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PMI - ACP (Agile Certified Practitionar) Certification Exam Prep


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This PMI–ACP Seminar will help you to understand and prepare you to take the PMI-ACP® exam and become an
Agile Certified Practitioner, a certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. The PMIACP
exam measures professionalism in Agile Project Management, increases versatility in PM
methods, validates ability to lead Agile teams and Agile software projects that adapt to change,
drive innovation and deliver on–time business value.

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PMI - ACP (Agile Certified Practitionar) Certification Exam Prep

  1. 1. Free Seminar/Workshop Series Be Agile Certified Practitioner PMI-ACP Certification Exam (Free Orientation Seminar) (Know Every thing about PMI-ACP Certification and How to Pass ACP Certification Exam in a Month)
  2. 2. Agenda  Overview of Agile & SCRUM  Introduction to PMI & PMI-ACP Certification  PMI-ACP Certification Requirements & Exam Fee  PMI-ACP Exam Contents & Reading Materials  Prudential Exam Prep Methodology (Pass PMI-ACP In a Month)  Prudential PMI-ACP Exam Prep Training Workshop  About Prudential Solutions & Its Training Programs PMI®, PMP®, CAPM® and PMBOK® Guide are trademarks of the Project Management Institute, Inc. PMI® has not endorsed & did not participate in the development of this product. Note: Any views OR Opinion OR Techniques presented and showcased in this presentation is solely those of the authors & may not necessary represent those of company.
  3. 3. What is Agile? Agile is the ability to adapt to changes as fast or faster than changes occur. Agile is an umbrella term for a set of values, principals and practices that have been shown to improve the efficiency, productivity, and quality of software delivery. The Agile Manifesto was written  In 2001, a group of 17 “lightweight” methodologists met Including Representative of  eXtreme Programming (XP)  Scrum  DSDM Adaptive Software Development Agile Manifesto
  4. 4. The Agile Manifesto We are uncovering better ways of developing software by doing it and helping others do it. Individuals and interactions over processes and tools Working software over comprehensive documentation Customer collaboration over contract negotiation Responding to change over following a plan That is, while there is value in the items on the right, we value the items on the left more. Source:
  5. 5. Agile Manifesto – Graphical Representation Individuals and Interactions Processes and Tools Working Software Comprehensive Documentation Customer Collaboration Contract Negotiation Responding to Change Following a Plan "Agile" | | | | | | | | Traditional Agility is a relative term
  6. 6.  Focus on empowered, self-managing teams;  Autonomous teams do not need the day-to-day intervention of management  Management protects team from outside interference  Agile teams are composed of a mix of skills  Agile team members are able to step in for each other as necessary Individuals And Interactions Over Processes And Tools
  7. 7.  Traditionally we measure progress by the percent complete of the functional milestones  Agile teams provide actual working product as a status report, “product review”  Design changes as the system is built, results in outdated documentation  Agile teams prefer face-to-face communication over documentation because it is simpler, faster, and more reliable. Working Software over Comprehensive Documentation
  8. 8.  Contract negotiation, Identify and define everything and spells out the payment and date specifications  Customers become a part of the development process  Writing specs down and throwing them over the fence is simply not effective Customer Collaboration over Contract Negotiation
  9. 9.  It’s much easier to respond to change when the organization and the customer share a clear understanding of the project’s status  In plan-driven environments, all requirements are specified up front, broken down to the task level and estimated  Agile plans follow more of a rolling wave approach using top- down planning Responding to Change over Following a Plan
  10. 10. What is Agile? • An iterative and incremental (evolutionary) approach performed in a highly collaborative manner with just the right amount of ceremony to produce high quality software in a cost effective and timely manner which meets the changing needs of its stakeholders. • Core principles – “Fits just right” process – Continuous testing and validation – Consistent team collaboration – Rapid response to change – Ongoing customer involvement – Frequent delivery of working software
  11. 11. 1. Satisfy the customer through early and continuous delivery 2. Welcome changing requirements 3. Deliver frequently, preferring a shorter timescale 4. Business & technical work together daily 5. Pick the right team & trust them 6. Face-to-Face Communication 7. Working software is the primary measure of progress 8. Sustainable pace 9. Technical excellence and good design enhances agility 10. Simplicity, maximizing the amount of work not done 11. Best results emerge from self- organizing teams 12. The team regularly reflects to become more effective 12 Agile Principles
  12. 12. Research on Agile PM 14
  13. 13. Scrum Process (Deemer, Benefield, Larman, & Vodde, 2010, p.5).
