PMI-ACP® Agile Training Course
The Gold Standard for Project Managers
This 3-day course provides all the tools you'll need to earn your PMI-ACP® Agile certification along with the 21 Agile training contact hours required to sit for the exam. You'll learn the fundamentals of the world's most popular and effective Agile philosophies, including Scrum, Kanban, Lean, Extreme Programming (XP), and Test-Driven Development (TDD).
No public courses are currently scheduled, but we can deliver this course onsite at your location. Contact us for a quote.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Explore, embrace, and apply agile principles and mindset within the context of the project team and organization.
- Advocate for agile principles by modeling those principles and discussing agile values in order to develop a shared mindset across the team as well as between the customer and the team.
- Help ensure that everyone has a common understanding of the values and principles of agile and a common knowledge around the agile practices and terminology being used in order to work effectively.
- Support change at the system or organization level by educating the organization and influencing processes, behaviors, and people in order to make the organization more effective and efficient.
- Practice visualization by maintaining highly visible information radiators showing real progress and real team performance in order to enhance transparency and trust.
- Contribute to a safe and trustful team environment by allowing everyone to experiment and make mistakes so that each can learn and continuously improve the way he or she works.
- Enhance creativity by experimenting with new techniques and process ideas in order to discover more efficient and effective ways of working.
- Encourage team members to share knowledge by collaborating and working together in order to lower risks around knowledge silos and reduce bottlenecks.
- Encourage emergent leadership within the team by establishing a safe and respectful environment in which new approaches can be tried in order to make improvements and foster self-organization and empowerment.
- Practice servant leadership by supporting and encouraging others in their endeavors so that they can perform at their highest level and continue to improve.
Deliver valuable results by producing high-value increments for review, early and often, based on stakeholder priorities. Have the stakeholders provide feedback on these increments, and use this feedback to prioritize and improve future increments.
- Define Positive Value
- Avoid Potential Downsides
- Incremental Development
Engage current and future interested parties by building a trusting environment that aligns their needs and expectations and balances their requests with an understanding of the cost/effort involved. Promote participation and collaboration throughout the project life cycle and provide the tools for effective and informed decision making.
- Understand Stakeholder Needs
- Ensure Stakeholder Involvement
- Manage Stakeholder Expectations
Create an environment of trust, learning, collaboration, and conflict resolution that promotes team self-organization, enhances relationships among team members, and cultivates a culture of high performance.
- Team Formation
- Team Empowerment
- Team Collaboration and Commitment
Produce and maintain an evolving plan, from initiation to closure, based on goals, values, risks, constraints, stakeholder feedback, and review findings.
- Levels of Planning
- Agile Sizing and Estimation
Continuously identify problems, impediments, and risks; prioritize and resolve in a timely manner; monitor and communicate the problem resolution status; and implement process improvements to prevent them from occurring again.
- Create an open and safe environment by encouraging conversation and experimentation, in order to surface problems and impediments that are slowing the team down or preventing its ability to deliver value.
- Identify threats and issues by educating and engaging the team at various points in the project in order to resolve them at the appropriate time and improve processes that caused issues.
- Ensure issues are resolved by appropriate team members and/or reset expectations in light of issues that cannot be resolved in order to maximize the value delivered.
- Maintain a visible, monitored, and prioritized list of threats and issues in order to elevate accountability, encourage action, and track ownership and resolution status.
- Communicate status of threats and issues by maintaining threat list and incorporating activities into backlog of work in order to provide transparency.
Continuously improve the quality, effectiveness, and value of the product, the process, and the team.
- Tailor and adapt the project process by periodically reviewing and integrating team practices, organizational culture, and delivery goals in order to ensure team effectiveness within established organizational guidelines and norms.
- Improve team processes by conducting frequent retrospectives and improvement experiments in order to continually enhance the effectiveness of the team, project, and organization.
- Seek feedback on the product by incremental delivery and frequent demonstrations in order to improve the value of the product.
- Create an environment of continued learning by providing opportunities for people to develop their skills in order to develop a more productive team of generalizing specialists.
- Challenge existing process elements by performing a value stream analysis and removing waste in order to increase individual efficiency and team effectiveness.
- Create systemic improvements by disseminating knowledge and practices across projects and organizational boundaries in order to avoid re-occurrence of identified problems and improve the effectiveness of the organization as a whole.
How We Teach
People learn differently, so we use a variety of methods to teach concepts throughout the course. In addition to exam preparation and practice quizzes, you'll engage in round-table discussions, group exercises, and games designed to give practical context to the concepts. We take this approach not only because it's more interesting and fun than simply memorizing vocabulary, but because it works.
All of our trainers are full-time Beyond20 staff
No temporary workers or subcontractors here. Our trainers are working consultants who implement best practice processes and tools when they're not in the classroom. You might say we practice what we preach. It's a great system, when you think about it - we're better consultants because we know these concepts inside and out, and we're better trainers because we get to put the theory into practice in the real world.
We don't just teach to the exam (though we certainly do that), we also give you practical and personalized tools you can take back to work.
We're a Registered Education Provider with PMI, so if you're PMP Certified, the course will earn you PDUs!
Industry-Leading Course Materials
All of our courseware is reviewed multiple times a year to ensure it's up to date, in line with best practice standards, and effective! We incorporate feedback from students to constantly improve our course books, in-class activities, and (sorry) homework. The goal is to provide you with the tools to not only get you through class and pass the exam, but also to have a reliable reference when you get back to the office.
All of our instructors are experienced practitioners with real world ITIL implementation expertise. (Real experience, too. Like, former-CIO-level experience.)
We're a US-based organization with offices in DC, Phoenix, and San Diego.