My take on PMI Agile Certififed Practitioner (PMI-ACP) Exam

November 7, 2016

After writing the PMP and PMI-Risk Management professional exams, this one was my 3rd exposure to PMI's exam style. I found that the exam was similar to the current PMI style; find the best answer and inputs & outputs of the methodologies, meetings, reports and charts. Even though there is no standard or knowledge area in PMBOK about agile, the questions were structured based on PMI’s PMP process groups and ITTOs.

Sometimes I wasn’t sure what to choose as an answer because it wasn’t clear which methodology it was referring to; Scrum, Lean or XP; re-read the question and choose the most common sense option. I also think reading all of the recommended books will confuse you more because the terminology used in these books are not the same. I believe having experience with Agile manifesto and principles, Scrum, XP and Lean methodologies helped me to choose the best answers and allowed me to pass the exam.

Regardless of your experience, I recommend reading at least the following books out of 10 recommended by PMI to get familiar with the terminology:

› Agile Project Management with Scrum › Agile Estimating and Planning › Agile Project Management: Creating innovative products 2nd edition › Lean – Agile Software Development

My questions were on the following topics:

› Agile manifesto; fill out the exact wording › Agile Estimating and Planning › Agile leadership style › Agile principles; what is in or out, comparing to Lean, XP or Scrum › Scrum › Lean › XP › Release › Sprint and comparison › Iterations › Incremental development and differences › Burn down & burn up charts; inputs & outputs › User stories; cards, task boards, content › Roles; Scrum master, XP Coach, team, etc. › Pareto rule › Spike › Planning poker › Fractional Assignment › MMF › Velocity › Sprint Retrospective meeting › Scrum of Scrums › Information Radiator › DoD › TDD (test driven) › Cumulative flow diagrams › Tools used in Lean and Kanban

I recommend ITpreneurs’ 3 day PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) provides an optimal mix of classroom lectures, interactive case studies, assignments and additional reading materials to successfully prepare you to pass the PMI-ACP exam.
For upcoming PMI-ACP course or any other questions, feel free to email me at feedback@decodeseries.com.

Good luck with the exam! Christine Aykac, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-ACP, PRINCE2 Agile

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