PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) Exam Preparation

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The use of Agile frameworks to manage projects is rapidly expanding beyond software development to include hardware, manufacturing and service-oriented industries across the globe. In recognition of this fact, the Project Management Institute (PMI) developed the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) certification to verify an individual’s experience level, their knowledge of Agile principles and their ability to apply that knowledge to project management. The PMI-ACP is not limited to one Agile framework, requiring candidates to understand a broad range of frameworks, including Scrum, Kanban, XP, Lean, test-driven development and more.

Class time is divide between discussion (50 percent), hands-on exercises (25 percent) and practice examinations (25 percent).


Anyone desiring to take the PMI-ACP or learn more about Agile implementations.
Course Duration:
3 days


There are no prerequisites to attend the course. However, PMI’s minimum requirements to apply for the PMI-ACP certification are:

  • 2000 hours of general project experience working on a project team within the last five years
    • Or a current PMP® or PgMP® certification
  • 1500 hours of Agile experience in the last three years in addition to the 2000 hours of general project experience above
  • 21 contact hours of training in Agile practices
    • See the PMI-ACP® handbook for specific instructions and requirements to apply for certification
Course Objectives:
  • Understand the requirements and process for PMI-ACP certification
  • Understand and apply the numerous tactics and techniques of the 10 “tool kits” identified in the PMI-ACP Examination Content Outline
  • Learn the 43 knowledge and skills areas outlined in the PMI-ACP® Examination Content Outline
  • Understand how to apply the Agile Manifesto and it principles to challenging situations
  • Gain a comprehensive knowledge of Scrum
  • Understand the basics of other Agile frameworks and how they can be combined with Scrum
  • Apply Agile techniques of initiating, planning, estimating and monitoring projects
  • Understand how value and quality are built-in to every Agile project
  • Understand the Agile approach to project management
  • Comprehend and apply PMI’s values and ethical standards
Course Outline:
  • Course Introduction and Preamble
  • Agile Overview
    • Agile Potential
    • Agile Manifesto
    • Changing Role of the Project Manager
  • Scrum Overview
    • Roles and Responsibilities
    • How It works
    • Artifacts
    • Rules
  • XP and Other Framework Overview
    • XP
    • Dynamic Systems Development Model
    • Feature-Driven Development
    • Crystal
  • Agile Communications
    • Communications Management
    • Communicating with Stakeholders
    • Team Communications
    • Collocated and Distributed Teams
    • Team Collaboration
    • Agile/Innovation Games
  • Agile Planning
    • Planning Concepts and Terms
    • Analysis and Design
    • Business Case and Value Analysis
    • Project Charters
    • The Road Map
    • Customer Value Prioritization
    • Minimally Marketable Features and Minimally Viable Product
  • Product Backlog
    • Defining the Product Backlog
    • User Stories
    • Product Backlog Refinement
  • Agile Estimation
    • Storying Sizing
    • Relative Sizing
    • Wideband Delphi
    • Planning Poker
    • Affinity Estimating
  • Release Planning
    • Release Planning Inputs and Outputs
    • Velocity-Driven Release Planning
    • Fixed Schedule Release Planning
  • Sprint Planning
    • Release versus Sprint Planning
    • Planning Preparation
    • Velocity-Driven Planning
    • Commitment-Driven Planning
    • Sprint Backlog and Charts
  • Sprints
    • Sprint Activities
    • Sprint Review
    • Sprint Retrospective
  • Quality
    • Definition of Done
    • Test-Driven Development
    • Acceptance Test-Driven Development
    • Continuous Integration
  • Risk
    • Risk Overview
    • Risk Adjusted Backlog
    • Risk Burn-Down Chart
    • Risk Based Spike
  • Lean and Kanban
    • Lean Principles
    • Defining Kanban
    • Work In Progress (WIP) Limits
    • Value Stream Mapping
    • Classes of Service
    • Bottlenecks and Flow
  • Interpersonal Skills
    • Emotional Intelligence
    • High Performing Teams
    • Leadership
    • Facilitation and Coaching
    • Conflict Resolution
    • PMI Code of Ethics
  • Metrics
    • Process Analysis
    • Continuous Improvement
    • Metrics
    • Applying New Agile Practices
    • Failure Modes
  • Agile Contract and Accounting
    • Agile Contract Methods
    • Agile Accounting
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