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

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

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

Good Luck!

Thomas Schneider
PMI SFBAC chapter

Upcoming PMI San Francisco Bay Area Chapter events/training's can be found on our calendar at

Monday, August 12, 2013

The Sprint Planning Meeting

Today I will present you some information about the planning meeting in Scrum

So to start, you need the product backlog, and by the way, in the Exam you will find some questions about who fills it up and who is in charge for the product backlog.
Back to the sprint planning meeting.
In discussions, the team together with the product owner, decides what goes from the product backlog to the sprint backlog. Once this is done, the team discusses who will do what and makes their planning plan for the sprint. So for each story the team identifies the tasks and makes estimates how long it will take. And so you see at this activities, the team is doing planning. So this old argument, in Agile there is no, or less planning, than in waterfall projects, is not correct, there is even more planning.

So what is done during this meeting:

  • the team reviews the backlog to identify tasks for the next sprint
  • the team discusses them and makes estimates for the tasks (estimates for the story are existing at this moment but they are on a higher level)
  • they define the goal for the upcoming sprint
  • they make the commitment, yes, this is what we will deliver

So for the exam you should know:

  • the complete team takes part with the product owner and the scrum master
  • the product owner presents the features / user stories with the highest priority
  • the team decides what will go into the sprint
  • the team asks questions about the user stories so that they can estimate the tasks
  • the team creates a sprint backlog
  • the team and the product owner define together the definition of done for the sprint
Once this is done, we come to the second part of this meeting.
In the second meeting the team and only the team brings the user story down into the tasks and talks about the how these tasks should be done. The goal is, that each task should not take longer than one day for development.
The team discusses, but they do not start with the development. At the end of this discussions the team has the tasks, the estimates for these tasks and who will handle them.

Some time frames:
the complete meeting should not take more than 8 hours, so each part should last not more than 4 hours.

Good Luck!

Thomas Schneider
PMI SFBAC chapter

Upcoming PMI San Francisco Bay Area Chapter events/training's can be found on our calendar at

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

The Scrum meetings

Today we will take a deeper look at the meetings with Scrum.
You need to know them and the details. So you better write some index cards with these meetings as you will face a lot of questions about them.

Daily stand up meeting duration 15 min

its the team, scrum master and the product owner
happens always at the same time and if possible at the same location

Sprint or iteration retrospective meeting duration 1.5 hours

this meeting is only for the team, no discussions about the product, the goal is to see, what run not that well (and how to improve it), what can be made better, what worked fine.(PROCESSES)
It happens at the end of each iteration, normally after the sprint review meeting, the complete team with the product owner and Scrum Master tries to improve their communication.
The moderator of this meeting should be a Scrum Master who is not part of this team.

Sprint review meeting duration 4 hours 

At the end of each iteration the team presents the results of the last iteration.
The goal is to get feedback! Invited for this meeting are all stakeholders. 
This meeting is a PRODUCT concerned meeting. 
So here the team gets direct feedback for all deliverables and can see, if it fulfills the customers need and expectations. So if new ideas or any rework comes up, this has to be planed for one of the next iterations. You will find them then on the product backlog.
But exactly will be presented: everything, completed, tested, fulfilling the acceptance criteria.
The presentation is done by the team.

So on our list is now only one meeting missing, the sprint planning. About this meeting we will inform you soon.

Good Luck!

Thomas Schneider
PMI chapter SFBAC

Thursday, August 1, 2013

ACP prep class

Today I would like to do a bit of promotion for our SFBAC chapter!!!!
So if you are in the process of learning for the ACP and you still need the 21 hours for the prep, here is a great chance to 

  • get ready for the exam
  • collect the 21 needed hours
  • to meet a professional teacher who daily works with agile

You are invited to attend:

PMI-ACP® Exam Prep Course (3 Days)


Saturday, August 3, 2013 from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
PMI-ACP® Certification Boot Camp: After successful June class bringing back again (see testimonial at the end of page)-
Learn Agile from the leading Agile Coach; Earn PMI certification in 30 days - Guaranteed
This is an intensive course is designed to prepare attendees to apply for and pass the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) exam.  It also fulfills the requirement of 21 contact hours required to apply for the exam.

The use of Agile as an approach to managing projects has been increasing dramatically over the last several years. According to Gartner studies, Agile development methods will be used on 80% of all software development projects. PMI’s research has shown that the use of Agile has tripled from December 2008 to May 2011. Furthermore, research demonstrates the value that Agile can have in decreasing product defects, improving team productivity, and increasing delivery of business value. The PMI-ACP® is positioned to recognize and validate knowledge of this important approach.

For teams to be Agile, a significantly different leadership and management skill set is in demand that is vastly different from the regular Project Managers to truly achieve success. As a project manager, you can’t simply assign work to everyone and expect ownership of delivery. Instead, one needs to be a strong coach, a change agent, and a very effective communicator. PMI is now embracing Agile, recognizing the significant positive results it has had on delivering, ownership and better results for customers.

Who should attend?
·   All those who are in transition or seeking new careers
·   CxO, VPs and Directors of Engineering, Operations, Customer Care
·   Project Managers seeking training in Agile Practice
·   Product Managers seeking careers in Agile adopted environment
·   Software Developers and QA Engineers
·   Current PMP® credential holders
·   Engineers and Technologists in hardware, software, medical device and pharma

Passing Guarantee
This course offers a **PASSING GUARANTEE (restrictions 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 course end to end
·   Complete and submit ALL the 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

Saturday 8/3/13
08:30 AM - 9:00 AM  Registration and Breakfast
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM  PMI-ACP® Course

Friday 8/9/13 - Saturday 8/10/13
08:30 AM - 9:00 AM  Breakfast
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM  PMI-ACP® Course
*Lunch is included

PDUs: 21 (for existing PMPs)
Contact Hours: 21 (as pre-qualification required for PMI-ACP)
Instructor's Bio - Anup Deshpande, PMI-ACP, CSP, CSM, PMP :
Anup has been teaching the PMI-ACP® for close to a year and most of his students are now certified. His previous classes at this chapter have been greatly successful. He is also associated with UC Berkeley Extension for their Agile Program offerings. He is an Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®), a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP), a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and a Project Management Professional (PMP®), as well as holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a PG Diploma in Business Management.

Anup currently works for Yahoo! as Senior Program Manager for the CIO-PMO 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. More information available on his LinkedIn profile
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, PMI-SFBAC member

It is a great course to take. I learned a lot of practical techniques on Agile and in comparison with PMP. It is also a great class to meet other professionals using Agile… Sheila Wang, PMI-SFBAC member

Enjoyed the course, the learning experience, the exercises, and meeting others in the class. Anup was great… Ahmed Elbaggari, PMI-SFBAC member

Anup’s realistic and thoroughteaching approach, combined with his sense of humor, made for a really excellent learning experience… Chuck Siu, 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 7/30/13.
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Good Luck!

Thomas Schneider
PMI chapter SFBAC