- Paperback: 434 pages
- Publisher: RMC Publications, Inc.; Second Edition edition (October 5, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1932735984
- ISBN-13: 978-1932735987
- Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 8.5 x 10.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 157 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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PMI-ACP Exam Prep, Second Edition: A Course in a Book for Passing the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) Exam Second Edition Edition
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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 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 --Publisher
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 also helped 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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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 found that my work experience with Scrum was very helpful, and as soon as I separated the few things that we did that weren't "textbook" then I was comfortable with that information. This book helped me learn or remember the XP, Lean and Kanban principals needed for the exam. That being said, the test questions were very situational. They come from the perspective of the Product Owner, the Scrum Master and whoever is doing the release planning. I found that the questions in the exam simulator prepared me more for the actual exam than the test questions at the end of each chapter. I did study over a period of six weeks and took each of the exams by domain until I reached a score of 85 on each one.
Thanks for all the work put into this book. VERY HELPFUL!!!!!
I found the chapter questions in the book a bit more challenging than the questions on the exam.
By studying this book I felt I knew the subject well. However, it did not prepare me to face the situational type of questions. The exam had 100% situational questions.
When I finished doing the questions I had no idea if I had passed or failed. It was also very hard for me to say which knowledge area each question tests. They all seemed alike.
However, I have passed and I thank this book and its author for that!