How to Prepare for PMI-ACP Certification

Go beyond Simply Preparing for the Exam and Prepare Yourself for a Real-world Agile Project Management Role
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  • Lectures 18
  • Length 2 hours
  • Skill Level Intermediate Level
  • Languages English
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Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

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Learn how to prepare for PMI-ACP certification in a way that will go beyond simply passing the certification exam and prepare you to take on a high-impact, real-world Agile Project Management role!

The use of Agile methodologies is growing at an incredible rate, the basic way we do traditional plan-driven project management hasn't changed significantly since the 1950's and 1960's and the rate of technology change today is making a pure plan-driven approach very cumbersome and impractical to implement in many real-world situations. That doesn't mean that traditional plan-driven project methodologies are obsolete and no longer useful; however, within a relatively short amount of time, a project manager who only knows how to use traditional plan-driven methodologies will be at a serious disadvantage in the job market.

That's a big challenge for many project managers who have been schooled and indoctrinated in a plan-driven project management approach because Agile changes the very nature of how we do project management in many environments. PMI has recognized the importance of this trend and has created the Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) certification to recognize project managers who have developed an understanding of Agile knowledge and skills. The PMI-ACP certification is a step in the right direction and has some fairly rigorous requirements but it doesn't go far enough in my opinion to address some of the challenges that project managers face in a real-world Agile environment today.

This course is not a PMI-ACP "exam prep" course. This course is designed to help you develop a plan to go beyond simply passing the PMI-ACP exam, develop a clear understanding of the potential career paths for an Agile Project Manager, and prepare yourself for a high-impact Agile Project Management role in addition to achieving PMI-ACP certification. Understanding this real-world perspective will not only help to prepare you for a real world role, it will also make the information required for the PMI-ACP exam much more meaningful and easier to retain and it will also make you a much stronger project manager!

Earn PDU's: Students who complete this course are eligible to receive 2.0 PDU's in PMI continuing education credits. Instructions for claiming PDU's are provided with the last lesson in the course.


What are the requirements?

  • All students should take my "Learn the Truth About Agile versus Waterfall" course prior to taking this course to develop a basic understanding of Agile and Waterfall and to see those two approaches in a fresh new perspective as complementary rather than competitive

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand all of the major Agile certifications and why PMI-ACP makes sense
  • Learn the requirements for PMI-ACP certification as well as an overview of what's on the PMI-ACP certification exam and how to prepare for it
  • Create a vision for your career path as an Agile Project Manager
  • Develop a foundation of real-world Agile Project Management knowledge in order to make the information required for PMI-ACP certification more meaningful and easier to internalize and retain
  • Create a roadmap of training combined with real-world experience to qualify for PMI-ACP certification and prepare yourself for a high-impact Agile Project Management role

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone who is interested in preparing for PMI-ACP certification

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction and Course Overview
12:48

This lesson provides an introduction to the rest of the course and an understanding of why this course is so important to anyone who is considering PMI-ACP certification as well as an overview of how the rest of the course is organized

Section 2: PMI-ACP Certification Requirements and Exam Overview
08:26

The purpose of this lecture is to explain how the PMI-ACP certification came about and how it relates to other Agile certifications

07:33

This lecture will provide a discussion of the PMI-ACP certification requirements

05:53

This lecture will provide an overview of the knowledge and skills that are covered by the PMI-ACP exam

PMI-ACP Certification Quiz
10 questions
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The purpose of this exercise is to perform an assessment to assess your readiness for PMI-ACP certification

Section 3: Agile Project Management Overview
11:40

This lesson provides an overview of what "Agile Project Management" is and the typical real-world roles that might be played by an Agile Project Manager

08:33

This lecture is part 1 of 3 parts on "Agile Project Management Career Paths". This series of lectures is designed to give you an understanding of the potential real-world roles that an Agile Project Manager might fill.

07:15

This lecture is part 2 of 3 parts on "Agile Project Management Career Paths". This series of lectures is designed to give you an understanding of the potential real-world roles that an Agile Project Manager might fill.

08:11

This lecture is part 3 of 3 parts on "Agile Project Management Career Paths". This series of lectures is designed to give you an understanding of the potential real-world roles that an Agile Project Manager might fill.

Agile Project Management Overview Quiz
10 questions
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The purpose of this exercise is to assess the most likely Agile Project Management career path

Section 4: PMI Agile Domains of Knowledge
15:26

This lecture is part 1 of 3 parts on "Agile Project Management Domains of Knowledge". This series of lectures is designed to provide an understanding of the domains of knowledge and the tasks associated with those domains of knowledge that PMI considers important to an Agile Project Management role.

09:18

This lecture is part 2 of 3 parts on "Agile Project Management Domains of Knowledge". This series of lectures is designed to provide an understanding of the domains of knowledge and the tasks associated with those domains of knowledge that PMI considers important to an Agile Project Management role.

10:54

This lecture is part 3 of 3 parts on "Agile Project Management Domains of Knowledge". This series of lectures is designed to provide an understanding of the domains of knowledge and the tasks associated with those domains of knowledge that PMI considers important to an Agile Project Management role.

PMI Agile Domains of Knowledge Quiz
10 questions
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The purpose of this exercise is to assess your level of proficiency in each of the seven Agile domains of knowledge and to assess their importance to your Agile career path

Section 5: Putting It All Together
16:20

The purpose of this lecture is to provide an overall summary of the course, discuss next steps, and identify potential resources that are available for additional help.

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Section 6: Bonus Materials
09:20

This bonus material contains a free list of topics that I believe are essential to know to not only qualify for PMI-ACP certification but to become a very well-qualified Agile Project Manager in the real world.

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Please download the attached document on "Instructions for Claiming PDU's" for instructions on how to claim PDU's for this course.

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Instructor Biography

Chuck Cobb, Author of The Project Manager's Guide to Mastering Agile

Chuck Cobb is the author of the recent, best-selling book "The Project Manager's Guide to Mastering Agile" as well as four other books on Agile Project Management and Business Excellence and he is one of the most popular instructors on Udemy with over 20,000 students and over 400 5-star reviews and he has been a featured speaker at a number of PMI Chapter events, agile groups, universities, and PMO workshops throughout the US.

He has a very pragmatic, "real world" approach to Agile that is based on over 20 years of hands-on program/project management experience in a broad range of industries and application areas and he is passionate about helping project managers understand the convergence of Agile and traditional project management principles and practices.

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