The new ACP certification will help us all by setting a standard for excellence in Agile project management.
Foster City, CA (PRWEB) November 01, 2011
cPrime Training Center announced, on October 20th 2011, the launch of the first official PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP℠) Exam Prep course. cPrime’s Agile Project Management experts have developed an interactive prep course to help Agile Project Managers pass the PMI’s rigorous Agile exam and gain the required 21 PDUs to be eligible to take the test. PMI-ACP℠ credential holders will validate their knowledge of both waterfall and Agile principals and practices and have the experience and knowledge to lead their teams on Agile projects.
Kevin Thompson, Ph.D, cPrime’s Agile Practice Lead, will head the new venture and instruct the Agile Certification Prep Class. Dr. Thompson has a doctorate in Physics from Princeton University, and an extensive background in managing software development projects. He specializes in training individuals, teams, and organizations in Agile development. Dr. Thompson helps companies make the challenging transition to Agile development by working with development teams and business stakeholders to identify their needs, define the right process for the business, determine the steps needed to implement the Agile processes, and work through the steps successfully.
“The Project Management Institute’s entry into agile certification is a welcomed development,” said Dr. Kevin Thompson. “Agile processes bring powerful new tools for Project Managers and teams who work in high-uncertainty environments. These tools nicely complement the previous standards and practices defined by PMI, and give Project Managers a richer toolbox. The new ACP certification will help us all by setting a standard for excellence in agile project management.”
Dr. Thompson has spent the last four months developing a three day interactive curriculum for Agile Project Managers who want to acquire the PMI’s Agile Certified Practitioner and gain the required 21 PDUs. Dr. Thompson explains that the PMI’s Agile Exam will be based on practical knowledge of Agile projects not just text book answers. In developing this course he has tried to bring in as much practical knowledge and first-hand experience to the material as possible.
cPrime’s PMI-ACP℠ Exam Prep course is broken out by “planning levels” to provide a logical progression of the material covered. The planning levels include inception, sometimes known as a ‘Sprint’, roadmap, release, sprint and daily tasks. Dr. Thompson has developed a curriculum which includes a variety of practical exercises, a glossary and a mock exam along with topical content. To be eligible for the Agile Certification, students must first meet the PMI’s eligibility requirements, which include 1,500 hours working on Agile Project teams or in Agile methodologies and 21 hours of Agile project management training, which cPrime’s prep course satisfies.
Project managers can currently enroll in cPrime’s PMI Agile Certified Practitioner Exam Prep in Austin, Boston, Denver, Phoenix, San Francisco and Washington D.C. and plans to expand to more locations in 2012. Additionally, cPrime offers this course privately to organizations who are transitioning to the Agile methodology and need entire teams certified in Agile.
The PMI Agile Certified Practitioner Exam prep course is an addition to cPrime Training Center’s full curriculum of project management training courses, such as the PMI’s Project Management Professional (PMP)® and the Scrum Alliance’s Certified Scrum Master training course. For more information on the PMI Agile Certification and other project management courses cPrime offers, please visit cPrime’s Project Management Training Center.
cPrime is a IT project management consulting, staffing and training services company on the front lines of technology and methodology. cPrime is on the cutting edge of Agile implementations. Their Agile Project Management engagements help clients adopt Scrum and other Agile practices within the larger program management ecosystem. To learn more about Agile and Scrum please visit cPrime’s Scrum and Agile fact page.