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PMI-ACP EXAM CONTENT

 

DOMAINS AND TASKS
(as per updated PMI-ACP 2015 syllabus)

Tasks

% Exam Questions

Number of questions

Domain I.Agile Principles and Mindset    

Explore, embrace, and apply agile principles and mindset within the context of the project team and organization.

9

16%

19

Domain II. Value-Driven Delivery

Deliver valuable results by producing high-value increments for review, early and often, based on stakeholder priorities. Have the stakeholders provide feedback on these increments, and use this feedback to prioritize and improve future increments.

14

20%

24

Domain III. Stakeholder Engagement

Engage current and future interested parties by building a trusting environment that aligns their needs and expectations and balances their requests with an understanding of the cost/effort involved. Promote participation and collaboration throughout the project life cycle and provide the tools for effective and informed decision making.

9

17%

20

Domain IV. Team Performance

Create an environment of trust, learning, collaboration, and conflict resolution that promotes team self-organization, enhances relationships among team members, and cultivates a culture of high performance.

9

16%

19

Domain V. Adaptive Planning

Produce and maintain an evolving plan, from initiation to closure, based on goals, values, risks, constraints, stakeholder feedback, and review findings.

10

12%

14

Domain VI. Problem Detection and Resolution

Continuously identify problems, impediments, and risks; prioritize and resolve in a timely manner; monitor and communicate the problem resolution status; and implement process improvements to prevent them from occurring again.

5

10%

12

Domain VII. Continuous Improvement (Product, Process, People)

Continuously improve the quality, effectiveness, and value of the product, the process, and the team.

6

9%

11

TOTAL

 

100%

120

  

TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES

Toolkit

Tools 

Agile Analysis and Design

  • product roadmap
  • user stories/backlog
  • story maps
  • progressive elaboration
  • wireframes
  • chartering
  • personas
  • agile modeling
  • workshops
  • learning cycle
  • collaboration games

Agile Estimation

  • relative sizing/story points/T-shirt sizing
  • wide band Delphi/planning poker
  • affinity estimating
  • ideal time

Communications

  • information radiator
  • team space agile tooling
  • osmotic communications for co-located and/or distributed teams
  • two-way communications (trustworthy, conversation driven)
  • social media–based communication
  • active listening
  • brainstorming
  • feedback methods

Interpersonal skills

  • emotional intelligence
  • collaboration
  • adaptive leadership
  • servant leadership
  • negotiation
  • conflict resolution

Metrics

  • velocity/throughput/productivity
  • cycle time
  • lead time
  • EVM for agile projects
  • defect rate
  • approved iterations
  • work in progress

Planning, Monitoring and Adapting

  • reviews
  • Kanban board
  • task board
  • timeboxing
  • iteration and release planning
  • variance and trend analysis
  • WIP limits
  • daily stand ups
  • burn down/up charts
  • cumulative flow diagrams
  • backlog grooming/refinement
  • product-feedback loop

Process Improvement

  • Kaizen
  • the Five WHYs
  • retrospectives, intraspectives
  • process tailoring/hybrid models
  • value stream mapping
  • control limits
  • pre-mortem (rule setting, failure analysis)
  • fishbone diagram analysis

Product Quality

  • frequent verification and validation
  • definition of done
  • continuous integration
  • testing, including exploratory and usability

Risk Management

  • risk adjusted backlog
  • risk burn down graphs
  • risk-based spike
  • architectural spike

Value-Based Prioritization

  • ROI/NPV/IRR
  • compliance
  • customer valued prioritization
  • requirements reviews
  • minimal viable product (MVP)
  • minimal marketable feature (MMF)
  • relative prioritization/ranking
  • MoSCoW
  • Kano analysis

 

 

KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS

Each statement is preceded implicitly by Knowledge of or Skill in

  • Agile values and principles
  • Agile frameworks and terminology
  • Agile methods and approaches
  • Assessing and incorporating community and stakeholder values
  • Stakeholder management
  • Communication management
  • Facilitation methods
  • Knowledge sharing/written communication
  • Leadership
  • Building agile teams
  • Team motivation
  • Physical and virtual co-location
  • Global, cultural, and team diversity
  • Training, coaching, and mentoring
  • Developmental mastery models (for example, Tuckman, Dreyfus, Shu Ha Ri)
  • Self-assessment tools and techniques
  • Participatory decision models (for example, convergent, shared collaboration)
  • Principles of systems thinking (for example, complex adaptive, chaos)
  • Problem solving
  • Prioritization
  • Incremental delivery
  • Agile discovery
  • Agile sizing and estimation
  • Value based analysis and decomposition
  • Process analysis
  • Continuous improvement
  • Agile hybrid models
  • Managing with agile KPIs
  • Agile project chartering
  • Agile contracting
  • Agile project accounting principles
  • Regulatory compliance
  • PMI's Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

  

For more details please refer to PMI.org
 

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