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1 Introduction to the PMI Agile Certification: PMI-ACP SM PMI-NIC Agile Project Management Workshop Victor Carter-Bey, PMI Manager of Certification 2 December 2011

2 Benefits of Certification PMI’s History with Agile Overview of PMI-ACP SM o Value Proposition o Eligibility Requirements o Exam Structure- what’s on the exam? o Market Reaction PMI-ACP SM Overview 4

3 PMI in Summary Global Non-Profit Professional Association −More than 550,000 members and credential holders, 260 chapters, 182 countries −10-15% annual growth for 15 years Global Standards −13 global standards −+3 million PMBOK® Guide in circulation Credentials −6 major credentials, used worldwide ( PMP ® | CAPM ® | PgMP ® | PMI-RMP ® | PMI-SP ® | PMI-ACP SM ) Professional and Market Research −Academic Accreditation Program Advocate for Project Management excellence to −Business, government, NGOs −C-level executives: CEO, COO, CHR, CFO −Local and regional audiences: chapter outreach

4 Benefits of Certification 27

5 Why Certification? Need for Skilled Project Managers –Skilled practitioners are leaving the workforce Baby Boomers are leaving workforce at same time –Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) identifies this trend as having a major strategic impact for 64% of organizations studied Despite high unemployment, over 3 million jobs will go unfilled this year in U.S. alone due to talent gap –Example: Siemens only filled 5 out of 6 open positions in 2010 SHRM: Workplace Visions (Issue 5, 2010) SHRM: Global Talent Mismatch (June 2011)

6 Why Certification? Need for Skilled Project Managers –Companies are trying to recruit people with more specialized knowledge –65% of HR professionals say their companies are increasing investment in recruiting and retaining highly specialized knowledge workers SHRM 2015 Scenarios for the Future of Human Resource Management

7 Why Certification? Credentialed project managers are correlated with project performance –80% of high-performing projects use a credential project manager PricewaterhouseCoopers Insights and Trends: Current Programme and Project Management Practices (2007)

8 Why Certification? Credentialed project managers are correlated with project performance –Higher maturity organizations have higher certification rates PricewaterhouseCoopers Insights and Trends: Current Programme and Project Management Practices (2007)

9 Why Certification? Higher maturity organizations have better project performance PMI Pulse of the Profession Study, 2010

10 PMI’s History with Agile 27

11 11 Worldwide, organizations will embrace, value and utilize project management, and attribute their success to it. PMI’s Envisioned Goal

12 Historical Perspective: PMI & Agile Congress presentations since 2004 Agile Community of Practice established 2009 PMBOK ® Guide 3 rd & 4 th edition references to iterative development Agile reference sources in PMI Marketplace 17

13 Agile Certification Investigation Process Leveraged research, focus groups, and formulated steering committee of Agile thought leaders Over one year to determine market interest and need (e.g. training, certification, standards) Focus: What role, if any, should PMI play in Agile? 21

14 Agile Steering Committee Diverse, cross-methodological leadership –Representing Scrum, DSDM, Crystal, XP, Kanban, Lean Diverse, Agile certification experience –Scrum Alliance, APMG, APLN, IC Agile Founding member/co-author of Agile Manifesto Founder of Agile CoP Agile book authors 22

15 Research with Hiring Managers 23

16 Hiring Managers 25 Understanding the differences between Agile project management vs. traditional project management/waterfall methods…

17 Usefulness of Agile to the organization 26 70% of the respondents said Agile project management is valuable to their organization

18 Research with Practitioners 27

19 Value 29 How valuable is Agile project management in managing your projects?

20 How familiar are you with Agile project management? 30

21 Why did PMI Launch the PMI-ACP SM ? PMI members and credential holders have an expectation that PMI will provide cutting edge assessment opportunities Project professionals who utilize traditional techniques are seeing the use of Agile techniques increase in both their own and other industries Research suggests that organizations that use traditional project management practices are seeing increased value from a cost and efficiency perspective with Agile techniques 21

