Agile Trainings

PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner Exam Preparatory Course (PMI- ACP)


The PMI- ACP certification is a new credential offered by PMI for people working in Agile project management environments. The PMI-ACP certification recognizes an individual’s expertise in using Agile practices in their projects, while demonstrating their increased professional versatility through Agile tools and techniques. The process of earning this credential involves satisfying PMI’s eligibility criterion and passing the exam.

This Program fulfils the PMI® requirement of 21 contact hours which a PMI- ACP SM aspirant needs to have before applying for the PMI- ACP Certification examination. The Program also aims to train the participants to be effective Project Managers using Agile methodologies.

As the course is interspersed with concepts, exercises, discussions and real world examples participants’ will get better understanding of Agile Principles, practices, tools and techniques (10 Tools and Techniques and 43 Knowledge and Skills areas) and usage for Agile project management. As a result, participants will be able to face the Agile Exam more confidently.

What will you learn

  • To prepare participants to pass the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner PMI- ACP Exam
  • Agile Development Lifecycle end to end with a real world examples
  • Compare Agile development practices to the traditional approaches for project management
  • Understanding of Agile Methodologies(Scrum, XP, Kanban and Lean)
  • Learn how to build self-organizing high performing teams
  • Learn real world techniques for planning, estimating and prioritizing requirements in an Agile way
  • Learn how to engage your business customers and delight them through early and frequent delivery of value
  • Learn requirements gathering through Vision, Product Road map, collaboration, brainstorming, defining High Level user stories (Epics) and defining acceptance tests.
  • Learn about the key Agile Project management processes of Release Planning, Iteration Planning, Iterations Monitoring and Meetings, along with other factors such as Prioritizations using different techniques
  • Learn how to create effective visible Agile tracking reports using burn downs, burn up etc
  • Get understanding advanced topics such as scaling Agile to large projects, distributed teams and lean portfolio management

Why become Agile Certified Practitioner PMI- ACP

  • Gartner predicted that 80% of all Software projects will being using Agile by end of 2012.
  • The certification covers all the Agile methods including Scrum, XP, Lean, Kanban and has more eligibility rigor compared to existing entry level certifications.
  • Research use of agile has tripled from December 2008 to May 2011.
  • Approval of your knowledge of Agile Project Management.
  • Demonstrate to employers their level of professionalism in agile practices of project management
  • Hold a certification that is more credible than existing entry-level, training or exam-only based offerings.
  • Increases Customer Confidence.

Who should Attend

Agile Project Managers, Scrum Masters, Product Owners, Business Analysts, Developers, QA/Testers, IT Leaders, Project Stakeholders, and other Team Members interested in passing the PMI-ACP Certification exam.

Certification Information
Participants can claim 21 PDUs for this course which is mandatory to apply for the exam.

Why ExelPlus?

  • Experienced Training faculty (Niranjan Nerlige V, Founder, M.Tech (IIT-B), PMI-ACP, CSM, CSP) possessing wide range of industry experience and agile certifications.
  • Trained over 2000+ professionals on Agile project management.
  • Hands-on training based on real time project scenarios, case scenarios, quizzes.
  • Assistance with processing your PMI application.
  • 21 PDUs Contact Hours Certificate (Required taking the PMI-ACPSM Certification Exam).
  • Highly acclaimed PMI-ACP workshop course content (Hardcopy of our PPT presentation ).
  • 1 Online Simulation Exam for FREE.
  • Unlimited post workshop support from the faculty after training (during your preparation).
  • A copy of Exelplus Agile Handbook with all the hints, focus areas, and detailed study plan.
  • Online resources link and references.
  • Both complete online, completely classroom or blended options available.
Note: PMI and PMP are registered marks of Project Management Institute, Inc., and PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) and PMI-ACP are service marks of Project Management Institute, ExelPlus is acronym used for Exelplus Services

Course Outline

Day 1:
Module-1: Introduction

  • PMI ACP Certification – Key advantages
  • PMI ACP certification – process and fees
  • PMI ACP Application Eligibility Requirements
  • PMI ACP Examination
    • Exam Format
    • Tips on how to prepare and take the exam
  • PMI ACP – Maintaining Certification Requirements
  • Familiarization with course outline
  • Familiarization with the protocols and timings

Module-2: Introduction to Agile Methodologies

  • What is Agile?
  • Agile vs. Traditional Project Management
  • Why Agile?
  • Agile Manifesto Values and Principles
  • Agile Benefits
  • Applicability of Agile Methods
  • Roles and Responsibilities in Agile
  • Agile Frameworks and Methods
    • Scrum
    • Extreme Programming
    • Kanban
    • Lean – Agile Software Development

Quiz – Introduction to Agile Methods

Module-3: Agile Project Visioning, Project Initiation – Setting a Stage

  • Vision
  • Agile Project Visioning
  • Elements of Project Charter for Agile Projects
  • Agile Project Stakeholders – how to identify and manage Stakeholders
  • Agile Analysis and Design
    • Product Roadmap
    • Product Backlog
    • User Stories
    • Story Maps
    • Progressive Elaboration
    • Wireframes
    • Chartering
    • Personas
    • Agile Modelling

