Andy Crowe is CEO and Founder of Velociteach and author of the best-selling PMP® exam prep book on the market, The PMP® Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try. Andy has been involved with Agile methodology for more than a decade, beginning with his use of the Rational Unified Process.
His passion for Agile’s value-based methodology and his long experience with PMI and their exam and credential processes were the motivation behind his book, The PMI-ACP℠ Exam: How to Pass on Your First Try.
Andy is a leader in the project management industry, a Six Sigma Black Belt, and a practitioner of the Japanese principal of kaizen, constant improvement in a process, one of several Eastern principles that give Agile its great fluidity and power as a methodology for virtually any project.
As a sought-after speaker and mentor, Andy’s insight into the project management industry, its milestones and its future, allows him to hone in on what is most important for PMs to know. His book and Velociteach’s Agile classes will assure that project managers know everything they need to become certified in this vital and growing method.
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Agile is an exciting and interactive software-based method of project management in which requirements for project development and delivery are developed in a highly flexible style, with all parties highly empowered and a focus on customer involvement throughout the project management process.
Agile: Project Management of the Future
Agile is fast becoming the project management method of choice for those who want a fluid, value-based and people-focused process that allows for continuous project improvement and maximum stakeholder involvement.
Agile principles and practices work to manage change through adaptation, flexibility and clear, constant communication. Waterfall principles, the tenets of traditional project management, are phase-driven and sequential, requiring a phase to be fully planned and completed before additional work can occur.
Once used only by software developers, Agile is now finding its way into many product development projects as well. An estimated 30% of all project managers have adopted this project management approach as the method of the future.
- Using Agile, project teams keeps up a steady pace. Open, regular communication assures that problems will be found early and reveals when new project pieces can begin their development path.
- Agile allows for full engagement of all current and future parties on a project and lets project teams tailor practices to the needs of each project.
- Agile doesn’t conflict with the PMBOK® Guide—Fourth Edition. The methods can be used together because the “how” of Agile can be layered on top of the “what” of PMBOK. It is up to the project manager to decide which principles and practices work best for any given project.
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The Velociteach 2-Day PMI-ACP Exam Prep Class is comprehensive, accelerated, and focused on a single goal: Equip students with the knowledge and techniques they need to pass PMI’s Agile Certified Practitioner certification exam. With two days of intense focus and all the necessary live instruction, materials and post-class support you need to pass, you’ll have everything required for success.
PMI: Setting Global Standards for Project Management
PMI, the world’s leading not-for-profit membership association for the project management profession, has already created an industry necessity with its PMP exam. Now, Agile veterans and project managers who want to add the method’s tools to their arsenal will want to take the PMI-ACP℠ exam too.
Who Should Take the Exam?
- Those wanting to take their project management career/pay to the next level
- Those currently using Agile practices
- Those interested in adopting Agile practices for future projects
- Those looking for a more adaptable and people-focused method
Before applying to take the exam you have to submit an eligibility application detailing meeting the requirements below.
- High school degree or equivalent
- 1500 hours working with Agile teams and/or methodologies over at least 8 months
- 2000 hours working in teams over a minimum of 12 months (in addition to the 1500 Agile hours), earned within the last 5 years
- 21 hours Agile training