PMI-ACP, course prep

Main objectives of training:

Agile become essential part of software development and project management practices and is increasingly used today as businesses and industries recognize the value of the approach. The PMI-ACP® is a world known and well respected certificate through Agile community. It does demonstrate the competence in carrying out project management and using Agile best practices.

The training gives multiple opportunities to learn how best to implement Agile practices appropriate for your teams, through an engaging blend of discussion, group interaction, case studies and real-life cases. It also prepares candidates to PMI-ACP® examination. Candidates who have successfully obtained this certification can meet the needs of organizations by applying a diversity of methods to project management.

The training will be walking the participants through knowledge combined with practical cases and real question test to prepare for the rigorous PMP-ACP exam

Training covers and will help you to

  • Prepare for the PMI-ACP exam while completing the required 21 contact hours/PDUs
  • Navigate the tools, techniques, knowledge, and skills addressed in the exam
  • Review relevant topics in the PMI suggested reference materials
  • Practice for the exam with sample questions and exercises

Important Course Information

  • Requirements:
  • 2,000 hours of general project experience in the last five years
  • 1,500 hours of Agile project experience in the last three years

Course Preparation:

  • Overnight reading required during class

Course Outline

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 Value Driven Delivery
  • ROI, NPV, IRR Agile earned value management (EVM)
  • Product roadmap
  • Value stream mapping
  • WIP limits
  • Relative prioritization
  • Risk-adjusted backlog
  • Cumulative flow diagrams
  • Task/Kanban boards
  • Chartering Customer-valued prioritization
  • Risk burndown graphs
  • Prototypes, simulation demonstration Incremental delivery
  • Prioritization Project and quality standards
  • Agile manifesto
  • Agile frameworks and terminology
  • Agile contracting
  • Agile accounting
  • Systems thinking
  • Variations in agile methods

Stakeholder Engagement

  • Wireframes Servant leadership
  • User stories/ backlog
  • Conflict resolution
  • Agile modelling
  • Velocity Information radiators
  • Distributed teams
  • Personas
  • Burn down/up charts
  • Story maps
  • Negotiation Incorporating stakeholder values
  • Communications management
  • Leadership tools and techniques
  • Stakeholder management
  • Active listening
  • Facilitation methods
  • Globalization, culture and team diversity
  • Vendor management
  • Participatory decision models

Boosting Team Performance Practices

  • Daily stand-ups Co-located teams
  • Team space Agile tooling
  • Adaptive leadership
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Brainstorming techniques
  • Building empowered teams
  • Coaching and mentoring
  • Building high performance teams
  • Team motivation
  • Co-location and geographically dispersed teams

Adaptive Planning

  • Process tailoring
  • Iteration and release planning
  • planning poker
  • Progressive elaboration
  • Timeboxing
  • Ideal time
  • Affinity estimating
  • Relative sizing/ story points
  • Time, budget, and cost estimation
  • Value-based decomposition and prioritization
  • Agile charters
  • Business case development

Problem Detection and Resolution

  • Cycle time
  • Escaped defects
  • Continuous integration
  • Frequent verification and validation
  • Test-driven development/test first development
  • Acceptance test-driven development
  • Problem solving
  • Control limits, failure modes and alternatives
  • Variance and trend analysis

Continuous Improvement

  • Retrospectives
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Process analysis
  • Applying new Agile practices
  • PMI’s Code of Ethics

Duration:
3 full working days + 0.5 day of pre-training evaluation.

Cost:
£529/per person for the group of minimum 10 people including pre training evaluation.