  14. 14. PMI-ACP Certification Exam Prep Mentoring Seminar Session - 3: PMI-ACP Certification
  15. 15. Are You Agile Ready? • Do you use Agile practices, tools, and techniques in your projects? • Do you belong to an organization that is in the process of adopting or is already implementing projects using the Agile philosophy, methodologies, principles, and practices? • Do you want to demonstrate your expertise in Agile practices, tools, and techniques? • Then you may be ready to take the next step and become a PMI® Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) ®. • The PMI-ACP is not limited to project managers or Project Management Professional (PMP) credential holders; individuals with experience working on Agile project teams can also apply
  16. 16. Pro ® The world’s leading not-for-profit global professional organization for project management knowledge, information and professionalism
  17. 17. Project Management Institute • Most recognized project management certification organization • Along With Other PM Certification, Agile certification available – PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) – Developed by Agile thought leaders • Just completed pilot program – Pilot exams began in October – Pilot ended November 30, 2011 – Results send out January 9, 2012 – PMI-ACP testing begins January 31, 2012
  18. 18. WHY PMI AND AGILE? • 65% of PMI members working on IT projects • 80% of software projects using Agile Strengths – Reputation, penetration in the market – History and credibility Weaknesses – Heritage in Agile methods – Perceptions of the “Evil Empire” that Agile is the solution to • Realities – Created by a committee of Agilists across the Agile umbrella of frameworks
  19. 19. PMI-ACP - Who should apply & Why? • If you are working in organizations using agile to manage projects, the PMI-ACP can provide an opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of agile practices. • The PMI-ACP is not limited to project managers or Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential holders; individuals with experience working on agile project teams can apply. • For practitioners, PMI-ACP® helps: – Demonstrate to employers their level of professionalism in agile practices of project management – Increase their professional versatility in both Waterfall and agile techniques – Hold a certification that is more credible than existing entry-level, training or exam-only based offerings • For organizations, PMI-ACP® demonstrates a practitioner’s: – Knowledge of Agile practices, which shows the practitioner has greater breadth and depth as a PM
  20. 20. – General Project Management Experience – 2000 hours (12 months) within last 5 years. (If you have an active PMP, you meet this requirement.) – Agile Project Management Experience – 1500 hours ( 8 months) within last 3 years. – Agile Project Management Education – 21 contact hours. – Maintenance – 30 PDU's every 3 years. These hours count towards fulfilling PMP requirements as well. PMI-ACP : Requirements
  21. 21. • Fixed Cost – 435 $ PMI-Members – 495 $ Non Members • Variable Cost – 21 Contact Hour Training : Rs. 20,000 to Rs. 25,000 – Books : 0 to Rs. 10,000 – Retake : 335 $ Cost of Exam & Training
  22. 22. Exam Design Objectives • Test Agile project knowledge and application: – Most projects – Most of the time • Some remote team members Not another Scrum (or XP, FDD) exam • • Combines Agile, Lean, and Kanban Meet Agile Alliance Exam Guidance “…employers should have confidence only in certifications that are skill-based and difficult to achieve.”
  23. 23. PMI-ACP's 6 major domains of practice • Domain 1: Value-driven delivery ● define positive value ● incremental development ● avoid potential downsides ● prioritization • Domain 2: Stakeholder engagement ● stakeholder needs, involvement and expectations • Domain 3: Boosting team performance practices ● team formation, empowerment, collaboration and commitment • Domain 4: Adaptive planning ● levels of planning ● adaptation ● estimation ● velocity/throughput/cycle time • Domain 5: Problem detection and resolution • Domain 6: Continuous improvement (product, process, people) Experience : Domain And Tasks Of PMI-ACP
  24. 24. PMI Exam Content Distribution Tools & Techniques, 50 Knowledge & Skills, 50
  25. 25. Tools & Techniques (50%) Priority Item Question* 1 Communications 10.9 2 Planning, Monitoring, and Adapting 9.8 3 Agile Estimation 8.7 4 Agile Analysis and Design 7.6 5 Product Quality 6.5 6 Soft Skills Negotiation 5.5 7 Value-Based Prioritization 4.4 8 Risk Management 3.3 9 Metrics 2.2 10 Value Stream Analysis 1.1 Total Questions 60
