Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Book Review - I Want to Be An ACP: Important Not Only for The Exam, But Also A Treasure of Knowledge To Apply in The Real-World

By Suresh Juturu, PMP, ACP, CSM

The book written by Satya Narayan Dash – I Want To Be An ACP, the plain and simple way to be a PMI-ACP - is particularly written for candidates aspiring to clear the Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP®) examination. This certification examination is from Project Management Institute (PMI®).  

Chapters Covered

The book covers all the important topics of Agile in nine chapters. 

The chapters covered are:
  • Welcome and Introduction, which covers the fundamentals on how to read the book and take the ACP exam. 
  • The next seven chapters covers the seven domains of PMI-ACP exam, i.e., Agile Principles and Mindset, Value Driven Delivery, Stakeholder Engagement, Team Performance, Adaptive Planning, Problem Detection and Resolution, and Continuous Improvement.
  • The final chapter covers a presentation on how to be a PMI-ACP.

You can know more on the chapters from the book index:

Key Areas
This book gives immense knowledge on these agile topics:

  • What is Agile: It covers all basics on agile framework.
  • How Agile works: All types of agile approaches such as Scrum, Kanban, Lean, XP, BDD, TDD etc. are covered.
  • How Agile teams are to be managed: You will learn various conflict management techniques for your agile team. You will learn how to do performance management for your team.
  • When to use Agile: You will learn when and how to choose the right agile approach. 
  • Where and how to focus when Agile deployment is not going well: For example, you will learn a number of innovation games.

Another aspect of the book is extensive coverage of Agile Earned Value Management (AgileEVM). It’s not an easy concept to grasp. But dedicated videos for this section covers the concepts of EVM, along with all the needed formulae.

In particular, I'll mention the Chapter 6: Adaptive Planning, where it is illustrated with various techniques on how to do cost baseline for agile projects and how different when compared with the normal waterfall projects. It also provides the extensive details on deltas of EVMs while following agile vs waterfall.

Most importantly, I would like to mention that the book reading is important not only for passing the exam, it is a great treasure for revising the knowledge on the agile concepts while you deploy these practices over time in the real world.

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