- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: RMC (Rita Mulcahy Companies) Publications; Premier edition (April 23, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1932735585
- ISBN-13: 978-1932735581
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.8 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 74 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #484,838 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pmi-acp Exam Prep: Rapid Learning to Pass the Pmi Agile Certified Practitioner Pmi-acp Exam - on Your First Try!: Premier Edition Paperback – CLV, April 23, 2012
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As one of the authors of the Agile Manifesto, I am delighted to see this book by Mike Griffiths. It is great that such an exam guide was prepared by someone with a deep understanding of both project management and Agile development. Personally, I hope that everyone reads this book, not just to pass the PMI-ACP exam, but to learn Agile development safely and effectively!
Dr. Alistair Cockburn, Manifesto for Agile Software Development Co-Author, International Consortium for Agile Co-Founder, and Current Member of the PMI-ACP Steering Committee --Publisher
This is a VERY enjoyable book to read, due to Mike's firm grasp of the underlying concepts of Agile, and his articulate and entertaining writing style. My favorite part is the fact that it is organized into a framework that helps all of the Agile concepts hang together, so they will be easier to recall when taking the PMI-ACP exam. But Mike's book is more than just the best PMI-ACP prep book out there. It is also the best consolidated source of Agile knowledge, tools, and techniques available today.
Even if you are not planning on sitting for the PMI-ACP exam in the near future you need to buy this book, read it, and keep it as a reference for how to responsibly be Agile! --Dennis Stevens, PMI-ACP Steering Committee Member, PMI Agile Community of Practice Council Leader, and Partner at Leading Agile
About the Author
Mike Griffiths is a world-renowned project manager, trainer, consultant and writer, holding multiple project management and Agile-related certifications. Mike was on the original PMI-ACP Steering Committee, which defined the agile-related knowledge, skills, tools and techniques to be tested by the PMI-ACP exam. He is also currently helping to create the new PMBOK Guide, as well as the Software Extension to the PMBOK Guide.
Mike frequently presents at PMI Global Congress conferences, and teaches a 2-day Agile Project Management course for the Project Management Institute (PMI) as part of their traveling Seminars World program. He also helped start the PMI Agile Community of Practice, which is now the largest PMI community in existence.
Mike helped create the agile method DSDM (Dynamic Systems Development Method) and has been using agile methods including FDD, Scrum and XP for the last 17 years. Mike also served on the Board of Directors for the Agile Alliance and the Agile Project Leadership Network (APLN). In addition to extensive Agile methods experience, Mike is very active in traditional project management, holding both the PMP and PRINCE2 certifications.
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I highly encourage you to review the ACP Exam Content outline on the PMI website. The exam is 3 hours with 120 multiple choice questions. You cannot bluff through them, you must prepare and educate yourself. I have solid scrum experience and yet the exam preparation, specially helped by this book, has added a world of wisdom about agile. Just go through the Contents of the books, it is tailored exactly as you are tested on the exam.
After spending a month with this book, looking up all the new concepts and techniques I've learnt on becoming a better scrum master and project manager, all I can say is hats off Mike Griffith/team. In a matter of weeks, I was familiar with what the exam would test me on. The language is simply beautiful, at times humorous, and deeply engaging. Its as if you are sharing project management with a friend over a cup of coffee and not preparing for a stressful exam.
In a month, after detailed study of this book and referencing the various concepts in it with articles on the internet, I felt ready. So I enrolled in a three day prep class which helped me discuss the concepts further.
The book offers the whole world of agile in a very compact valuable package. It is expensive however it is completely worth the investment if you are a) serious about taking your ACP exam, and, b) learning more about the world of agile and insightful project management practices.
My only dissappointment was that this book offered only limited number of multiple choice questions at the end of each chapter (126 in total in the book) and didnt offer additional mock tests either in the book or online as part of the package. If you do not end up enrolling in a prep class, I would recommend purchasing a mock prep test online (Version One offers it).
- easy, almost pleasant, to read
- very complete in terms of information and illustrations
- useful even long after you pass the test
The book focused on agile methods in general while the PMI-ACP test focused more on XP and Lean
principles than I expected but overall, I was well prepared and passed without difficulties.
Would definitely recommend this book
Paul, PMI-ACP, PMP :)
The processes that make up the 7 Agile Methods are broken up in to categories like: Tools & Techniques, and Knowledge & Skills... and then spread across 8 Chapters. Yes Agile is all encompassing, but the way information is presented it impossible to quickly review just Scrum, or say Kanban... I'm not even going to mention Core Principles of each method, processes, reports, and process based terminology thats also spread all across the book..
All those that happen to like PMBOK and how its content was structured, you are not going to like this book. To be honest ACP has quarter the content that PMBOK covers. So the writer goes out of his way to fill the pages with irrelevant elaborations and examples, that do nothing to promote reader retention.
In short, after reading it 2 times and making some preliminary notes, I am finding it very challenging to work with, and I might have to go look for alternatives. This is in no way a reference book in the same manner as PMBOK is, and I can easily see how a guide one third in length can cover all the same concepts, without sacrificing any content.
I highly recommend this book to anyone taking their PMI-ACP exam. A Must Have !!