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PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) Training

What is (PMI-ACP):

PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® certification is the most sort after in the agile world. This includes the agile practices from various methodologies such as Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), Lean, Kanban, DSDM Atern, etc. World has very fast realized that “one size does not fit all”, hence (PMI-ACP)® helps you perform a fit-gap analysis and use practices from various agile methodologies which best addresses the pain area. The training offered by ExcelR Solutions includes the content which is aligned with PMI®. In addition we compliment the training by briefly explaining about the possibilities of using various Agile tools while implementing Agile methodology. Through various case studies and fun filled games and exercises, participants learn about the various Agile processes, methods, Agile testing techniques etc. One change in the present world is that change and evolution in all spheres of life has never been so fast. Competition is increasing, customer requirements are changing, customer demands are increasing, with such a fast-paced-ever-changing world, comes new challenges. This is the crux of the advent of new methodology – Agile. Various research bodies such as Gartner, Forrester, Kennedy etc., predict that Agile methodology will be the next disruption. Though it is true that we increasingly associate the word, Agile, to Information Technology (IT) industry because of the latest trends in technological advancement (Social, Cloud, Analytics, Mobility), one common myth is that Agile methodology is applicable to IT world alone. ExcelR answer to this is “Agile is not applicable to an industry which is stagnated or growing at a snail pace”. Agile is finding its root deep in varied industries such as construction, product development, electrical, etc.

(PMI-ACP) Eligibility Requirements:

Education Qualification Agile Project Experience General Project Management Experience Training on Agile
Secondary degree or high school diploma 1,500 hours (8 months) experience in Agile Practices in the last 3 years (In addition to the 2,000 hours required in general project experience. 2,000 hours (12 months)working on project in the last 5 years 21 contact hours

Benefits of (PMI-ACP) :

  • ➔ Globally recognized Agile certification from Project Management Institute (PMI)
  • ➔ Enhances participants skills pertaining to agile methodologies and principles
  • ➔ Showcases one’s agile knowledge and experience to potential employers
  • ➔ Helps in building an excellent career road map in Agile Project Management methodology

Who Should do The Course:

Any professional wants to obtain knowledge on agile methodologies, agile principles and agile tools and techniques should pursue (PMI-ACP) certification. (PMI-ACP) certification establishes individual’s proficiency in various Agile methodologies. Project Managers, aspiring Project managers, Project team members who want to move from traditional project management to Agile project environment

Things you will learn:

Module 1: (PMI-ACP) Exam Agenda

Learn about the prerequisites for (PMI-ACP) & understand the finer details of the exam pattern. How to craft your way to pass the certification exam is the key outcome expected for this module. This includes:

  • ✔ Exam Eligibility
  • ✔ Exam Pattern
  • ✔ Pre-requisites
  • ✔ Content Distribution
  • ✔ Tools and techniques
  • ✔ Domains and Tasks for Agile Certification

Module 2: Introduction to Agile methodology

Learn about the introduction to various agile methodologies, concepts to get introduced to basics of Agile, when to use Agile and many such details as part of this module. Short list of concepts you will learn includes:

  • ✔ Introduction to Agile Project
  • ✔Genesis of Agile Project
  • ✔Agile Market Share
  • ✔ Traditional vs. Agile Software development
  • ✔ Manifesto of Agile
  • ✔ Principles of Agile
  • ✔Agile Methodologies
  • ✔ Spectrum of Process Complexity

Module 3: Agile Project Management Framework (APM) – Envision

APM framework includes five phases & Envision phase is the first phase. This phase includes the key concept of formalising the product vision, project scope, constraints, stakeholders

  • ✔ APM Framework
  • ✔ Envision
    • ➔Objectives
    • ➔Activities
    • ➔Requirement Gathering
    • ➔Organize Features
    • ➔Accounting Risk
  • ✔ 13 key things to learn in Envision phase are:
    • ➔Business Case
    • ➔Agile Role
    • ➔Pigs & Chiken
    • ➔Epic
    • ➔User Stories/Features
    • ➔Theme
    • ➔ Product Backlog
    • ➔MMF
    • ➔Iteration
    • ➔Release
    • ➔Time Box
    • ➔Story Point
    • ➔Value Based Decomposition

Module 4: Agile Project Management Framework (APM) – Speculation

APM framework includes five phases & Speculation phase is the second phase. This phase includes prioritising requirements, estimating story points, requirements gathering techniques & many more. The list of topics you will learn is listed here:

  • ✔ Requirement Gathering
  • ✔ Organizing Features
  • ✔Estimate Requirements
  • ✔ Accounting Risk
  • ✔ Risk Adjusted Product Backlog
  • ✔Release Plan
  • ✔Roadmap
  • ✔Adaptive Planning
  • ✔Progressive Elaboration

Module 5: Agile Project Management Framework (APM) – Explore

APM framework includes five phases & Explore phase is the third phase. This phase includes key metrics to monitor, various iteration activities, tracking the agile project & many more. The list of topics you will learn is listed here:

