Tuesday, February 18, 2014

PMI-SFBAC Presents- Leading Agile Teams with PMI-ACP® Credential

You are invited to attend:

Leading Agile Teams with PMI-ACP® Credential

Friday, March 21, 2014 from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

A 3-day prep Boot campGuaranteed Certification in just 30-days

Are you looking for your next Agile Opportunity, a successful path to Agile transformation of your existing organization or need to climb up the corporate ladder with Agility? Then, here’s your chance to enroll for this course and take the next step. This course is full of group activities that provide hands on exercises on Agile concepts from start to finish.

There are NO pre-requisites to take this boot camp. This course will give you all the information required on Agile concepts that will groom you to face the challenges of the Waterfall world and provide you with requisite solutions.
A must attend if you are
  • In transition or seeking new careers
  • A current PMP® and/or CSM credential holders
  • A Project / Program Manager chartered to lead agile teams
  • A Product Manager working in Agile adopted environment
  • A CxO, VP or a Director of Engineering, Operations, or Customer Care
  • A Software Developer or a QA Engineer
  • An Engineer and Technologist in Software, Hardware or Networking

Passing Guarantee
This course offers a passing guarantee (*restriction apply). If you do not PASS at the first attempt, you get to take the same course for FREE the next time around.

*Guarantee restrictions
  • Attend and actively participate in the entire course
  • Complete and submit ALL assignments as instructed
  • Self-study for significant amount of time
  • Score 80% on the PMI-ACP mock test provided by the instructor after your study
  • Take the test within 30 days from the date of completing the course

Pre-requisites for Certification Exam
To be eligible for the PMI® Agile certification exam, you must meet the PMI eligibility requirements. The fundamental objective of the course is to prepare students for the PMI Agile Certification Examination.
Training in agile: 21 contact hours; hours must be earned in agile topics. This prep course provides you with all the required hours.
General Project Experience: 2,000 hours working on project teams. Must have been earned in the last 5 years.
Agile Project Experience: 1,500 hours working on agile Project teams or in agile methodologies. These hours are in addition to the 2,000 hours required on general project experience. These hours must have been earned in the last 3 years.

Course Outline

  • Course Overview and Certification Process
  • Multiple Practice Exams and Tips
  • PMI Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • Agile Concepts
  • Waterfall vs. The Agile Framework
  • Agile with Planning (Scrum, XP)
  • Agile with No Planning (Lean, Kanban)
  • Agile Framework
    •    Product Vision, Mission, Objectives
    •   Product Roadmap
    •   Product Releases
    •   Sprint / Iteration / Kanban
    •   Daily Work Cadence

Day 1: 03/21/2014
Day 2: 03/22/2014
Day 3: 03/23/2014

08:30 AM – 09:00 AM: Sign in, Breakfast (Provided)
09:00 AM – 05:00 PM: Class
* Continental Breakfast, and Lunch is provided
 PDUs: 21 (for existing PMPs)
Contact Hours: 21 (as pre-qualification required for PMI-ACP)

About the Instructor – Anup Deshpande
Anup has been teaching the PMI-ACP® for last few years and all the students who appeared for the exam are now certified. His classes at PMI San Francisco chapter as well as PMI Monterey Bay chapter have been greatly successful. He is also associated with UC Berkeley Extension for their Agile Management offerings. He is a Process Consultant for Scaled Agile Framework for the enterprise (SAFe SPC), an Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®), a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and a Project Management Professional (PMP®), an Innovation Games® Certified Collaboration Architect (IGCCA), and holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a PG Diploma in Business Management.
Anup currently works at Yahoo as Sr. Technical Program Manager for Homepage & Verticals division. He is part of Agile Transformation at the enterprise level and has over 18 years of worldwide program and project management experience in the Software Development Industry. He has served as Chapter President for PMI® Silicon Valley Chapter in 2012 and also served as VP of Programs among other roles in support of the chapter for several years.

