Monday, June 21, 2021

Course Comparison: ACP 21 Contact Hours Vs. ACP Live Lessons


There are now new courses on the Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP®) exam from the Project Management Institute (PMI®). These new courses are already being used by aspiring PMI-ACPs. 

Among the questions I received, one question is particularly important.

What are the main differences between these courses?

Another associated question is this:

What are the differences with the credentials such as Master of Scrum or Owner of Product which are done in 2- or 3-days?

First, we will see the differences and then we will compare with other courses. These courses are unique and are ONLY such courses in the world. No one gives moneyback guarantee (but everyone claims to give!), without a number of terms and conditions. Both these courses come with full moneyback guarantee and with simple, direct and upfront moneyback schemes. 

Fundamental Difference

First and foremost, these two courses vary with their goal(s) and objective(s) with the associated motto.

For ACP 21 Contact Hours, these are the goal, objective and motto.

  • One Goal: Get the 21 contact hours with complete satisfaction. 
  • One Objective: Get the 21 ACP contact hours in 6 months.
  • One Motto: Don’t just get casually trained for 21 contact hours. Understand fully, learn strongly and prepare well for your ACP exam.

To know more, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0AFHhrCNmE [2m 08s]

For ACP Live Lessons, these are the goal, objectives and motto.

  • One Goal: You clear the ACP exam. 
  • Two Objectives: 
    • Get the ACP Contact Hours Certificate. 
    • Crack the ACP exam in 6 months.
  • One Motto: Learn deeply and use it to clear the ACP Exam.

To know more, watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBYKHDyoifc [2m 26s]

You can see all the sample videos in this playlist:
Sample Video Playlist for ACP Live Lessons - 29 Videos

Note: A number of videos from the above playlist are also part of ACP 21 Contact Hours Online Course.

Now, let's see the other differences.

Other Main Differences

I’ve noted other main differences in the below two tables. Actually, it’s one table, but I’ve segregated them into two because I’ve prepared to have better visibility and understanding.


The second part of this table is noted below.



Comparison with 2 Days of Master of Scrum or Owner of Product

There is a plethora of courses in the market, which claim to make you master of Scrum, Kanban or Agile with 2-days of training. Now-a-days, they have advanced mastery courses with another 2-days of training! 

I’ve always wondered how people get mastery in just 16 hours of training. Is it possible in any field of human endeavor to have mastery in 2 days? 

I believe you know the answer! 

Let me give an example from hundreds of classes I’ve taken on Agile, where I’ve met “masters”, “owners” – hundreds of them. 

Example: 

In my classes, I ask people, especially who have got “masters” in Agile/Scrum:

  • Can you tell me the 4 values and 12 principles of Agile Manifesto?
  • Not one person could answer this. 

Next, I ask the following by reducing the standard:

  • Can you tell me 2 values and 2 principles of Agile Manifesto?
  • Not one person could answer!

This is where it becomes quite surprising!  I reduce the standard much lower, and ask:

  • Can you tell me just one value and one principle of Agile Manifesto?
  • This also could not be answered by one person! One person tried (out of 100s), but could not complete a single principle statement. 

As recently as last week, I was speaking with another "master" of Scrum/Agile and asked these questions. The person could not answer, though became a "master" (or "owner") few days before.

Please note that it’s not their fault that they can’t even tell just one value and/or one principle of the Agile manifesto, but it’s the way they have been taught. 

If you want to be a “Master” of Scrum or “Master” of Kanban or a “Owner” of a Product in 2, 3 days or even less, then ACP is not a right fit for you.

Because for the ACP exam, you have to prepare sincerely and honestly. You have to truly earn it. There are no shortcuts. With these courses, you will remember the 4 values and 12 principles. 

ACP course and subsequently earning the credential is for professionals, who:

  • Want to learn Agile with a large breadth and depth.
  • Want to learn a number of Agile frameworks and Scaled Frameworks.
  • Want to apply a number of engineering and troubleshooting practices in the real-world.

