I finished my PMI-ACP Exam Preparation book a couple of weeks ago and now it is with the publishers for reviews and final edits. It turned out larger than expected, but I think better for the extra exercises and sample exam questions.
When designing the PMI-ACPSM exam, we needed to base the content outline on existing books and resources so that candidates would understand what the exam would test them on. When choosing the books, we went back and forth on our decisions of which books to include, since there are so many good resources available. And while we recommend that people learn as much as they can, we also had to recognize the need for keeping the exam content—and the preparation process for the exam—reasonable. In the end, we selected the following 11 books:
- Agile Estimating and Planning, by Mike Cohn
- Agile Project Management: Creating Innovative Products, Second Edition, by Jim Highsmith
- Agile Project Management with Scrum, by Ken Schwaber
- Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great, by Esther Derby and Diana Larsen
- Agile Software Development: The Cooperative Game, Second Edition, by Alistair Cockburn
- Becoming Agile: ...in an Imperfect World, by Greg Smith and Ahmed Sidky
- Coaching Agile Teams, by Lyssa Adkins
- Lean-Agile Software Development: Achieving Enterprise Agility, by Alan Shalloway, Guy Beaver, and James R. Trott
- The Software Project Manager’s Bridge to Agility, by Michele Sliger and Stacia Broderick
- The Art of Agile Development, by James Shore and Shane Warden
- User Stories Applied: For Agile Software Development, by Mike Cohn
Reading all of these books takes some time, since the 11 books add up to more than 4,000 pages. The books also cover a lot more material than you need to know for the exam. From each book, we extracted the portions that best covered the exam content outline topics, and the exam questions were then targeted at those specific sections.