- Series: Test Prep series
- Paperback: 275 pages
- Publisher: Velociteach (February 15, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0982760833
- ISBN-13: 978-0982760833
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #848,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.
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).
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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One thing to note, I found the practice test questions in the book much more clearly written than the actual exam questions, which were maddeningly convoluted and poorly written. That's no fault of the book, of course, just a word of warning to would-be-test-takers. Still, if you master the material in this book, you should be able to decipher the live exam questions, despite how poorly they are written.
Bottom line, this book does a great job of summarizing and organizing the exam material and will help you pass the PMI-ACP exam, hopefully on your first try!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Concepts are well organized and explained really well. Must have book for passing PMI-ACP exam. I was able to clear the exams in first attempt.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
My PMI Chapter uses this book for their locally developed PMI-ACP study group class. As with most Crowe material, this does the job, and gets you ready for the exam. Read morePublished 10 months ago by J. Stephan Lundquist
The most important thing to know about this book is that it needs to be updated to a newer version: the PMI-ACP exam changed in October 2015 and the focus is broader than this... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Trenton Bennett
The best ever. I used it for my exam prep. It tells you what is AGILE in a easy to understand way.Published 16 months ago by Serena Wang
This book seems to be very similar to the Griffith ACP study guide in that it is a very high level overview of the exam material. Read morePublished 19 months ago by DJ_King_SD
I passed on the first try, but I can also say that the questions in the exam did not look or feel the same as in the book. But, I'm not complaining.Published 23 months ago by Hassan T Shareef