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PMI-ACP Project Management Institute Agile Certified Practitioner Exam Study Guide By J. Ashley Hunt

PMI-ACP Project Management Institute Agile Certified Practitioner Exam Study Guide
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PMI-ACP Project Management Institute Agile Certified Practitioner Exam Study Guide by J. Ashley Hunt

The ultimate study package for the new PMI-ACP exam

The PMI-ACP Project Management Institute Agile Certified Practitioner Exam Study Guide is an all-in-one package for comprehensive exam preparation. This up-to-date guide is fully aligned with the latest version of the exam, featuring coverage of 100 percent of the exam domains. Expanded coverage of AGILE includes the basic principles, value-driven delivery, stakeholder engagement, team performance, adaptive planning, problem detection and resolution, and continuous improvement to align with the A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK(R) 6th Edition) and its increased emphasis on agile, adaptive and iterative practices.

In-depth discussion merges with hands-on exercises and real-world scenarios to provide a well-rounded review of essential exam concepts, while the online learning center provides an assessment test, chapter tests, a practice exam, and study aids to help you ensure complete preparation for the big day.

  • Master 100 percent of the exam objectives, including expanded AGILE coverage
  • Reinforce critical concepts with hands-on practice and real-world scenarios
  • Test your knowledge with challenging chapter review questions
  • One year of FREE access to the Sybex online test bank featuring practice tests, flashcards, a glossary, and more

Project management is one of the most in-demand skills in today's job market, making more and more employers turn to AGILE methodologies to enhance delivery and results. The PMI-ACP certification shows employers that you have demonstrated mastery of essential project management skills and a practical understanding of adaptive, iterative processes; this validation puts you among the ranks of qualified project management professionals employers are desperately seeking, and the PMI-ACP Project Management Institute Agile Certified Practitioner Exam Study Guide is your one-stop resource for exam success.

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About J. Ashley Hunt

J. Ashley Hunt, PMP, PMI-ACP, MCSA, Project +, CSM, is currently the senior project management instructor at StormWind Studios and is responsible for writing, producing, teaching, and maintaining all the live courses in the field of Project Management. She is the Global REP point of contact and manager of Quality Assurance and Quality Control for StormWind Studios and The Project Management Institute (PMI(R)) to maintain quality in submitted materials.