Conclusion

I’ve enabled many ACPs, who have used my book, I Want To Be An ACP and/or Various Practical Agile courses over years to clear the ACP exam and/or apply them with hands-on tools. 

When you purchase the courses, I’m also involved with you throughout your journey. Many providers can’t do that, because they don’t have the subject matter understanding. They merely aggregate the courses, reduce the price to the lowest point possible and then claim to do business (some with heavy external funding, hence can sell at throw-away prices, but with poor quality courses).

I firmly believe with these courses, you will:

  • Get the best value for your money.
  • Have the content with the latest agile standards, guides and the needed references/books.
  • Understand the content clearly, which boosts your confidence.

If you prepare sincerely and honestly, with these courses – particularly with ACP Live Lessons course, you have a fair chance to clear the ACP exam and be a certified PMI-ACP.





Thursday, June 17, 2021

More Sample Videos (11): ACP Live Lessons – Guaranteed Pass

    



This is in continuation of the following posts: 


In total 18 sample videos have been made available in the above posts.

In this post, 11 more sample videos have been made public. With this, in total 29 videos from the ACP Live Lessons have been made public.  The access to these videos is completely free and can be seen at the YouTube channel of Management Yogi.

The eleven videos are from:

  • Lesson - 3: Agile Principles and Mindset (3 videos)
    • Video: 3.1.30 Agile Project Management Framework (from Part - 1)
    • Video: 3.2.5 Scrum – First Note (from Part - 2)
    • Video: 3.2.7 Scrum Artifacts - Figure (from Part - 2)
  • Lesson - 6: Team Performance (1 video)
    • Video: 6.1.48 Velocity Range
  • Lesson - 7: Adaptive Planning (3 videos)
    • Video: 7.1.18 DEEP Characteristics
    • Video: 7.1.23 Story Map
    • Video: 7.1.29 Various Levels of Planning in Agile
  • Lesson - 8: Problem Detection and Resolution (2 videos)
    • Video: 8.1.14 Sources of Risk in Agile
    • Video: 8.1.32 Finding Bottlenecks with CFD
  • Lesson - 10: Various Agile Exercises (2 videos)
    • Video: 10.1.5 Agile Definitions - Exercises (2)
    • Video: 10.1.7 Agile Diagrammatic Exercises (1)

You can check these videos one by one.

Part 1 of this series: Sample Videos from ACP Live Lessons

Part 2 of this series: Sample Videos from ACP Live Lessons


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Videos: Lesson 3 – Agile Principles and Mindset

This is the first domain to know for your PMI-ACP exam.

Video 3.1.30 Agile Project Management Framework (5m:24s) [Part 1, Lesson 3]

This video informs on the Agile Project Management Framework (APM), which has five phases – Envision, Speculate, Explore and Adapt. Let’s see what happens in these phases. 


Accompanying article, if are a traditional management practitioner: 

Agile Project Management - A Comparison

Video 3.2.5 Scrum Basics (2m:19s) [Part 2, Lesson 3]

The basics of Scrum with its definition, referring the latest Scrum Guide, 2020. It’s one of important areas to know for PMI-ACP exam.


Accompanying article: 

A Deeper Look: Top Changes in the New Scrum Guide 2020 for Agile Practitioners


Video 3.2.5 Scrum Artifacts (2m:28s) [Part 2, Lesson 3]

The three artifacts in Scrum along with the commitments, referring the latest Scrum Guide, 2020. It’s one of important areas to know for PMI-ACP exam.


Accompanying article: 

A Deeper Look: Top Changes in the New Scrum Guide 2020 for Agile Practitioners


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Videos: Lesson 6 – Team Performance

This is the fourth domain to know for your PMI-ACP exam. 

Video 6.1.48 Velocity Range (2m:31s)

Velocity can be tricky when expressed in ranges. It’s a good practice to express velocity in ranges. This video informs on it. 


Accompanying article (from Agile Asanas series): 

Agile Asanas: Key Guide Lines to Follow for Velocity (1)

Agile Asanas: Key Guide Lines to Follow for Velocity (2)


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Videos: Lesson 7 – Adaptive Planning

This is the fifth domain for your PMI-ACP exam.

