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What is Agile Project Management?

Agile project management is a philosophy that uses organizational models based on people, collaboration and shared values. The Agile Manifesto outlines tenets of agile philosophy. Agile uses rolling wave planning; iterative and incremental delivery; rapid and flexible response to change; and open communication between teams, stakeholders and customers.

Agile Methodologies are frameworks and processes whose practices support the Agile Manifesto principles. Examples of agile project management methodologies include: Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), Lean, Crystal, Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM Atern), Feature Driven Development (FDD).

What are Agile Principles and Practices?

Agile Principles are fundamental truths and shared values that drive behavior in agile methodologies. Agile project management practices are applications of agile principles.  Examples of agile principles and practices include:

  • Early, measurable return of investment through iterative delivery
  • Allow changes to requirements as a means to respond to changing business needs
  • High visibility of project progress for early problem identification and resolution
  • Continuous involvement of customer throughout the development cycle
  • Reduced product and process waste

How Agile Project Management is different from Waterfall?

Agile Project Management is suited to projects which require a nimble response to change and continual communication to customers.  Agile and waterfall principles and practices are not mutually exclusive - some organizations apply elements of both principles and practices.  

Why Agile Project Management?

Agile is a topic of growing importance in project management. PMI® market research shows that project management practitioners are embracing agile principles and practices as a technique for successfully managing projects. Gartner predicts that agile methodologies will be used over 80% of software development projects. 

Organizations that use project management to serve both internal and external clients are seeing value in agile principles and practices to deliver projects more quickly, with less waste and cost and higher business value. 

Project Management practitioners are eager to add agile principles and practices to their project management “toolbox” to enhance their versatility.

What is PMI-ACPSM?

What value does the PMI-ACPSM bring to a practitioner?

The PMI-ACPSM validates a practitioner’s ability to understand and apply agile principles and practices on projects. The certification demonstrates that a practitioner can select agile principles and practices as a project management approach based on the needs and demands of a specific project. By earning the PMI-ACPSM, practitioners can:

  • Demonstrate to employers their level of professionalism in agile practices of project management.
  • Increase their professional versatility in project management tools and techniques.
  • Show they have the capacity to lead basic teams using agile principles and practices

What value does a practitioner with the PMI-ACPSM bring to an organization?

 The PMI-ACPSM demonstrates a practitioner’s value to employers and level of professionalism:

  • The knowledge of both agile and waterfall practices gives the practitioner greater breadth and depth as a project manager.
  • The certification shows the practitioner’s ability to lead basic teams using agile principles and practices.
  • The certification appeals to a wide, rapidly growing audience as more organizations adopt agile principles and practices.

What value do agile principles and practices bring to an organization?

Organizations who use agile project management principles and practices have documented the value from these techniques:

  • Adaptive to changing business needs
  • Early and continuous customer feedback
  • Early measurable return on investment
  • High visibility and influence over the project progress leading to early indications of problems. 
  • Incremental delivery—rather than a single complete delivery at the end of the project.
  • Reduces product and process waste.

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