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It covers way more material than you need to know to pass the exam, and it even says so in several places. But that's because, as I mention above, this exam is about needing to know a lot of things in order to rewire your thinking for some pretty tough questions.
There are a couple of times I think the author does a poor job of making examples through metaphor--the analogies don't quite fit, but you can get the general idea. There are also times the book goes a bit chart-happy and we have graphics that I don't feel are necessary to make a point. For example, I don't need a pair of overlapping curves on an X-Y diagram with pictures of CD-ROMs and books to understand that face-to-face communication has the highest value.
That said, I still do recommend this book. As luck would have it, I had to switch to this edition just as I was close to taking the exam--so I can tell you that yes, the new edition has been substantially modified in certain places.
The exam changed to be more about thinking in Agile, and some of the dialogue, particularly in the second half of the book, has been updated to reflect this. Either way, I didn't have access to the exam simulation software that is also sold. So I can tell you that using the practice exams and sample exercises in each chapter is a great way to get what you need firmly in your head for the exam.
I do recommend this book. It requires a lot of study and has a lot of potentially irrelevant pieces, but in that way it also makes for a very complete reference for the PMI-ACP exam.
I couldn't of asked for a better resource when studying for the PMI-ACP and I would highly recommend it to anyone in the same situation. I'm an experienced Scrum Master but I learned so much when reading this book which has truly helped me within my job and day to day responsibilities.
Mike Griffith really drills it into you that you need to adopt the "Agile Mindset" which is probably the most important part of taking the exam. This is how I went about exam prep: I bought this book earlier this year primarily based on the strength of the Rita PMP book and finally got around to sitting for the exam.
This book is all you need for passing the exam and as some have stated, it's a bit overkill. This book is great as a desk reference beyond the exam, so it's a great acquisition, imo. It's a bit redundant in spots, but it appears intentional as the author is driving a topic from different test objectives. The questions in the back of each chapter also fairly represent the level of difficulty of questions in the actual exam, so if you are comfortable with the content and can answer the questions in the chapter reviews, then you should good to go.
HOWEVER, if you have not applied for the exam yet, you are probably better off waiting for the revised version of the test and the accompanying training materials in early This test version won't be available much longer. I found reading the whole book first time with a highlighter and taking notes, then going thru again and rewriting my notes along the way from scratch , using old notes and book this time. I followed his direction in the foreword of the book.
During the second rewrite, I was working hard at assimilating my notes into my brain. I made flashcards of areas I didn't remember and carried them with me.
I waited to near the end to do practice exams, and in hindsight, I should have done them staggered, such as being on Chapter 2 or 3 and starting practice test on chapter 1, would be a good way to cement this knowledge.
His spiral bound workbook was also helpful, but not essential. I really liked it though, as I want to really understand the concepts, not just pass some test. I also "became agile" - My study was arranged into sprint planning, iterations, retrospectives, etc. Helped make this stuff tangible. I even started doing this everywhere else in my life that I could. Kind of like going to France to learn the language If I had to pick the MVP to get thru the exam: Exam was hard, but I passed "above domain" in all but one.
I would strongly have preferred he arrange in chronological sequence of events. While his arrangement aligns to the exam, going into SCRUM upfront then back later left it a bit fragmented in my understanding.
Some of the other criticisms, about analogies are warranted. However nothing was a deal breaker. I just googled what I didn't understand. I did not mind he went past the exam requirements, of course, I wanted to pass, but I wanted to understand more. See all reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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