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Episode 203: Overview of the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) Certification (Free)

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Rory McCorkleThis is another interview recorded at the PMI North American Congress in Dallas Fort Worth. My guest is Rory McCorkle who is the PMI Product Manager - Credentials (and he will tell you himself at the start of the interview what exactly that means). The reason why I’m talking to him is bring you the latest information about the new PMI-ACP certification - that is to say the PMI  Agile Certified Practitioner Exam.

Here are some topics that Rory will discuss in the interview

  • When did the PMI-ACP certification get started?
  • How was PMI-ACP developed?
  • What value does the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner certification have for us as Agile project managers as well as our employers?
  • What are the pre-requisites that you have to fulfill before you can take PMI-ACP exam?
  • And lot’s more.

Below are the first few pages of the transcript. The complete transcript is available to Premium subscribers only.

Podcast Introduction

Cornelius Fichtner: Hello and welcome to Episode #203. This is The Project Management Podcast™ at www.pm-podcast.com and I am Cornelius Fichtner. Nice to have you with us.

In a few moments, you will hear another interview that was recorded live so to speak at the PMI North American Congress in Dallas Fort Worth in Texas. My guest is Rory McCorkle from PMI. He is the Project Management Institute’s Credentials Product Manager and he will tell you himself at the start of the interview what exactly that means. The reason why I’m talking to him is to bring you the latest information regarding the new PMI-ACP certification - that is to say the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner Exam.

This episode is sponsored by The PDU Podcast™, which is our sister podcast, a convenient way for you to earn unlimited category A PDUs. Get project management webinars delivered to your portable player like an iPhone, iPad, Android phone or Blackberry and earn at least 1 PDU every month. With The PDU Podcast™, there is no need to go to a classroom. You don't even have to sit at your computer. Instead, enjoy the freedom of earning your PDUs just like you are listening to The Project Management Podcast™ right now. Simply download the webinars to your player and play them wherever you are, whenever you want for instance on your way to work. Your PDU Podcast™ puts you on autopilot for your PMP or PgMP re-certification. Please visit www.pducast.com. That's p-d-u-c-a-s-t.com.

Here are some topics that Rory and I will be discussing in the interview:

• When did the PMI-ACP certification project get started?
• How was the certification developed?
• What value does this certification have for us as Agile practitioners as well as for our employees, the organizations we work for?
• What are the pre-requisites that you have to fulfill before you can even consider taking the exam?
• And lots, lots more.

And now, let’s get ready for our daily standup meeting. Enjoy the interview.

Podcast Interview

Female voice: The Project Management Podcast’s feature Interview: Today with Rory McCorkle, PMI’s Product Manager Credential.

Cornelius Fichtner: Hello everyone! We are still at the PMI Global Congress here in Fort Worth in Texas and with me is Rory McCorkle from PMI. Hello, Rory!

Rory McCorkle: Yes, pleasure to be here, thank you!

Cornelius Fichtner: You are the Project Manager Credentials. Now, what does that mean? What do you exactly do and how are you involved with the new ACP certification?

Rory McCorkle: Absolutely. Essentially as the Product Manager, I’m responsible for truly leading the project team that’s working on the creation and development of the certification, ensuring that we’re getting the word out through good marketing communications ,ensuring that the product is positioned appropriately and that of course at the end of the day, we launch a product, continue to try to iterate that through improvements that we receive through private feedback and get it out into the market places and operational certification.

Cornelius Fichtner: So talk to people like me.

Rory McCorkle: Absolutely!

Cornelius Fichtner: Alright! PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner, PMI-ACP, what’s the history? When did it get started?

Rory McCorkle: It got started in 2009 shortly after the launch of the Agile Community of Practice which is of course, it was a lot of fanfare around. We had Mark Langley, our current CEO and Greg Ballestero, our former CEO, actually present at the Scrum gathering and Agile Alliance Conference back in 2009. And indeed, they got to see firsthand the spread of Agile. There’s one story that gets retold and told again where Greg asked a group that he was addressing: “How many of you are PMPs in the audience?” And majority of the audience raised their hand. They took careful note of that fact to see that there was a great spread of Agile within, indeed, our own stakeholders at PMI. That was really an interesting note and something that got back to us at headquarters.

So over the summer, we began a conversation with the leaders of the Agile Community of Practice on terms of what we might be able to do as PMI to better support Agile and the Community of Practice in any way. We really left it open and when we initially began the discussion, it was one about what might that look like. Is it a certification? Is it a best practices guide? Is it a standard? And through the process of conversation that we had with our steering committee which is made up of absolutely fabulous thought leaders in the Agile space, folks like Alistair Cockburn who has won the original authors, co-authors of The Manifesto. Folks like Michele Sliger who wrote the “Bridge to Agility” and just walked passed us a moment ago. And other folks who again have a great deal of thought leadership in the space. We really worked with them to talk about what that might look like and indeed, it was a good 9 months of conversation that led us to a decision in last August of 2010 that this was something we wanted to launch.

