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Free Agile PDU List

I was juggling some ideas on how I could list some free “Agile” PMI-ACP or PDUs for people. I think there is a crazy amount of free resources for PMP PDUs.  Because of that, I think there needs to be more giving for the Agile contact hours or PDUs.  So, without getting too spamming and self-promoting, please feel free to list some places you know of that have free PDUs or contact hours to offer.  Make sure you list which PMI PDU category it is applicable to.  I will add them as well.

 

I’m going to be a little self-promoting here.  If you would like some Category E (Volunteer Service) PDUs, come help the PMI Agile Community of Practice build and iterate the Community Guide of the ACP.  You can claim up to 45 PDUs for your efforts!

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PMI Agile Contact Hours versus PMI-ACP PDUs

I get asked on a regular basis what the difference between a contact hour and a PDU is. When people come to my PMI-ACP exam prep class, they qualify to claim 21 Agile contact hours.  If they currently have another PMI credential, they could choose to apply those 21 hours as a PDU.

PMI Agile Contact Hours

When completing your PMI-ACP application, you are required to report (among other things) your “Agile” education. They will be referred to and measured as contact hours. To qualify to sit for the ACP exam, you need 21 contact hours.

 

 Professional Development Units (PDUs)

PDUs can only be applied if you have a PMI credential.  If you try to claim a PDU and you don’t have a credential, PMI will politely either tell you don’t have permission to that area of the website (where you claim the PDU) or they will send you a friendly email. The image below is only viewable if you have at least one PMI credential.

Reporting PDU

Hope this brief overview helps. If you have any questions, please leave a comment below.

 

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How to Claim PMP PDUs as a Non-PMI Member

Claiming PDUHow would I claim PDUs if I’m not a PMI member?

This question keeps coming up in conversation.  I offer the hypothetical situation where someone sees value in the new PMI-ACP certification but is hesitant to become a member of PMI.  I guess it would be complete fantasy if not for the fact there are about 100,000 more PMI credential holders than PMI members*. PMI reported as of November 2011, there were 370,744 PMI members and 469,051 PMPs.  Add the CAPM, PMI-RMP, PMI-SP, and PgMP and I think we get to our 100,000.

100,000 people realized you don’t need to be a member of PMI to maintain a PMI credential, particularly the PMP.  They save a $119 membership renewal fee in exchange for being charged more for PMI events and products or not having access to the Communities of Practices.  Granted, if they aren’t really engaged in the Project Management or Agile community, maybe it’s worth saving the $10. For the record, I think being a member of the PMI Agile Community of Practice is worth the cost of membership.  Seriously, it’s only $10 a month!  But I digress.

The focus of this post is for those 100,000.  The key to claiming PDUs is having a PMI.org account. Yes, the glue that holds this all together is a free account, not a paid membership.  Your potential membership and credentials will be linked to this account.

If you’re applying “project management” educational credit toward exam eligibility, there is a different way to claim those hours.  For example, if you take my PMI-ACP class, you can apply 21 PDUs toward any of the current PMI credentials and also apply 21 contact hours toward ACP eligibility.

But you still don’t need to have a paid membership.

*Source: December 2011 issue of PMI Today

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PMI-ACP Prep Workshop

I am very excited to announce that I will begin offering my own 3-day PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner Certification Prep workshop, beginning September 26-28.  The workshop will be offered at the Bridge Education Training Facility located at 6716 Alexander Bell Drive, Suite 100, in Columbia, Maryland.  As an added bonus, for those who register for the September (and the to-be-announced October) class, I will give each attendee a free ticket to AgileDC 2011.

Count on 3 full days of learning, simulation, and Legos!

Who Should Attend/Prerequisites

Although this prep course is primarily targeted towards project management professionals interested in achieving the PMI-ACP(sm)  certification, it could benifit many others. It is an effective foundation for anyone interested in adopting and leveraging Agile techniques, including Product & Line Managers, Program Managers, IT Managers, or Senior Technicians.

