The PMI-ACP® credential is the Project Management Institute (PMI) fastest growing credential. “ACP” is short for “Agile Certified Practitioner“ – the credential tests for and demonstrates understanding and experience with agile approaches.
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Leadership and decision making are at every level of the organization. We project professionals often find ourselves in a tough spot when we have to make decisions and rely on our leadership skills to get us to the finish line.
We’re expected to be well informed, resilient, on our feet and always look one step ahead. It’s pretty much a balancing act when we juggle our data and processes while using our skills. But like any performer we have to practice ahead of time.
Our decision making agility is being tested on a daily basis, when do we rely on data and AI? Do we implement new processes? Do we go with our gut feeling or not? To top it all off, we’re not alone, but work in an internal and external environment that we have to understand in order to navigate.
We’re always asking ourselves if we made the right decision and the answer in most cases is that we did the best we could at that time, given the information we had, the time constraints, resource constraints etc. But we have so many great techniques and tactics at our finger tips to help us with our decision making and better connecting us to decision making processes in the organizations.
In this third article on the PMI-ACP® credential, we examine how to apply for the exam. Project Management Institute published a comprehensive PMI-ACP® Credential Handbook available on their website, which covers the application process and much more. The intent of this post is to highlight key information in one short article.
It is understandable and healthy to question the value of certifications.
- Are they worth it?
- Are they just money-making schemes for the certification creators?
- Do hiring managers even care if you have a certification?
There is also a wider discussion around certifications in general that include ideas such as:
- Being certified does not equate to experience or suitability to a role
- People can be certified and “book-smart” but terrible at managing people
- A crafts-person does not need credentials, their work shows their value
These are all valid points, and everyone should make up their own mind before deciding whether to pursue a credential.
PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®
This article discusses why you may want to get a PMI-ACP® certification. However, before we get into the specifics of the PMI-ACP® credential, be sure to check out the elephant-in-the-room discussion of the value of credentials, from Mike’s post Credentials: Worthless, Essential or Somewhere In Between. So, assuming you believe a credential is useful for you, why consider the PMI-ACP® credential over the slew of other agile-related credentials available?
I’ve been getting a number of questions about possible changes to the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® exam. This is understandable, since the newly released A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) – Sixth Edition included an agile appendix and came bundled with the new Agile Practice Guide. Also, the Project Management Institute (PMI) has listed a 2018 “exam update” for the PMI-ACP credential on their Registered Education Provider (REP) website. Despite this, there are no changes that will affect someone who is studying to take the exam.
Implementing Agile: Part One of a Two Part Series Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/78393364158000897 Today, most companies are evaluating agile approaches, planning to evaluate them, or already using them. How do you know if an agile approach is a good fit for your organization? How do you start – all at once or with a pilot project? How do you know which projects to convert to agile? Join RMC’s FREE webinar: Implementing Agile: Part One of a Two Part Series to answer these questions and learn how to objectively assess the benefits and risks of adopting agile while avoiding common pitfalls. After viewing this webinar you are eligible for 1 professional development unit (PDU) that applies to the business category of the PMI Talent Triangle®
Implementing Agile: Part One of a Two Part Series Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/recording/3647651100788958978 Today, most companies are evaluating agile approaches, planning to evaluate them, or already using them. How do you know if an agile approach is a good fit for your organization? How do you start – all at once or with a pilot project? How do you know which projects to convert to agile? Join RMC’s FREE webinar: Implementing Agile: Part Two of a Two Part Series to answer these questions and learn how to objectively assess the benefits and risks of adopting agile while avoiding common pitfalls. After viewing this webinar you are eligible for 1 professional development unit (PDU) that applies to the business category of the PMI Talent Triangle®
In the first webinar and blog post, we looked at the five Ws (Why, Who, What, When, Where) of introducing agile. In this post, we will examine challenges and resistance to change. Change Challenges As a believer in agile methods and someone who has witnessed the benefits they can bring and the great buzz of an effective agile team, I used to think rolling out the agile method would be a no-brainer. Wrong. Pitfall #8: Underestimating change Resistance. Achieving successful, lasting change is difficult. Changing processes is even harder because a process is a system designed to resist change. Think about it. If every new type of requirement or defect that came along required a change to our development process, we would be in trouble. Processes are deliberately designed to resist change, which makes throwing them out or morphing them, more difficult than changing, say our time recording system “…a process…