PMI ACP (Agile) 3 Days Master Class

on 1,11,12 May at Deccan, Pune

@ ₹ 10,000/-

In-depth training on all agile methods

Get ready to lead & coach agile teams!

Call or WhatsApp 9822603367 now!

New course with latest in Agile. Earn 15 SEUs/21 PDUs

About the Trainer:

Trainer Highlights

Ashish Paranjpe, ACP, PMP, ITIL
has over 26 years experience across industries and domains. Click here to view the trainer profile. Click here to view the rating on Google+ by some participants. Scroll down that page to view all reviews

Here are 4 reasons why you are in safe hands:

1. Ashish has been involved executing and managing projects since 1991, and also managing project managers. His exposure to Agile started way back in 2007, for a major engagement in US for Capgemini. Being hands-on helps him relate better to your projects.

2. He has been successfully conducting Agile & Scrum Training over past 5 years in India and overseas. This includes organizations such as IBM, Oracle, Vodafone, Telstra, L&T Infotech, Tieto and many other mid & small sized organizations. He also has been serving as an Agile coach to development teams, over the past 4 years. He is currently guiding the agile transformation for 10 agile teams through a day to day involvement.

3. Ashish is a freelancer through several training institutes for Agile training. This exposure has helped him ensure the best coverage on the subject. He has conducted more than 40 training programs during the past 12 months.

4. As a career coach cum trainer, he can provide valuable guidance, for you to succeed as a professional. Check out the services menu at the top of this page to find more information about the career coaching.

Mountain View

7 Key Reasons that make one of the best PMI ACP training institutes in Pune:

1. 24 years Industry experienced trainer discusses examples in your domain and suggests solutions to your project situations

2. Provides recording of the classroom training to help you revise better

3. Comprehensive course = lesser books to read. Increase confidence on your ACP prep

4. Experiential (hands-on) learning through a variety of simulated games/activities for nearly 50% of the training

5. Training content includes the ACP and CSM (Certified Scrum Master) topics - get the best of both worlds!

6. Pre & Post training support by the same trainer - not by a call center

7. All this at an affordable fee (one of the lowest in the region) + EMI option

PMI ACP Course Outline

Note: The Course will include learning games, hands-on activities, scenario based discussions and quizzes.

 1.     Introduction

  • Agenda for the Workshop
  • Pre-requisites for PMI-ACP Exam
  • About the Exam Format

 2.     Agile Basics

  • Agile Overview
  • Agile frameworks and terminology
  • Agile Manifesto values and principles
  • Agile Domains, Knowledge, Skills, Tools and Techniques
  • Variations in Agile methods and approaches
  • Agile Team space
  • Agile Tools
  • Project charter for an Agile project

 3.     Agile Requirements Analysis and Design

  • Product Vision and roadmap
  • User stories and backlog
  • Story maps
  • Progressive elaboration
  • Wireframes
  • Personas
  • Agile modeling

 4.     Value-based prioritization of the backlog items

  • Return on investment (ROI)
  • Net present value (NPV)
  • Internal rate of return (IRR)
  • Customer-valued prioritization
  • Minimally marketable feature (MMF)
  • Relative prioritization or ranking

 5.     Agile Estimation

  • Relative sizing/story points
  • Wide band Delphi
  • Planning poker
  • Affinity estimating
  • Ideal time
  • Probe technique

 6.     Iteration Planning, Monitoring and Adapting

  • Adaptive Planning
  • Iteration and release planning
  • Time boxing
  • Burn down/up charts
  • Task and Kanban boards
  • Information radiator
  • WIP limits
  • Daily stand-ups
  • Review
  • Retrospectives

 7.     Product Quality

  • Frequent verification and validation
  • Test first development
  • Acceptance test-driven development
  • Conditions of Satisfaction / Acceptance Tests
  • Definition of Done
  • Agile continuous integration
  • Technical Debt

 8.     Risk management

  • Risk-adjusted backlog
  • Risk burn down graphs
  • Agile risk-based spike

 9.     Agile Metrics

  • Velocity
  • Agile cycle time
  • Earned value management (EVM) for agile projects
  • Escaped defects

