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

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PMI ACP Training

You Will Learn How To:

  • Prepare to pass the PMI-ACP exam while completing the required 21 contact hours/PDUs
  • Navigate the tools, techniques, knowledge and skills exam areas
  • Align your Agile experience with PMI's six domains of practice
  • Review relevant topics in the PMI suggested reference materials
  • Create a plan for self-study between the course and your exam date
Agile Certified Practitioner Course

Workshop Activities Include:

  • Taking daily PMI-ACP-style practice exams
  • Cross-referencing Agile techniques to PMI's recommended reference materials
  • Creating multiple customer convergence on priorities
  • Establishing the Definition of Done for quality assurance
  • Developing a personalized exam preparation plan

About This Course: You will be able to align your Agile development experience with PMI's six domains of practice and create a personalized plan for self-study to focus your efforts from after the course to your exam date. You also receive the Learning Tree PMI-ACP Exam Prep Guarantee.


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  • Course Info

    Course 3605 Content

    Introduction to the PMI-ACP Exam

    • Recognizing key Agile developments and definitions
    • Applying the values and principles of the Agile Manifesto
    • Mapping tools, techniques, knowledge and skills to PMI's six domains of Agile development

    Implementing Value-Driven Delivery

    Focusing on business value

    • Defining and prioritizing features in terms of user and stakeholder value
    • Leveraging rapid feedback cycles

    Ensuring progressive elaboration of requirements

    • Identifying Minimally Marketable Features for release planning
    • Sharpening the requirements definition by agreeing on the Definition of Done

    Maintaining Stakeholder Engagement

    Engaging empowered business stakeholders

    • Identifying stakeholders and their concerns
    • Promoting effective collaboration and participation

    Communicating progress to help the organization make informed decisions

    • Enabling knowledge sharing
    • Building trust and managing expectations through shared success criteria

    Boosting Team Performance Practices

    Forming cross-functional teams

    • Establishing collaborative behaviors through group decision-making
    • Influencing teams to design their own internal work processes

    Empowering teams to self-organize

    • Encouraging teams to estimate and track project progress
    • Creating safe environments for experimentation

    Developing high performance teams

    • Raising productivity by eliminating waste
    • Coaching styles that foster skill enhancement

    Implementing Adaptive Planning

    Planning at multiple levels

    • Applying rolling wave planning
    • Leveraging progressive elaboration

    Employing empirical planning

    • Balancing priorities and team capabilities
    • Coaching the team to adjust cadences based on situational awareness

    Applying Agile Earned Value Measurement (EVM)

    • Refining estimate ranges to reflect uncertainty
    • Capturing measures of accepted work delivered in a specified time frame
    • Controlling costs through quantitative measures

    Problem Detection and Resolution

    Recognizing and mitigating risks

    • Time Boxing to focus on immediate issues
    • Engaging the team proactively to identify risks and create mitigation strategies
    • Ensuring impediments are resolved and stakeholder expectations are adjusted

    Communicating risks and impediments

    • Maintaining visibility with burndown charts, value stream mapping and Kanban boards
    • Managing features and technical issues with Backlog

    Facilitating Continuous Improvement

    Tailoring the process

    • Conducting retrospectives to improve the team's behavior
    • Experimenting with new techniques and process ideas

    Evaluating work efficiency

    • Removing nonvalue-adding processes
    • Reducing Work In Progress (WIP)

    Preparing to Pass the Exam

    • Defining your exam preparation strategy
    • Gaining insight into the exam format and process
    • Applying proven tips for exam success
    • Optimizing your study time and focus

    Who Should Attend

    Experienced Agile practitioners who plan to take the PMI-ACP® exam, as well as PMP® credential holders with Agile project management experience who wish to enhance their accreditation.

    Additional Details

    Yours FREE To Take Home:

    You receive over 300 practice exam questions

    Special Course Information:

    The Learning Tree PMI-ACPSM Exam Prep Guarantee - Learning Tree stands behind the quality of its courses. If for any reason you do not pass your PMI-ACPSM exam after completing our course, Preparing for the PMI-ACPSM Exam, contact us within 60 days of your original course attendance to schedule a free course retake.

    Training Hours

    Day 1 class hours:
    9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    60-minute lunch

    Days 2 - 3 class hours:
    9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    45-minute lunch

  • More Course Info

    What is this course about?

    In this PMI-ACP course, you gain the skills necessary to help you prepare for the Project Management Institute's new PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)SM credential exam. Through concentrated practice exams and workshops, you learn essential Agile terminology, tools and techniques, as well as the specialized elements within the PMI suggested reference materials required to pass the exam. Upon completion of this course you will have created a personalized study plan identifying your specific strengths and weaknesses designed for ultimate exam success. Further, this course features extended class hours, providing you with the 21 contact hours/PDUs you need to take the PMI-ACPSM exam.

    What background knowledge should I have?

    This course is valuable for experienced or aspiring Agile certified practitioners who are planning to take the PMI- ACPSM exam in the near future. A general project management background and additional Agile development experience is assumed prior to taking this course.

    What reference materials does PMI suggest to help in preparing for the PMI-ACPSM exam?

