Seeking to diversify your project management skills? Conquer agile methodology and techniques with Steve Caseley’s recently completed course, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®. During the 31-video course, Steve covers topics such as epics and stories, sprint planning, Kanban boards, and much more. This training also prepares learners for the PMI-ACP® exam, which is required to earn Agile Certified Practitioner certification!
We reached out to Steve about his new course and how you can get the most out of the training.
Q: Why should companies train their IT professionals in this technology? What value does it bring?
ACP training and certification ensures that everyone in the organization “speaks the same language.” As agile is a relatively new development approach, there are many ways to be agile. So having a consistent approach is critical to supporting process improvement and reuse within an organization.
Q: From a student-perspective, what did you keep in mind when creating this course?
I am always trying to blend the theory needed to pass the certification exam with practical application. I want students to be able to apply the information in the course into real-life projects.
Q: Any out-of-the-box tips for students to get the most out of your course?
Assuming the learners are taking the course to pass the certification exam, I encourage everyone to take practice exams to determine their weaker areas — and then review the appropriate Nuggets to help improve their knowledge in those areas. Also, when I say, “This will be on the exam…” please ensure you have a thorough understanding in those areas, because there will be questions on the exam about those subjects.
Q: What’s one real-world application someone can expect to use, thanks to this course?
As corny as it sounds, I want everyone to know they can be agile at being agile. One of the beauties of agile is that there is not a single MUST DO process, so find the set of agile practices that work for you and your projects.
Q: What was your favorite Nugget to create?
I really don’t have a favorite in this course. I am a HUGE agile fan, and every Nugget is a part of the total agile picture.
Q: What’s the ONE thing you hope learners take away from this training?
That while agile is a very flexible approach to software development, it is FAR from being unstructured and unorganized. We still plan and manage in agile, we just do it “just enough” to allow us to proceed for another two weeks and then we “up periscope,” survey the surroundings, and then plan for another two weeks!