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.
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.
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…
Imagine this. You’ve been working on agile projects for years and decide one day that the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® credential would be just the thing to perk up your resume.
A bit of googling and asking around tells you that Mike Griffiths’ book PMI-ACP® Exam Prep is the best study guide for the exam.
In fact, it’s endorsed by no less an expert than “Agile Manifesto” coauthor Alistair Cockburn, who says, “I hope that everyone reads it, not just to pass the PMI-ACP® exam, but to learn agile development safely and effectively.”
2017 marks an important year for embracing agile approaches by the Project Management Institute. What is in store for PMI’s Agile Future?
I will be presenting about “PMI’s Agile Future,” in Rome, May 1-3 at the 2017 PMI® EMEA Congress. 2017 marks an important year for embracing agile approaches by the Project Management Institute. A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) — Sixth Edition, is set to be released in Q3 will have agile accommodation guidance for each of its Knowledge Areas and an Agile Appendix. I wrote these sections with Jesse Fewell and hope they enable practitioners to see how techniques can be tailored for agile environments.