Course Reviews
Anup is very knowledgeable. He takes time to answer and encourages students to ask questions to increase their level of understanding. Anup also made this class and material enjoyable and worth your while. Great investment.
- Patricia Holmes, Program Manager at PG&E, PMI-SFBAC member
Anup provides content beyond that’s required for the PMI-ACP exam. He uses real world experience to show how the various Agile methodologies can be combined to achieve maximum value and efficiency. This course also provides guidance on which project can most benefit from Agile techniques. You can immediately apply the knowledge gained in it.
- Steven Enabnit, Project Manager at Siemens Healthcare, PMI SV member
Excellent speaker, a very essential course for ACP exam and Agile content information
- Frances Bellows, PMP, CSM, Adjunct Professor, Keller Graduate School of Management, PMI-SFBAC Member
Anup is very knowledgeable in Agile. His background in waterfall and Agile PM makes him understand from his own experience the challenges and how to overcome those challenges when the waterfall PM transforming to Agile PM and he was able to convey that in his class. It’s a very informative course.
- Carolina Sugiharto, PMP, IT Project Manager – R&D, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, PMI-SFBAC Member

 Cancellation and No-Show policy
This event is a professional society meeting, held for the benefit of its members. The Plan Ahead registration fee paid is based on the registrant's ability to commit to attendance, ahead of time. The registration fee will not be refunded for any reason, other than event cancellation, after normal business hours (5:00 PM, Pacific) on 3/13/14.
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Friday, October 18, 2013

Burn up and Burn Down Charts

For the exam you should understand the difference between the Burn Down and Burn up chart.
In principal they are used for the same reason, to show the progress of the iteration.
But there are some small and important differences.
So lets look at this difference.
Before we go into more details, you have to know what a burn up and a burn down chart is. Check this link to Wikepedia, it should explain it very well: Wikipedia

In the ideal world, which never appears in an agile surrounding  you can use a burn up chart, which shows the progress for each iteration over the time, until you reach the end of the project. 
So a very simple example would be this:

Now think about, what happens if we get new requirements during the project?
Yes, in the agile world we add them and within one of the next iterations they will be done.

So as you can see, the line would go up, before in one of the next steps it would go done again, as soon as we would have finished work again.

As it is not that unusual, that we get new features, that we will delete some, the line could look very tricky. Think about a line for one iteration, where we would get some new features, while we just finished the work on some features. Let's stop here, for the exam, we will not face these complicated cases.

So let's switch to the burn up charts
With the burn up chart, we show how much work we have completed so far. As the amount of work done is increasing, the lines goes here up.
Here an example, very simple again, of a burn up chart.

The top line shows the amount of features, or the complete scope, this line to reach is our goal.
So, what can happen to our project? We get more work or we will delete work. (Or with other words, the scope changes) This should be shown in the chart as well. But in the burn down chart, the line gives than no longer an easy overview.

The next picture shows how it looks, if we have to add new work to the burn up chart.

So here you can see in one diagram two tendencies: the progress of work completed (the line goes up) and secondly, all changes to our scope. 

Good luck on the exam.

Thomas Schneider  
PMI SFBAC chapter 
PMP, ACP SCM           

Friday, September 27, 2013

Agile Games

During the preparation for the Exam you will hear and read a lot about Agile Games.You might not find questions to all of them, but is necessary at least that you know them, as many companies use them for their agile projects.Here a short overview about the Agile Games
  • Planning Poker
  • Wideband Delphi
  • Affinity Estimates
  • 20/20 Vision
  • Buy a feature
  • Product Box
  • Prune the Product Tree

In one of the next blogs I will explain them in more detail.

Good Luck!Thomas SchneiderPMI SFBAC chapterPMP, ACP SCM

Friday, September 20, 2013

Plan the Plan for your ACP Exam

Most of us are probably Project Managers or involved with project management on a daily basis.  When faced with creating a project plan for an unusual project, we, at times, have problems.  Preparing for the PMI-ACP Exam seems to be such a project.