10. Agile Value stream analysis

  • Flow charts
  • Process analysis
  • Value stream mapping
  • Cumulative flow diagrams         
  • Spaghetti Diagrams
  • Process tailoring
  • Failure modes and alternatives

11.  Behavioral skills required in Agile

  • Emotional intelligence
  • Collaboration
  • Adaptive leadership
  • Negotiation skills
  • Conflict resolution
  • Servant leadership

12.  Agile Knowledge and Skills (Level-1)

  • Active listening
  • Assessing and incorporating community and stakeholder values
  • Brainstorming techniques
  • Building empowered teams
  • Coaching and mentoring within teams
  • Communications management
  • Feedback techniques for product
  • Incremental delivery
  • Agile Knowledge sharing
  • Agile Leadership tools and techniques
  • Agile Problem-solving strategies, tools, and techniques
  • Project and quality standards for Agile projects
  • Stakeholder management
  • Agile Team motivation
  • Time, budget, and cost estimation
  • Value-based decomposition

13.  Agile Knowledge and Skills (Level-2)

  • Building high-performance teams
  • Agile Business case development
  • Collocation (geographic proximity)/distributed teams
  • Agile Continuous improvement processes
  • Agile Facilitation methods
  • Agile Participatory decision models (e.g., input-based, shared collaboration, command)
  • PMI’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct

14.  Agile Knowledge and Skills (Level-3)

  • Agile contracting methods
  • Agile project accounting principles
  • Applying new Agile practices
  • Compliance (organization)
  • Control limits for Agile projects
  • Globalization, culture, and team diversity
  • Agile Innovation games
  • Principles of systems thinking (e.g., complex adaptive, chaos)
  • Regulatory compliance
  • Variance and trend analysis
  • Vendor management


Rs. 10,000 per participant

Option to pay in EMIs ( 5 cheques of Rs.2100/- each) over 5 months.

These fees are the best you get for ACP. We request you to avoid negotiation on the same.

This fee is inclusive of GST. Fees are non refundable. However, participants can request (atleast 24 hours in advance), to switch over to the next batch (subject to availability) at no extra cost. One such switch is permitted. This switch can be done mid-course as well, though not advisable. Switch done in less than 24 hours prior to the training or repeat switch of dates (beyond the first) will incur a charge of Rs. 1000/-.

Cashback Offer! Rs. 1000 cash back for "no questions asked" direct enrolment!

How it works: If you make the payment directly (online banking or cheque dropbox) without any discussion/call/email/whatsapp interaction prior to the payment, you get a benefit of Rs. 1000 cash back on day 3 of the training. Simply email the screenshot to enrol. Confirmation mail will be sent as a reply on receipt of payment.

Payment Modes: Branch/ATM Cheque drop, Cheque or cash handover, PAYTM to 9822603367, UPI to ashishparanjpe@icici or Online banking fund transfer (details below).

Kotak Mahindra Bank Current Account Number: 6912179452
Name: Ashish Shivajee Paranjpe HUF
Branch: Aundh, Pune.
NEFT/IFSC Code: KKBK0000726 (Four zeros seven two six)

Contact 9822603367 or write an email to to confirm your seat, and for the details about the online payment option.

Agile Cloud

Training Package Includes:

  • 3 full days of classroom based training delivered by ACP® Certified Trainer having ~26 years experience.
  • ACP Training Certificate for 21 Contact Hours (popularly called as 21 PDUs)
  • Hard copy and soft copy of all the training content
  • Recordings of the training, for later reference while studying
  • 2 mock tests with answers (soft copy)
  • 5 additional free mock exams (via links provided)
  • A booklet entitled "Cracking the PMI ACP®" that helps you prepare for the exam
  • Upto 6 post program interactions over email or phone, within 6 months of the training
  • A collection of of Agile training videos, presentations and additional documentation that help you learn more on the subject
  • A comprehensive guide on how to fill the exam form, alongwith a sample filled-in form
  • Smart Agile Templates & Checklists for making your agile implementation more efficient and effective
  • "Library" Access to the study book: PMI ACP Exam Prep - Second Edition by Mike Griffiths

  • Note: The 3 days program will include breakfast, lunch and tea/coffee.

