Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) Training
21.5 PDUs – Category A
Kill two birds with one stone: Earn 21.5 PDUs but also get prepared for the Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) Exam objectives developed by the Project Management Institute® as well as Certified ScrumMaster objectives. This course is one of the most popular courses for IT professionals. Today Agile projects are characterized by the use of short work iterations and incremental development of products, made possible by focusing on business priorities and customer value. So if find yourself spending a lot of time fine tuning the design of your IT project to accommodate constantly changing requirements, this course is for you.
Course 1- Agile Project Management Essentials - 2.0 hours/PDUs and (Category A)
If you have followed a traditional project management approach and find yourself spending a lot of time fine tuning the design to accommodate changing requirements, you may want to consider a different approach. In this course, you will be introduced to agile project management, including the core values and principles outlined by the Agile Manifesto. Agile projects are characterized by the use of short work iterations and incremental development of products, made possible by focusing on business priorities and customer value. The course provides an introduction to common agile methodologies, describes the relationship between defined and empirical processes, and highlights the key difference in regards to the triangle of constraints of agile versus traditional methods.
Course 2- Adopting an Agile Approach to Project Management - 2.0 hours/PDUs and (Category A)
Would you like to adopt a more agile approach to project management in your company, only you think the change would be too disruptive? Perhaps you believe that Agile is all or nothing, but that's not true. Wise project leaders are able to examine their own situations and determine which agile practices to adopt given the nature of their projects, organizations, and teams. This course provides guidance on how to take steps towards adopting an agile project management approach for those who currently use a traditional, plan-driven methodology. It discusses some common myths and misconceptions about agile development approaches, identifies factors to consider when deciding whether to adopt agile practices, and explains the general agile practices that a company may want to adopt. The course provides project leaders with general guidelines on how to develop an agile way of thinking.
Course 3- An Overview of Agile Methodologies - 1.5 hours/PDUs and (Category A)
This course provides learners with an overview of some of the key methodologies that have contributed to the range of tools and practices available to agile practitioners. Included is a discussion of Extreme Programming (XP), the methods of Lean Software Development, and an introduction to the Crystal methodologies. The course highlights key distinguishing features of these methodologies and important agile principles and practices they employ. Also covered are some of the core process-based methodologies, including a look at Feature Driven Development (FDD), the Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM), and the Agile Unified Process (AUP). This course is intended for project managers, program managers, or anyone who wants to efficiently participate in projects that experience frequent change in the project requirements. It is aligned with the Agile Certified Practitioner exam objectives.
Course 4- Overview of the Scrum Development Process - 2.0 hours/PDUs and (Category A)
Scrum is one of the most popular agile methodologies to date, with tools and techniques applicable to more than just software development projects. This course will assist prospective Scrum masters, product owners, and team members with understanding of core Scrum practices. This includes an outline of the roles and responsibilities of members of the Scrum team, the importance of good communication, and the role of project stakeholders. The course divides the Scrum development process into three major phases: pre-game, game, and post-game. It describes the activities performed in each phase, but particularly examines the activities and tools of the game phase. Scrum basics covered include the use of product and sprint backlogs, the use of iterative development in the form of sprints, performing daily stand-up meetings, the use of sprint reviews and retrospectives, and using Scrum task boards.
Course 5- Agile Planning: Project Initiating and Requirements Gathering - 1.5 hours/PDUs and (Category A)
This course provides a look at the agile approach to planning and tasks that agile teams have adopted from methodologies such as Scrum and XP. The focus is on release planning which is the first of three agile planning levels. It emphasizes the importance of a properly established product vision, developed by the product owner and stakeholders prior to developing the project backlog. During release planning, this product vision is shared with the development team and discussed in detail to ensure the proper requirements, conditions of satisfaction, and priorities are established. The course then moves into the requirements gathering and analysis phase, with the use of high-level use case scenarios. It finishes with instruction and practice on developing user stories, which have become the choice method for many agile teams for clearly defining customer-centric requirements or features.