22 PMI-ACP SM : Value Proposition/ Overview Eligibility Requirements Content Outline Market Reaction 23

23 For practitioners, PMI-ACP SM helps: o Demonstrate a level of professionalism in Agile principles, practices, tools and techniques o Increase professional versatility in project management For organizations, PMI-ACP SM demonstrates a practitioner’s: o Knowledge of Agile practices, which shows the practitioner has greater breadth and depth as a PM The Value of PMI-ACP SM 32

24 April: Exam Content Outline available May: Pilot application opens Sept: Exam available for pilot candidates End of Q4: First Agile certifications awarded 37 PMI-ACP SM – Pilot Timing

25 RequirementDescription Educational LevelSecondary degree (high school or equivalent) or higher General PM Experience 2,000 hours working on project teams. These hours must be earned within the last 5 years. Note: a PMP will be accepted to fulfill these requirements. Agile PM Experience 1,500 hours working on Agile project teams or in Agile methodologies. These hours are in addition to the 2,000 hours required in general project management experience. These hours must be earned within the last 2 years. Agile PM Training 21 contact hours; hours must be earned in Agile project management topics Examination Tests knowledge of Agile fundamentals and ability to apply to basic projects Maintenance 30 PDUs/3 CEUs every 3 years in Agile project management Note: hours would count toward PMP PMI-ACP SM – Eligibility Requirements 34

26 Some Major Questions What’s the process? –Like other certifications –Application  Payment  Exam –Training can be taken between application exam How will you get the exam? –Via Prometric Testing Centers –IT channel (same as CAPM ® ) Cost? –$435: Member/ $495 Non-member 35

27 Product Definition Product is:  NOT a methodology-specific certification (e.g., Scrum, XP, DSDM, or Lean specific)  NOT an Agile Project Manager credential (role-based credential)  NOT exclusively for ICT 33

28 What’s on the Exam? 23

29 Exam Content Outline (100 scored items; 20 un-scored [pre test]) Agile Tools and Techniques50% Agile knowledge and skills50% 36

30 Agile Tools and Techniques –Communications –Planning, monitoring and adapting –Agile estimation –Agile analysis and design –Product quality 36 –Soft skills negotiation –Value-based prioritization –Risk Management –Metrics –Value Stream Analysis

31 Agile Knowledge and Skills This portion of the exam includes 43 knowledge and skill areas The knowledge and skills are organized into the following 3 levels of importance: 36

32 Agile Knowledge and Skills Each level includes, but is not limited to, the following topics: Level 1 –Agile Manifesto values and principles, incremental delivery and time/budget/cost estimation Level 2 –Co-location/distributed teams, PMI’s Code of Ethics, Agile frameworks and terminology Level 3 –Agile contracting methods, compliance, innovation games 36

33 Market Reaction and Update 23

34 Since February, 7,000+ people have signed up to receive further information about the PMI-ACP SM pilot 4,000+ individuals have responded to PMI’s “Agile knowledge” quiz 150,000+ individuals have visited PMI’s launch page Since 23 May, 6,000+ applicants have opened a PMI- ACP application individuals have submitted a PMI-ACP SM application to participate in the pilot * Numbers as of October 2011 Market Reaction

35 PMI-ACP SM Update Reaction from organizations has been robust Over a dozen large organizations requested 1-on-1 presentations on the certification Mature organizations find good ‘fit’ with the methodology neutral approach of certification and internal methodologies Demand for Agile driven by clients requesting their projects be managed using Agile H.R Section 804 also driving demand Mandates some DoD IT acquisitions be designed and executed using Agile

36 PMI-ACP SM Update REP Community has grown from this product 13 new REPs who are existing training organizations in the Agile space have become REPs Additional REP applications in progress from like organizations

37 PMI-ACP SM Update Reaction to the exam – largely positive Sally Elatta, Agile Transformation Coach First, my overall feedback is that the exam was pretty good, especially being this is the pilot and there will be updates and improvements based on our Agile value of inspecting and adapting Bryan Campbell, Senior Program Manager In general, I found the actual exam questions well written and a good overview of agile knowledge. Deniz Iren, Project Management Consultant Exam is well prepared. (Well done PMI Agile COP).

38 Making project management indispensable for business results. ® Thank you (Agile Business Owner)


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