PMI Authorized Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)

Planning Information

The duration of this course is 3 days.
Classes are priced from $1,195.00. See individual sessions for details.


For many organizations, business success and even survival hinges on embracing an Agile mindset. Continuous delivery of value, an unwavering customer-centric perspective, and the ability to respond and adapt to change characterize many of today’s best performing organizations. Even if not formally implementing a specific approach, Agile practices are often employed in more traditional organizations competing in today’s disrupted, hyper-dynamic business environment. This exam prep course provides a solid foundation for anyone seeking to develop fluency in Agile concepts, terms, and practices as well as the necessary knowledge to be prepared for the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® exam. This course covers the values and principles articulated in the Agile Manifesto, as well as the values of key Agile frameworks and methods, including Scrum, XP, and Lean.

This 3-day PMI-ACP exam prep course, with successful completion of an online mock exam, satisfies the 21 hours of formal education required to sit for the certification exam.

Intended Audience

This PMI-ACP exam prep course is intended for anyone who wants to learn the principles and practices of agile and/or wants to obtain the PMI-ACP credential.

At Completion

  • Improved ability to use an Agile mindset when collaborating
  • Better team productivity with clearly defined roles and responsibilities
  • A common language and improved team communication
  • Higher-quality products developed more rapidly
  • Increase customer satisfaction
  • Greater organizational agility to respond to change and uncertainty
  • earn how to prepare for the rigorous PMI-ACP Exam


For those who wish to sit for the PMI-ACP exam, the following is required:

  • 12 months of general project experience, earned within the last 5 years OR an active PMP® or PgMP® certification.
  • 8 months of agile project experience - working on agile project teams or with agile methodologies (in addition to the 12 months required in ""general project experience""), earned within the last 3 years.
  • 21 contact hours of training on agile practices earned by attending this course.

Exams & Certifications

This course prepares students to sit for the Agile Certified Practitioner Certification exam and satisfies the PMI-required 21 contact hours of training. 


Students will be provided with the most effective study tools currently available on the market, including offline exam preparation tools and activities, a comprehensive class manual, presentation slides, and access to realistic exam simulation tools.

Students will master the pace, subject matter, and difficulty of the PMI-ACP exam with a free membership to the online practice exam portal (a $68 USD value). Your personalized portal will include mock exams, quizzes, performance reports, and much more.

Course Outline

An Introduction Agile Project Management

  • What is Agile?
  • Why is Agile Effective?
  • The Agile Manifesto
  • The Benefits of Agile

Forming the Agile Team

  • Agile Team Roles and Responsibilities
  • Team Expectations
  • Self Organization
  • Team Communication

The Agile Coach

  • Role of the Agile Coach / Agile PM
  • All About Agile Project Management
  • Effectively Working with Agile Teams
  • Communication
  • The PMI Code of Ethics

Agile Planning

  • Agile Project Planning
  • The 5 Levels of Agile Planning
  • Product Vision
  • The Product Roadmap

How to Focus on the Customer

  • Involving the Customer
  • User Roles
  • How to Create and Use Personas

Creating and Maintaining the Product Backlog

  • All About the Product Backlog
  • All About User Stories
  • The INVEST Model
  • Agile Acceptance Criteria
  • Foundational Stories
  • Agile Constraints

Prioritizing the Product Backlog

  • Agile Prioritization Themes
  • All About the Decision Matrix
  • About Kano Analysis
  • How to Prevent Fire Alarms
  • Continuous Prioritization in Agile

Agile Estimating

  • Relative vs. Actual Estimating in Agile
  • An Introduction to Story Points
  • Using Story Points in your Project
  • "Planning Poker"

Agile Release Planning

  • Velocity
  • All About Releases
  • Schedule Based vs. Feature Based Planning
  • How to Build the Release Plan
  • Communication

All About User Stories

  • How to get to the details
  • Documentation methods for collecting details
  • Establishing a consistent approach to grooming and product backlog review

Iteration Planning and Execution

  • All about Capacity
  • How to Engage the Team
  • Planning the Iteration
  • Executing the Iteration
  • Daily Scrum and Stand-up
  • The Scrum of Scrums
  • Iteration Review
  • How to Demonstrate Working Software

Measuring and Communicating Process

  • Scrum of Scrums
  • All about Taskboards
  • Story and Task cards
  • Agile Metrics
  • The Burndown and Burnup Charts
  • Cumulative Features Diagrams
  • Agile Earned Value Management (EVM)
  • Agile Tools


  • The Elements of a Retrospective
  • How to Facilitate Retrospectives
  • Tips for effective Retrospectives
  • A Review of Empirical Process Control

Advanced Agile Controls

  • User stories with affinity sizing
  • Mapping User Stories
  • Tailoring Processes
  • Introduction to Kanban
  • Mapping the Value Stream
  • All about Monte Carlo simulations

Adopting Agile Project Management

  • Overview of the Agile Process
  • How to Overcome Resistance and Get Started
  • Agile Calendar of Events
  • Challenges to Agile Adoption

Preparing for the PMI-ACP Certification Exam

  • Completing your PMI-ACP application
  • How to schedule your exam
  • PMI-ACP exam day expectations
  • Review each section of the exam
  • Review of PMI-ACP practice questions

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