Table of Contents

Preface xix Introduction xxi Assessment Test xlii Chapter 1 Agile Foundations 1 History and the Agile Manifesto 2 The Agile Alliance 2 The Agile Manifesto 3 The 12 Principles of the Agile Manifesto 5 The 12 Principles Simplified 6 The Declaration of Interdependence 7 The Declaration of Interdependence Simplified 8 Empirical Process Control 9 Agile vs. Waterfall Project Management 10 The Benefits of Using Agile in Any industry 11 Satir Model 14 Organizational Agility Tips 15 Summary 15 Exam Essentials 16 Review Questions 17 Chapter 2 Scrum and eXtreme Programming (XP) 21 What Is Scrum? 22 Transparency 23 Inspection 23 Adaptation 24 Scrum Values 24 The Scrum Team 26 The Product Owner 27 The Development Team 28 Scrum Master 28 Scrum Artifacts 30 The Product Backlog 30 The Sprint Backlog 32 Scrum Events 34 Sprint Planning 34 The Sprint 36 The Daily Scrum 37 Scrum of Scrums 38 The Sprint Review 39 Elements of the Sprint Review 40 The Sprint Retrospective 40 The Purpose of the Sprint Retrospective 41 eXtreme Programming (XP) Overview 42 Key Aspects Of XP 43 XP Core Values 43 XP Core Values Simplified 44 XP Roles 45 Core Practices of XP 46 The 13 Core Practices of XP 47 The 13 Core Practices Simplified 48 Summary 54 Exam Essentials 54 Review Questions 56 Chapter 3 Key Aspects of Additional Agile Methodologies 61 Dynamic Systems Development Method 63 The Eight Principles of DSDM 64 Kanban 68 Kanban Board 70 The Six Principles of Kanban 71 The Six Principles of Kanban Simplified 72 What Is Lean Product/Software Development? 74 The Seven Principles of Lean 75 How Lean Complements Agile 75 The Seven Wastes of Lean Manufacturing 76 The Seven Wastes of Lean Manufacturing Simplified 76 The Seven Wastes of Lean Software Development 78 The Seven Wastes of Lean Software Development Simplified 79 Continuous Improvement 82 Feature-Driven Development 83 The Five Processes of FDD 84 Best Practices of FDD 85 Best Practices of FDD Simplified 85 Crystal Methods 86 Crystal Family Color Codes 87 The Crystal Family 87 Adaptive Software Development (ASD) 88 Adaptive Software Development Cycle 89 Adaptive Software Development (ASD) Cycle Simplified 89 Creating a Successful Mindset 90 Three Main Aspects of Leading an Agile Project Effectively 91 Three Main Aspects of Leading an Agile Project Effectively Simplified 91 Summary 93 Exam Essentials 94 Review Questions 95 Chapter 4 Agile Initiation and Stakeholder Engagement 99 Charters and Agile Projects 101 Determining Return on Investment 105 Payback Period 106 Internal Rate of Return 106 Net Present Value 107 Techniques of Pre-Project Engagement 109 Elevator Statements 109 Tweeting 112 The Definition of Done 115 Wireframes 115 User Stories 116 User Story Workshops 118 Agile Knowledge Sharing and Communication 121 INVEST for User Stories 122 The INVEST Acronym 123 Communication and Knowledge Sharing Basics 128 Summary 133 Exam Essentials 133 Review Questions 135 Chapter 5 The Human Side of Agile Project Management 139 Interpersonal Skills 141 Communication 142 Self-Directed Teams 147 Negotiation 147 Aspirational Skills 149 Motivation 150 Conflict Resolution 151 Adaptive Leadership 154 Summary 155 Exam Essentials 155 Review Questions 157 Chapter 6 Agile Estimation and Planning 163 Iteration Zero 165 Analyzing Based on Business Value 166 The Product Owner 167 Development Team 168 Agile Project Manager 170 Timeboxing 171 Themes, Epics, and User Stories 172 Themes 173 Epics 174 User Stories 175 Personas 179 Wireframes 179 Backlog Refinement 180 Definition of Done 181 Story Mapping 182 Relative Sizing 183 Wideband Delphi 184 The Fibonacci Sequence 184 Planning Poker 185 Planning Poker Best Practices 186 Initial Velocity 188 Iteration/Sprint Calculations 189 Story Point Estimates and Spikes 192 Summary 193 Exam Essentials 193 Review Questions 195 Chapter 7 Effective Team Performance on Agile Projects 201 Tuckman's Ladder 203 Shu Ha Ri and Skill Mastery 204 Dreyfus Model: Five Stages of Skill Acquisition 205 Collaborative Working Environments 207 Distributed Teams 211 Context and Culture 214 Osmotic Communication 216 Team and Individual Coaching 217 Velocity Tracking 218 Burn Down and Burn Up Charts 220 Burn Down Charts 220 Burn Up Charts 222 Summary 223 Exam Essentials 224 Review Questions 226 Chapter 8 Agile Execution and Tracking of Iterations 231 Return on Investment and Benefit Measurement Methods 233 Earned Value Analysis 234 Controlling the Schedule 235 Controlling the Budget 236 Earned Value Technique 238 The Formulas 241 Key Performance Indicators 243 The Triple Constraints 246 The Gulf of Misunderstanding 247 Dot Voting, or Multi-Voting 248 MoSCoW 249 Monopoly Money 250 100 Points 251 Kano Analysis 252 Customized Procurement 254 Summary 256 Exam Essentials 257 Review Questions 258 Chapter 9 Detecting Problems and Working Through Changes 263 The Cost of Changes 264 Rolling Wave Planning 265 Technical Debt 266 Refactoring 267 Refactoring When You Don't Code Software 267 Determining Defects 269 Common Causes 270 Special Causes 271 Risk Management 271 Spikes 273 Risk-Adjusted Backlog 274 Expected Monetary Value 275 Assessing Risk 278 Risk Burn Down Charts 281 Summary 283 Exam Essentials 283 Review Questions 285 Chapter 10 Tailoring, Quality Management, and Improving Project Processes 291 Tailoring 292 Tailoring and the PMBOK (R) Guide 295 Lead Time and Cycle Time 296 Process Improvement 299 Value Stream Mapping 301 Continuous Product Improvement 304 Intraspectives 304 Premortem 305 Retrospectives 305 Summary 306 Exam Essentials 307 Review Questions 308 Appendix A Next Steps 313 What Is the PMI-ACP Certification? 314 Real-World Considerations 315 Tools and Techniques Overview 316 Agile Toolkit 316 PMI Ethical Decision-Making Framework 317 Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct 317 Task Overview 317 Agile Principles and Mindset Considerations 318 Value-Driven Delivery 318 Stakeholder Engagement 320 Team Performance 321 Adaptive Planning 322 Problem Detection and Resolution 323 Continuous Improvement 323 Tools and Techniques Overview 324 Knowledge and Skills 327 Concluding Thoughts 328 Appendix B Answers to Review Questions 329 Chapter 1 330 Chapter 2 331 Chapter 3 333 Chapter 4 334 Chapter 5 336 Chapter 6 338 Chapter 7 339 Chapter 8 341 Chapter 9 343 Chapter 10 344 Index 347

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PMI-ACP Project Management Institute Agile Certified Practitioner Exam Study Guide by J. Ashley Hunt
J. Ashley Hunt
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