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What is this course about?


The PMI-ACP Certification is a globally recognized agile certification offered by the PMI Institute to professionals who qualify in the PMI ACP exam. The PMI-ACP certification demonstrates a professional’s knowledge of agile principles, tools and technologies across agile methodologies. As the world is moving towards agility, the demand of agile certification is increasing by the day.


Who should do this course?


Any professional looking forward to gain proven knowledge on agile methodologies, agile principles and agile tools and techniques should take PMI-ACP certification. PMI agile certification establishes one’s proficiency in agile practices and agile development. PMO leaders, traditional Project Managers working with agile developers and Project Managers looking for more successful ways for projects planning and execution and people implementing Agile in Waterfall organizations are ideal participants for PMI-ACP certification.


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When does this course start?

Classes are available during the weekday and weekend at differing times. Please contact us for your preferred dates and we will notify you of the availability. Courses are repeated each month, so it’s very likely we will have a preferred start date for you.

What's covered in this course

What’s covered in this course?


1. PMI-ACP Course Overview

  • Value of PMI – ACP Certification to the Professional
  • Value of the PMI – ACP Certification to the Organization
  • PMI – ACP Eligibility Requirements
  • PMI – ACP Timeline
  • PMI – ACP Timeline
  • PMI – ACP Certification Fees
  • PMI – ACP Certification Maintenance and Renewal
  • PMI – ACP Exam Blueprint
  • Practice Questions
  • Sources of Information
  • About the Agile exam, format and what is tested


2. Introduction to Agile

  • What is Agile
  • How has Agile evolved
  • The Agile Manifesto
  • Principles of Agile Manifesto
  • Definition of Agile
  • Benefits of Agile
  • Agile: Real Life Example


3. Agile Methodologies

  • Agile methodologies, frameworks, and processes
  • Scrum
  • Scrum roles
  • Scrum meetings
  • Extreme Programming (XP)
  • Extreme Programming Process Diagram
  • Five core principles of XP
  • The crystal methodologies
  • Dynamic systems development method (DSDM)
  • Principles of DSDM Atern
  • Feature driven development
  • Feature driven development cycle
  • Agile project management
  • APM framework
  • The APM and PMBOK
  • Lean software development
  • Lean principles
  • Kanban
  • Lean kanban method
  • OpenUP
  • Agile controversy


4. Communication

  • Project communication
  • Information radiators
  • Task boards
  • Big visible charts
  • Continuous integration build health indicators
  • Effective information radiators
  • Team space
  • Co-located vs Distributed Teams
  • Osmotic communications
  • Daily stand-up meeting
  • Agile tooling


5. Agile Planning, Monitoring, and Adopting: Part 1

  • Multiple levels of planning
  • Aligning agile projects to program and portfolios
  • User story: Attributes
  • Story card information
  • Theme and epic
  • Timeboxing
  • Advantages of timeboxing
  • Prioritizing requirements: MoSCoW
  • Release plan


6. Agile Planning, Monitoring, and Adopting: Part 2

  • Velocity
  • Iteration plan
  • Velocity-driven iteration planning
  • Commitment-driven iteration planning
  • Iteration: mid-course corrections
  • Release plan vs Iteration plan
  • Release burndown chart
  • Burndown charts
  • Burndown bar charts
  • Burnup charts
  • Cumulative flow diagrams
  • CFD: Little’s Law
  • Work-in-Progress: Detailed


7. Agile Planning, Monitoring, and Adopting: Part 3

  • Kanban boards
  • Kanban cards
  • Retrospectives
  • Techniques to conduct retrospectives
  • Agile process tailoring


8. Agile Estimation: Part 1

  • Measures of size
  • Relative estimating
  • Story points
  • Story points and estimating
  • Value points
  • Ideal days
  • Comparing the approaches
  • Estimation scale
  • Planning poker


9. Agile Estimation: Part 2

  • Accuracy vs. Precision
  • Wideband delphi
  • Wideband delphi process
  • Affinity estimation
  • Estimation using t-shirt sizing
  • Affinity estimation process
  • Silent relative sizing
  • Edit the wall
  • Place items into relative size buckets
  • Store the data


10. Agile Analysis and Design

  • Agile product roadmap
  • Product backlog
  • Agile story maps
  • Agile wireframes
  • Chartering
  • Components of agile project charter
  • Agile personas
  • Agile modelling


11. Agile Quality

  • Quality in agile
  • Agile frequent verification and validation
  • Test-first development
  • Acceptance test driven development
  • ATDD cycle
  • Definition of Done
  • Checklist for story completion
  • Continuous integration


