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PMI Agile Certified Professional Body of Knowledge


There is no single central reference for those seeking to prepare for the new Project Management Institute - Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) test; instead the PMI provides a list of test areas, and reference books, which taken together constitute the body of knowledge for the certification.

Those holding the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification have the PMBOK Guide and many expected an equivalent for Agile.

“I would have assumed that if PMI offered an Agile certification, they would have an Agile BOK on it,” said Chris Bodgwic, a PMP.

Chris, and others, studying for the PMI-ACP Exam, can start with the PMI Agile Certification Examination Content Outline which itemizes the exam contents. There are two categories, Tools and Techniques, and Knowledge and Skills, each comprising 50% of the exam. The PMI also defines six domains which are task groups for work on Agile projects. Mike Griffiths wraps these together into a single cube that represents a simplified outline for the PMI-ACP body of knowledge.


For the content, the PMI provides a list of ten reference books which are a superset of the knowledge tested on the exam.

The above books are well known in the Agile community and those topic areas in these books that are specified in the PMI Agile Certification Examination Content Outline represent the body of knowledge for PMI-ACP test.

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  • Mike Marco

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    Since 2008 I have been building "A Guide to the Agile Management Body of Knowledge - ABOK". At this point I have 358 pages of tools and techniques related to AGILE. Let me know if you would like to join me in this effort.


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