Quiz – Self Evaluation by participants and Analysis by Instructor

Day 2:

Module-4: Agile Requirements, User Stories

  • Business Case Development
  • What is a User Story?
  • Where do User Stories fit in Agile?
  • What does a User Story look like?
  • Writing user story,
  • What makes a good user story?
  • Epics, Themes in user stories
  • INVEST Concept in User Stories
  • Methods of handling Large Stories – Epics
  • Product Backlog
  • MOSCOW Principle in Prioritization
  • Iteration Backlog
  • Brain Storming Techniques
  • Re-Prioritization of Requirements / User Stories across Iteration
  • Stakeholder Management
    • Definition of Done
    • When is User Story Done? Agreement with Stakeholders

Exercise: Exercise on converting user stories from requirements

Quiz – Self Evaluation by participants and Analysis by Instructor

Module-5: Agile Estimation, Planning, Monitoring and Retrospectives

Agile Estimation

  • Relative Sizing of User Stories – Agile Estimates are Relative Estimates
  • Story Points Concepts
  • Planning Poker(Modified Delphi Wide band)
  • Affinity Estimation
  • Ideal days / Time based Estimation
  • Velocity (How and why estimate Velocity?)

Exercise: Calculation of Velocity Exercise

  • Estimating Story Points
  • Story Points Estimation and Product back Log Size using poker estimation
  • Exercise: Applying Planning Poker

Agile Planning

  • Release Planning
    • Estimation of Product back Log Size
    • Estimating number of Iterations, Release date
  • Iteration Planning
    • Identifying Sprints Backlog Tasks from User stories
    • Creating Sprint Backlog
    • Creating and Updating Sprint Burn down
  • Task and Kanban boards
  • WIP limits

Agile Monitoring

  • Tracking releases, sprints
  • Accumulating and generate Burn down Charts
  • Iteration Burn Down Chart
  • Measure Iteration effectiveness
  • Release Burn Down Chart
  • Release Burn Up Chart
  • Iteration Reviews
  • Iteration Retrospectives
  • Continuous Improvement Process
  • Cumulative flow diagrams

Quiz – Self Evaluation by participants and Analysis by Instructor

Module-6: Agile Project communications

  • Information Radiators
  • Team Space
  • Osmotic Communication
    • Osmotic communications for co-located teams
    • Osmotic communications for distributed teams
  • Daily Stand Ups
  • Scrum of Scrums

Quiz – Self Evaluation by participants and Analysis by Instructor

Day 3:

Module-7: Agile – Product Quality

  • Test First Development
  • Test Driven Development
    • TDD Unit Testing
    • Acceptance Test-Driven Development
  • Definition of “Done”
  • Continuous Integration
  • Feedback Techniques for Product
    • Prototyping
    • Simulations
    • Demonstrations
    • Evaluations
  • Problem Solving Strategies, Tools and Techniques
  • Project and Quality Standards for Agile Projects

Test (Self Evaluation by participants and Analysis by Instructor)

Module-8: Soft Skills

  • Building High Performance Teams
  • Building Empowerment Teams
  • Coaching and Mentoring within Teams
  • Active Listening
  • Team Motivation
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Collaboration
  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Negotiation
  • Facilitation Methods
  • Conflict Resolution Management
  • Servant Leadership

Quiz – Self evaluation by participants and Analysis by Instructor

Module-9: Value-Based Prioritization

  • Return On Investment (ROI)
  • Net Present Value (NPV)
  • Internal Rate Of Return (IRR)
  • Compliance
  • Customer-Valued Prioritization
  • Minimally Marketable Feature (MMF)
  • Relative Prioritization Or Ranking
  • Value-based decomposition and prioritization

Test (Self evaluation by participants and Analysis by Instructor)

Module- 10: Risk Management

  • Risk-Adjusted Backlog
  • Risk Burn Down Graphs
  • Risk-Based Spike

Test (Self evaluation by participants and Analysis by Instructor)

Module 11: Agile Metrics and Value Stream Analysis

  • Velocity
  • Cycle Time
  • Earned Value Management (EVM) For Agile Projects
  • Escaped Defects
  • Variance And Trend Analysis
  • Value Stream Mapping
  • Flow Charts
  • Spaghetti Diagrams

Test (Self evaluation by participants and Analysis by Instructor)

Module-12: Agile Knowledge and Skills (Miscellaneous)

  • Agile Knowledge sharing
  • Agile Leadership tools and techniques
  • Time, budget, and cost estimation
  • Participatory decision models (e.g., input-based, shared collaboration, command)
  • PMI’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • Process analysis techniques
  • Self Assessment
  • Agile contracting methods
  • Agile project accounting principles
  • 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

Test (Self evaluation by participants and Analysis by Instructor)

Module-13: Mock Test