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PMI-ACP Agile Certified Practitioner

Agile Certified Practitioner is the PMI course which prepares you for the ACP certification exam.

The course is aimed at 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.

The 3 day course consolidates your agile project knowledge in a structured a comprehensive learning programme.

There is currently no regular schedule of courses in the UK - but ask Focus to check.  We can always arrange in-house training if you have multiple delegates.

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This course is for experienced project professionals and you should refer to the PMI handbook for this course.

PMP and/or PgMP credential holders will be accepted as fulfilling the general project experience requirements.

Course 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

Exams & Certification

The exam is not included.

The exam is booked as part of the PMI certification process and is taken at a Prometric test centre.

The courses does provide the training pre-requisites for certification.

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