12. Soft Skills Negotiation

  • Agile emotional intelligence
  • EI and Scrum Masters/Agile Project Managers
  • Emotional intelligence skills assessment framework
  • Benefits of emotional intelligence
  • Collaboration technology
  • Adaptive leadership: ‘Doing Agile’ tools
  • Agile negotiation and conflict management
  • Five levels of conflict by speed leas
  • Agile conflict resolution
  • Servant leadership
  • Agile servant leadership


13. Value – based Prioritization

  • Forecasting
  • Time value of money: Terminologies
  • Calculation of future value and present value
  • Return on investment
  • Net present value
  • Internal rate of return
  • Payback period
  • Agile compliance
  • Prioritization
  • Prioritizing requirements: MoSCoW
  • Prioritizing requirements: Kano Model
  • Categories: Kano Model
  • Prioritization requirements: relative weighting
  • Agile customer valued prioritization
  • Minimum marketable feature
  • Introduce slack
  • Manage change


14. Agile Risk Management

  • Risk management in agile
  • Risk adjusted product backlog
  • Risk management lifecycle
  • Risk identification
  • Risk Assessment: categories
  • Risk Assessment: risk census
  • Risk Assessment: risk board
  • Risk burndown chart
  • Risk response stratgies
  • Risk review
  • Risk profile graphs
  • Progressive risk reduction
  • Risk-based spike


15. Agile Metrics

  • Agile metrics
  • Types of metrics
  • Velocity
  • Unit of measure for velocity
  • Velocity at work: burn charts
  • Burndown chart: bar style
  • Burnup chart
  • Combined burn chart
  • Cycle time
  • Lead time vs. Cycle time
  • Earned value management for Agile
  • EVM terminologies
  • Earned value metrics with formulae
  • Earned value: planning parameters
  • EVM for agile
  • Baseline metrics
  • Measuring metrics
  • Result interpretation
  • Managing scope change
  • Escaped defects


16. Agile Value Stream Analysis

  • Value stream mapping
  • Value stream mapping: process
  • Mapping seven wastes of lean manufacturing to software
  • Agile flowcharts
  • Flowchart symbols
  • Agile spaghetti diagrams
  • Benefits of spaghetti diagram


17. Knowledge and Skills: Part 1

  • Active listening
  • The agile manifesto
  • Assessing and incorporating community and stakeholder values
  • Agile brainstorming session
  • Building empowered teams
  • Coaching and mentoring within teams
  • Agile coaching
  • Coaching at levels
  • Skills of an agile coach


18. Knowledge and Skills: Part 2

  • Agile communication
  • Feedback techniques
  • Incremental delivery
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Agile problem solving
  • Agile problem solving techniques
  • Agile leadership


19. Knowledge and Skills: Part 3

  • Project and quality standards for agile projects
  • Stakeholder management
  • Agile team motivation
  • Agile team motivation: Maslow’s Theory
  • Agile team motivation: Frederick Herzberg’s Theory
  • Agile team motivation: McClelland’s Theory
  • Agile team motivation: Boehm’s Theory
  • Building high-performance teams
  • Characteristics of high-performance agile teams
  • Collaborating collocated teams
  • Deliberately distributed teams
  • Distributed vs. Collocated Teams
  • Agile facilitation methods
  • Agile participatory decision making


20. Knowledge and Skills: Part 4

  • PMI code of ethics and professional conduct
  • Process analysis technques
  • Self-assessment
  • Agile contracts
  • Fixed price fixed scope contracts
  • Time and materials contract
  • T and M with fixed scope and cost ceiling
  • T and M with variable scope and cost ceiling
  • Agile compliance
  • Control limits for agile projects
  • Agile failure modes
  • Agile coach failure modes

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What are the prerequisites for the certification?

To apply for the PMI-ACP exam, candidates need to have:

General Project Experience

Agile Project Experience

Training in Agile Practices


2,000 hours of experience working on project teams during the last 5 years.

Note: For those holding a PMP credential, PMI has already verified that the candidate has exceeded these requirements. Thus, a PMP will be accepted to fulfill these requirements.

1,500 hours of experience working on agile project teams during last three years. These hours are in addition to the 2,000 hours required in General Project Experience.

21 contact hours must be earned in agile project management topics.

Tests knowledge of agile fundamentals


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How is this course taught?


This is a live online classroom based course. Just like a physical classroom environment, a live teacher presents the course. S/he uses diagrams, draws on a virtual board which you can see, presents material, and engages the class. You can ask questions and get an instant response. These are not pre-recorded lessons. You can interact with the teacher and other students. You will be able to see your teacher as they will have a webcam on them. Watch the video below to get an idea of how it works.


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What do I need?


You will need access to a PC and an internet connection with a speed of at least 2MB per second. If you have broadband, then this should be more than enough. You will also need a webcam, set of speakers and a microphone to see, hear and speak with your tutor. If you have a laptop, all of these should be built in.  If you are unsure about anything, please feel free to ask us.

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