- Paperback: 434 pages
- Publisher: RMC Publications; 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
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- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (152 customer reviews)
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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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I used the rmcproject.com book on the PMBOK for my PMP certification, so for the ACP, I came back to it again to see what it could offer. The truth is, this book is overkill. It covers way more material than you need to know to pass the exam, and it even says so in several places. But that's because, as I mention above, this exam is about needing to know a lot of things in order to rewire your thinking for some pretty tough questions.
There are a couple of times I think the author does a poor job of making examples through metaphor--the analogies don't quite fit, but you can get the general idea. There are also times the book goes a bit chart-happy and we have graphics that I don't feel are necessary to make a point. For example, I don't need a pair of overlapping curves on an X-Y diagram with pictures of CD-ROMs and books to understand that face-to-face communication has the highest value.
That said, I still do recommend this book. And I also STRONGLY recommend you use the latest edition of this book because the PMI-ACP exam changed in October of 2015. As luck would have it, I had to switch to this edition just as I was close to taking the exam--so I can tell you that yes, the new edition has been substantially modified in certain places. It's much thicker. The exam changed to be more about thinking in Agile, and some of the dialogue, particularly in the second half of the book, has been updated to reflect this.
Either way, I didn't have access to the exam simulation software that is also sold. So I can tell you that using the practice exams and sample exercises in each chapter is a great way to get what you need firmly in your head for the exam. I do recommend this book. It requires a lot of study and has a lot of potentially irrelevant pieces, but in that way it also makes for a very complete reference for the PMI-ACP exam.
This is how I went about exam prep:
1) Read the PMI-ACP Exam Prep book cover to cover (highlighted important points and topics as I read)
2) Read through all highlighted material and any sections I was having trouble with
3) Took Velociteach PMI-ACP Practice Test A the first time (I bought the week long trial) (Scored 77%)
4) Read through all highlighted material and any entire sections I was still having trouble with
5) Took Velociteach PMI-ACP Practice Test A the second time (Scored 82%)
6) Read through all highlighted material and any entire sections I was still having trouble with
7) Took all the quizzes at the end of each section
8) Read through all highlighted material for the final time
8) Took the test and passed it!
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).