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Agile Project Management (PMI-ACP Exam Prep)

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3 Days

This three-day interactive workshop, provides two sets of benefits: 1) It gets participants to explore and apply basic agile project management techniques and review how these techniques differ from “traditional”, deterministic, methods; 2) It prepares participants to write and successfully pass the PMI-ACP certificate exam.

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 agile certificate. The entire content of the course is applicable to the PMI-ACP exam. The course is broken down so items 1-6 take 50% of the time; these items are covered with focus on application of the concepts, so participants can become better agile practitioners and contributors. The second half of the workshop is more exam focused; topics in this part are also covered in such way that benefits participants beyond passing the exam.

The content of the course is also aligned with the knowledge required to pursue the Scrum Master Certified designation.
This course is designed for executives, project sponsors, portfolio managers, program managers, product managers, project managers (including PMs in agile environments, such as Scrum Masters and Coaches), project team leads, project team members, SMEs (subject matter experts), PMO (project management office) staff, and those interested in learning more about agile project management in both IT and non-IT environment. The program is designed for any role who is interested in pursuing and passing the PMI-ACP certificate.

In this course, participants will:

  • List key aspects of the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) handbook and content outline
  • Discuss key Agile concepts as they relate to passing the PMI-ACP certificate exam
  • Recognize where Agile project management fits into the spectrum of management methodologies
  • Identify the types of projects that are suited to Agile Project management and when not to use Agile Project Management
  • Explain key components and principles of Agile and the Lean project management
  • Review Agile methodologies
  • Explore the need for applying Agile concepts and the considerations behind applying the right approach for any given situation
  • Apply techniques to ensure Agile concepts are suitable to the organizational context, and governance structure
  • Establish sufficient and appropriate communication and reporting techniques
  • Build mechanisms for prioritization, planning and estimating effectively
  • Capture Product Vision and Product Roadmap
  • Conduct Release and Iteration (Sprint) Planning
  • Build, estimate, re-prioritize, refine and “groom” the Product Backlog
  • Perform a Daily Stand-up Meeting
  • Adapt the Agile process to reflect continuous improvement
  • Identify and alleviate common hurdles, problems and impediments to Agile success

Introduction to Agile Project Management
History and Evolution
Traditional Project Management approaches
Agile Project Management
Comparison of Agile vs. Traditional PM

Agile Principles and Values
The Agile Manifesto
Agile Principles

Adopting Agile
Considerations and Concerns
Causes of Failures
Critical Success Factors

Agile Roles
Product Owner
Scrum Master / Coach / Project Manager
Team Members
The Business Analysts

Agile Techniques
Planning, Monitoring and Adapting

  • Project Planning
  • Release Planning
  • Iteration (Sprint) Planning, Workflow and Roles and Responsibilities
  • Daily Plans
  • Value and risk considerations in agile planning


  • Story Points
  • Ideal Days

Daily Stand-Up Meeting
Backlogs Maintenance

The End of the Iteration
Demos and Iteration Review
Acceptance of Stories
Prioritization and Backlog Grooming / Maintenance

About the ACP Exam
Exam prep tips

PMI-ACP Exam Preparation
Agile tools and techniques – soft and hard skills
Agile Methodologies Frameworks

  • Scrum Overview
  • DSDM
  • XP
  • Feature Driven Development (FDD)
  • Disciplined Agile Delivery
  • Additional agile methodologies

Communications, Reporting and Documentation Concepts

  •  Efficiencies
  • Minimalism
  • Communication and meetings
  • Documentation highlights
  • Reporting
    • Information Radiators
    • The Burndown Chart
    • Team Velocity
    • Task Board (Kanban)
    • Cumulative Flow Diagrams
    • Variance and trend analysis

Agile domains and tasks
Exam questions

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