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Written by Mike Griffiths, a member of the PMl-ACP Steering Committee, this unique certification prep guide will prepare exam takers to earn PMl''s new PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMl-ACP) credential. Offering over 400 full-sized pages of exam-related content, exercises, and sample practice questions, this soon-to-be best-seller covers exam topics related to Key Agile Concepts, Value­ Driven Delivery, Stakeholder Engagement, Adaptive Planning, Continuous Improvement, and more!

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Andrew M.
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I couldn''t of asked for a better resource when studying for the PMI-ACP and I would ...
Reviewed in the United States on March 20, 2017
I couldn''t of asked for a better resource when studying for the PMI-ACP and I would highly recommend it to anyone in the same situation. I''m an experienced Scrum Master but I learned so much when reading this book which has truly helped me within my job and day to day... See more
I couldn''t of asked for a better resource when studying for the PMI-ACP and I would highly recommend it to anyone in the same situation. I''m an experienced Scrum Master but I learned so much when reading this book which has truly helped me within my job and day to day responsibilities. Mike Griffith really drills it into you that you need to adopt the "Agile Mindset" which is probably the most important part of taking the exam.
This is how I went about exam prep:
1) Read the PMI-ACP Exam Prep book cover to cover (highlighted important points and topics as I read)
2) Read through all highlighted material and any sections I was having trouble with
3) Took Velociteach PMI-ACP Practice Test A the first time (I bought the week long trial) (Scored 77%)
4) Read through all highlighted material and any entire sections I was still having trouble with
5) Took Velociteach PMI-ACP Practice Test A the second time (Scored 82%)
6) Read through all highlighted material and any entire sections I was still having trouble with
7) Took all the quizzes at the end of each section
8) Read through all highlighted material for the final time
8) Took the test and passed it!
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Trenton Bennett
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Necessary Overkill
Reviewed in the United States on January 10, 2016
Passing the PMI-ACP exam is different from other certification exams that I''ve taken. The biggest difference was that I never had any questions that had me fill in a blank, pick a term from a list, or do a formula calculation. Instead, almost everything I was asked was... See more
Passing the PMI-ACP exam is different from other certification exams that I''ve taken. The biggest difference was that I never had any questions that had me fill in a blank, pick a term from a list, or do a formula calculation. Instead, almost everything I was asked was along the lines of "This is the situation--what do you do?" and the right answer required me to be able to THINK in Agile.

I used the rmcproject.com book on the PMBOK for my PMP certification, so for the ACP, I came back to it again to see what it could offer. The truth is, this book is overkill. It covers way more material than you need to know to pass the exam, and it even says so in several places. But that''s because, as I mention above, this exam is about needing to know a lot of things in order to rewire your thinking for some pretty tough questions.

There are a couple of times I think the author does a poor job of making examples through metaphor--the analogies don''t quite fit, but you can get the general idea. There are also times the book goes a bit chart-happy and we have graphics that I don''t feel are necessary to make a point. For example, I don''t need a pair of overlapping curves on an X-Y diagram with pictures of CD-ROMs and books to understand that face-to-face communication has the highest value.

That said, I still do recommend this book. And I also STRONGLY recommend you use the latest edition of this book because the PMI-ACP exam changed in October of 2015. As luck would have it, I had to switch to this edition just as I was close to taking the exam--so I can tell you that yes, the new edition has been substantially modified in certain places. It''s much thicker. The exam changed to be more about thinking in Agile, and some of the dialogue, particularly in the second half of the book, has been updated to reflect this.

Either way, I didn''t have access to the exam simulation software that is also sold. So I can tell you that using the practice exams and sample exercises in each chapter is a great way to get what you need firmly in your head for the exam. I do recommend this book. It requires a lot of study and has a lot of potentially irrelevant pieces, but in that way it also makes for a very complete reference for the PMI-ACP exam.
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Navy Guy
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No better endorsement... I passed. (Here''s how)
Reviewed in the United States on September 7, 2018
I found reading the whole book first time with a highlighter and taking notes, then going thru again and rewriting my notes along the way (from scratch), using old notes and book this time. I followed his direction in the foreword of the book. During the second... See more
I found reading the whole book first time with a highlighter and taking notes, then going thru again and rewriting my notes along the way (from scratch), using old notes and book this time. I followed his direction in the foreword of the book.
During the second rewrite, I was working hard at assimilating my notes into my brain. I made flashcards of areas I didn''t remember and carried them with me.
I waited to near the end to do practice exams, and in hindsight, I should have done them staggered, such as being on Chapter 2 or 3 and starting practice test on chapter 1, would be a good way to cement this knowledge.