Useful Links:

ACP Overview from About the exam, eligibility criteria and more

ACP Handbook: A guide to the exam, the scope & everything you need to know about ACP

ACP Exam Content Outline: A more detailed look at the exam composition and topics

ACP FAQs: Answers to most of your Questions

ACP Reference Books: A list of recommended books for Agile ACP Certification Study

ACP vs CSM: A comparison between Agile Certified Practitioner and Certified Scrum Master, which helps you determine which one should you go for.

ACP Blog: Edward Chung's blog on the PMI ACP exam

Why PMI ACP:PMI's presentation on benefits of doing the PMI ACP Certification


Orchard Hotel, Apte Road, Deccan, Pune


1,11,12 May 2019 (Sat/Sun)


9:00 am to 5:30 pm with breaks for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea

Batch size: 10-12 participants, so as to ensure maximum interaction and for the group activity for learning game

This is the revised course content based on the latest updates from PMI ACP

What should I go for: PMI ACP or CSM (Certified Scrum Master)?

With so many people talking about Agile and Scrum Certifications, you would be wondering which one to take. Here is a quick guide for you to decide which certification you may want to take. The choice is yours

1. PMI ACP requires 1 year experience in Agile kind of projects, whereas CSM does not require any prior background. This ensures that the ACP participants in the training know what we are talking about - whereas in a CSM Training, you will get individuals that have never done Agile before. However, If you don't have any experience and yet want to get a quick certification relating to Agile / Scrum, CSM is what you may want to go for.

2. I haven't seen anyone yet who has failed in the CSM exam. Whether you are good at Scrum or not, you are going to be a CSM if you complete the 2 day program. For this reason, anyone stating that they are certified as a CSM is not telling much - all it says that you had time and money to go to a 2 day program and get the certification. Being a CSM does not by itself make you stand apart from others except that you got familiar with the way Scrum works. It will not ensure that you have the qualities of being a Scrum Master overnight!

3. The Agile Certified Practitioner (ACP) from PMI requires you to understand the concepts, study for about a month or two before you can be ready to give the exam. By passing the ACP examination, you become one of the few in your city that have this certification as an edge over the others

4. The ACP course is a superset of the other certifications. It covers all that you would cover in the CSM training, plus other methodologies like XP, Lean, Kanban and some more. So, by doing an ACP, rest assured that you will also cover the CSM topics, and much more

5. The ACP course covers it from all perspectives - the Agile Coach, Product Owner, Scrum Master and Team. CSM will be primarily aimed at the scrum master role

6. If you are focused on seeking knowledge on Agile methodologies and certification is not presently important, even in that case, PMI ACP is better, as the PMI ACP Training from costs approximately 30% of the CSM course fee. For those giving the exam, they will need to spend additionally a fee of 495 USD towards the certification exam

7. While CSM is the entry level certification, you need to take the second level (CSP) to differentiate yourself from the crowd. That requires additional years of working and 70 SEUs (like PDUs) of training too. Do note that the fees for PMI ACP Training + Certification will be atleast 25% lower than the CSM + CSP fees put together.

Summing up, the PMI ACP Training gives you more knowledge, higher credibility at a lower cost.

Q. What is ACP?

A. ACP Stands for Agile Certified Practitioner. This is the agile certification issued by the Project Management Institute, USA, the same body that issues the PMP (Project Management Professional) Certification. This is not to be confused with CSM or "Scrum Master Certification" though it covers scrum and other methodologies in depth

Q. What is the eligibility criteria for ACP Certification?

A. The PMI ACP Handbook (see the Useful Links tab above) provides a detailed information on this. In brief, you need 1500 hours (~ 10 months) of Agile Projects related experience (from the past 3 years), plus 2000 hours (slightly over 1 year) of general project experience (in the past 5 years) outside of this 1500 hours. If you are already a PMP in good standing, this second criteria is not required. The 1500 hours could be in any agile methodology, as long as your application form indicates that your method was iterative and incremental. It could be a combination of methods as well (XP, Scrum, Kanban) or your own customised version. PMI does not need any official/project document from your organization to support this application.

