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PMI-ACP® (Agile Certified Practitioner)
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Hello dears,
I need your advice and recommendation regarding the PMI-ACP certification.
I'm already certified PMP, RMP & IPMA with MSc degree in electrical engineering.
Also planing for my CFA: Chartered Financial Analyst certificate, but this has a long-term pace.

As you all know, agility in project management is the most important requirement nowadays in all industries, especially when digitalization &IoT is penetrating everything.

Do you advise me to get the PMI-ACP certification? or do you recommend another one that's more important and useful?


BR,
Ahmed Sanad
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I took this course to help me pass: https://masterofproject.com/p/pmi-acp-cert...training-online

I would also recommend getting at least a PSM I from scrum.org. Fairly cheap certification.

Yes I would recommend the PMI-ACP. There are others. The IIBA came out with an Agile cert for business analysis I may do sometime in the future.
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I would advise you do to the ACP and I myself is planning on it too. I think agile is, in a way, the future of managing projects and this is only just the start.
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1 reply by Ahmed Sanad
Jul 08, 2018 7:21 PM
Ahmed Sanad
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Thanks for the comment, that's why I am planning to go for it.
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Ahmed -

It is crucial to distinguish agile methodologies & delivery practices from organizational agility as the former is much narrower than the latter.

The ACP certification and most agile designations focus on the former.

A lot depends on the specific types of roles or organizations you might want to work for. If they are following a specific agile delivery framework such as Scrum or a scaled agile framework such as SAFe, LeSS or DAD, you'd be better off getting a specific certification for one of those.

Kiron
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1 reply by Ahmed Sanad
Jul 08, 2018 7:22 PM
Ahmed Sanad
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Actually, in my organization, we are more into waterfall project management, which is the traditional project management approach.
But I'm not planning to keep my knowledge narrowed into that approach.
That's why I'm thinking of ACP.
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I agree, it depends on the direction of the organization you are working for. Having said that, the ACP is a good all-rounder.
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1 reply by Ahmed Sanad
Jul 08, 2018 7:27 PM
Ahmed Sanad
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I got your point and I want to ask you also regarding one of the prerequisites of the ACP, do I need to have experience in that management approach? or normal project management experience fulfil it?

as it requires:

Agile Project Experience: 1,500 hours working on agile project teams. These hours are in addition to the 2,000 hours in general project experience and must have been earned within the last three years.
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Jul 07, 2018 11:54 AM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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I would advise you do to the ACP and I myself is planning on it too. I think agile is, in a way, the future of managing projects and this is only just the start.
Thanks for the comment, that's why I am planning to go for it.
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Jul 07, 2018 4:06 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Ahmed -

It is crucial to distinguish agile methodologies & delivery practices from organizational agility as the former is much narrower than the latter.

The ACP certification and most agile designations focus on the former.

A lot depends on the specific types of roles or organizations you might want to work for. If they are following a specific agile delivery framework such as Scrum or a scaled agile framework such as SAFe, LeSS or DAD, you'd be better off getting a specific certification for one of those.

Kiron
Actually, in my organization, we are more into waterfall project management, which is the traditional project management approach.
But I'm not planning to keep my knowledge narrowed into that approach.
That's why I'm thinking of ACP.
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1 reply by Alo Odefa Obasi
Jul 09, 2018 10:28 AM
Alo Odefa Obasi
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I believe you should go for the ACP, truth is organizations are becoming more flexible in their approach to project management and in the IT industry you find that applying agile methodologies are better suited for projects.
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Jul 07, 2018 6:15 PM
Replying to Sante Vergini
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I agree, it depends on the direction of the organization you are working for. Having said that, the ACP is a good all-rounder.
I got your point and I want to ask you also regarding one of the prerequisites of the ACP, do I need to have experience in that management approach? or normal project management experience fulfil it?

as it requires:

Agile Project Experience: 1,500 hours working on agile project teams. These hours are in addition to the 2,000 hours in general project experience and must have been earned within the last three years.
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1 reply by Lenka Pincot
Jul 09, 2018 9:20 PM
Lenka Pincot
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Yes, you need to have agile experience. If you don’t have any, I will quote an advice that was posted here sooner in similar discussion - you may do volunteering. There are a lot of virtual, online, opportunities for volunteering and you may manage the project with agile approach and agile tools. I can say because I’m doing that right now:)

I am ACP certified. I would definitely recommend to use exam simulator to earn the “language” of the exam. I did not read books, someone here recommended me Edwards blog which was absolutely great and covered all the topics. But I was experienced in agile approach before so I’m not sure what resources to recommend when there is perhaps limited previous experience.
https://edward-designer.com/web/pmi-acp/
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Hi Ahmed,
You need to have Agile experience (it can be any role like a Coach/Scrum Master/Agile PM...) in addition to usual PM experience. It has to be non-overlapping, I believe. I recently submitted my ACP application and got an approval to take up my exam. If you are a PMP in good standing, you just have to fill-in your Agile project experience alone. You may go through PMI-ACP handbook for more details.
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1 reply by Vijay Selvaraj
Jul 09, 2018 8:23 AM
Vijay Selvaraj
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Girija
What materials are you using for the preparation?

Wish you good luck on your exam

Vijay
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Jul 09, 2018 3:15 AM
Replying to Girija Ramakrishnan
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Hi Ahmed,
You need to have Agile experience (it can be any role like a Coach/Scrum Master/Agile PM...) in addition to usual PM experience. It has to be non-overlapping, I believe. I recently submitted my ACP application and got an approval to take up my exam. If you are a PMP in good standing, you just have to fill-in your Agile project experience alone. You may go through PMI-ACP handbook for more details.
Girija
What materials are you using for the preparation?

Wish you good luck on your exam

Vijay
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1 reply by Girija Ramakrishnan
Jul 09, 2018 11:16 AM
Girija Ramakrishnan
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Just started with PMI's Agile Practice guide. Planning to prepare with Mike Griffith's latest edition of PMI-ACP. Do you have any prep suggestions ?
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Jul 08, 2018 7:22 PM
Replying to Ahmed Sanad
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Actually, in my organization, we are more into waterfall project management, which is the traditional project management approach.
But I'm not planning to keep my knowledge narrowed into that approach.
That's why I'm thinking of ACP.
I believe you should go for the ACP, truth is organizations are becoming more flexible in their approach to project management and in the IT industry you find that applying agile methodologies are better suited for projects.
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1 reply by Ahmed Sanad
Jul 09, 2018 11:41 AM
Ahmed Sanad
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Great,
Do you recommend a good place (online) to get the preparation mandatory course?
Is simplilearn.com fine?
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