 

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Cornelius Fichtner: Hello and welcome to Episode #203. This is The Project
Management Podcast™ at www.pm-podcast.com and I am Cornelius Fichtner.
Nice to have you with us.

In a few moments, you will hear another interview that was recorded live so to
speak at the PMI North American Congress in Dallas Fort Worth in Texas. My
guest is Rory McCorkle from PMI. He is the Project Management Institute’s
Credentials Product Manager and he will tell you himself at the start of the
interview what exactly that means. The reason why I’m talking to him is to bring
you the latest information regarding the new PMI-ACP certification - that is to say
the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner Exam.

This episode is sponsored by The PDU Podcast™, which is our sister podcast,
a convenient way for you to earn unlimited category A PDUs. Get project
management webinars delivered to your portable player like an iPhone, iPad,
Android phone or Blackberry and earn at least 1 PDU every month. With The
PDU Podcast™, there is no need to go to a classroom. You don't even have
to sit at your computer. Instead, enjoy the freedom of earning your PDUs
just like you are listening to The Project Management Podcast™ right now.
Simply download the webinars to your player and play them wherever you are,
whenever you want for instance on your way to work. Your PDU Podcast™
puts you on autopilot for your PMP or PgMP re-certification. Please visit
www.pducast.com. That's p-d-u-c-a-s-t.com.

Here are some topics that Rory and I will be discussing in the interview:



When did the PMI-ACP certification project get started?



How was the certification developed?

What value does this certification have for us as Agile practitioners as well
as for our employees, the organizations we work for?



What are the pre-requisites that you have to fulfill before you can even
consider taking the exam?





And lots, lots more.

And now, let’s get ready for our daily standup meeting. Enjoy the interview.

Podcast Interview

Female voice: The Project Management Podcast’s feature Interview: Today with
Rory McCorkle, PMI’s Product Manager Credential.

Cornelius Fichtner: Hello everyone! We are still at the PMI Global Congress
here in Fort Worth in Texas and with me is Rory McCorkle from PMI. Hello, Rory!

Rory McCorkle: Yes, pleasure to be here, thank you!

Cornelius Fichtner: You are the Project Manager Credentials. Now, what does
that mean? What do you exactly do and how are you involved with the new ACP
certification?

Rory McCorkle: Absolutely. Essentially as the Product Manager, I’m responsible
for truly leading the project team that’s working on the creation and development
of the certification, ensuring that we’re getting the word out through good
marketing communications ,ensuring that the product is positioned appropriately
and that of course at the end of the day, we launch a product, continue to try to
iterate that through improvements that we receive through private feedback and
get it out into the market places and operational certification.

Cornelius Fichtner: So talk to people like me.

Rory McCorkle: Absolutely!

Cornelius Fichtner: Alright! PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner, PMI-ACP, what’s
the history? When did it get started?

Rory McCorkle: It got started in 2009 shortly after the launch of the Agile
Community of Practice which is of course, it was a lot of fanfare around. We had
Mark Langley, our current CEO and Greg Ballestero, our former CEO, actually
present at the Scrum gathering and Agile Alliance Conference back in 2009. And
indeed, they got to see firsthand the spread of Agile. There’s one story that gets
retold and told again where Greg asked a group that he was addressing: “How
many of you are PMPs in the audience?” And majority of the audience raised
their hand. They took careful note of that fact to see that there was a great
spread of Agile within, indeed, our own stakeholders at PMI. That was really an
interesting note and something that got back to us at headquarters.

So over the summer, we began a conversation with the leaders of the Agile
Community of Practice on terms of what we might be able to do as PMI to better
support Agile and the Community of Practice in any way. We really left it open
and when we initially began the discussion, it was one about what might that
look like. Is it a certification? Is it a best practices guide? Is it a standard? And
through the process of conversation that we had with our steering committee
which is made up of absolutely fabulous thought leaders in the Agile space,
folks like Alistair Cockburn who has won the original authors, co-authors of The
Manifesto. Folks like Michele Sliger who wrote the “Bridge to Agility” and just
walked passed us a moment ago. And other folks who again have a great deal of
thought leadership in the space. We really worked with them to talk about what
that might look like and indeed, it was a good 9 months of conversation that led

us to a decision in last August of 2010 that this was something we wanted to
launch.
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