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What Are The Main Differences Between The New PMP and PMI-ACP
The PMP exam will be changing from July 1, 2020 to reflect the new Exam Outline which has a huge modification from the previous outlines.

The New outline now focuses on 3 Domains; People | Process | Business Environment |

This new exam will test heavily on Agile and Hybrid approaches in project management.

".....The research conducted through the Job Task Analysis validated that today’s project management practitioners work in a variety of project environments and utilize different project approaches.Accordingly, the PMP certification will be reflective of this and will incorporate approaches across the value delivery spectrum. About half of the examination will represent predictive project management approaches and the other half will represent agile or hybrid approaches. Predictive, agile, and hybrid approaches will be found throughout the three domain areas listed above and are not isolated to any particular domain or task...." #PMP Exam Content Outline

What will be the major differences between the PMP and PMI-ACP certifications when this change kicks in?
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You can find the answer to your question inside the content outline itself and the list of recommended reading. On the other side, if you see the first chapters of the PMBOK you will find what the approches and life cycles mean in the context of PMP examination.
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1 reply by Michael Effanga
Feb 28, 2020 10:05 AM
Michael Effanga
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Thank you for your input
As someone who just completed the PMI-ACP exam, I can attest that the focus under ACP is on a broader and deeper agile knowledge than would be covered in the PMP. You definitely need to know the various agile methods, models, artifacts and so on. What is a project status report for PMP would be a cumulative flow diagram for ACP.
Michael -

To add to Stéphane's feedback I'd say that the ACP is aimed at "practitioners" which implies roles other than just PMs.

I'd expect there would be more of an overlap between the two exams now than there was before, but I'd still expect there to be enough agile-specific practice content in the ACP.

Kiron
Yes, Agree with both Stephane's and Kiron.
Michael

Kiron and Stephane's feedback are spot on. I totally agree with them as someone holding both certifications.

RK
Thank you all for your feedback.

My question was not based on the current PMP structure but on THE NEW PMP coming in from 1st July, 2020.

As we know the structure will change and 50% of the exam will now test on Agile and Hybrid approach to managing projects.

Currently, the PMP is very heavy on waterfall method while ACP is more on Agile practices.

With PMP now sharing 50% of Agile approaches, what will then be the major differences.

I'm seeking thoughts and perspectives from fellow professionals
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2 replies by Kiron Bondale and Sergio Luis Conte
Feb 28, 2020 5:24 AM
Sergio Luis Conte
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Sorry but it is a big mistake in your statement. Agile is an approach, Waterfall is a life cycle. PMI´s PMBOK does not prescrive neitther is based on an approach or life cycle. So, what the PMBOK has incorporated is an special rewrite about the differences you can find when using different approaches or life cycle. I can say that because I was part of the group of authors and reviewers.
Feb 28, 2020 9:08 AM
Kiron Bondale
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Michael -

As Sergio has indicated, the PMBOK Guide as of the Sixth edition started to provide more of a balance in practices and approaches between waterfall and agile life cycles.

I would expect that the questions on the PMP exam will focus a lot more on the specific role of a PM when leading a project following an adaptive life cycle rather than details of specific practices or an in depth exploration of the Manifesto's values and principles the way the ACP exam does.

So while the overlap has increased between the two, there is still enough unique content for each to justify the ACP's continued existence.

Kiron
Feb 28, 2020 4:12 AM
Replying to Michael Effanga
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Thank you all for your feedback.

My question was not based on the current PMP structure but on THE NEW PMP coming in from 1st July, 2020.

As we know the structure will change and 50% of the exam will now test on Agile and Hybrid approach to managing projects.

Currently, the PMP is very heavy on waterfall method while ACP is more on Agile practices.

With PMP now sharing 50% of Agile approaches, what will then be the major differences.

I'm seeking thoughts and perspectives from fellow professionals
Sorry but it is a big mistake in your statement. Agile is an approach, Waterfall is a life cycle. PMI´s PMBOK does not prescrive neitther is based on an approach or life cycle. So, what the PMBOK has incorporated is an special rewrite about the differences you can find when using different approaches or life cycle. I can say that because I was part of the group of authors and reviewers.
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1 reply by Michael Effanga
Feb 28, 2020 10:04 AM
Michael Effanga
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Thank you for your input
Feb 28, 2020 4:12 AM
Replying to Michael Effanga
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Thank you all for your feedback.

My question was not based on the current PMP structure but on THE NEW PMP coming in from 1st July, 2020.

As we know the structure will change and 50% of the exam will now test on Agile and Hybrid approach to managing projects.

Currently, the PMP is very heavy on waterfall method while ACP is more on Agile practices.

With PMP now sharing 50% of Agile approaches, what will then be the major differences.

I'm seeking thoughts and perspectives from fellow professionals
Michael -

As Sergio has indicated, the PMBOK Guide as of the Sixth edition started to provide more of a balance in practices and approaches between waterfall and agile life cycles.

I would expect that the questions on the PMP exam will focus a lot more on the specific role of a PM when leading a project following an adaptive life cycle rather than details of specific practices or an in depth exploration of the Manifesto's values and principles the way the ACP exam does.

So while the overlap has increased between the two, there is still enough unique content for each to justify the ACP's continued existence.

Kiron
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1 reply by Michael Effanga
Feb 28, 2020 10:04 AM
Michael Effanga
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Thank you for your input
Feb 28, 2020 9:08 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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Michael -

As Sergio has indicated, the PMBOK Guide as of the Sixth edition started to provide more of a balance in practices and approaches between waterfall and agile life cycles.

I would expect that the questions on the PMP exam will focus a lot more on the specific role of a PM when leading a project following an adaptive life cycle rather than details of specific practices or an in depth exploration of the Manifesto's values and principles the way the ACP exam does.

So while the overlap has increased between the two, there is still enough unique content for each to justify the ACP's continued existence.

Kiron
Thank you for your input
Feb 28, 2020 5:24 AM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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Sorry but it is a big mistake in your statement. Agile is an approach, Waterfall is a life cycle. PMI´s PMBOK does not prescrive neitther is based on an approach or life cycle. So, what the PMBOK has incorporated is an special rewrite about the differences you can find when using different approaches or life cycle. I can say that because I was part of the group of authors and reviewers.
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