Video 7.1.18 DEEP Characteristics of Backlog (3m:50s)

The product backlog is one of key artifacts in Agile development – flow- or iteration-based. It comes a unique set of DEEP characteristics. This is fundamental to understand how the backlog is developed.


Accompanying article: 

Product Prioritization Techniques in Agile Development


Video 7.1.23 Story Map (6m:11s)

This video explains the Story Mapping technique in detail along with the concepts of backbone, walking skeleton, release planning, minimally viable product (MVP), minimally marketable features (MMF). It’s a key technique to have the big picture view of the product roadmap.  


Accompanying article:

The Big Picture with Story Map in Agile Development


Video 7.1.29 Various Levels of Planning in Agile (5m:38s)

This video explains the various levels of planning in Agile with the help of Agile Planning Onion. The levels of planning are – Strategy, Portfolio, Product, Release, Iteration and Daily.



Accompanying article:

Agile Release Planning: Let’s Break It Down!


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Videos: Lesson 8 - Problem Detection and Resolution

This is the sixth domain to know for your PMI-ACP exam. 

Video 8.1.14 Sources of Risk in Agile (3m:26s)

Many ACP aspirants ignore risk management in Agile. You may face a number of questions on it the exam. One of the successful ACPs informed on it. This video explains the sources of risk in Agile. 



Video 8.1.32 Finding Bottlenecks with CFD (3m:39s)

Cumulative Flow Diagrams (CFD) are used in Lean-Agile environments, particularly in Kanban. There are quite a few misconceptions associated with CFDs and how to detect the bottlenecks. You will learn with this video.



Accompanying article on how to create a CFD: 

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Videos: Lesson 12 – Various Agile Exercises

This is a completely separate lesson. A number of exercises are explained in Agile so that you get sufficient practice and confidence for your exam.  

Video 10.1.5 Agile Definitions - Exercises (2) (4m:38s)

To be proficient in Agile concepts, you need to be thorough with respect to the definitions in Agile. This video takes a few exercises, out of many, to explain.  



Video 10.1.7 Agile Diagrammatic Exercises (1) (4m:38s)

As we have seen a number of Agile concepts, artifacts, practices so far, time for a diagrammatic exercise. This video shows a figure associated with a number of questions, which you have to answer.



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To know more about this course and what is "Guaranteed ACP or Your Money Back Program",  please refer:


Part 1 of this series: Sample Videos on ACP Live Lessons

Part 2 of this series: Sample Videos on ACP Live Lessons


If you require more information, please send a mail to: managementyogi@gmail.com


You can also see the sample videos in a playlist.



Monday, June 14, 2021

More Sample Videos (10): ACP Live Lessons – Guaranteed Pass

  



This is in continuation of the following post: 

Eight sample videos have been made available in the above post.

In this post, 10 more sample videos have been made public. The access to these videos is completely free and can be seen at the YouTube channel of Management Yogi.

The ten videos are from:

  • Lesson - 2: Introduction (2 videos)
    • Video: 2.1.4 PMI-ACP Certification Pre-requisites
    • Video: 2.1.12 The PMI-ACP Exam
  • Lesson - 3: Agile Principles and Mindset (2 videos)
    • Video: 3.1.8 Project Life Cycles (from Part - 1)
    • Video: 3.1.18 Two Agile Types (from Part - 1)
  • Lesson - 4: Value Driven Delivery (3 videos)
    • Video: 4.1.5 Current Domains Mapping - Value Driven Delivery
    • Video: 4.1.6 Notations Used
    • Video: 4.1.7 Features, Benefits, Agile Business Value
  • Lesson - 5: Stakeholder Engagement (2 videos)
    • Video: 5.1.1 Learning Objectives
    • Video: 5.1.42 Levels of Conflict
  • Lesson - 6: Team Performance (1 video)
    • Video: 6.1.28 T, I and Broken-Comb Skills

You can check these videos one by one.

