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Friday, March 10, 2017

Contents of the PMI ACP Exam

In the Previous Article we saw the Step by Step Process to attain the PMI ACP Certification. Lets look at the contents of the ACP Exam next. 

The Web site of project management institute, contains the ‘PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) Examination Content Outline’ which describes the topics covered in the exam.

Like I mentioned before, the exam has 120 multiple-choice questions. Only 100 questions will be evaluated for scoring purpose. The remaining 20 are pre-test questions that will be randomly distributed in the question paper.

There are two main Content Areas in the Exam with each having a 50% weightage
  • Agile Tools and Techniques
  • Agile Knowledge and Skills 
As someone who successfully passed the ACP Exam in the first attempt in May 2017, I will be adding some useful pointers & tips (like this one) in articles. Try to keep them in mind and they will definitely help you pass the exam.

We will be covering all of the topics that comprise these two content areas in this series. 

Agile Tools and Techniques (50% of the Exam) 

The ACP exam will test your knowledge of the Tools and Techniques that are used while managing Agile Projects that cover the following areas: 
  • Communications
  • Planning
  • Monitoring & Adopting
  • Estimation
  • Analysis & Design (of Requirements)
  • Quality 
  • Soft Skills
  • Value Based Prioritization
  • Risk Management 

Agile Knowledge and Skills (50% of the Exam)

The ACP exam will also test your Agile Knowledge and Skills. These skills are categorized into 3 levels and each has a separate weightage among this 50%. 
  • Level 1 – 65% 
  • Level 2 – 25% 
  • Level 3 – 10% 

Below are the various Knowledge/Skill items that go into these above 3 levels. 

Level 1 Knowledge and Skills
  • Active listening
  • Agile manifesto values and principles
  • Assessing and incorporating community and stakeholder values
  • Agile brainstorming techniques
  • Building-empowered teams
  • Coaching and mentoring within teams
  • Agile communications management
  • Feedback techniques for product (e.g., prototyping, simulation, demonstrations, evaluations)
  • Incremental delivery
  • Agile knowledge sharing
  • Agile leadership tools and techniques
  • Prioritization
  • Agile problem-solving strategies, tools and techniques
  • Project and quality standards for Agile projects
  • Stakeholder management
  • Agile team motivation
  • Time, budget and cost estimation
  • Value-based decomposition and prioritization
Level 2 Knowledge and Skills
  • Agile frameworks and terminology
  • Building high-performance teams
  • Agile business case development
  • Collocation (geographic proximity)/distributed teams
  • Agile continuous improvement processes
  • Elements of a project charter for an Agile project
  • Agile facilitation methods
  • Agile participatory decision models (e.g., input-based, shared collaboration, command)
  • PMI's code of ethics and professional conduct
  • Process analysis techniques
  • Self-assessment
  • Value-based analysis
Level 3 Knowledge and Skills

  • Agile contracting methods
  • Agile project accounting principles
  • Applying new Agile practices
  • Compliance (organization)
  • Control limits for Agile projects
  • Agile failure modes and alternatives
  • Globalization, culture, and team diversity
  • Agile innovation games
  • Principles of systems thinking (e.g., complex adaptive, chaos)
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Variance and trend analysis
  • Variations in Agile methods and approaches
  • Vendor management

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