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PMI Agile Certified Practitioner—Excel with Ease

Book Description

Agile, a topic of growing importance in project management, is an iterative and incremental software developmental methodology that helps organizations to be more flexible to change and to deliver workable software in a shorter span of time. PMI-ACP is the new credential offered by the Project Management Institute, and validates a practitioner's ability to understand and apply agile principles and practices.

This self-study guide is essential reading for all PMI-ACP aspirants to clear the certification exam. Following an easy and a step-by-step learning approach, this book presents not only the basic agile concepts but also the latest developments in the field, based entirely on the guidelines from the Project Management Institute.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. About the Authors
  5. Contents
  6. Foreword
  7. Preface
  8. Eight Steps for PMI-ACP® Exam Preparation
  9. Tips and Tricks for PMI-ACP® Exam
  10. 1: Introduction to Project Management
    1. INTRODUCTION
    2. PROJECT MANAGEMENT BODY OF KNOWLEDGE
    3. PROCESS
    4. PROJECT
    5. PROJECT MANAGEMENT
    6. WHY DO PROJECT MANAGERS NEED INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIP SKILLS?
    7. PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
    8. PORTFOLIO MANAGEMENT
    9. PROJECT MANAGEMENT OFFICE
    10. ENTERPRISE ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS
  11. 2: The Contexts of Project Management
    1. PROJECT LIFE CYCLE
    2. RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PROJECT PHASES
    3. STAKEHOLDERS
    4. ORGANIZATIONAL INFLUENCE ON PROJECT MANAGEMENT
    5. ORGANIZATION PROCESS ASSETS
  12. 3: Introduction to Agile Project Management
    1. INTRODUCTION
    2. WHAT IS AGILE?
    3. AGILE MANIFESTO VALUES AND PRINCIPLES
    4. AGILE METHODOLOGIES
    5. AGILE PRINCIPLES
    6. AGILE FRAMEWORKS AND TERMINOLOGY
    7. AGILE ROLES
    8. AGILE PROJECT MANAGEMENT
    9. AGILE PROJECT LIFE CYCLE
    10. UNDERSTANDING AGILE IN THE PMBOK WAY
    11. MONITORING AND CONTROLLING (ITERATIVE CYCLE REVIEW, DAILY STAND-UP)
    12. PLANNING
    13. PROJECT MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEMS
    14. MONITORING AND CONTROL PROJECT WORK
    15. PERFORMANCE REPORTS
    16. CLOSING
  13. 4: Communications
    1. COMMUNICATIONS MANAGEMENT
    2. DIMENSIONS OF COMMUNICATION
    3. BARRIERS TO COMMUNICATIONS
    4. PLAN COMMUNICATIONS
    5. COMMUNICATION METHODS
  14. 5: Planning, Monitoring and Adapting
    1. INTRODUCTION
    2. WHAT IS ADAPTIVE PLANNING?
    3. PROGRESSIVE ELABORATION
    4. ITERATION AND RELEASE PLANNING
    5. DAILY PLANNING
    6. ADAPTIVE PLANNING AND ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE
    7. AGILE CONTRACTING METHODS
    8. AGILE PROJECT TRACKING
    9. AGILE PROJECT ACCOUNTING PRINCIPLES
  15. 6: Agile Metrics and Estimations
    1. RELATIVE SIZING
    2. STORY POINTS
    3. WIDEBAND DELPHI
    4. PROBE TECHNIQUE
    5. PLANNING POKER
    6. IDEAL TIME
    7. AFFINITY DIAGRAM AND ESTIMATING
    8. VELOCITY
    9. CYCLE TIME
    10. AGILE PROJECT COST MANAGEMENT
    11. PROJECT COST MANAGEMENT
    12. EARNED VALUE MANAGEMENT (EVM)
    13. ESCAPED DEFECTS
  16. 7: Agile Analysis and Design
    1. INTRODUCTION
    2. PRODUCT ROADMAP
    3. BACKLOG
    4. STORY MAPS
    5. AGILE MODELING
    6. WIREFRAMES
    7. PERSONAS
    8. PARTICIPATORY DECISION MODEL
    9. BUSINESS CASE DEVELOPMENT
    10. CHARTERING
  17. 8: Product Quality
    1. INTRODUCTION
    2. COST OF QUALITY
    3. FREQUENT VERIFICATION AND VALIDATION
    4. TEST-DRIVEN DEVELOPMENT (TDD)
    5. DEFINITION OF DONE
    6. INCREMENTAL DELIVERY
    7. FEEDBACK TECHNIQUES FOR PRODUCT
    8. CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT PROCESS
    9. PROCESS ANALYSIS TECHNIQUES
    10. CAUSE AND EFFECT DIAGRAMS
    11. CONTROL LIMITS FOR AGILE PROJECTS
  18. 9: Soft Skills Negotiation
    1. EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE QUOTIENT (EQ)
    2. ACTIVE LISTENING
    3. COLLABORATION
    4. ADAPTIVE LEADERSHIP
    5. NEGOTIATIONS
    6. CONFLICT RESOLUTION
    7. CONFLICT MANAGEMENT
    8. SERVANT LEADERSHIP
    9. BRAINSTORMING TECHNIQUES
    10. BUILDING EMPOWERED TEAM
    11. COACHING AND MENTORING
    12. TEAM MOTIVATION AND KNOWLEDGE SHARING
    13. LEADERSHIP TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES
    14. PROBLEM-SOLVING STEPS
    15. OTHER FACILITATION METHODS
    16. CULTURE AND TEAM DIVERSITY
  19. 10: Value-based Prioritization and Value Mapping
    1. INTRODUCTION
    2. DEFINITION OF VALUE
    3. ROI, NPV, IRR
    4. VALUE-DRIVEN DELIVERY
    5. CHECKPOINTS IN AGILE PROJECTS
    6. VALUE STREAM MAPPING
    7. RELATIVE PRIORITIZATION AND RANKING
    8. VALUE-BASED PRIORITIZATION
    9. MMF (MINIMUM MARKETABLE FEATURE)
    10. AGILE COMPLIANCE
    11. REGULATORY COMPLIANCE
  20. 11: Agile Project Risk Management
    1. INTRODUCTION
    2. PLAN RISK MANAGEMENT
    3. IDENTIFY RISKS
    4. RISK ADJUSTED BACKLOG
    5. RISK BURN-DOWN GRAPHS
    6. PERFORM QUALITATIVE RISK ANALYSIS
    7. RISK-BASED SPIKE
    8. PLAN RISK RESPONSES
    9. MONITORING AND CONTROL RISKS
    10. CHECKPOINTS IN AGILE PROJECTS
    11. COMMON RISK MANAGEMENT MISTAKES
  21. 12: Agile Project Management Office
    1. WHAT IS A PMO?
    2. TRADITIONAL FLAVOURS OF PMO
    3. ROLES PLAYED BY AGILE PMO
    4. VENDOR MANAGEMENT
    5. PROCUREMENT LIFE CYCLE
    6. PROCUREMENT NEGOTIATION
  22. 13: Agile Methodologies
    1. INTRODUCTION
    2. VARIANCE IN AGILE METHODS AND APPROACHES
    3. APPLYING NEW AGILE PRACTICES
  23. 14: PMI Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
    1. INTRODUCTION
    2. STRUCTURE OF THE CODE
    3. PMI CODE OF CONDUCT
  24. Model Question Paper–1
  25. Model Question Paper–2
  26. Model Question Paper–3
  27. Model Question Paper–4
  28. Important Points
  29. Index