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May 12, 2011



How do I do this course and exam?



Hi Joe,

Check out the ACP Handbook http://www.pmi.org/en/Certification/~/media/PDF/Certifications/PMI-ACP_Handbook.ashx
It explains the application process, eligability, etc.

Best regards

Hi Mike,

Thanks for some very interesting posts on the ACP certification! Here's a reflection: With the increased adoption of agile content in PMBOK rev. 5, I'm guessing that this will have an impact on the PMP certification as well. Will there be a considerable overlap between the PMP exam and ACP exam in the future?

Hi Martin,

Yes, we have some more agile content going in the PMBOK v5 Guide, but if the chapter I have been working on (chapter 6) is any indication, then the PMBOK v5 Guide will look the same with some references to agile rather than fully embracing agile.

So I think it will be a while yet before the PMBOK is fully agile and the PMP exam, that tests knowledge on the PMBOK Guide (amongst other things) , will look like the ACP. I think instead of there being two almost mutually exclusive tests from the PMI, we will see a small overlap of common ideas and terminology.

It would be great if in 5 or 10 years time that agile is so ingrained in mainstream project management that there is no need for separate PMP and ACP exams, but that’s a long way off yet. Plus many people would argue that agile is not suitable for all types of project management, but I am only experienced in IT project management so not best judge.

Thanks for your question.

Hello Mike,

Your post is interesting. I've translated it into french :
La Certification Agile du PMI s'appelera "Agile Certified Practitioner"


Dear Mike,
I have been following you for quite while in reference to Agile Development and waiting sincerly for your guide in PMP-ACP.I am PMP and would like to go for PMI-ACP pilot one.I know that there is not single guide which i can refer.It is not possible to refer 10 books.Should i go for CSM first then go for PMI-Agile.

Can you guide me how to take this forward.

awaiting for your reply.

Hi Premal,

If you have been reading here for a while then a lot of the content covered in the exam should be familiar to you. If I had to recommend just a couple of books I would suggest: Agile Project Management by Jim Highsmith and The Software Project Manager's Bridge to Agility by Michele Sliger and Stacia Broderick.

You could do a CSM first, but that is only Scrum focused, the ACP is not Scrum focused and draws from other agile methods too. Buying books should not be a barrier, since all of what you will need to on the web if you research the topics listed in the certification outline. Obviously that would take some time and the study guide will focus on just what you need, but it is an option.

Best of luck with your preparation and don’t worry too much about it, with some reading and experience you will be fine.

Best regards

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