His spiral bound workbook was also helpful, but not essential. I really liked it though, as I want to really understand the concepts, not just pass some test.

I also "became agile" - My study was arranged into sprint planning, iterations, retrospectives, etc. Helped make this stuff tangible. I even started doing this everywhere else in my life that I could. Kind of like going to France to learn the language... I immersed myself.

If I had to pick the MVP to get thru the exam: it would be:
Memorize the manifesto/principles.
The book/note taking and practice exams described above.
"Be agile".

Exam was hard, but I passed "above domain" in all but one.

Book criticisms:
I would strongly have preferred he arrange in chronological sequence of events. While his arrangement aligns to the exam, going into SCRUM upfront then back later left it a bit fragmented in my understanding. Some of the other criticisms, about analogies are warranted. However nothing was a deal breaker. I just googled what I didn''t understand. I did not mind he went past the exam requirements, of course, I wanted to pass, but I wanted to understand more.
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This is all you need!
Reviewed in the United States on December 26, 2017
I bought this book earlier this year primarily based on the strength of the Rita PMP book and finally got around to sitting for the exam. This book is all you need for passing the exam (and as some have stated, it''s a bit overkill). This book is great as a desk reference... See more
I bought this book earlier this year primarily based on the strength of the Rita PMP book and finally got around to sitting for the exam. This book is all you need for passing the exam (and as some have stated, it''s a bit overkill). This book is great as a desk reference beyond the exam, so it''s a great acquisition, imo. It''s a bit redundant in spots, but it appears intentional as the author is driving a topic from different test objectives. The questions in the back of each chapter also fairly represent the level of difficulty of questions in the actual exam, so if you are comfortable with the content and can answer the questions in the chapter reviews, then you should good to go.
HOWEVER, if you have not applied for the exam yet, you are probably better off waiting for the revised version of the test (and the accompanying training materials) in early 2018. This test version won''t be available much longer.
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Patt O'Brien
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PMI-ACP - Complete RMC FastTrack Study Material Review
Reviewed in the United States on March 2, 2020
As the headline states, I''d like to use this review for both the book itself and the entire RMC study materials. I was able to pass the exam, Above Target in 4 areas, Target in 2, and Needs Improvement in 1, with only 3 weeks of studying (probably about 80-100 hours... See more
As the headline states, I''d like to use this review for both the book itself and the entire RMC study materials. I was able to pass the exam, Above Target in 4 areas, Target in 2, and Needs Improvement in 1, with only 3 weeks of studying (probably about 80-100 hours studying total).

Background:
- Education: Bachelors in Electrical Engineering, no other PM certifications
- 28 year old Technical Project Manager, working at a Top 25 Forbes employer working in the App development division
- 3.5 years experience in 3 QA roles, from entry level tester working up to leading internal QA efforts for the PMO office of app development
- Most recent 1.5 years working as Project Manager for release management of our biggest digital product out of the PMO office
- Our rather traditional company adheres to many hybrid traditional-agile practices; I''ve previously never had any formal Agile training, but was familiar with a lot of Agile, Scrum, and Kanban terminology

Book Review:
As the author states, the book has more information than is needed to pass the PMI-ACP exam, but I found that kind of immersion not only critical to adopting a true Agile mindset ("being Agile vs doing Agile"), but also critical to actually learning the content in a way that will stick with me throughout my career. The exercises and examples provided were tangible, and I could very easily picture how I would utilize them in my current role - I likely will refer back to this book if I want a refresher on how to better do my job.

