A quick search on any job board will tell you that project managers with Agile knowledge and experience are in high demand. Gartner predicts that within two years, 80% of all software projects will be using Agile practices. Combine these two data points and it seems like the demand for those who know how to apply Agile methods to their projects will only increase.
Do not get left behind! Successfully passing the PMI-ACP exam and getting your certification could give you that competitive advantage when you are looking for your next opportunity. If you are now persuaded that getting the PMI-ACP is an advantage for you, you are probably wondering how to go get it? Read More
I guess you could say I've had a relationship going on for the last few months with PMI's Agile Certified Practitioner test. I was among the set of people who took this test in its beta last year and (finally!) heard in January that I was among the first to achieve this certification. At the same time, I was teaching the 3 day prep class for the PMI-ACP. So here's what I would say about my experiences on both sides of the test and the training.
First, I would suggest that taking the 3 day prep class is really helpful for passing the test. This certainly worked for me though I was teaching the session (which is a great way to learn). I went and took the certification test very shortly after my first prep class session. After all, it seems like you should have a certification if you're going to teach it! Read More
I am just going to lay it all out on the table here... When you think about the PMI organization do you also think of procedures and processes that support waterfall release models? To be perfectly honest, I did, and I have heard others in the software development industry say the same. For a lot of us, PMI and the PMBOK they publish are synonymous with the processes and procedures used in a typical waterfall release model. Then PMI comes along and forces me to question my automatic association between the two by offering a PMI-ACP certification. No fair! So now what? Read More