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