  26. 26. Knowledge & Skills (50%) Level 1: 33% = 40 questions • Active listening • Agile Manifesto value and principles • Assessing and incorporating community and stakeholder values • Brainstorming techniques • Building empowered teams • Coaching and mentoring within teams • Communications management • Feedback techniques for product (e.g. prototyping, simulation, demonstrations, 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 • Time, budget, and cost estimation • Value-based decomposition and prioritization Level 2: 12% = 15 questions • Agile frameworks and terminology • Building high-performance teams • Business case development • Colocation (geographic proximity/distributed teams) • Continuous improvement processes • Elements of a project charter for an Agile project • Facilitation methods • Participatory decision models (e.g., input- based. Shared collaboration, command) • PMI’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct • Process analysis techniques • Self assessment • Value-based analysis Level 3: 5% = 6 questions • Agile contracting methods • Agile project accounting principles • Applying new Agile practices • Compliance (organization) • Control limits for Agile projects • Failure modes and alternatives • Globalization, culture, and team diversity • Innovation games • Principles of systems thinking (e.g. complex adaptive, chaos) • Regulatory compliance • Variance and trend analysis • Variations in Agile methods and approaches • Vendor management
  27. 27. Exam Results
  28. 28. • 120 questions, 20 pretest questions that are thrown out • Passing scored not yet published • Duration 3 Hours • No scheduled break • Exam Questions – Developed and Validated by global work group of agile professionals – Referred to the current agile reference list – Monitored through psychometric analysis – Satisfy the Examination Content Outline PMI-ACP Exam
  29. 29. Agile Estimating and Planning Mike Cohn ISBN #0131479415 The Art of Agile Development James Shore ISBN #0596527675 User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development Mike Cohn ISBN #0321205685 Agile Project Management with Scrum Ken Schwaber ISBN #073561993X Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise Agility Alan Shalloway, Guy Beaver, James R. Trott ISBN #0321532899 Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great Esther Derby, Diana Larsen ISBN #0977616649 Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game – 2nd Edition Alistair Cockburn ISBN #0321482751 The Software Project Manager’s Bridge to Agility Michele Sliger, Stacia Broderick ISBN #0321502752 Coaching Agile Teams Lyssa Adkins ISBN #0321637704 Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products – 2nd Edition Jim Highsmith ISBN #0321658396 Becoming Agile: an imperfect world Greg Smith, Ahmed Sidky ISBN #1933988258 Exam Prep Challenges - No Single Reference Book. Reading 11 Books looks great idea but looks too much - 21 Contact Hours Agile Education Programs are not available frequently - New certificate difficult to get details / help Official Book Reference
  30. 30. Reference Books
  31. 31. OR PMI-ACP : Recommended Exam Prep Books
  32. 32. How Should You Prepare for the PMI-ACP Exam? • Know your own learning and testing style and use whatever resources and study techniques work best for you • Many people form study groups to provide support and peer pressure • The PMI-ACP is influence by Software industry. The exam includes conceptual, situational, application, and evaluative questions. Be ready for each type • Study the material with eyes of Professional Not Student. Try to relate your experience with knowledge • Study the Selected Material & Process Group/Activity Matrix by Knowledge Area and understand what each activity involves • Start study when decide to attempt exam. • Develop and Focus on Study plan as per your schedule for PMI-ACP • 120 questions are multiple-choice with 4 choices. It is easy to over study, but if you fail, you need to pay to retake the exam
  33. 33. • Create the account at • Apply For Membership (Optional) • PMI-ACP® Certification Handbook • Select Category 1 or 2 (College degree or not) • Complete PMI-ACP Application Form • Complete Agile PM Education Form (Get training or train yourself) • Complete PM & Agile Experience Validation Forms • Send Application to PMI • Receive Exam eligibility letter within 10-14 days (Good for 12 months) • Contact Prometric to schedule date for the exam and submit fee • Pass the Exam & Achieve PMI-ACP Certification  PMI Process for PMI-ACP® Certification
  34. 34. Prudential’s PMI-ACP In a Month Methodology Step - 1 Need Assessment Know yourself and assess the need to become PMI-ACP w.r.t experience & knowledge (PMI-ACP Handbook) Step - 2 Get Membership Get Membership Develop and follow you study plan Step - 3 Fill The Application Align your Projects With PMI-ACP Application Requirements Step - 4 Get/Align Trainings Get Agile PM Training of 21 Hrs OR align your post graduate training/Company Training for Agile PM Step - 5 Apply for Exam Now Apply For Exam & Revise Your Study Plan Step - 6 Do Review & Q&A Practice Review Your Study material /Notes and Do Extensive Practice for Exam Q&As (Assess deficiencies after Full-length Exam) Step -7 Exam Readiness Do 3 Full Length Exam for exam readiness if Marks are 75% to 80% then go for exam or go to step - 6 Step -7 Go For PMI- ACP Exam Appear in Exam (If Fail in Exam, Do Assessment for your exam and result. Apply for Re-Exam and go to Step 6 Again)
  35. 35. PRUDENTIAL PMI-ACP® Exam Prep Mentoring & Coaching Program This PMI–ACP training Workshop will prepare you to take the PMI-ACP® exam and become an Agile Certified Practitioner, a certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI)®. The PMI- ACP exam measures professionalism in Agile Project Management, increases versatility in PM methods, validates ability to lead Agile teams and Agile software projects that adapt to change, drive innovation and deliver on–time business value.
