The PMI-ACP Exam: How To Pass On Your First Try, Iteration 2

The PMI-ACP Exam: How To Pass On Your First Try, Iteration 2

by Andy Crowe

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Overview

The PMI-ACP Exam: How To Pass On Your First Try, Iteration 2 by Andy Crowe

This is the first book written specifically for the new PMI-ACP exam. It is a single, compact reference that will help the reader prepare for and pass the certification exam. Contents include: Understanding Agile, The PMI-ACP Exam, The Agile Manifesto, Project Justification, Teams & Team Space, Agile Planning, Working with Agile, Coaching with Agile, Agile Methodologies, How to Pass the PMI-ACP Exam, Glossary of Terms, 2 Simulated Exams with Answers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990907404
Publisher: Velociteach
Publication date: 02/15/2016
Series: Test Prep Series
Edition description: Second edition
Pages: 327
Sales rank: 987,736
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


Andy Crowe (PMI-ACP, CSM, PMP, PgMP) is the founder and CEO of Velociteach, a company that provides project management and training resources. He is the author of Alpha Project Managers and The PMP Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try. He has taught classes in C++ for Microsoft University and advanced technology courses for the U.S. government and served on Microsoft's .NET international advisory committee. He lives in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Table of Contents

Introduction vi

How To Use This Book viii

About The Author x

Chapter 1 Understanding Agile 19

Methodologies 21

Traditional Waterfall Projects 22

The Agile Way 24

Chapter 2 The PMI-ACP® Exam 29

Background 30

What The Exam Tests 32

A Passing Grade 33

The Exam Material 34

Getting To The Test (The Application) 34

Requirements To Apply 35

Ongoing Education 36

Testing Environment 36

Time Limit 37

Question Format 38

Chapter 3 The Agile Manifesto 41

History 42

The Agile Manifesto 43

How The Manifesto is Used 44

Agile Manifesto Values 44

Principles Behind The Agile Manifesto 47

The Declaration of Interdependence for Modern Management 53

Chapter 4 Project Justification 55

Project Justification 56

Value-based Prioritization 56

Present Value (PV) & Net Present Value (NPV) 56

Internal Rate of Return (IRR) 57

Return on Investment (ROI) 57

Compliance 58

Chartering 58

The Project Charter 59

Chapter 5 Teams & Team Space 61

Self-Organization of Teams 62

Optimal Team Size 65

Coloration 65

Team Selection 68

Team Participation 68

Organizational Support 68

Agile Tooling 69

Building Empowered Teams 70

Ground Rules 71

Chapter 6 Agile Planning 73

Identifying the Right Stakeholders 74

Analysis 75

Brainstorming 76

Innovation Games 76

Root Cause Analysis 78

Force Field Analysis 79

Parking Lot Charts 81

Planning & Estimating with Agile 82

Accuracy of Estimates 82

Customer Value 82

Product Vision Statement 82

Product Roadmap 83

Personas 84

Wireframes 85

Agile Themes 85

Epic Stories (Capabilities) 86

User Stories 86

Story Cards 86

Story Maps 89

Features 91

Minimally Marketable Features 91

Tasks 91

Value Stream Mapping 92

Progressive Elaboration 92

Rolling Wave Planning 93

Test-First Development 93

The Definition of Done 94

Agile Estimation 96

Relative Sizing 96

Wideband Delphi Estimating 97

Planning Poker 98

Affinity Estimating 99

Ideal Time 100

Iteration & Release Planning 101

Agile Modeling 103

Timeboxing 103

Continuous Integration 104

Chapter 7 Working With Agile 105

Velocity 106

Cycle Time 108

Burn Rate 108

Product Backlog 109

Iteration Backlog 110

Product Quality 110

Escaped Defects 111

Frequent Verification & Validation 111

Agile Smells 112

Embracing Change 112

Refactoring 112

Information Radiators 113

Osmotic Communications 114

Burn Down Charts / Burn Up Charts 115

Kanban Board (Task Board) 116

Earned Value Management 118

Cumulative Flow Diagrams 119

Incremental Delivery 120

Kaizen 120

Spikes 121

Risk-Adjusted Backlog 122

Chapter 8 Coaching with Agile 123

The Role of Management 124

Daily Stand-Ups 125

Iterations (Sprints) 127

Iteration Retrospectives 128

WIP Limits 130

Process Tailoring 131

Stakeholder Management 131

Team Motivation 133

Support 133

Team Participation 134

Ground Rules 134

Team Performance Visibility 134

Soft Skills Negotiation 135

Emotional Intelligence 135

Collaboration 136

Negotiation 136

Active Listening 137

Conflict Resolution 138

Servant Leadership 141

Adaptive Leadership 141

Chapter 9 Agile Methodologies 143

Scrum 145

Scrum Roles 147

Product Owner 147

Team 148

ScrumMasrer 148

XP 148

The 12 Practices of eXtreme Programming 151

XP roles 155

XP Coach 155

XP Customer 156

XP Programmer 156

XP Tracker 157

XP Tester 157

Lean 157

Chapter 10 How to Pass the PMI-ACP Exam 161

Domain 1 Agile Principles and Mindset 162

Domain 2 Value-Driven Delivery 167

Domain 3 Stakeholder Engagement 176

Domain 4 Team Performance 181

Domain 5 Adaptive Planning 187

Domain 6 Problem Detection and Resolution 192

Domain 7 Continuous Improvement 195

The PMI-ACP Exam 199

Easier Questions 200

Medium Questions 201

Harder Questions 201

Reading the Questions 202

A Guessing Strategy 202

Spotting Tricks and Traps 202

Follow the Agile Manifesto 203

Favor the Empowered Team 203

Study the Roles 203

Know Your Vocabulary 203

Don't Get Stuck 203

Exam Time Management 204

Scratch Paper 204

Budgeting Your Time 205

Managing Your Review 206

Difficulty 206

Managing Anxiety 207

Glossary of terms 209

First Simulated PMI-ACP Exam 240

Second Simulated PMI-ACP Exam 262

Answers to the First Simulated Exam 285

Answers to the Second Simulated Exam 304

Index of Terms 322

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