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PMI Agile Certified Practitioner(PMI-ACP)速 Chapter 1: PMI- ACP速 Overview

Learning objectives At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to: • Acquire knowledge of PMI® • List the library of PMI® global standards • List the credential offered by PMI® • Describe PMI-ACP® eligibility criteria, timeline and certification process • Identify the continue certification requirement (CCR) • Review exam information , content and reference material suggested by PMI®


About PMI® •

Professional Management Institute (PMI) o o o

Project Management Program Management Portfolio Management

These strategic competencies enable organizations to deliver expected benefits and value

World Largest Association o o o o

More than 700,000 members and credential holders Across 260+ Chapters in 180 countries around the globe 39 Communities of Practice (CoP) 1000’s of research papers, case studies and article

Source:, accessed on April 18, 2013


Library of PMI速 global standards

Foundation Standards

Practice Standards &Frameworks

Source:, accessed on April 18 2013

Standards Extensions


Foundation standards Foundation Standards

A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide)—Fifth Edition The Standard for Program Management— Third Edition The Standard for Portfolio Management— Third Edition Organizational Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3®)—Second Edition

Source:, accessed on April 20, 2013


Practice standards & framework Practice Standard for Project Risk Management Practice Standard for Earned Value Management—Second Edition

Practice Standard for Project Configuration Management

Practice Standards &Frameworks

Practice Standard for Work Breakdown Structures—Second Edition (Reaffirmed) Practice Standard for Scheduling—Second Edition

Practice Standard for Project Estimating Project Manager Competency Development Framework— Second Edition

Source:, accessed on April 20, 2013


Standard extensions

Standards Extensions

Construction Extension to the PMBOK® Guide—Third Edition

Government Extension to the PMBOK® Guide—Third Edition

Source:, accessed on April 20, 2013


PMI® globally recognized credentials • • • • • • •

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® Project Management Professional (PMP)® Program Management Professional (PgMP)® PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® PMI Risk Management Professional (PMI-RMP)® PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)® OPM3® Professional Certification

Source: accessed on April 20, 2013


Forrester wave




35% Agile “closely reflects their current development practices�

Increased to 46% -When definition of Agile included Rational, Unified Process or Spiral

11% - Scrum, the favoured form of Agile Project Management

Survey Size: 1300 IT Professionals


PMI-ACP® certification overview • • • •

Pilot Exam began in Oct, 2011 and ended in Nov 30, 2011 PMI-ACP® Official Testing began in January 31, 2012 2,858 PMI-ACP® Certified Professionals as of April 30, 2013 Certification is designed to: o o o o

Demonstrate to employers the practitioner’s level of professionalism in Agile practices of project management, Increase the practitioner’s versatility in project management tools and techniques, Show that the practitioner has the capacity to lead basic Agile project teams, and Provide a framework for Agile training and professional development initiatives. 360PMO

PMI fact file Certification

Active Certified Professionals

CAPM® Certified Associate in Project Management


PMP® Project Management Professional


PgMP® Program Management Professional


PMI-RMP® PMI Risk Management Professional


PMI-SP® PMI Scheduling Professional


PMI-ACP® PMI Agile Certified Practitioner


Other Statistics Total Members


Total Chartered and Potential Chapters in 84 Countries


Communities of Practices (CoP)


Total Copies of all editions (including PMI Published translations) of the PMBOK Guide in circulation


Source: PMI Today Jan 2014 edition, figure as of 30 November 2013


Eligibility requirement Requirement


Educational Background

Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree of global equivalent

General Project Experience

2,000 hours working on project teams

These hours must be earned within the last 5 years

Active PMP® or PgMP® will satisfy this requirement

1500 hours working on agile project teams or with agile methodologies

These hours are in addition to the 2,000 hours required in “general project experience”

These hours must be earned within the last 3 years

21 contact hours

Hours must be earned in agile practices


Tests knowledge of agile fundamentals

Fees (CBT)

$435 for members and $495 for non-members

Agile Project Experience

Training in Agile Practices

Source:, accessed on April 20, 2013


Certification process 90 Days

Step1 10 Days

Complete Application Step2


Initial Completeness Review Step3

90 Days to Submit Material PMI takes 5-7 days to review

Pay Fees


1 year from the date of the application accepted. You can take the exam up to 3 times during this 1 year.

1 Year

Audit (if selected)


Schedule, & Take the Exam

"PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)速Handbook", accessed April 20, 2013,


Continue Certification Requirement (CCR) 1 Year Suspension If no PDUs


Year 1

Year 2

30 PDUs

Year 3

1 Year


"PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)速 Handbook", accessed April 20, 2013,



Exam information Number of Scored Questions


Number of Pretest (Un-scored) Questions


Total Examination Questions


Allotted Examination Time

3 hours

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Exam content outline

Tools and Techniques 50%

• Communications

• Soft skills negotiation

• Planning, monitoring, and adapting

• Value-based prioritization

• Agile estimation

• Metrics

• Agile analysis and design • Product quality

Knowledge & Skills 50%

• Risk management • Value stream analysis

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

18 skills

12 skills

13 skills




"PMI Agile Certified Practitioner(PMI-ACP)®: Examination Content Outline", accessed April 20, 2013, /~/media/Files/PDF/Agile/ PMI_Agile_Certification_Content_Outline.ashx


