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PMI – Agile Certified Practitioner

Course number: CGIPMIACP40

The PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) formally recognizes your knowledge of agile principles and your skill with agile techniques. It will make you shine even brighter to your employers, stakeholders and peers.

The PMI-ACP® is our fastest growing certification, and it’s no wonder. Organizations that are highly agile and responsive to market dynamics complete more of their projects successfully than their slower-moving counterparts — 75 percent versus 56 percent — as shown in our 2015 Pulse of the Profession® report.

The PMI-ACP® spans many approaches to agile such as Scrum, Kanban, Lean, extreme programming (XP) and test-driven development (TDD.) It  will increase your versatility, wherever your projects may take you.

  • A minimum of a high school diploma
  • 12 months of general project experience within the last 5 years. A current PMP® or PgMP® will satisfy this requirement, but is not required to apply for the PMI-ACP®.
  • 8 months of agile project experience within the last 3 years
Target Audience
  • Managers and members of project teams who currently use or plan to adopt agile techniques
  • Existing PMP®s who wish to add on the PMI-ACP to demonstrate their knowledge and ability to lead both traditional and agile projects
  • Individuals who have general project management experience and are using agile practices in their projects




• The certification exam has 120 multiple-choice questions, and you will have three hours to complete it.

• The PMI-ACP® exam is currently based on the Seventh Edition of the PMBOK® Guide, and PMI's Agile Practice Guide (2017).


This course qualifies for 21 PDUs or 21 Contact Hours for candidates pursuing PMI-ACP® Certification. PMI requires you to have 21 contact hours to apply for the PMI-ACP® exam.

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
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

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