Agile Certified Practitioner

The Agile Certified Practitioner certification by the Project Management Institute, USA covers all the aspects to be successful in an agile environment, apart from the agile framework itself. We have designed this program in such a way to impart complete scrum framework knowledge and the other tools and techniques that must be understood for effective implementation of agile project management.

Who must attend?

  • Anyone who wants to understand agile project management in detail
  • Anyone who wants to master Scrum framework from an implementation perspective
  • Anyone who wants to achieve the PMI-ACP credential by the Project Management Institute, USA

Topics covered

  • What is agile?
  • When to go for agile?
  • Well known agile frameworks
  • Overview of scrum framework
Understanding Scrum Framework
  • Overview of scrum framework
  • Key scrum artifacts
    • Product backlog
    • Sprint backlog
    • Product increment
  • Scrum roles
    • Product owner roles and responsibilities
    • Scrum master roles and responsibilities
    • Development team roles and responsibilities
  • Scrum ceremonies
    • Sprint planning meeting
    • Sprinting
    • Daily scrum
    • Sprint review
    • Sprint retrospectives
Agile Analysis
  • How to define effective product road maps?
  • Release planning
  • Progressive elaboration
  • Wire frames
  • Personas
  • Agile modeling
Agile Estimation
  • Estimation with Poker
  • Wide band delphi
Agile communications
  • Information radiators
  • Team space
  • Osmotic communications
  • Active listening
  • Brainstorming
Interpersonal Skills
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Adaptive leadership
  • Servant leadership
  • Negotiation
  • Conflict resolution
Agile metrics
  • Velocity
  • Throughput
  • Productivity
  • Cycle time
  • Lead time
  • EVM for agile projects
Planning, Monitoring & Adapting
  • Kanban board
  • Variance and trend analysis
  • WIP limits
  • Burn down and burn up charts
  • Cumulative flow diagrams
  • Backlog grooming and refinement
Process improvement
  • Kaizen
  • 5 Whys
  • Hybrid models
  • Value stream mapping
  • Fish bone analysis
Product quality
  • Frequent verification and validation
  • Continuous integration
  • Testing
Risk management
  • Risk adjusted backlogs
  • Risk burn down graphs
  • Risk based spike
  • Architectural spike
Value based prioritization
  • Return On Investment (ROI)
  • Net present value (NPV), IRR
  • Minimum Viable Product (MVP)
  • Minimal Marketable Feature (MMF)
  • MoSCoW & Kano Analysis

About our Agile Certified Practitioner course

  • 21 hours intensive course covering complete SCRUM framework and the PMI-ACP Syllabus.
  • Delivered either onsite (preferred) or online or as hybrid model.
  • Learning is reinforced by mock project, and quizzes.
  • Delivered by highly experienced agile expert.
Agile certified practitioner or Certified Scrum Master – Which one is better?
  1. Certified Scrum Master (CSM) certification by Scrum alliance is the most appropriate for those who have worked in Scrum projects for a while and want to get an endorsement for their Scrum knowledge and experience. Scrum master certification just focuses on the Scrum framework as defined in the Scrum Guide. This much knowledge is very insufficient for someone to go ahead and really implement scrum framework at the work place.
  2. On the contrary, Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) by the Project Management Institute (PMI) covers the agile framework (Scrum framework) and other aspects like product backlog grooming, roadmap definition, release planning, scope elaboration, monitoring & control aspects to name a few, which are not covered in the CSM certification. If your objective is to master and implement scrum at the workplace, we strongly recommend ACP certification.

Certification details

  • The certification exam has 120 multiple-choice questions and you have three hours to complete it.
  • Secondary degree
  • 21 contact hours of training in agile practices
  • 12 months of general project experience within the last 5 years. A current PMP® or PgMP® will satisfy this requirement but is not required to apply for the PMI-ACP.
  • 8 months of agile project experience within the last 3 years

Course delivery

  • Five online, instructor led classes
  • Reference material
  • Assessments


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