Tools and techniques (50% of exam) Communications

Information radiator, team space, agile tooling, osmotic communications for colocated and/or distributed teams, daily stand-ups

Planning, Monitoring, and Adapting

Retrospective, task/Kanban boards, time-boxing, iteration and release planning, WIP limits, burn down/up charts, cumulative flow diagrams, process tailoring

Agile Estimation

Relative sizing/story points, wide band Delphi/planning poker, affinity estimating, ideal time

Agile Analysis & Design

Product roadmap, user stories, backlog, story maps, progressive elaboration, wireframes, chartering, personas, agile modeling

Product Quality

Frequent verification and validation, test-driven development/test first development, acceptance test-driven development, definition of done, continuous integration

Soft Skills Negotiation

Emotional Intelligence, collaboration, adaptive leadership, negotiation, conflict resolution, servant leadership

Value-Based Prioritization

Return on investment(ROI)/net present value(NPV)/internal rate of return(IRR), compliance, customer-valued prioritization, customer-valued prioritization, minimally marketable feature(MMF), relative prioritization/ranking

Risk Management

Risk Adjusted backlog, risk burn down graphs, risk-based spike


Velocity, cycle time, earn value management(EVM) for agile projects, escaped defects

Value Stream Analysis

Value stream mapping

"PMI Agile Certified Practitioner(PMI-ACP)速: Examination Content Outline", accessed April 20, 2013, /~/media/Files/PDF/Agile/ PMI_Agile_Certification_Content_Outline.ashx


Knowledge & skills (50% of exam) Level 1 Skills

Level 2 Skills

Level 3 Skills

Active Listening

Agile framework and terminology

Agile contracting methods

Agile Manifesto value and principles

Building high-performance teams

Assess and incorporating community and stakeholder values

Business case development

Agile project accounting principles

Brainstorming techniques

Colocation (geographical proximity) / distributed teams

Building empowered teams

Continuous improvement process

Coaching and mentoring within teams Communications management Feedback, techniques for product (e.g. prototyping, simulation, demonstration, evaluations) Incremental delivery Knowledge sharing Leadership tools and techniques Prioritization Problem-solving strategies, tools and techniques Project and quality standards for Agile projects Stakeholder management Team motivation

Elements of a project charter for an Agile projects

Applying new Agile practices Compliance (organization)

Control limits for Agile projects

Facilitation methods

Failure modes and alternatives

Participatory decision models 9e.g. input-based, shared collaboration, command)

Globalization, culture, and team diversity

PMI’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct Process analysis techniques Self assessment Value-based analysis

Innovation games Principles of system thinking (e.g. complex, adaptive, chaos) Regulatory compliance Variance and trend analysis

Time, budget, and cost estimation

Verifications in Agile methods and approaches

Value based decomposition and prioritization

Vendor management


Domains and tasks for PMI-ACP® • • • • • •

Domain 1: Value-Driven Delivery Domain II: Stakeholder Engagement Domain III: Boosting Team Performance Practices Domain IV: Adaptive Planning Domain V: Problem Detection and Resolution Domain VI: Continuous Improvement(Product , Process, People)


Reference material Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great Esther Derby, Diana Larsen, Ken Schwaber ISBN #0977616649

Agile Estimating and Planning Mike Cohn ISBN #0131479415

"Reference Materials for PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®" accessed April 20, 2013


PMI-ACP® Reference material (Cont.) Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game – 2nd Edition Alistair Cockburn ISBN #0321482751

The Art of Agile Development James Shore ISBN #0596527675

"Reference Materials for PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®" accessed April 20, 2013


PMI-ACP® Reference material (Cont.) The Software Project Manager’s Bridge to Agility Michele Sliger, Stacie Broderick ISBN #0321502752

User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development Mike Cohn ISBN #0321205685

"Reference Materials for PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®" accessed April 20, 2013


PMI-ACP® Reference material (Cont.) Coaching Agile Teams Lyssa Adkins ISBN #0321637704

Agile Project Management with Scrum Ken Schwaber ISBN #073561993X

"Reference Materials for PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®" accessed April 20, 2013


PMI-ACP® Reference material (Cont.) Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products – 2nd Edition Jim Highsmith ISBN #0321658396

Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise Agility Alan Shalloway, Guy Beaver, James R. Trott ISBN #0321532899

"Reference Materials for PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®" accessed April 20, 2013


PMI-ACP® Reference material (Cont.) Becoming Agile: an imperfect world Greg Smith, Ahmed Sidky ISBN #1933988258

"Reference Materials for PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®" accessed April 20, 2013


Lesson review • •

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What are the eligibility criteria (experience and training) for PMIACP® exam? How many PDU’s are required every three years to maintain credentials? Name the author of the book "Agile Estimating and Planning " 50% of the exam is from Tools and Techniques. Name any 5 tools and technique listed in the exam content outline The PMI-ACP exam outline divides knowledge and skillsets into three levels. Name any two knowledge and skills from each skill level What are the five domains of PMI-ACP ?



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