  36. 36. Program Overview This 3-day will help participants understand advanced techniques for product and iteration planning, project management and collaboration. The agile project management approach is targeted at projects where fast responsiveness to changing market demands is important and for organizations with innovative cultures. An agile project management approach will help dramatically improve a project team’s ability to cope with change and will improve project success rate. In this program you will learn from Certified PMP® & ACP® of the industry practitioners. They will Also Mentor and Coach you for PMI-ACP Certification achievement & career advancement in the prestigious profession of Agile Project Management. For your PMI-ACP Certification achievement, we work with you that focuses on: – Professional Assessment – Personalized Study Plan – How to document Experience & Application – Agile PM & SCRUM based Training – Exam Cram Sessions & Exam Practice – Exam Tips & Techniques – Online/Phone Mentoring
  37. 37. • We have started 21 Contact Hours Program and unlike other training provide we conduct the program even we get 3 participants • The program covers ACP content outlines • We give reading material to our participants from the point they enroll for it • We provide all relevant study material, candidate may not need to buy anything beyond that. • We recommend reading books based on your work experience, it may vary from 1 to 4 • Our training program is designed by taking reference from all 11 Books • Based in exam content outline we prioritize the reading material Prudential PMI-ACP Exam Prep Program
  38. 38. Prudential’s PMI-ACP Exam Prep Program Process Activity 1 — Assessment of participants individually Activity 2 — Orientation & Mentoring for PMI-ACP® Certification Activity 3 — PMI Registration & Fill The PMI-ACP® Exam Application Activity 4 — Training “Agile PM & SCRUM” Activity 5 — PMI-ACP® Exam Cram Workshop Activity 6 — Application Review & Apply For Exam Activity 7 — Mentoring/Guideline For Exam Study & Exam Cram Activity 8 — Audit Guidance (If Application in Audit) Activity 9 — Full length Exam Simulation for Exam Readiness Activity 10 — Mentoring/Coaching Session Before Exam Day. Activity 11 — If Failed in Exam (Review your Result/Failure Causes, Join our Next Training program With No Tuition Fee) Activity 12 — Help you to Maintain PMI-ACP® Certification (Guidance to Earn 30 PDUs with no Money)
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  40. 40. About Us: Prudential Solutions (Private) Limited is specialized training and consulting company focusing on – Project Management. – Business Analysis. – IT Management. – Project HR Development Prudential Solutions realize that highly skilled professionals and their continues learning can help to bridge the gap for project success and organizational excellence. © Prudential Solutions (Pvt) Ltd. Currently we offering the Prudential learning solutions for professionals and corporate to enhance competencies, productivity to achieve organizational excellence and ensure their project success.
  41. 41. Prudential Learning Solutions Executive Management Training/ Mentoring • Trainings for executive management are an important investment—especially those people, who execute organizational strategies and lead people. • We offer Half-Day to Two-Day Executive Training Workshops for Management Teams, addressing their specific business needs, with focus to solve and overcome tomorrow's business challenges today. Professional Certification Exam Prep Bootcamps • We offer high-class Professional Certification Exam Prep Training Programs, at faster pace and affordable price with GUARANTEE to pass in first attempt. Corporate Training/Coaching/Mentoring Programs • We offer training solutions that reflect organizational specific learning needs, processes, culture & industry. We also help organizations to prepare and conduct custom-design training programs that meet their environment specific requirements. OUR FEATURED TRAININGS Project Management: • Agile Project Management / SCRUM • Effective PM For Engineers & Scientist • Microsoft Project /Project Server 2010 • Professional Certifications Exam Prep (PMP/ PgMP/ PMI-ACP /PMI-SP /PMI-RMP) Business Analysis: • Effective Business Analysis • Business Analysis For Project Manager • BA Certification Exam Prep IT/IS Management: • Effective ITSM With ITIL V3 Framework • IT/IS Strategic Planning & Management • ITIL Certification Exam Prep People/ Soft Skills: People/ Soft Skills For Project Success (For Project Managers, IT Managers, Business Analysts & Project Team Members) Call Us For Complementary Orientation Seminar For Your Organization & TNA.
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