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The PMI-ACP Exam: How To Pass On Your First Try (Test Prep series) Paperback – February 15, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0982760833 ISBN-10: 0982760833

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Product Details

  • Series: Test Prep series
  • Paperback: 275 pages
  • Publisher: Velociteach (February 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982760833
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982760833
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Andy Crowe, PMP, PgMP, is the founder of Velociteach, a company that provides project management and certification training. 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.

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The book was an easy, enjoyable read with all of the topics presented very clearly and concisely, without a lot of waste.
John G.
The tests in this book are closer to the exam, and the explanations show frequent mistakes people make on the test, or by falling into non-agile practices.
E. Rubinsky
I read the book twice, took the practice tests five times, and took the online practice exam five times (3 week easy paced prep time).
Rodney Thompson

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Aditya R on April 30, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book is not enough to pass the exam, infact it is more like a reference guide to make sure you covered all the topics for the exam. I used the following books and resources:

1. "Agile Project Management with Scrum" by Ken Schwaber

2. "Agile Planning and Estimation" by Mike Cohn - Overall the best book for this exam.

3. Kanban by David Anderson [Even though this may be a over kill]

4. Agileexams.com. A lot of questions repeat in these exams, so good to just get a understanding of Exam format. [I never passed any of the full length exams on this site, always ended up getting somewhere between 60-70%, the pass percentage was 81%, very high compared to actual exams pass percentage].

5. Countless other resources on the web to fully understand Lean methodology, XP, Agile Manifesto, Agile artifacts, agile reports, etc.

6. Used the "PMI® Agile Certified Practitioner PMI-ACP Exam Prep Study Group" on Linkedin site for some useful tips from people who passed the exam.

7. Mock exams in this book. There are 2 full length exams at the end and a link to free exams online by the author. I felt those exams had questions that were a close match to atleast 30 % of the questions on the real exam, even though the real exam had very tricky answers.

Hope that helps. BTW, I passed the exam last week.

Cheers.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Rodney Thompson on April 18, 2013
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I used Andy Crowe material to pass the PMI-PMP exam so naturally I bought Andy's material for the PMI-ACP exam. After reading reviews of a multitude of resources (Training, Books, Practice Exams), I was really apprehensive about taking the PMI-ACP exam. My nagging question was, is this material alone enough to pass the exam? The answer is yes. I passed the exam "Proficient". During the exam I was amazed at how well prepared I was when answering the questions. I completed the exam and review of marked questions in 1.5 hours.

If you really want to practice Agile concepts to prepare for the exam use the Andy Crowe material. Also, the online exam is very beneficial. I do agree with a previous post that there could be additional questions added. However, if you understand why your answers were right / wrong you will be prepared for the exam.

I did review the Mike Griffiths book TOC and reviews. It appears it is also a great resource and probably has more material than this book. If you are not on a shoe string budget, I can see why people may purchase both.

My primary Agile experience is from a product owner perspective and I have very limited experience with software development. If I can pass using the Andy Crowe material, most people should be able to. I read the book twice, took the practice tests five times, and took the online practice exam five times (3 week easy paced prep time).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 3.14159 on March 29, 2014
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I passed the PMP exam at the end of 2012, and studied for several months, using a combination of books, the best of which was the Rita Mulcahy PMP Exam Prep tome.

For the PMI-ACP test, I narrowed down my choices between this Andy Crowe book and the equivalent from the Rita Mulcahy Companies, authored by Mike Griffiths. I landed with this Crowe book based on cost, size and perceived difficulty of the PMI-ACP exam vs. the PMP exam.

This was the only book I used to study for the PMI-ACP exam, and I did great. However, I mostly attribute this to the following:
1. The PMI-ACP exam is MUCH easier than the PMP exam
2. Real-world Agile experience is very helpful in passing the PMI-ACP exam, where it provides very little help in passing the PMP exam
3. The PMI-ACP exam asks many more basic questions that can be reflexively answered by knowing definitions alone, vs. the PMP exam, which has many more long-form, theory-based contextual questions
4. PMI-ACP exam has NO math, NO formulas and NO calculations – the PMP does

This Andy Crowe book did exactly what is promised – it helped me pass on my first try…which should earn it a higher rating. Why can’t I give it more than three stars? Because it has some deficiencies that need to be addressed, which are:

1. Compared to what the Rita Mulcahy book offered me for the PMP exam, this book offers only basic context help understand WHAT the exam is looking for. The Mulcahy PMP book I used was littered with references to traps to avoid, what the exam asks for, how to attack the exam, etc…This book offers only basics scattered throughout, and a basic section at the end for exam strategy

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. Dinh VINE VOICE on November 29, 2012
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This book is a bargain, especially for people who already have PMP certification. It is also the best book in my opinion to prepare for the PMI-ACP test. Andy Crowe has a way of pointing out the specific so you don't waste too much time. Just like his PMP prep book, I found a lot of questions in the exams already in his book. This could be the difference between pass or fail!! This book alone will not make you a Agile practitioner, you need more learning and experience for that. But it's definitely THE book to study for the test from. I passed the PMI-ACP on my first try. Of course I have worked in Agile projects and have other training as well. If you are very lucky, you could pass with just this book without the experience and previous learning..

Did I say the book is a bargain for PMPs? It has a code that gives you access to Insite's training web site, and upon completing the Practice Test A, you'll get 3 PDUs!! So the book to help study for PMI-ACP also helps you get more PDUs. It's an awesome deal in my book :-).
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