Course 6- Agile Planning: Doing Estimates and Completing the Release Plan - 2.0 hours/PDUs and (Category A)
Preparing estimates is not an area of project planning that many people really enjoy. That is, until they learn to do it the agile way. This course focuses on the heart of release planning: creating estimates and prioritizing requirements. You will learn common agile methods for estimating the size of user stories, such as planning poker, and guidelines for splitting and combining user stories. Along with estimating, another key task during release planning is prioritizing user stories to create the project backlog. You will learn the MoSCoW technique for prioritizing user stories, as well as the more sophisticated prioritization tools: the priority matrix and the Kano model of customer satisfaction. You will also learn about a visual approach some agile teams use to create a backlog story map.
Course 7- Planning and Monitoring Iterations on an Agile Project - 2.5 hours/PDUs and (Category A)
This course focuses on the activities performed during the planning and execution of a project iteration, or sprint. During release planning - the previous phase in the overall agile planning process - the team creates an ordered list of project features in the form of the product backlog. Iteration planning is the process of creating an iteration (sprint) backlog that contains more specific detail regarding work items that have been assigned to the upcoming iteration. The first part of the course provides a look at the iteration planning process and the creation of the iteration backlog. It also explores how to create a schedule and use principles of buffering. The second section of the course covers key tools and methods used by agile teams to monitor and report project progress, both at the iteration level and at the overall project or release level.
Course 8- Leading an Agile Team - 2.0 hours/PDUs and (Category A)
Having a good team and quality leadership is key for the success of any project, but in Agile development it is crucial. This course takes a close look at agile teams and team leadership, including the unique skills and roles of the agile project leader and the characteristics of the team as a whole. You will see how traditional project managers can adopt a new mindset that allows them to thrive in the agile environment, and to take on a coaching, leading, and facilitating role. Leaders must empower their teams to organize themselves, collaborate, and solve problems. This course provides guidance on how to lead a colocated cross-functional team, as well as a distributed team, and how to boost team performance. This course is intended for project managers, program managers, or anyone who wants to efficiently participate in agile projects. It is aligned with the Agile Certified Practitioner exam objectives.
Course 9- Managing Stakeholder Engagement on an Agile Project - 2.0 hours/PDUs and (Category A)
This course highlights the importance of stakeholder engagement, collaboration, and communication during agile planning and development projects. It discusses the role of stakeholders and how the ScrumMaster or agile project leader must encourage active involvement to ensure the team has a clear understanding of the project requirements and stakeholder expectations. Also addressed are common tools used for knowledge sharing throughout the course of the project, which is essential in order to deliver value and keep everyone informed on the status of the project. This course also covers techniques that encourage participation in the feedback and decision-making cycle of release, iteration, and project closing processes. This course is intended for project managers, program managers, or anyone who wants to efficiently participate in agile projects. It is aligned with the Agile Certified Practitioner exam objectives.
Course 10- Ensuring Delivery of Value and Quality in Agile Projects - 2.0 hours/PDUs and (Category A)
This course covers agile techniques and practices that deal with achieving product value and quality, beginning with agile documentation practices and key points to understand about contract types that are most suitable to the agile environment. It proceeds with an overview of agile risk management and the basics of agile Earned Value Management. Also covered are factors affecting product quality, including agile strategies that promote quality throughout development, and the incorporation of continuous testing as a practice for improving and verifying the expected level of customer value. This course is intended for project managers, program managers, or anyone who wants to efficiently participate in agile projects. It is aligned with the Agile Certified Practitioner exam objectives developed by the Project Management Institute® and Certified ScrumMaster learning objectives.
Course 11- Core PMI® Values and Ethical Standards - 2.0 contact hours/PDUs
In this course, learners will explore the values underlying ethical decisions and behaviors as outlined in the PMI® Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct. For each value, learners will be introduced to the integrity aspired to, as well as the mandatory conduct demanded of project managers to effectively manage projects and further promote project management as a profession. Topics covered include the behaviors that align with the core values of responsibility, respect, honesty, and fairness.