PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) Exam Prep®

Course Overview 

This course covers the functions and features of Agile Certified Practitioner to prepare you for your certification exam. Students will learn about the application process and the exam, Agile principles, and value-driven delivery. They will also learn about stakeholder engagement, boosting team performance, adaptive planning, problem detection and resolution, and continuous improvement.

Course Introduction 8m

Chapter 01 – The Process 18m
The Process
Application Process
ACP Qualifications
Scheduling Your Exam

Chapter 02 – The Exam 19m
The Exam
Exam Results
The ACP Exam
Exam Breakdown
Tools and Techniques 50% of Exam
Knowledge & Skills 50% of Exam
Level 1 (33% of Total Examination Questions)
Level 2 (12% of Total Examination Questions)
Level 3 (5% of Total Examination Questions)
Key Readings
Domain Breakdown

Chapter 03 – Agile Principles & Mindset Part 1 2h 41m
Agile Principles & Mindset
Domain Tasks
PMBOK Guide vs. Agile
Project Life Cycle
Two Types of Agile
The Four Types of Life Cycles
The Big 3 Life Cycles
The Four Types of Life Cycles Continuum
Strategies to Implement Agile
Agile in Context
Agile Methodologies
Agile is Iterative & Incremental
Iterative & Incremental Approaches
The Effects of WIP & “Best Resourcing”
The History of Agile
The Beginning of Agile
Agile Development Values…
The 12 Principles of Agile Software
The Heartbeat of Agility
Must, Wants & Needs
Scrum Basics
The Scrum Roles
Team Members
A Product / Project Vision
Product Backlog
The Daily Sprint Schedule
Sprint Planning Meeting
The Daily Scrum
Iteration-Based vs Flow-Based Agile
Sprint Review
Sprint Retrospective
The Basic Team Board or Scrum Board
Adding Kanban to Scrum
Scrum: Iteration 0
Extreme Programming
Core Values
Principles & Practices
Core Practices – Fine Scale Feedback
Fine Scale Feedback – Release Planning
Fine Scale Feedback – Iteration Planning
Test Driven Development
XP Core Practices – Continuous Process
Core Practices – Shared Understanding
Core Practices – Programmer Welfare
The Extreme Programming Workflow
The Basic Steps
XP vs. Scrum
Feature-Driven Development (FDD)
1. Develop Overall Model
2. Build Feature List
3. Plan by Feature & 4. Design by Feature
5. Build by Feature
Feature-Driven Development (FDD) Terms
Scrum vs. FDD

Chapter 04 – Agile Principles & Mindset Part 2 1h 36m
Agile Principles & Mindset
Dynamic Systems Development (DSDM)
Dynamic Systems Development Method
Prerequisites for Using DSDM
DSDM – Atern Philosophy
The Atern Team Model
DSDM Eight Principles
1. Focus on the Business Need
2. Deliver on Time
3. Collaborate
4. Never Compromise Quality
5. Build Incrementally from Firm Foundations
6. Develop Iteratively
7. Communicate Continuously & Clearly
8. Demonstrate Control
Crystal Overview
Cockburn Differentiated Between…
Crystal Methods Focus on…
Common Crystal 7 Properties
Frequent Delivery
Reflective Improvement
Close or Osmotic Communication
Personal Safety & Focus
Easy Access to Expert Users
Automated Tests, Configuration Management Frequent Integration
Lean Software Development (LSD)
Key Tools & Concepts
Seven Wastes (TIMWOOD)
Task/Kanban Board
Five Core Principles of Kanban
Scrum vs. Kanban
Test Your Assumption
Scaling Agile
SAFe 3.0
SAFe Core Values
Level I – Portfolio
Level II – Program
Level III – Team
What is Nexus?
Nexus Consists of…
Nexus Process Flow
Each Retrospective Should…
Refinement Meetings
LeSS / Scrum Commonalities
LeSS / Scrum Differences
Disciplined Agile Development
The Backlog
Lifecycle Versions
DAD vs. Scrum
Disciplined Agile Development
Differentiation vs. Integration
Organizational Structure

Chapter 05 – Value-Driven Delivery 2h 2m
Value-Driven Delivery
Domain Tasks
Value-Driven Delivery (cont.)
Assessing Value
Planning Value
Value Stream Mapping
Poppendieck’s 7 Lean Wastes Manufacturing to Software
Kano Analysis
Prioritization (cont.)
A Sample Story Map
Major Risk Classes
Agile Helps Mitigate Risks
Plan, Do, Check, Act
Expected Monetary Value (EMV)
Decision Tree Analysis
Agile Contracting
Why not Gantt Charts & other software?
Little’s Law
Cumulative Cost Curve
In Alphabetical Order
Forecasting – ETC
Forecasting – EAC
Forecasting – TCPI
Burndown Chart
Burn Up Chart
Cumulative Flow Diagram

Chapter 06 – Stakeholder Engagement 57m
Stakeholder Engagement
Domain Tasks
Who is a Stakeholder?
Stakeholder Engagement (cont.)
Persona Example: Frances Miller
User Stories
User Story Strengths
User Stories The 3 Cs
You Must INVEST in Your Stories
Given, When, Then
Definition of Done (DoD)
F2F is Best
Information Radiators
Information Radiators Examples
Agile Modeling
The Diagram & The Write Up
Active Listening
Facilitation Methods
Conflict Resolution
Speed B. Leas Conflict Model
Participatory Decision Models
Management vs. Leadership
Servant Leadership
Servant Leader’s Approach to Work
Servant Leaders…
12 Principles for Leading Agile Projects

Chapter 07 – Boosting Team Performance 33m
Boosting Team Performance
Domain Tasks
Weighting Factors for COCOMO Input Variables
Adaptive Leadership
Leadership Styles
Theories of Management Style
Emotional Intelligence
Ability-Based EI Model
Goleman’s Mixed EI Model
Empowered Teams
High-Performance Teams
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
The Daily Scrum
One-on-One Coaching & Mentoring
Brainstorming Techniques
Green Zone/Red Zone
Other Tools

Chapter 08 – Adaptive Planning 1h 3m
Adaptive Planning
Domain Tasks
The Basic Agile Project Planning Process
Adaptive Planning (cont.)
Progressive Elaboration
Rolling Wave Planning
Process Tailoring
The Agile Pyramid
The Agile Test Pyramid
Value-Based Analysis
Value-Based Decomposition & Prioritization
Agile Games
Wideband Delphi & Planning Poker
Time & Cost Estimation
What Causes Project Delays?
Planning Differences

Chapter 09 – Problem Detection & Resolution 50m
Problem Detection & Resolution
Domain Tasks
Cycle Time
Cost vs. Value of Change
Escaped Defects
Quality Standards
Failure Modes & Alternatives
In Control/Specification Limits
Continuous Integration
Risk-Based Spike
Test Driven Development (TDD)
Traditional Coding Model
The TDD Model
Red, Green, Refactor
Advantages & Disadvantages
Acceptance Test-Driven Development
TDD vs. Test 1st
Extreme Programming
Types of Refactoring
Why Refactor?
Problem Solving
Problem Solving – Gather Data
Problem Solving – Generate Insights
5 Whys
Problem Solving – Decide What to Do

Chapter 10 – Continuous Improvement 17m
Continuous Improvement
Domain Tasks
Retrospectives Are Key
Retrospectives Steps
Pre-Mortem Process
Stacey Complexity Model

Course Closure

Total Duration: 10h 45m

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