PMI-ACP® Agile Domains
The PMI-ACP® Agile domains are a summary of the Agile principles that will make up the body of knowledge tested on the PMI-ACP® exam.
When to Use PMI-ACP® Agile Domains
The PMI-ACP® Agile domains are an excellent study guide when preparing for the PMI-ACP® Agile exam. You should be able to explain the principles found in each domain.
The Project Management Institute has identified seven domains of Agile principles. These are found in the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® Examination Content Outline, Revised December 2014. These principles apply to any Agile project, regardless of if the methodology is Scrum or another Agile methodology. Some methodologies emphasize certain domains over others. The exam will test all domains.
Each of the domains are listed below with a brief commentary on that domain:
- Domain I. Agile Principles and Mindset (9 tasks)
Explore, embrace, and apply agile principles and mindset within the context of the project team and organization.
- This domain is focused more at the organization level rather than the project level. It is concerned with the culture change required in many organizations for the Agile methodology to become firmly rooted.
- Domain II. Value-Driven Delivery (4 sub-domains, 14 tasks)
Deliver valuable results by producing high-value increments for review, early and often, based on stakeholder priorities. Have the stakeholders provide feedback on these increments, and use this feedback to prioritize and improve future increments.
- This domain is focused squarely at the project level. It emphasizes the iterative nature of Agile – which is prominent in most Agile methodologies. It also encourages stakeholder interaction. While this interaction will vary considerably based upon the Agile methodology; each methodology has a time or event for stakeholder interaction.
- Domain III. Stakeholder Engagement (3 sub-domains, 9 tasks)
Engage current and future interested parties by building a trusting environment that aligns their needs and expectations and balances their requests with an understanding of the cost/effort involved. Promote participation and collaboration throughout the project life cycle and provide the tools for effective and informed decision making.”
- This domain is similar to the stakeholder engagement elements found in other PMI publications. Stakeholders must be identified, analyzed and engaged appropriately for success.
- Domain IV. Team Performance (3 sub-domains, 9 tasks)
Create an environment of trust, learning, collaboration, and conflict resolution that promotes team self-organization, enhances relationships among team members, and cultivates a culture of high performance.
- This domain captures the highly collaborative nature of Agile projects. Agile teams are empowered individuals who determine how to organize themselves and the work.
- Domain V. Adaptive Planning (3 sub-domains, 10 tasks)
Produce and maintain an evolving plan, from initiation to closure, based on goals, values, risks, constraints, stakeholder feedback, and review findings.
- This domain addresses an element of the iterative aspects of Agile methodologies. The iteration also includes an element of adaptation as the results from one iteration are used to plan the next. This domain also has a heavy dose of estimating and sizing tasks.
- Domain VI. Problem Detection and Resolution (5 tasks)
Continuously identify problems, impediments, and risks; prioritize and resolve in a timely manner; monitor and communicate the problem resolution status; and implement process improvements to prevent them from occurring again.
- This domain is the manifestation of project risk management in Agile. The risk and issue management is a very real part of Agile project day-to-day management.
- Domain VII. Continuous Improvement (Product, Process, People) (6 tasks)
Continuously improve the quality, effectiveness, and value of the product, the process, and the team.
- This domain represent how Agile incorporates the principle of continuous improvement into everything done in the Agile project. Continuous improvement is not a department or separate project, it is part of how Agile projects are managed.
Hints and Tips
- Use the Agile domains as a study guide when preparing for the exam.
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