    PMI suggests the following publications to help candidates prepare for the PMI-ACPSM exam:

    • Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great , Esther Derby, Diana Larsen, Ken Schwaber
    • Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game – 2nd Edition, Alistair Cockburn
    • The Software Project Manager's Bridge to Agility, Michele Sliger, Stacia Broderick
    • Coaching Agile Teams,Lyssa Adkins
    • Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products – 2nd Edition, Jim Highsmith
    • Becoming Agile: ...in an imperfect world, Greg Smith, Ahmed Sidky
    • Agile Estimating and Planning, Mike Cohn
    • The Art of Agile Development, James Shore
    • User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development, Mike Cohn
    • Agile Project Management with Scrum, Ken Schwaber
    • Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise Agility, Alan Shalloway, Guy Beaver, James R. Trott

    How do you approach the PMI reference material?

    At first look the reference materials can seem overwhelming. One approach to study is to read all of the books currently listed by PMI, memorizing facts that may or may not be in the exam. This course takes a more complete and effective approach by focusing on the six domains of Agile practice delineated by PMI, mapping the exam sections on tools and techniques and exam areas on knowledge and skills to those domains. This helps to create a complete picture of Agile development practices and the relevant areas covered in the exam.

    What are the eligibility criteria for taking the PMI-ACPSM exam?

    The PMI-ACPSM eligibility criteria, as established by the Project Management Institute, maintains that the candidate hold a minimum of a secondary degree (high school or equivalent) and have earned at least 2,000 hours of general project experienced within the last five years. Candidates must also have earned at least 1,500 hours of Agile project experience within the last three years. As well as, have at least 21 contact hours of training in Agile practices (21 PDUs) from a PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.), such as Learning Tree International.

    Will this course satisfy the project management education requirement necessary to take the exam?

    Yes. To be eligible to take the PMI-ACPSM exam, candidates must complete 21 hours of formal project management education. This course has extended hours in order to provide the 21 education hours required.

    Will I be prepared to take the exam immediately after this course?

    That is entirely up to you. This course is designed to meet the needs of a broad spectrum of PMI-ACPSM certification candidates, from those on the verge of taking the exam, to those who are in the earlier planning stages of exam preparation. Upon completion of this course, you will have taken a series of in-depth practice exams, and created a personalized study guide to assist you in discovering your areas of strength and weakness, all of which will help you to determine your level of exam readiness.

    How much time is spent on each topic?

    This course has extended hours, with some days running from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Content Hours
    Introduction to the PMI-ACP exam 2.0
    Fundamentals of Agile development 2.0
    Implementing value-driven delivery 2.0
    Maintaining stakeholder engagement 2.5
    Boosting team performance practices 3.5
    Implementing adaptive planning 3.0
    Problem detection and resolution 2.0
    Facilitating continuous improvement 2.0
    Planning for the exam 2.0

    Times, including the workshops, are estimates; exact times may vary according to the needs of each class.

    How much of this course is spent in workshops?

    Approximately 40 percent of this course is spent in a series of individual practice workshops and simulated exams. Workshops include:

    • Taking daily PMI-ACPSM-style practice exams
    • Cross-referencing Agile techniques to PMI's recommended reference materials
    • Creating multiple customer convergence on priorities
    • Establishing the Definition of Done for quality assurance
    • Developing a personalized exam preparation plan and study guide

    I'm attending this course from work using AnyWare - Learning Tree's web-based remote attendance platform. How will that impact what I learn?

    You will participate fully in the course and acquire the same knowledge and skills as your classmates who participate in the classroom. You will have the same course materials, be able to easily communicate back and forth and ask questions of your instructors and peers. Your instructor will be able to see exactly what you're doing and can interactively offer concrete help.

    I am uncertain about taking the PMI-ACPSM exam. Is this course right for me?

    Probably not. We recommend that you commit to applying for or setting an exam date in the near future prior to taking this course. The intense focus of study, along with the required overnight readings and self-study, makes this course best suited to those who are very serious about PMI-ACPSM certification. If you aren't ready to take the exam, Learning Tree offers a series of other Agile courses, from introductory to advanced, that allow you to broaden your knowledge base while you decide about the step toward certification.

    I'm interested in taking the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam. Will this course help me prepare?

    No, this course prepares you for the PMI - Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)SM exam. You should instead consider Course 276, Project Management Professional (PMP)® Exam Prep. In Course 276, you prepare specifically for the PMI Project Management Professional (PMP) certification exam by diving into more detail of the PMBOK® Guide content.

    What happens if I don't pass the exam?

    If for any reason you do not pass your PMI-ACPSM Exam after completing our course, Course 3605, PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Exam Prep, contact us within 60 days of your original course attendance to schedule a free course retake.

    How does this course relate to other Learning Tree courses?

    While the emphasis of this course is on PMI-ACPSM exam preparation, Learning Tree offers a series of Agile courses to further your knowledge base, including:

    For those interested in additional PMI certifications, Learning Tree offers these courses:

  • Certification/Credits

    Many Learning Tree courses provide college credit and industry continuing education credits. You can also earn a Learning Tree Professional Certification in your area of expertise and prepare for popular industry certifications. See below for continuing professional development credits associated with this course.

    College Credit – 1 Semester Hours This course qualifies for 1 semester hour of college credit as certified by the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT). Read More...
    CPE 17 CreditsThis course qualifies for 17 CPE credits from the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy CPE program. Read More...
    PMI 21 PDUThis course is approved by PMI® for 21 professional development units (PDUs). For more on the Project Management Institute and a full list of courses approved for PDUs. Read More...
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