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Agile and Scrum

PMI® Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) Exam Preparation

  • Traditional Classroom: 3-day
  • Virtual Instructor-led: Six 3-hour sessions

This course prepares participants for taking the PMI-ACP® exam, one of the most credible certifications sought after by employers in agile project management. Achieving the PMI-ACP® certification demonstrates your ability to apply an agile mindset and adaptive, iterative, and incremental agile practices and techniques in complex innovative projects.

The workshop focuses on the application of agile techniques in both IT and non-IT project environments. Participants will learn when to apply agile techniques and how to consider whether agile is the right approach for their projects. The workshop also introduces agile concepts, values, and principles; reviews agile project management approaches; discusses adoption factors; and applies proven agile project management techniques and practices to project and organizational success. Participants will gain hands-on experience in applying proven agile techniques and practices as well as the relevant knowledge, context, and techniques to successful pass the PMI-ACP® exam.

The content of the course is also aligned with the knowledge required to pursue the Certified Scrum Master (CSM) designation.

Target Audience

This course is intended for project managers, team leaders, Scrum Masters, product owners, designers, testers, quality assurance staff, developers/programmers, and anyone interested in gaining knowledge in managing agile project and understanding how agile is applied to enable organizations to improve through agile ways of working.

Learning Objectives

  • Provide essential preparation for attaining the PMI-ACP certification.
  • Attain hands-on practical experience with PMI-ACP style preparation questions and exam simulation.
  • Receive guidance from a certified PMI-ACP instructor sharing a proven exam study plan and exam tips.
  • Satisfy the PMI-ACP exam eligibility requirement for 21 hours of formal training in agile practices.

Key Takeaways

  • Course reference manual
  • PMI-ACP Exam Prep book by Mike Griffiths
  • 60-question simulation exam and solutions
  • Attain the 21 PDUs that can be applied toward the requirement for taking the PMI-ACP exam

Course Outline

  • Course Agenda
  • Certification Process
  • Exam Details
  • Study Tips
  • Study Plan
Module 1: Agile Principles and Mindset
  • Tools & Techniques
    • Servant Leadership
  • Knowledge & Skills
    • Traditional vs. Agile
    • Agile Mindset
    • Agile Manifesto
    • Agile Values
    • Agile Principles
    • Scrum
    • Extreme Programming (XP)
    • Lean
    • Kanban
    • Feature Driven Dev. (FDD)
    • Dynamic System Dev. Method (DSDM)
    • Crystal
Module 2: Value-Driven Delivery
  • Tools & Techniques
    • Agile Tooling
    • Compliance
    • Continuous Integration
    • Cumulative Flow Diagrams
    • Customer Valued Prioritization
    • EVM for Agile
    • Verification and Validation
    • Kanban Board
    • Kano Analysis
    • Minimal Marketable Feature (MMF)
    • Minimal Viable Product (MVP)
    • Moscow Prioritization
    • Relative Prioritization/Ranking
    • Task Board
    • Work-In-Progress (WIP) Limits
  • Knowledge & Skills
    • Agile Contracting
    • Agile Project Accounting Principles
    • Incremental Delivery
    • Managing with Agile Kpis
    • Prioritization
    • Regulatory Compliance
Module 3: Stakeholder Engagement
  • Tools & Techniques
    • Active Listening
    • Agile Modeling
    • Brainstorming
    • Chartering
    • Collaboration and Games
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Definition of Done (Dod)
    • Emotional Intelligence
    • Information Radiator
    • Negotiation
    • Personas
    • Participatory Decision Models
    • Social Media–Based Communication
    • Two-Way Communications
    • Wireframes
    • Workshops
  • Knowledge & Skills
    • Agile Project Chartering
    • Community and Stakeholder Values
    • Facilitation Methods
    • Knowledge Sharing/Communication
    • Participatory Decision Models
    • Stakeholder/Communication Management
Module 4: Team Performance
  • Tools & Techniques
    • Adaptive Leadership
    • Burn Down Charts
    • Burn-Up Charts
    • Osmotic Communications For Co-Located And/Or Distributed Teams
    • Team Space/Size/Selection
    • Velocity
    • Throughput/Productivity
  • Knowledge & Skills
    • Building/Motivating Agile Teams
    • Developmental Mastery Models
    • Global, Cultural, and Team Diversity
    • Physical and Virtual Co-Location
    • Training, Coaching, and Mentoring
Module 5: Adaptive Planning
  • Tools & Techniques
    • Affinity Estimating
    • Architectural Spike
    • Backlog Grooming/Refinement
    • Daily Stand-Ups
    • Ideal Time
    • Iteration and Release Planning
    • Levels of Planning
    • Planning Poker
    • Product Backlog
    • Product Roadmap
    • Progressive Elaboration
    • Relative Sizing
    • Story Points
    • T-Shirt Sizing
    • Requirements Reviews
    • Risk-Based Spike
    • Story Maps
    • Timeboxing
    • User Stories
    • Wide Band Delphi
  • Knowledge & Skills
    • Agile Discovery
    • Agile Sizing and Estimation
    • Value-Based Analysis and Decomposition
Module 6: Problem Detection and Resolution
  • Tools & Techniques
    • Control Limits
    • Cycle Time
    • Defect Rate
    • Escaped Defects
    • Ground Rules
    • Lead Time
    • Risk Adjusted Backlog
    • Risk Burn Down Graphs
    • Testing, Including Exploratory and Usability
    • Test-Driven Development (TDD)
    • Variance and Trend Analysis
  • Knowledge & Skills
    • Problem Solving
Module 7: Continuous Improvement
  • Tools & Techniques
    • Approved Iterations
    • Feedback Methods
    • Fishbone Diagram Analysis
    • Five Whys
    • Kaizen
    • Learning Cycle
    • Pre-Mortem (Rule Setting, Failure Analysis)
    • Process Tailoring/Hybrid Models
    • Product-Feedback Loop
    • Retrospectives, Intraspectives
    • Reviews/Demos
    • Value Stream Mapping
  • Knowledge & Skills
    • Agile Hybrid Models
    • Continuous Improvement
    • PMI Code of Ethics And Professional Conduct
    • Principles of Systems Thinking
    • Process Analysis
    • Self-Assessment Tools and Techniques
  • Simulation Exam and Review
    • Certification Process Review
    • Exam Details Review
    • Study Tips/Plan Review

MDP594 Course Code

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