New version of PMI-ACP exam from 15 July 2015
The PMI-ACP® exam will be updated in July 2015 following a large scale Role Delineation Study (RDS) conducted by PMI to keep the exam abreast of the latest development of Agile project management practices. PMI-ACP® candidates will be able to sit for the current version of PMI-ACP® up to 14 July 2015. Since the change involves some degree of uncertainty, it is advisable (as a risk management practice) to sit for and pass the PMI-ACP® exam based on the current version as study materials (e.g. PMI-ACP® exam prep books and practice questions) are more readily available.
Changes of the PMI-ACP® Exam
The new PMI-ACP® exam will see the following major changes:
- There are sever domains of Agile practices (1 up from the current version of PMI-ACP®)
- Agile Principles and Mindset [newly added]
- Value-driven Delivery
- Stakeholder Engagement
- Team Performance
- Adaptive Planning
- Problem Detection and Resolution
- Continuous Improvement (Product, Process, People)
- The distribution of questions on the PMI-ACP® exam paper are now based on the domains (rather than the Agile Tools and Techniques – 50% / Agile Knowledge and Skills – 50% as for the previous version of PMI-ACP® exam, more in line with the PMP® Exam):
- Agile Principles and Mindset – 16%
- Value-driven Delivery – 20%
- Stakeholder Engagement – 17%
- Team Performance – 16%
- Adaptive Planning – 12%
- Problem Detection and Resolution – 10%
- Continuous Improvement (Product, Process, People) – 9%
- New Tools and Technique / Knowledge and Skills are added while many are removed from the new PMI-ACP® exam syllabus. New items added including:
- Developmental mastery models (for example, Tuckman, Dreyfus, Shu Ha Ri)
- Participatory decision models (for example, convergent, shared collaboration)
- Agile hybrid models
- Managing with agile KPIs
- the Five WHYs
- retrospectives, intraspectives
- control limits
- pre-mortem (rule setting, failure analysis)
- fishbone diagram analysis
- minimal viable product (MVP)
Why it is advisable to take PMI-ACP® based on the current edition
During the first three months of the new PMI-ACP® exam (i.e. from 15 July 2015 to 14 October 2015), exam takers will NOT be able to get results for their PMI-ACP® exams immediately (even if they are tested on the CBT). The PMI-ACP® results will only be delivered on or before 22 October 2015. You will have to wait till 15 October 2015 to take the PMI-ACP® exam in order to get your exam results immediately. And that’s a long period of waiting from now.
Also, currently, there are lots of PMI-ACP® exam prep resources (including the Agile PrepCast™, the PMI-ACP® Exam Prep Book by Mike Griffiths and many free online PMI-ACP® exam practice questions) that can help PMI-ACP® aspirants to be well prepared for the exam. However, after the launch of the new PMI-ACP® exam, it will take quite a time to allow the PMI-ACP® Exam prep resources to upgrade to the current version (some may even not upgrade altogether).
I would highly recommended PMI-ACP® aspirants to seize the day and pass the current version of the PMI-ACP® exam before the change. Hurry up! Do make use of my PMI-ACP® journey including my study notes as well as other exam prep resources to get your PMI-ACP® credential.
Do seize the last chance to get PMI-ACP® certified before 15 July 2015!
Wish you PMI-ACP® success!