam.

After this course the delegates register for the exam themselves and do the exam at open testing centres.

We detail the process as part of the course. 
 

The ACP exam covers the following

Content

% of exam

Agile Tools and Techniques

50%

Agile Knowledge and Skills (3 levels)

50% made up from:

Level 1 (18 knowledge/skills) – 33%

Level 2 (12 knowledge/skills) – 12%

Level 3 (13 knowledge/skills) – 5%

 
Suitable for: 

This course is intended for anyone who wishes to undertake the PMI’s exam leading to the ACP certificate. This includes Project Managers, Programme Managers, Senior/Middle Management, Line/functional Managers, Development Managers, Quality Managers and Team Leaders.

The PMI-ACP is not limited to project managers – individuals with experience working on agile project teams can apply as you don’t need experience managing projects.

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the key agile values and principles
  • Outline the key elements of the various agile methodologies such as Scrum and XP
  • Apply all the tools and techniques required for the ACP exam including those associated with
    • Communications
    • Planning, monitoring and adapting
    • Agile estimation
    • Agile analysis and design
    • Product Quality
    • Soft skills negotiation
    • Value-based prioritisation
    • Risk Management
    • Metrics
    • Value Stream analysis
  • Use all the 43 knowledge and skills required for the ACP exam including those associated with the differing levels of importance
    • Level 1: e.g. coaching and mentoring within teams, incremental delivery, project and quality standards for agile projects, stakeholder management, value-based decomposition and prioritisation, etc.
    • Level 2:  e.g. building high performance teams, facilitation methods, process analysis techniques, agile frameworks and terminology, etc.
    • Level 3: e.g. agile contracting methods, principles of systems thinking, agile games, etc.

Objectives:

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Describe the key agile values and principles
  • Outline the key elements of the various agile methodologies such as Scrum and XP
  • Apply all the tools and techniques required for the ACP exam including those associated with
    • Communications
    • Planning, monitoring and adapting
    • Agile estimation
    • Agile analysis and design
    • Product Quality
    • Soft skills negotiation
    • Value-based prioritisation
    • Risk Management
    • Metrics
    • Value Stream analysis
  • Use all the 43 knowledge and skills required for the ACP exam including those associated with the differing levels of importance
    • Level 1: e.g. coaching and mentoring within teams, incremental delivery, project and quality standards for agile projects, stakeholder management, value-based decomposition and prioritisation, etc.
    • Level 2:  e.g. building high performance teams, facilitation methods, process analysis techniques, agile frameworks and terminology, etc.
    • Level 3: e.g. agile contracting methods, principles of systems thinking, agile games, etc.

Benefits:

Prepare for an internationally recognised qualification in Agile - PMI’s Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP®) exam 

Detailed Content:

Topics Covered

(Note: sample exam questions are provided at the end of each module and a full sample paper is provided for participants to practice after the course)

Introduction to Agile

  • Agile Manifesto, values and principles
  • Agile Methods: Scrum, XP, FDD, DSDM, Crystal, Kanban
  • Variations in Agile Methods

The ACP domain areas:

1.1. Value-driven delivery

Topics

Tools/technique

Knowledge/Skill (Level)

Assessing Value

Return on investment (ROI)

Net present value (NPV)

Internal rate of return (IRR)

 

Planning Value

Chartering

Value stream mapping

Customer-valued prioritisation

Relative prioritisation/ranking

Product roadmap

Risk-adjusted backlog

Prioritisation (Level 1)

Agile contracting methods (Level 3)

Delivering value

Task/Kanban boards

WIP limits

Incremental delivery 
(Level 1)

Confirming value

Customer-valued prioritisation

Feedback thru prototypes, simulations & demo 
(level 1)

Tracking and reporting value

Earned value management

Cumulative flow diagrams (CFDs)

Risk burn down graphs

Task/Kanban boards

 

 

  1. 2.     Stakeholder engagement
     

    Topics

    Tools/technique

    Knowledge/Skill (Level)

    Aligning stakeholders’ understanding

    Wireframes

    Personas

    User stories / backlogs

    Story maps

    Incorporating stakeholder values (Level 1)

    Stakeholder management (Level 1)

    Vendor Management (Level 3)

    Communicating with stakeholders

    Information radiators

    Burn down / up charts

    Velocity

    Agile modelling

    Communications management
    (Level 1)

    Using critical soft skills

    Negotiation

    Conflict resolution

    Active listening (Level 1)

    Facilitation methods (Level 2)

    Distributed teams (Level 2)

    Participatory decision models (Level 2)

    Globalisation, culture and team diversity (Level 3)

    Leading Effectively

    Servant

    Leadership

    Leadership tools and techniques
    (Level 3)

    1. 3.     Boosting team performance practices
     

    Topics

    Tools/technique

    Knowledge/Skill (Level)

    Understanding team performance

    Adaptive leadership

    Emotional intelligence

    Building empowered teams (Level 1)

    Building high-performance teams (Level 2)

    Team Motivation (Level 1)

    Team practices to improve performance

    Daily stand-ups

    Co-located teams

    Team Space

    Agile tooling

    Coaching and mentoring (level 1)

    Brainstorming techniques (Level 1)

    Distributed teams (Level 2)

    1. 4.     Adaptive planning
     

    Topics

    Tools/technique

    Knowledge/Skill (Level)

    Planning concepts

    Timeboxing

    Progressive elaboration

    Process tailoring

    Minimal marketable feature (MMF)

    Value-based analysis (Level 2)

    Value-based decomposition and prioritisation (Level 1)

    Agile games (Level 3)

    Estimation

    Wideband Delphi & planning poker

    Ideal time

    Relative sizing/story points

    Affinity estimating

    Time, budget and cost estimation (Level 1)

    Agile project accounting principles (Level 3)

    Agile plans

    Iteration and release planning

    Agile charters (Level 2)

    Business case development (Level 2)

    1. 5.     Problem Detection & Resolution
     

    Topics

    Tools/technique

    Knowledge/Skill (Level)

    Problem detection

    Cycle Time

    Project and Quality Standards (Level 1)

    Failure modes and alternatives (Level 3)

    Variance and trend analysis (Level 3)

    Control limits (Level 3)

    Problem resolution

    Continuous Integration

    Risk-based spike

    Frequent verification and validation

    Test-driven development / test-first development

    Acceptance test-driven development

    Problem solving (level 1)

    1. 6.     Continuous improvement
     

    Topics

    Tools/technique

    Knowledge/Skill (Level)

    Continuous improvement practices

    Process tailoring

    Knowledge sharing (Level 1)

    Principles of systems thinking (Level 3)

    Process analysis (Level 2)

    Applying new agile practices (Level 3)

    PMI’s code of ethics (Level 2)

    Continuous improvement process (Level 2)

    Self-assessment (Level 2)

     

    Pitfalls and Lessons Learnt

    This module will discuss some of the risks and common pitfalls experienced in practice by Agile teams and how these can be avoided.

     

    Summary and next steps

    Exam coaching and tips

    Sample exam – provided to participants to practice after the course with 3 hour time limit.