PMI has released the examination outline for their still unnamed Agile project management certification, as well as a list of ten reference texts “that candidates may find helpful when preparing for the Agile examination.” The exam will consist of 100 scored and 20 unscored items, randomly distributed throughout the exam, as is PMI’s custom. Questions are to be evenly split between Agile tools and techniques, and Agile knowledge and skills. The tools and techniques have been organized into ten areas. In order of relative importance, they include:
- Planning, monitoring, and adapting
- Agile estimation
- Agile analysis and design
- Product quality
- Soft skills negotiation
- Value-based prioritization
- Risk management
- Value stream analysis
PMI has grouped 43 knowledge and skills areas into three levels. Those in Level 1 will comprise 33% of the questions on the exam; those in Level 2 will comprise 12%; and those in Level 3 will comprise 5% of the questions. Since there are 13 items in Level 3, we can safely assume that not all areas will be tested on any given exam.
Though it won’t be a part of the exam, PMI has identified 56 tasks under six major domains of practice, including:
- Domain I: Value-driven Delivery (15 tasks)
- Domain II: Stakeholder Engagement (7 tasks)
- Domain III: Boosting Team Performance Practices (12 tasks)
- Domain IV: Adaptive Planning (9 tasks)
- Domain V: Problem Detection and Resolution (5 tasks)
- Domain VI: Continuous Improvement (Product, Process, People) (8 tasks)
Based on the announcement of the list of tasks and domains, it seems PMI is headed toward the Agile PM body of knowledge document many of us have been looking for. However, describing the content in terms of tasks, rather than processes, is obviously a different approach from the current edition of the PMBOK, or the practice standards.
I’ve created a page in the IT PM Bookstore for the listed Agile reference texts. Most are available in both paperback and Kindle format. If you’ve read any of them, please drop a comment with a review, and I’ll add it to the description.