Part 1 of this series: Sample Videos from ACP Live Lessons


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Videos: Lesson 2  Introduction

Video 2.1.4 PMI-ACP Certification Pre-requisites (3m:41s)

This video needed pre-requisites to sit in the Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) exam. There are the latest ones. 



Video 2.1.12 The PMI-ACP Exam (4m:15s)

This video explains on the PMI-ACP exam structure with the number of questions (scored and unscored), the exam duration, the performance rating categories and how you should score in the exam to pass.


To check upon various ACP Success Stories, you can refer: 

ACP Success Stories Over Years 


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Videos: Lesson 3  Agile Principles and Mindset

This is the first domain to know for your PMI-ACP exam. 

Video 3.1.8 Project Life Cycles (7m:34s) [Part 1, Lesson 3]

There are various types of project life cycles such as Predictive/Waterfall, Iterative, Incremental, Adaptive and Hybrid. This video explains in detail. The focus for ACP Live Lessons will be Adaptive or Agile cycles. 


Accompanying article: 

Why and When to Go for Agile Life Cycle


Video 3.1.18 Two Agile Types (3m:39s) [Part 1, Lesson 3]

There are two Agile types – Iteration-based and Flow-based. An example of iteration-based Agile can be the Scrum framework, whereas example of flow-based Agile can be the Kanban method.  


Accompanying article:

Troubleshooting in Lean-Agile Development 


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Videos: Lesson 4  Value Driven Delivery

This is the second domain for your PMI-ACP exam. As per the ACP-ECO, maximum number of questions are expected from this domain.

Video 4.1.5 Current Domains Mapping - Value Driven Delivery (4m:53s)

The lessons covers a number of areas such as User Stories (an introduction), minimally marketable features (MMF), a number of prioritization techniques, Risk Adjusted Backlog, a number of quality related practices such as TDD, ATDD, BDD, DoD. It also covers various compliances needed and Agile contracting. This video gives a brief overview of the tools and techniques (T&T) as well as knowledge and skills (K&S) used for this lesson/domain.



Video 4.1.6 Notations Used (1m:04s)

For the ACP exam, you have to be proficient in a number of tools and techniques (T&T) as well as knowledge and skills (K&S. These are spread across all the lessons. These notations will be used for the T&Ts as well as K&Ss. It shows a clear distinction and will be applicable all lessons.  



Video 4.1.7 Features, Benefits, Agile Business Value (9m:01s)

Many confuse features, benefits and value. They are all different and distinct terms. Agile is fundamentally about business value and value delivery. This video relates features, benefits and business value. This belongs to the Value Driven Delivery lesson. 



Accompanying article:

Fundamentals of Value-Driven Delivery


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Videos: Lesson 5  Stakeholder Engagement

This is the third domain to know for your PMI-ACP exam. 

Video 5.1.1 Learning Objectives (2m:31s)

The learning objectives for Stakeholder Engagement lesson. We will cover a number of areas such as Agile business case, chartering, eliciting stakeholder requirements, communicating with stakeholders to applying interpersonal skills with stakeholders. 



Video 5.1.42 Levels of Conflict (3m:55s)

There are 5 levels of conflict in Agile. As an Agile coach or practitioner, you need to know these five levels of conflict, which are not only important for your PMI-ACP exam, but also in the real-world. 



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Videos: Lesson 6  Team Performance

This is the fourth domain to know for your PMI-ACP exam. 

Video 6.1.28 T, I and Broken-Comb Skills (4m:23s)

One of the successful characteristics of Agile team is that the team is cross-functional with generalizing specialists. To understand generalizing specialists, you need to understand T-shaped, I-shaped and broken-comb skillsets. This video explains in detail.  


Accompanying article (from Agile Asanas series): 

Agile Asanas: Bus Factor, Broken-Comb Skills and Cross-Functional Teams

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To know more about this course and what is "Guaranteed ACP or Your Money Back Program",  please refer:

Part 1 of this series: Sample Videos on ACP Live Lessons

If you require more information, please send a mail to: managementyogi@gmail.com

You can also see the sample videos in a playlist.