As recommended by the author, I first went through the entire book without doing any of the chapter review questions (two weeks of very active learning, but no note taking). After the first pass through, I took all 7 chapter review questions in one sitting, and got about 80% of the questions right (some sections worse than others). I took notes of which areas I needed work on (mostly sections with specific practices or models that needed a bit of memorization on names, reason for use, process steps, e.g. Kano analysis, Wideband Delphi, etc. Then I did a second pass of the book; at this point, things were clicking a lot more solidly than my first pass, and any topic that I didnt quite 100% understand, I made sure to either completely learn before proceeding or take note for further review. This second pass took 3 days total.

After this review, I took one of the FastTrack exams (extra $90 for 3 month subscription), and scored a 89% - so I was ready to take the exam. I know for sure that at this point I had adopted the Agile mindset, which is what you truly need to pass the exam.

Criticisms of the Book and the rest of the RMC Materials:
- The book tries to make it sound like you have a bunch of extras included, including a "Practice Quiz", but these are just the same questions from the Chapter review, in a goofy looking online UI. You will already have these chapter review questions memorized, so this additional "Quiz" does absolutely nothing. You will need to get extra practice exams to quiz yourself in an actual exam format (120 questions, 3 hours), so prepare to potentially dish out another $90 for these RMC "FastTrack" materials. The rest of the "extras" were a bunch of nothing.
- Neither the book questions nor the FastTrack exam questions are in the same format as the actual exam. Mike''s questions ask about the situational decisions of the Product Owner, Sponsor, Development Team, and Scrum Master. It becomes easy to answer "What should the Product Owner do?" when you have a very defined set of responsibilities for each position. However, the exam often asked these questions from different points of view (e.g. what should "Practitioner" or "Project Manager" do). It rattled me a bit to unexpectedly see the different format, which almost psyched me out (had to take a break and splash water on my face), but I was able to recover by re-focusing on the content of the questions, not wording. It would''ve been great to, at the very least, have a disclaimer that the format of the questions could be completely different on the exam, if not change the format of the test questions themselves. Having me feel unprepared and doubt my study materials mid-exam is the reason I''m giving this 4 stars, not 5.
- I would give the rest of the RMC materials 2 to 3 stars out of 5. The practice exams were tough questions, great for studying with, but they referenced a bank of 500 questions and don''t have any way to omit previously used questions in subsequent exams/quizzes. On my second practice exam, 28 of the 120 questions I had seen in the first exam, so getting a guaranteed ~25% questions right was not a good way to gauge my actual potential exam performance. They should really improve their online system to allow you to properly omit questions from the total bank. I also found the flash cards to be mostly useless; terms sometimes had incomplete definitions and were not reworded from the book, to give a different perspective or actually help memorization. After going through 2 chapters worth of the cards, I stopped using them. You''re better off making your own flashcards.

Conclusion:
I would 100% recommend this book, just be weary of the "extra" resources included with the book, and know that the goal of the material is to give you the Agile mindset so that the format of the questions on the exam has no affect on your ability to answer them. Be prepared to purchase the extra $90 practice exams from RMC if you feel its necessary. If you know to expect all of this - you''ll pass the PMI-ACP with flying colors.

As for the purchased FastTrack materials, I''ll be returning the Flash Cards and asking for at least a partial refund on the exam questions. I felt that the practice exams were of less value after the first exam, and that overall all of the RMC website extras were very much oversold, which is my biggest qualm with them.

At the end of the day, the ~ $250 I spent on everything is nothing compared to the value of passing the exam. So don''t overthink the benefit of the materials, and do what you need to in order to pass. Good Luck and happy studying!
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Brian V.
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this was by far the best. The real value in this book is the ...
Reviewed in the United States on July 29, 2018
I passed the PMI-ACP test the first time. I used many tools. None of them in my opinion really supplied significant knowledge that would help someone pass the test as the test looks for something called the Agile Mindset; very hard to teach a mindset in a book. But of... See more
I passed the PMI-ACP test the first time. I used many tools. None of them in my opinion really supplied significant knowledge that would help someone pass the test as the test looks for something called the Agile Mindset; very hard to teach a mindset in a book. But of the many sources I used, this was by far the best. The real value in this book is the questions. After you spend a few hours taking the tests in the book you will begin to get a feel for what PMI views as a right answer. Getting the feel of a right answer is priceless in passing this exam.