  • ✔ Extreme Programming (XP) Practice
  • ✔ Ideal Days
  • ✔ Velocity
  • ✔ Cycle Time
  • ✔ Sprint Backlog
  • ✔ Iteration Activities
  • ✔ Iteration Planning
  • ✔ WIP Limits Kanban
  • ✔ Agile Project Tracking
  • ✔ Burn Down Chart
  • ✔ Burn Up Chart
  • ✔ Combined Burn Chart
  • ✔ Parking Lot Chart
  • ✔ Cumulative Flow Diagram

Module 6: Agile Risk Management

Risk Management is imperative & independent of the development methodology. This part of session includes the various risks in Agile methodology, how to counter the risks & how to monitor the risks using risk burn down charts. The list of topics you will learn is listed here:

  • ✔ Agile Triangle
  • ✔ Identify Risks
  • ✔ Core Areas of Risk
  • ✔ Classify Risk
  • ✔ Quantify Risk
  • ✔ Impact
  • ✔ Plan Risk
  • ✔ ACT Risk
  • ✔ Risk Burndown Chart
  • ✔ Risk Adjusted Burn-Up Chart
  • ✔ Risk Adjusted Backlog
  • ✔ Strategies for both Threats and Opportunities

Module 7: Agile Cost & Control

Cost Management in Agile development methodology if discussed thoroughly as part of this module. This part of session includes all aspects of cost, budget, contracts, EVM to monitor project progress etc. The list of topics you will learn is listed here:

  • ✔ Agile Project Cost Management
  • ✔ Types of Costs
  • ✔ Budgeting
  • ✔ Agile Contract
  • ✔ Earned Value Management
  • ✔ ROI, IRR and NPV

Module 8: Tools, Techniques & Agile Quality Management

Various tools & techniques in terms of communication management are discussed in this module. There is a huge emphasis on using Agile automated tools to ensure high quality as part of Agile quality including Verification & Validation. The list of topics you will learn is listed here:

  • ✔ Communication
    • ➔ Information Radiators
    • ➔ Team Space
    • ➔ Osmotic Communication
    • ➔ Types of Communications and Benefits
    • ➔ Factors which effect Communication
    • ➔ Daily Standups
  • ✔ Planning Monitoring & Adapting
  • ✔ Agile Estimation
  • ✔ Agile Analysis and Design
  • ✔ Product Quality
    • ➔ Frequent Verification & Validation
    • ➔ Test-driven Development
    • ➔ Acceptance Test Driven Development
    • ➔ Definition of Done
    • ➔ Continuous Integration

Module 9: Soft Skills, Metrics & Lean

Learn about the soft skills required to manage Agile project successfully. Also learn the key metrics to be captured along with extremely important Lean concepts. The list of topics you will learn is listed here:

  • ✔ Soft Skills Negotiation
    • ➔ Emotional Intelligence
    • ➔ Collaboration
    • ➔ Adaptive Leadership
    • ➔ Negotiation
    • ➔ Conflict Resolution
    • ➔ Conflict Stages
    • ➔ Servant Leadership
  • ✔ Metrics
    • ➔ Escaped Defects
  • ✔ Value Steam Analysis
    • ➔ Value Stream Mapping

Module 10: Knowledge & Skills Level 1, 2, 3

Knowledge & skills are explained in the order of importance. These are key for the success of not just Agile projects but also Traditional projects. The list of topics you will learn is listed here:

  • ✔ Knowledge & Skills Level 1
    • ➔ Active Listening
    • ➔ Brain Storming techniques
    • ➔ Building Empowered Team
    • ➔ Coaching & Mentoring
    • ➔ Communication Management
    • ➔ Feedback Techniques for Agile
    • ➔ Incremental Delivery
    • ➔ Knowledge Sharing
    • ➔ Leadership Tools & Techniques
    • ➔ Problem Solving Strategies Tools & Techniques
    • ➔ Project and Quality Standard for Agile Project
    • ➔ Stakeholder Management
    • ➔ Team Motivation
  • ✔ Knowledge & Skills Level 2
    • ➔ Agile Framework and Terminology
    • ➔ Building High Performance Team
    • ➔ Business Case Development
    • ➔ Collocation/ Distributed Team
    • ➔ Continuous Improvement Process
    • ➔ Element of Project Charter
    • ➔ Facilitation Methods
    • ➔ Process Analysis Techniques
    • ➔ Self – Assessment
    • ➔ PMI Codes of Ethics
  • ✔ Knowledge & Skills Level 3
    • ➔ Agile Project Accounting Principles
    • ➔ Organization Compliances
    • ➔ Control Limits
    • ➔ Failure Mode and Alternatives
    • ➔ Globalization, Culture & Team Diversity
    • ➔ Principle of System Thinking
    • ➔ Regulatory Compliance
    • ➔ Variance & Trend Analysis

Module 11: Other Agile Methodologies

Learn the various agile methodologies & concepts specific to each of these. This will help you manage projects executed using agile methodologies, Hybrid agile & tailored agile are possible with the knowledge accrued using this module. The list of topics you will learn is listed here:

  • ✔ Agile Methodologies
    • ➔ XP
    • ➔ Scrum
    • ➔ Crystal Clear
    • ➔ Lean
    • ➔ Kanban
    • ➔ TDD
    • ➔ ATDD
    • ➔ AUP
    • ➔ FDD
    • ➔ DSDM
  • ✔ Miscellaneous
    • ➔ Empirical Process Control
    • ➔ Fractional Assignment

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