Course Overview

The PMI-ACP(sm) certification requires the candidate to have 2,000 hours of general Project Management experience, 1,500 hours of Agile Project Management experience, 21 training hours in an Agile specific curriculum, and pass the PMI-ACP(sm) certification exam.

This course will satisfy all of the training requirements for the exam. After taking this course, students will have the strong foundation needed to begin preparing for the certification exam.

Take your course from one of only a few instructors who were independent reviewers of the curriculum, as it was being developed. As independent reviewers of the PMI-ACP, it was our job to modify, revise, update or delete elements to ensure that it was comprehensive, contemporary (reflective of current practice), concise, and clear.

Learning Objectives

The course will provide a broad survey of Agile PM tools, techniques, skills, and knowledge areas. Within the 3-Day course, we will cover all 6 domains of the upcoming PMI-ACP exam

  • Value Driven Delivery
  • Stakeholder Engagement
  • Boosting Team Performance Practices
  • Adaptive Planning
  • Problem Detection and Resolution
  • Continuous Improvement (Product, Process, People)

Some of the topics covered include:

  • Active Listening
  • Adaptive Leadership
  • Agile Frameworks and Terminology
  • Agile Manifesto Values and Principles
  • Agile Project Accounting Principles
  • Assessing and Incorporating Stakeholder Values
  • Applying New Agile Practices
  • Building High Performance and Empowered Teams
  • Coaching and Mentoring within teams
  • Communications Management
  • Co-Located and Geographically Distributed Teams
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Elements of a Project Charter for an Agile project
  • Facilitation Methods
  • Feedback Techniques (e.g. Prototypes, Simulation, Demonstration, Evaluation)
  • Globalization, Culture, and Team Diversity
  • Incremental Delivery
  • Innovation Games
  • Knowledge and Information Sharing
  • Leadership tools and Techniques
  • PMI’s Code of Ethics and Professional Conduct
  • Problem Solving Strategies
  • Product Roadmapping
  • Progressive Elaboration
  • Project and Quality Standards
  • Principles of Systems Thinking (e.g., complex adaptive, chaos)
  • Servant-Leadership
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Team Motivation Techniques
  • Time, Budget, and Cost Estimation
  • Variations of Agile Methods and Approaches
  • Value Based Analysis, Decomposition, and Prioritization

When:

Monday, September 26, 2011 9:00 AM - Wednesday, September 28, 2011 4:30 PM (Eastern Time)

Where:

Bridge Education Training Facility
6716 Alexander Bell Dr.
Suite 100
Columbia, Maryland 21046

Cost:

$1,495 per attendee (plus travel and expenses for private workshops)


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Getting PMI Agile PDUs Early

Let’s say you’re interested in the upcoming Agile Project Professional (APP) certification from PMI.  You look to see the eligibility requirements and notice you’ll need 21 hours of Agile Project Management Training.  If you’re determined to get the PMI APP and looking to do this on the cheap, start watching webinars now. I can guarantee there will be a lot of training opportunities in the near future.  Check out a future location to find upcoming Agile PDUs. Once it is fully rolled out, it should be an excellent resource to find PDUs to meet your PMI needs.

PMI Agile PDUSo back to the intent of getting the training.  After I read (and recently reread) Dan Pink’s book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, it made me stop and question why people wanted to get the PMP or APP.  Are we trying to discover better ways to deliver value to customers or just trying to get a piece of paper and a few extra letters after our names?  Dan breaks it down to pursuing the mastery of performance-based objectives versus learning-based objectives (ie. getting a passing score on a certification exam versus learning new approaches to deliver value to customers).

Regardless, information is information and I want to do what I can to help people discover it.

One of the approaches I really enjoy using is Kanban.  Today I stumbled upon a free Kanban webinar.  Though you do have to enter some contact information, it’s free.  You have the option of downloading it or viewing a playback.  So, regardless if you’re looking to bank those PMI Agile PDUs or not, enjoy 1 free hour of training.  By the way, I am in no way affiliated with the provider.   I just like free webinars.

HT: ASPE Events
HT: Agile PDUs

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