So what would a good plan look like to help you prepare for the PMI-ACP Exam?

Of course, we cannot provide you with a “one fits all” solution, but we can help you with some high-level milestones for your planning.

Here are a few milestones to get you started:

1)   Complete the required 21 hours of PMI-ACP training
  • Online training
  • Classroom training
2)   Complete and submit the PMI-ACP exam application
3)   Create a plan that has you studying for a set time every day until the exam.  For        
       example, study 2 chapters a night for 8 weeks.  Plans are like enforcers…..
      if you have one, you are more likely to follow it.
4)   Study studying by using one or more of these methods:
a.   Study by using an online PMI-ACP prep class
b.   Attend a PMI-ACP exam prep class
c.   Read the 11 recommended PMI-ACP books
d.   Study a PMI-ACP exam prep book, which encompasses the 11 recommended books
e.   Take several practice exams
  •         Online
  •         Books
f.     Once you score 80% or higher on 2-3 different, full practice exams, you are ready to take the exam

Between all these milestones, there is still one missing. Scheduling the date you’ve decided to pass the exam. I like to make this decision once I feel like I can see light at the end of the tunnel. If you study better under pressure, than go ahead and schedule the exam for the near future, say, 2 months from now.  This is entirely up to you.

This is a simple list of milestones to get you started.  

Good luck on the exam.

Thomas Schneider   &  Sandy Mitchell
PMI SFBAC chapter     PMI SFBAC chapter
PMP, ACP SCM           PMP, ACP

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

free ressoucres for ACP questions

Free resources for ACP questions
Today I would like to share my overview of all free sources where you can find free questions to check if you are ready to take the test.
Please be careful, these are questions from different sources, nobody will give you a guarantee that you will face at the exam more difficult or easier questions.


On all internet pages you have to look a bit, sometimes the free questions are a bit hidden.

Good Luck!

Thomas Schneider
PMI SFBAC chapter

Upcoming PMI San Francisco Bay Area Chapter events/training's can be found on our calendar at http://www.pmi-sfbac.org/calendar/.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

How to document activities for the ACP Certification?

As I got this question by email, I want to share it with you all.
The question was in which way you have to prove that you have working experience with agile?

To remember here again what the ACP Handbook says:

this picture is from the ACP handbook, the latest version you find here

This means you have to prove 1500 hours if you hold the PMP certification and if you start without it, you need to prove 2000 hours general project experience and additional 1500 hours for agile project experience.
So far so good, but what exactly does it means? The question was, how detailed this has to be done.
So here an overview about all data you need to show to document your participation in an agile project:

  • Project name / title
  • project start date and when it was finished
  • your role inside the project
  • primary industry
  • your job title
  • name of the organization
  • organization address
  • you have to identify a contact person for verification (don't worry, normally PMI never calls)
  • the number of hours you spent on this project

and finally you have to summarize  the project, so that PMI can see in which way the project was / is related to agile. You have to describe the agile principles used in this project and which results you delivered. For this you have 300 up to max. 1100 characters space.
Everything you can find on the official PMI homepage --> Link

Good Luck!

Thomas Schneider
PMI SFBAC chapter

Upcoming PMI San Francisco Bay Area Chapter events/training's can be found on our calendar at http://www.pmi-sfbac.org/calendar/.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Sprint Planning Meeting second part

As we already spoke about the sprint planning meeting, I wanted to share a nice and hopefully helpful video with you. In this video you learn about the way from the user story to the sprint backlog.
As you remember, the Sprint backlog is one of the things your team should have at the end of the planning meeting.

So here is the link to the video http://youtu.be/d5KLpQY57TQ

Good Luck!

Thomas Schneider
PMI SFBAC chapter

Upcoming PMI San Francisco Bay Area Chapter events/training's can be found on our calendar at http://www.pmi-sfbac.org/calendar/.