Here we are again certification Padwaans. This time we will delve into the ways of certifying for the Project Manager Institutes Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) exam. This blog entry is not for the younglings. You will benefit most if you have the PMP certification, are studying for the PMP certification, and are employed as a Project Manager. That said, if you have industry experience > 5 years on or with a team, you will benefit from this blog. However, I will focus this blog to showing those at the apprentice level how I obtain the PMI-ACP Certification.
“Anakin, training to be a Jedi isn’t an easy challenge. And even if you succeed, it’s a hard life.“―Qui-Gon Jinn, to Anakin Skywalker
I think you’re noticing a theme here. Let’s begin!
I have not gained the PMI-ACP certification so we will be taking this journey together as we did with the https://wordpress.com/post/azurecloudai.blog/26197 entry where we gained the Azure Technical Certification AZ-900
Here are the list of materials we will use:
- This Blog
- PMI-ACP Exam Prep, Premier Edition, Mike Griffiths PI-ACP PMP, CSM
- Microsoft PMI-ACP Padwaans will have access to a study group lead and facilitated by Microsoft Project Managers. It is an 11 part series with a module delivered each week. Here is the cadence of that series:
|2||Domain I – Agile Principle and Mindset|
|3||Domain II – Value Driven Delivery|
|4||Domain III – Stakeholder Engagement|
|5||Domain IV – Team Performance|
|6||Domain V – Part 1 – Adaptive Planning|
|7||Domain V – Part 2 – Adaptive Planning|
|8||Domain VI – Problem Detection and Resolution|
|9||Domain VII – Continuous Improvement|
|10||Tips and Practice Questions|
|11||PMI-ACP Practice Test *|
- The PMI-ACP Exam Simulator, https://www.project-management-prepcast.com/login, Cost: $99
- I use a Simulator for all exams that I take. I find them invaluable.
- You will also want to search for feedback on the Web from those that took the exam for valuable pointers
- There are also free resources available on the web that have practice exams and questions that you can use as additional sources: e.g. https://www.projectpractical.com/list-of-2100-free-pmi-acp-exam-questions-answers/
This list of materials will be all that I use to take and pass the Exam.
Lets review the schedule and Cadence
Milestones: Pre-Journey, Journey, prep to test, sit to test
- Purchase all materials
- Create study schedule
- Create/Develop, “Test taking mode”.
Purchases: I want you to purchase and read the PMI-ACP Exam Prep book cover to cover prior to beginning this journey. Answer all practice questions at the end of the chapters. Not all chapters have practice questions at the end and I dont want you to concentrate on getting the answers correct. It’s more important to do an initial pass of the chapter, answer the practice exams, keep a log of what you got wrong and right, and complete the book. Since it is not a large book we’ll plan 1 week to read it completely and and answer the practice questions. If you want to do the examples that is OK but, it would be OK to not do them.
Purchases: Procure the subscription to The PMI-ACP Exam Simulator, https://www.project-management-prepcast.com/login, Cost: $99
Assumptions: You have computer, a notepad for end of chapter practice exams (keep notes outside of the book so that you can re-sell book), and note taking utensils.
Study Schedule: The schedule will include all of the milestones, Pre-Journey, Journey, Prep to Test, and Sit for Test. I decomposed the Milestones into the following descriptions and Durations:
- Pre-Journey: This is what you will do to get ready for the Certification. Purchase your equipment, establish your study space, establish your timeline, set your start date. – 1 week
- Journey: Read the book, do the practice exams, record your test results – 2 weeks
- Prep to Test: This Milestone is two parts – 2 weeks:
- Part I: Take practice exam end to end i.e. complete the full exam as if sitting for the real exam. Notice areas where you are scoring low. Take the full exam again. In each iteration of taking the full test, examine your weak areas, and retake the exam in full. You should be getting stronger in those weak areas and it should be taking you a shorter time to take the full exam.
- Part II: Repeat Part I until you are scoring a passing grade on the exam in one sitting
- Sit for the Exam: This Milestone is 3 parts:
- When you are getting a passing grade on the Exam and completing it within the required time you are ready to sit
- Schedule the Exam
- Pass the Exam