PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®

Course Focus

The goal of this course is to equip you with the necessary knowledge, skills and techniques so you can effectively use agile project management concepts to effectively manage your projects. The course will also prepare you to take the PMI-ACP exam.

Course Deliverables

21 hours of classroom instruction

Course Manual

Sample Exam Questions

21 PDUs for PMI credential holders


Course Duration

21 Hours


1 – 2 years project management experience

Course Level

Intermediate /Advanced


The use of agile as an approach to managing projects has been increasing dramatically over the last several years. The PMI-ACP® is PMI’s fastest growing certification, and it’s no wonder. Organizations that are highly agile and responsive to market dynamics complete more of their projects successfully than their slower-moving counterparts — 75 percent versus 56 percent — as shown in our 2015 Pulse of the Profession® report. Furthermore, research demonstrates the value that agile can have in decreasing product defects, improving team productivity, and increasing delivery of business value.

This course provides the information that you need to prepare for PMI’s credential, the Agile Certified Professional (PMI-ACP). At the same time, it gives you the knowledge that you need to improve your project management competency using agile techniques.

Who Should Attend?

Project management practitioners who are seeking to:

  • Demonstrate to employers their level of professionalism in agile practices of project management
  • Increase their professional versatility in both waterfall and agile techniques
  • Hold a certification that is more credible than existing entry-level, training or exam-only based offerings

Course Outline

Understanding Agile Project Management

  • What is Agile?
  • Why Agile?
  • Agile Manifesto
  • Agile Principles and how they relate to project management
  • Agile Benefits

Agile Tools & Techniques

  • Communications
    • Information radiator, team space, agile tooling, osmotic communications for colocated and/or distributed teams, daily stand-ups
  • Planning, monitoring, and adapting
    • Retrospectives, task/Kanban boards, timeboxing, iteration and release planning, WIP limits, burn down/up charts, cumulative flow diagrams, process tailoring
  • Agile estimation
    • Relative sizing/story points, wide band Delphi/planning poker, affinity estimating, ideal time
  • Agile analysis and design
    • Product roadmap, user stories/backlog, story maps, progressive elaboration, wireframes, chartering, personas, agile modeling
  • Product quality
    • Frequent verification and validation, test-driven development/test first development, acceptance test-driven development, definition of done, continuous integration
  • Soft skills negotiation
    • Emotional intelligence, collaboration, adaptive leadership, negotiation, conflict resolution, servant leadership
  • Value-based prioritization
    • Including but not limited to: return on investment (ROI)/net present value (NPV)/internal rate of return (IRR), compliance, customer-valued prioritization, minimally marketable feature (MMF), relative prioritization/ranking
  • Risk management
    • Including but not limited to: risk-adjusted backlog, risk burn down graphs, risk-based spike
  • Metrics
    • Including but not limited to: velocity, cycle time, earned value management (EVM) for agile projects, escaped defects
  • Value stream analysis
    • Including but not limited to: value stream mapping

Basic Application of Agile Techniques

  • Active listening
  • Agile Manifesto values and principles
  • Assessing and incorporating community and stakeholder values
  • Brainstorming techniques
  • Building empowered teams
  • Coaching and mentoring within teams
  • Communications management
  • Feedback techniques for product (e.g., prototyping, simulation, demonstrations, evaluations)
  • Incremental delivery
  • Knowledge sharing
  • Leadership tools and techniques
  • Prioritization
  • Problem-solving strategies, tools, and techniques
  • Project and quality standards for Agile projects
  • Stakeholder management
  • Team motivation
  • Time, budget, and cost estimation
  • Value-based decomposition and prioritization

Intermediate Application of Agile Techniques

  • Building high-performance teams
  • Business case development
  • Colocation (geographic proximity)/distributed teams
  • Continuous improvement processes
  • Elements of a project charter for an Agile project
  • Facilitation methods
  • Participatory decision models (e.g., input-based, shared collaboration, command)
  • Application of PMI’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • Process analysis
  • Self assessment
  • Value-based analysis

Advanced Application of Agile Techniques

  • Agile contracting methods
  • Agile project accounting principles
  • Compliance (organization)
  • Control limits for Agile projects
  • Failure modes and alternatives
  • Globalization, culture, and team diversity
  • Agile games
  • Principles of systems thinking (e.g., complex adaptive, chaos)
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Variance and trend analysis
  • Variations in Agile methods and approaches
  • Vendor management


As a President of the AGPMO (Association of Global PMOs), regionally recognized as a Portfolio, Program, Project Management, and PMO expert and a world-class speaker, Mohammed Khalifa possesses a combination of technical knowledge and broad-based business management skills, gained from more than twenty years of experience in strategic planning & business management.

Mohamed has used internationally acclaimed standards to successfully manage complex projects. With a rich history of working with multinational companies, Mohammed has also gained valuable experience in dealing with a culturally diverse workforce.

Mohamed has managed and supported strategic planning and implementation in Singapore, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Sudan, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates. He has worked across many sectors including IT, Research, Oil & Gas, Telecom and Government. Mohamed has developed, implemented, and operated many Project/Program Management Offices (PMO), conducted OPM3® assessment and implement Project Management Information Systems (PMIS) MS Project 2007, 2010 and 2013. The list of companies that Mohamed has trained in available upon request.

He has hands-on experience in automation of project planning, control, reporting and contract administration through Primavera / Microsoft Enterprise Project Management.

Mohamed was the first certified Program Management Professional (PgMP)®, PMI certified Scheduling Professional (SP)®, PMI certified Agile Practitioner (ACP)® and PMI Risk Management Professional (RMP)® and PMI Organization Project Management Maturity Model (OPM3)® Assessor and Consultant in Kuwait. Mohamed participated as a Global Sustainability track Chair in PMI North America Global Congress in 2011 and in PMI EMEA Global Congress in 2012. Mohamed Khalifa is an aPRO Recognized Assessor from American Society for the Advanced Project Management. Mohamed Khalifa is PMI LMC Alumni in 2013.



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