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PMI-ACP Exam Prep by Mike Griffiths

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This book was a primary part of my study plan in pursing PMI’s ACP certification. The certification is fairly new which results in slim picking for study aids. One thing that drew me to this title was the author. Mr. Griffiths was on the steering committee for the certification. He did not get involved with development of the exam questions but was involved in choosing what knowledge makes for an Agile Certified Professional in the PMI world. His ties to RMC (publishers of the book) also spoke to me. This well-known organization was specifically mentioned to me by my manager as I started on a journey away from software development.

The short version of the review is simple. The book was a great resource and I would recommend it to all and use it again myself. Continue reading

Agile Estimation and Planning by Mike Cohn

Agile Estimation and Planning

I have to start by admitting that I purchased this in the Kindle edition. This was very convenient when I was initially reading it. However, now that I have completed the book I wish I had the physical copy for quick reference.

I would buy this book again, and suggest it to others. Mr. Cohn describes it as a book about planning which includes the background in estimation as planning without estimation is impossible. He also points out that the title was very intentional. To have a successful Agile project your planning and estimation must also be Agile. My focus for this book was on the estimation front. I also used it as a reference for my PMI-ACP certification. It is nowhere near a complete reference for the certification, but was never intended to be. In the realm of moving our estimations forward it was a great help. Most of what we currently do for estimation can be traced back to what I learned from this book. If you are interested in knowing simply what each section of the book is about the Introduction is very well written and will tell you exactly what you want to know. In light of this I will be covering what I took away from it in a little more general sense, showing where I found value.

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