The requirements and qualifications are significantly more rigorous than other Agile certifications, but do not presume you do not (or cannot) qualify. Here is a summary of the Agile Certification eligibility requirements directly from PMI’s website. These requirements were recently updated to be more inclusive of all job roles and not just project management:
These hours must be earned within the last 5 years.
The greatest roadblock might be the 1,500 additional hours working on agile project teams, so let’s break that down a bit. The PMI Handbook states that you need 8 months of working on Agile project teams within the last 3 years and when you apply, they will ask what role you played.
The PMI-ACP exam focuses on a high level understanding of all Agile practices including Scrum, eXtreme Programming (XP), and Lean Software Development. If you are in an ideal situation your organization has decided to use one or some combination of these methods to manage and release products.
Ideally, your team has gone through training, development teams are building products incrementally, those teams are using Agile development and test practices, and the team is inspecting progress by collaborating with one another and the customer (or someone representing the customer). But maybe your organization has not decided to go ‘all in’ and is just piloting some of the practices that go along with Agile development?
Do not discount these experimental or pilot efforts, these hours count! Or maybe you are using Agile practices but using different terminology consistent with the culture in your organization. (Note that they will look for appropriate titles in your job role so if you are using different terminology more justification may be required in your application).
Considering the following for managing scope in a project…
Considering the following for managing time in a project…
Considering the following for managing cost in a project…
Considering the following for managing quality for a project…
Considering the following for managing the people working on a project…
Considering the following for managing the communications on a project…
Considering the following for managing project risks…
If your organization is using some if not most of the practices above then you are using Agile methods to manage your projects. Next step is to count these hours up to see if you qualify to take the exam and if so, register for a training course to help prepare and go for it- take the test!
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