It turns out the original suggestion of “Agile Project Practitioner” (PMI-APP) was too close to “App.” as in an Application or phone app to easily trademark (in this case service mark). So the name will now be “Agile Certified Practitioner” ACP as in Fred Blogs, PMP, ACP.
The timeline for people wanting to apply will be:
• May 23rd - Launch of application to Public
• Mid July - Pilot Participants can schedule exams at Prometric test centres
• September 15 - Pilot Program Testing begins
• November 30 - Pilot Program Testing Concludes
• January 1 - First set of individuals that passed the exam are notified.
I am getting lots of questions about the content of the exam, so I thought I would present a couple of ways of interpreting it. In my last post on this subject I showed the box model for reconciling the Domains with the Knowledge & Skills (KS), and Tools & Techniques (TT).
Here is a version with the KS and TT’s listed:
Another way to visualize it is to examine the fields covered:
We can start off with the field of Project Management
Mostly contained within this Project Management field is the PMI’s world view of project management that I am calling PMBOK v4 GuideTM content.
This PMBOK v4 Guide content is not a pure subset of project management however, since things like the Code of Ethics, while good properties for a PM, are not strictly project management. Likewise there are many project management techniques, like the Theory of Constraints, that are not full embraced by the PMBOK Guide.
When we add Agile and Lean principles to the mix we see a big overlap.
Agile and Lean are just as concerned with Quality and Estimation as the PMBOK Guide, but their approach towards it is often quite different.
The last major body of knowledge is Leadership.
Leadership covers topics like Visioning, Ethics, EI, Situational Leadership and Servant Leadership. Many of the concepts Agile projects employ. It is the combination of these fields Project Management, Agile, and Leadership that forms the basis for the Agile Certified Practitioner exam. Shown by the dotted red oval below.
In this model we can map all of the Knowledge and Skills (KS) and Tools and Techniques (TT) that will make up the exam, but the picture gets crowded pretty soon, so this is a partial view.
Anyway, hopefully the box model and the Venn diagram provide useful ways of understanding the content. The official PMI announcements about the timeline come out on Monday May 16. As always, I welcome your questions and comments.