PMI-ACP® Certification Training FAQs in
What is agile?
Agile is a philosophy that uses organizational models based on people, collaboration, and
shared values. The Agile Manifesto outlines tenets of agile philosophy. Agile uses rolling
wave planning; iterative and incremental delivery; rapid and flexible response to change; and
open communication between teams, stakeholders, and customers. There are many agile
methodologies that adhere to these tenets, such as Scrum, XP, Lean and Test-driven Development (TDD).
Here are definitions for some common terms associated with agile principles and practices:
Incremental and Iterative
A public declaration of the philosophy and principles of agile
software development, created in February 2001 in Snowbird, Utah, USA. Visit the Agile Manifesto to learn more.
What are some examples of agile principles and practices?
Agile principles and practices include:
- Early, measurable return on investment through defined, iterative delivery of product increments.
- High visibility of project progress allows early identification and resolution or monitoring of problems.
- Continuous involvement of the customer throughout the product development cycle.
- Empowerment of the business owner to make decisions needed to meet goals.
- Adaptation to changing business needs, giving more influence over requirement changes.
- Reduced product and process waste
What value do agile principles and practices bring to an organization?
Organizations who use agile principles and practices have documented the value they see from these techniques:
- Adaptive to changing business needs, giving the organization more influence over adding, changing, or removing requirements.
- Early and continuous customer feedback improves communication and empowers business owners who can receive and review critical information necessary to make decisions to steer the project throughout the development process.
- Early measurable return on investment.
- High visibility and influence over the project progress leading to early indications of problems.
- Incremental delivery rather than a single complete delivery at the end of the project. Reduces product and process waste.
How is the PMI-ACP® different from the Project Management Professional (PMP®)credential?
The PMI-ACP® certification specifically validates a practitioner's ability to understand and apply agile principles and practices. The PMP® credential recognizes demonstrated competence leading and directing project teams
Why did PMI® develop the PMI-ACP® certification?
Agile is a topic of growing importance in project management. PMI® market research shows that project management practitioners are embracing agile principles and practices for successfully managing projects. Additionally, the following points show the increasing demand for an agile certification:
PMI® members, credential holders, and individuals who embrace agile principles and practices are looking to PMI® for certification, recognition, and educational opportunities.
Many project professionals experienced in traditional techniques are seeing the demand for agile principles and practices in many industries and organizations.
These practitioners are eager to add agile principles and practices to their project management skillset.
Organizations that use project management to serve both internal and external clients are seeing value in agile principles and practices to deliver projects more quickly, with less waste and cost due to misunderstood or poorly defined requirements.