BTW; here is a tip for you. In about 80% of the questions I felt that a "right" answer was not offered up. What I typically found myself doing was picking out the least-worst of the 4 offerings. That is, if you don''t see what you feel is a "correct" answer, don''t freak out, just choose the best one.
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the best book for exam prep. passed with above target on all sections.
Reviewed in the United States on July 9, 2020
easily the best book for preparing for the PMI ACP Exam. its a bit of an uphill struggle to get through the first reading of all chapters. But going through this book more than once helps a lot. The amount of info crammed in these pages are unbelievably useful. the first... See more
easily the best book for preparing for the PMI ACP Exam. its a bit of an uphill struggle to get through the first reading of all chapters. But going through this book more than once helps a lot. The amount of info crammed in these pages are unbelievably useful. the first aspect of preparing for the exam is internalizing the concepts shared here. but to be able to do it at first reading is tough. the more we read this book, the more we get out of it and by the end we are "thinking and talking" in agile way in all the work we do. Wasn''t enjoyable or rather it was outright painful to finish reading it the first time and I gave up after three chapters. But then picked it up after few weeks and somehow it all started to click in place. This was just like how mike describes in chapter 1, an empirical process that is iterative (in reducing pain of reading the material) and incremental (in providing an in-depth understanding). And I just gave my PMI-ACP exam today and was able to pass with Above Target across all levels. Also should add I did purchase his ACP Workbook because the questions there are even more situational and it helps to hammer down and hits home the concepts this book describes. Don''t think twice to get this book. THIS IS ESSENTIALLY THE BE ALL AND END ALL of PMI-ACP Exam Prep. The odds of passing this exam is always in your favor should you choose to make this book your new best friend. Good Luck with your prep!!
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KH - California
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Complete and Comprehensive Toolkit to Pass PMI-ACP
Reviewed in the United States on September 20, 2019
$70 VERY well spent! I used this book as my primary study guide for the PMI-ACP exam. The only other book I read in preparation for the exam was the Agile Practice Guide published by PMI. The PMI-ACP Exam Prep book is thorough and well organized. I passed the exam on my... See more
$70 VERY well spent! I used this book as my primary study guide for the PMI-ACP exam. The only other book I read in preparation for the exam was the Agile Practice Guide published by PMI. The PMI-ACP Exam Prep book is thorough and well organized. I passed the exam on my first attempt by following the study recommendations at the start of the book. There are practice questions included for each section, along with access to online resources. If you just use this book and the linked online resources provided, you should be well prepared. The actual PMI-ACP exam was easier than the practice questions in the book. All questions in the exam are situational, so make sure you do what the book constantly recommends, and understand the Agile mindset in order to answer the questions. It''s less about memorization for this exam, and more about applying the principles and practice of agile in given situations. Good Luck!
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I passed with flying colours
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on August 18, 2017
This book won''t help you pass the exam, it will support you smash it!! After having successfully passed my PMP and now ACP I can categorically say that this book is a pleasure to read. I did most of my reading and mocks during my daily commute (30 minutes on the train each...See more
This book won''t help you pass the exam, it will support you smash it!! After having successfully passed my PMP and now ACP I can categorically say that this book is a pleasure to read. I did most of my reading and mocks during my daily commute (30 minutes on the train each way). The author writes in such a way that it feels as though he is talking to you. The important bits are all marked and the content is above and beyond what is required in the exam, which supports the objective of this certification - Agile mindset. After reading this book you''ll be able to discuss the pros and cons of different Agile implementations and truly understanding where and how to apply them. Jolly happy to have passed my test and I can confidently use this book whenever I need clarify something.
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Faheem Shakeel
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Good Read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 14, 2016
Amazon delivery is awesome, I don''t trust anybody but you guys. The book is MUST read for any PMI-ACP aspirant, very simply put and touches all important topics. Its a compilation of what all you should read.
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Alo
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I recommend this book for any aspiring PMI-ACP candidate
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 17, 2018
This book is pure magic, it makes it all seem so simple! I passed my exam on first attempt after studying for one month only using this book alone. I recommend this book for any aspiring PMI-ACP candidate.
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