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PMI-ACP® exam is changing in 2015 – Important note for aspiring PMI-ACP® exam takers this year
 
PMI-ACP® was introduced in 2011 as the pioneering Agile certification from PMI, USA. As a practice, PMI continues to improvise the content through large-scale survey of certified PMI-ACP® holders and non-certified agile practitioners to help revise the domains, tasks, knowledge and skills, as well as tools and techniques. As an outcome of the Role Delineation Study (RDS) involving over 1,000 agilists from 60 countries, few changes have been introduced in the PMI-ACP® course content. A new domain called Agile Principles and Mindset has been added to the already existing list of domains. Also, 62 tasks have been validated in context of the seven domains of practice.
 
The reference material for the exam has also been revised to include books on Kanban, Scrum and Extreme Programming. All details about the revised PMI-ACP® certification is available at http://www.pmi.org/certification/exam-changes/pmi-acp.aspx with links at the right pane of the page.
 
It is extremely important for aspiring candidates to review all the books as the past exam questions have been not just on Scrum but on Lean, XP. In this year, candidates can surely expect on Principles & Mindset domain given that it has been added recently this year. It is also highly recommended that candidates should leverage the groups on LinkedIn where certified professionals share tips and tricks not only on the preparation but also on clearing the exam successfully.
 
For people who are taking the exam between 15-Jul-15 and 16-Aug-15, PMI is providing a 20% rebate on the exam fees. The new exam would be in effect until 14-Oct-15 (starting from 15-Jul-15) with results staggered till 22-Oct. Candidates are requested to view the revised exam content outline at http://www.pmi.org/~/media/PDF/Certifications/ACP_Reference_list_v2.ashx

PM Enrich: A one day workshop on "Leadership Challenges in Agile Transformation” will be held on 27th June 2015. Presently organizations are increasingly realizing that in adopting Agile Methodologies to manage projects, the challenge goes far beyond changing terminologies and templates to a paradigm shift in the way the team is empowered and mentored to own and accelerate the outcome of their projects. To facilitate this transition, PMI Bangalore India Chapter in collaboration with PM Power Consulting brings this one day workshop to PM community. Those interested in attending the same may kindly visit the Chapter website for further details and registration.

                                       One More Reason to Renew Chapter Membership Now
 
The Economic Exception Pilot Program launched by PMI in 2012 allows PMI Members in India to renew their membership at a reduced cost of US$65. This was done to study whether this will address the issue of lower membership renewals from developing countries like India. After three years of existence, PMI is reviewing the effectiveness of the program. In the meanwhile PMI decided to extend the Economic Exception Program till December 2015 by which time PMI will complete the review and take decisions. We request all PMI Members to renew PMI and Chapter Membership and be proudly associated with the leading Project Management community in the world. This will help the program to be extended and will benefit everyone. Apart from a host of benefits to renew your Chapter membership, here is one more reason to renew/join the Chapter membership.

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