Q. In a nutshell, what does ACP cover?

A. ACP covers all the approaches that are popularly used - Scrum, XP, Lean, Kanban, FDD, DSDM, AUP and more. It covers scaled agile concepts, as also DevOps. ACP is going deep in each of these, while covering the common aspects of all. Its helps you be in a position to select from these multiple approaches, since it is likely that one specific method (say Scrum) may not suit all project needs

Q. Do you guarantee that I will pass the ACP?

A. Actually, no one can guarantee that, but what the trainer does guarantee is that he will cover the entire scope of the ACP course, answer all your queries, ensure that you have understood all the topics. Beyond that, whether you pass or not will depend on your extent of studies, how you use your experience for the answers, your speed of reading, your level of practice, especially for numerical questions, and last but not the least, time management. So far, the track record has been that 0 participants have failed, after getting the trainer's go ahead

Q. What is the option if I do not have the hours required to be eligible?

A. You can take the training now, get opportunities to work in Agile projects based on this training, gain your experience and then apply for the exam. Alternatively, if you have done projects that are not agile but say waterfall, then you can consider Project Management Professional Certification (PMP). CLICK HERE to visit the Training page for its details.

Q. What book(s) do I need to refer, for studying for the exam?

A. PMI does not provide any specific book to study for the exam. They recommend you to read various books on the subject, as indicated in the Useful links tab of this page. The first 4 in the list of PMI are useful. However, considering that you may be pressed for time, most of what is required to know for the exam, is being covered through the training material provided by ACP

Q. What is the fee for the ACP exam?

A. For ACP, you need to pay 435$ if you are a PMI member, or $495 if you are not a member (membership costs $ 139). This is besides the training fee charged by ACP

Q. How long do I need to study to pass the exam in the first attempt?

A. Generally, people take 1.5 to 2 months to be ready. It depends on the available time, reading speed, grasping power, experience and mock exam scores. If you are able to devote 1.5 hours every week day and 3 hours every weekend, then you should be able to sail through in 1.5 to 2 months.

Q. When do I know that I am ready to give the exam?

A. If you are consistently scoring around 70% in the various mock exams, you can consider yourself to be ready for the ACP exam. However, please note that this is not a guarantee, but a good indicator. You never know what questions will come your way on the exam day. PMI does not declare any passing marks for the ACP exam

Q. What if I do not pass the ACP exam in the first attempt?

A. You can give two more attempts in the 1 year time window since you submitted your form and paid the fees.

Q. What kind of exam is the ACP?

A. You need to answer 120 objective questions in 3 hours. There is no negative marking, and there is 1 right answer from the give 4 options. This will be an online exam in India. The nearest center to Pune is at Goregaon, Mumbai (map link on You need to book your time slot on Prometric site, and hence plan a few weeks in advance for the exam.

Q. What is the passing score for the exam?

A. PMI does not declare any passing score for the exam. You get a proficiency level after completion of the exam, but not a score. However, it is said that generally you need to score 70% in mock exams to be reasonably confident to clear the ACP, though this is not a sure shot guarantee.

Q. What makes ACP better than other institutes?

A. You need a trainer with tons of relevant experience. You expect to be trained by someone who has been there in the trenches and helped Agile teams to succeed. You need to talk with someone who has experiences across large, medium and small organizations to give you the right examples. You need a trainer that has trained some of the top organizations in the country for Agile. Along with the quality, you also need an organization who will not charge you too much, and yet get comprehensive training content that helps you get ready for the exam without the need to read 5 other books. And last but not the least, you need support from the same trainer who taught you, rather than speaking to a call center. When you get all of this from ACP, you need not look any further!

Q. Is it necessary for an institute to be an R.E.P. (Registered Education Provider)?

A. No, it is not necessary that the training should be from an R.E.P. PMI (Project Management Institute) permits you to undertake the 21 contact hours (popularly called as 21 PDUs) training (and certificate) from any organization, as long as the topics covered are aligned with the ACP syllabus. Please contact us on +91-9822603367 if you need more information about this.

Q. How long is the 21 Contact Hours Certificate valid?

A. There is no expiry date for the 21 contact hours certificate. You can take the training this year, and give the exam anytime in future.

Q. How long is the ACP Certification valid?

A. The certification is valid for 3 years from the day you pass the exam. You need to renew the certification by earning 30 PDUs. Visit for more info.

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