Monday, February 17, 2014

PMI-ACP course structure

PMI-ACP Course structure

About Agile 

Agile project management consists of the family of iterative development frameworks like XP, SCRUM, RUP, TDD. Agile project management is ideal for projects, where requirements are highly volatile (evolving), or technology is very new to the team, or both. While it is a right fit for product development, it is not limited to that alone. It is beneficial for any creative work like web based application development, architecting phase of a civil, mechanical,electrical,plumbing project, research projects etc. Even world bank sponsored programs have successfully deployed agile project management, yielding them better results than water fall (big bang single releases).

About PMI-ACP Certification

Certification is offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI), USA.
Exam comprises of 120 multiple choice questions.
Exam time is 3 hours.
50% of the questions are from Agile tools and techniques.
50% of the questions are from Agile knowledge and skills.
Participants are required to undergo 21 contact hours of instructor led training based on agile project management, within 1 year of taking the exam.
Participants can take the exam for a maximum of three times, within the one year period after gaining the required 21 contact hours.

The Course Objectives

Prepare the participants for the PMI-ACP Certification.
To impart sufficient knowledge and skills to the participants so that they can start practising the agile project management methodology at their work place.
Provide 21 contact hours of instructor led training credits to the participants

The course outline 

Overview of agile project management 
Agile manifesto
Popular agile methodologies
Agile principles and practices
Scrum overview 
Quick overview of the agile practices using scrum 
Understanding the key roles and artifacts of scrum 
Scrum master (Agile project manager)
Product owner
Team members
Product backlog
Sprint planning meeting
Sprint backlog
Tracking board
Sprint demo
Understanding user stories 
The anatomy of a user story
User story development techniques
Story points
Ideal time
Wide band delphi
Playing poker
The sprint planning meeting 
The sprint planning meeting time box
Feature prioritization
The tracking board
Definition of done
Load balancing
Self organised teams
Work volunteering
Daily stand up meetings
Burn down chart updating
Sprint demo meetings Continuous improvement process
Sprint retrospectives
Scaling scrum
Co-located and distributed teams
Best practices and concepts 
Agile tooling
Osmotic communications for co-located and distributed teams
WIP limits
Cumulative flow diagram
Process tailoring
Affinity estimating
Product road map
Story maps
Wire frames
Frequent verification and validation
Test driven development / test first development
Continuous integration
Project charter for an agile project
Participatory decision models
Process analysis techniques
Self assessment
Value based assessment
Soft skills 
Emotional intelligence
Adaptive leadership
Conflict resolution
Servant leadership
Building high performance teams
Value based prioritization 
Return on investment (ROI)
Net present value (NPV)
Internal rate of return (IRR)
Customer valued prioritization
Minimally marketable feature (MMF)
Relative prioritization / ranking
Business case development
Agile implementation 
Agile contracting methods
Agile project accounting principles
Applying new agile practices
Compliance (Organisation)
Control limits for agile projects
Failure modes and alternatives
Globalisation, Culture and team diversity
Innovation games
Principles of systems thinking (complex, adaptive, chaoes)
Regulatory compliance
Variance and trend analysis
Vendor management

The course is delivered over gotomeeting in 4 weeks time
There will be one online meeting with the instructor / week, where the key concepts are discussed
Instructor is available till you clear the exam for doubt clarification 

Contact details 
skype 'pmricampus'

Course fee : USD 200

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