Documenting Agile Experience for PMI Agile Certified Practitioner

Documenting Agile Experience for PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®

Agile Experience and Project Management Experience

Unlike Project Management Professional (PMP)® experience documentation, you are expected to document 2 sets of experience in PMI-ACP®
  • Project Management Experience : This experience can be non-Agile experience. The experience of using traditional project management needs to be documented here. If you are PMP® certified, you do not need to document this experience.
  • Agile Project Management Experience : This experience should be Agile experience. Usage of Agile tools, techniques and role similar to Product Owner or Scrum Master or Developer should be documented.

There are 3 components in your PMI-ACP® experience documentation

Component 1 : The Objective of the Project

While writing the objective, please remember to write only 1 sentence on the objective.
"I was Scrum Master for Interest Calculation project for Sanyukta Janata Sahakari Bank"
Notice the 3 parts of the objective - The Role, The Module or functionality in 3-4 words and Name of customer (preferably). If name cannot be disclosed, don't worry, ignore it and you can write "For a Belgium Based Bank"

Component 2 : The Body of your Experience Documentation

Recommendation 1 : Use the "I" clause. Sample "I negotiated with another Scrum Master to get Oracle Skills required by the team to solve the SQL Query impediment faced by the team" .
Recommendation 2 : AVOID using the "we" clause. Sample of a incorrect statement "we solved a difficult issue......" .
Recommendation 3 : AVOID using the GENERIC sentences. Example of an incorrect statement "I collected requirements from product owner". The correct statement can be "I used the interview technique to collect the interest calculation options from Bank teller staff and the business analysts handing mortgages module"

Component 3 : The Result Achieved

End your experience with achievement. Example "Thus I helped achieve the implementation of interest calculation module for BelgaNeth Bank within 6 sprints using Scrum"

 The 500 Character Limit in PMI-ACP® Experience Documentation

The 500 Character limit can be circumvented by writing multiple projects instead of 1 large project. A project always consists of multiple smaller projects. Try splitting up your 1 year project into 2 smaller ones of 6 months each. Please do not split into too granular limit. The overall guideline for an agile project is that, the average size should be around 6 months.

The Overlapped Experience in PMI-ACP® Experience

In most real-life situation, the projects will always overalap as shown below
Overlapped Experience on PMI Experience Template
However it is also true, that you will never be working equally on all projects at the same time. Therefore when you write your start date and end dates of the project write the start date and end date of the project where you have spent the maximum amount of time during a given period. The above diagram can be represented as below while writing experience
PMI-ACP Overlapped Experience
Therefore for the above scenario, it is recommended to represent the experience as follows
Project 1 : Month 1 thru Month 4
Project 2 : Month 5 thru Month 6
Project 3 : Month 7 thru Month 9

Name of the Institute

We strongly advice you to mention the name of the university exactly as mentioned in your degree certificate. For Example if your institution name is V.J.Technical Institute then do not elaborate what the meaning of V and J is. Please write the name of the university exactly as mentioned on the Degree Certificate. Also write the name of the university as mentioned on the degree certificate.

Dates and Names of 21-PDU Course

We advice you to document this part carefully. The name of the course and start dates are extremely important fields from your EPMC certificate. Please write exactly the same things that has been mentioned in EPMC certificate.