Thursday, August 11, 2011

PMI Agile (PMI-ACP) curriculum rocks!


Finally, it’s good to see a solid and complete Agile curriculum. PMI has come up with new certification, PMI-ACP (Agile Certification Program) to test students on their Agile knowledge. PMI’s Agile exam will test student’s knowledge with 120 multi choice questions on all major Agile methodologies like Scrum, XP, Lean Kanban, Crystal, FDD, etc.

What I find good about this exam is it is not limited to only Agile methodologies, but it will also test students knowledge on  wide variety of Agile topics like Communications, Metrics, Planning Monitoring and Adapting, Product Quality, Risk Management, Value Stream Analysis, Story mapping, and soft skills negotiations / coaching skills just to name a few.

PMI has also done a fantastic job of covering all the above listed topics with the selection of 11 reference books (listed below).Potential PMI-ACP candidates will have to reference all 11 books to pass the PMI-ACP exam.

PMI has also ensured that to take the PMI-ACP exam, students must have at least 1500 hours of Agile experience and provide proof of the same to PMI-ACP certification auditors.

Jesse Fewell and I have co-trained the first ever PMI-ACP class in Asia and it was a grand success. Our interactions with the students revealed that most of the students had major gaps in their understanding of many technical practices like TDD, Pair Programming, Continuous integration, and the Lean concepts. There were many ‘Ah-ha’ moments in the class during our training. The students were not only excited about the Agile Certification from PMI, but were also eager to apply the techniques and practices they learned in the class in their work environment.

I have an extremely good feeling that PMI-ACP is here to stay. The PMI-ACP certificate is going to help the industry get some good Agile evangelists that can apply techniques and best practices from various Agile frameworks and reap the real benefits that Agile has to offer.


PMI-ACP book  list
          Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great. Esther Derby, Diana Larsen, Ken Schwaber.
          Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game – 2nd Edition. Alistair Cockburn.
          The Software Project Manager’s Bridge to Agility. Michele Sliger, Stacia Broderick.
          Coaching Agile Teams. Lyssa Adkins.
          Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products – 2nd Edition. Jim Highsmith.
          Becoming Agile: ...in an imperfect world. Greg Smith, Ahmed Sidky.
          Agile Estimating and Planning. Mike Cohn
          The Art of Agile Development. James Shore
          User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development. Mike Cohn.
          Agile Project Management with Scrum. Ken Schwaber.
          Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise Agility. Alan Shalloway, Guy Beaver, James R. Trott.