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Overview

The Accredited Scaled Agile Practioner (ASAP®) is a professional who has demonstrated in a responsible manner, proven knowledge and expertise in applying Agile methods at a large scale within enterprise structure for teams ranging from 10 to 5000 members. This is standard which is based on standard principles of Agile and Scrum methodologies applied to large scale enterprise applications and based on principles of coupling various agile methods to bring scale to Agile implementation. This certification by ACI® enables the participant to demonstrate his or her skills and knowledge of general principles in being able to create custom methods to provide scalability to Agile implementation. These frameworks enable managing multiple Agile teams and is concerned with the architecture of Scrum of Scrums in a very detailed way using lean, Kanban and crystal methods.

Note: This certification is not from or related to "Scaled Agile Academy or SAFe". The fundamental difference with other methods and certification bodies in Scalable Agile methods is that ACI does not follow prescribe any particular procedure. Our focus is on encapsulating generic principles related to scaling Agile methods at a larger scale and provide architectural framework for individuals to create their own customized Agile implementation at a larger scale.

Training is a complex profession and in the agile development world ACI® adds newer dimensions. When I joined the IT product industry, I had no doubts that I needed a sharply focused qualification like ASAP® to pummel ahead in my ability to showcase my abilities to apply agile methods at a large scale enterprise level. Today, as a ACI®-credentialed ASAP® professional, I stand in the league of global best-practioners in rarefied agile enterprise domain.

Benefits of ASAP® Certification

  • Demonstrate to employers your level of professionalism in Scaled agile practices, tools and techniques. Helps you to brand your agile enterprise application competency in a credible way.
  • Helps you to demonstrate your knowledge way beyond the usual agile methods and reinforces your knowledge of applying the agile principles at an enterprise scale.
  • Hold a certification that is more credible than existing entry-level, training or exam-only based offerings.
  • Develop a more advanced, applied level of knowledge to gain an understanding of various Scaled agile frame works and the ability to apply relevant project management methods, leading to successful agile projects.
  • Actively promote trust and close co-operation between the business and developers and gives the business ongoing visibility into what is happening.
  • Combine knowledge of more traditional management methodologies with agile to better adapt to a changing business environment.
  • Help you to get ahead. ACI® certification offers financial benefits by making you stand out and better market yourself to current and prospective employers. Most of our candidates have reported a 3000% ROI on their certification cost with us in a span of 3 years from date of certification.
  • ACI® certifications are renowned throughout the world. Instead of relying only on a written assessment, our certifications more comprehensively assess a candidate. Also, the quality of our certification governance superior which enables affordable certifications with the highest flexibility available in the market today.
WHO SHOULD GET ACCREDITIED SCALED AGILE PRACTCTIONER CERTIFICATION?

Scaled Agile Practioner's role is a very unique and niche role in Agile / Scrum which combines all of the challenging aspects of traditional Project Management and Scrum BUT at a large scale enterprise setting. Moreover, Scaled Agile practitioner represents the enterprise, customer and management point of view in a large scale enterprise level Agile project,to ensure maximum added value for each and every release to the customer.

We recommend you to obtain ASAP® certification if you are performing one of the following roles in a very senior position or have obtained ACI's other certifications:
  • Business Analyst
  • Program Manager
  • Product Manager
  • Team Leader
  • Project Manager
  • Designer
  • Architect.....etc
Differentiators
Sample Certificate

TRAINING OPTIONS

Training Information
  • ACI, for all its certifications, mandates that all the applicants should have prior training in Agile practices to be eligible to apply for any ACI's certifications.
  • You can take training from any organizations of your choice to satisfy the mandatory training requirements for the ASAP® credential.
  • You are also strongly encouraged to study the reference books suggested in the later sections of this document to feel confident about taking up the ASAP® certification exam.
CONCEPTS REVIEW

The Accredited Scaled Agile Practioner (ASAP®) is a professional who has demonstrated in a responsible manner, proven knowledge and expertise in applying Agile methods at a large scale within enterprise structure for teams ranging from 10 to 5000 members. This is standard which is based on standard principles of Agile and Scrum methodologies applied to large scale enterprise applications and based on principles of coupling various agile methods to bring scale to Agile implementation. This certification by ACI® enables the participant to demonstrate his or her skills and knowledge of general principles in being able to create custom methods to provide scalability to Agile implementation. These frameworks enable managing multiple Agile teams and is concerned with the architecture of Scrum of Scrums in a very detailed way using lean, Kanban and crystal methods.

At a larger scale, Scrum cannot be applied as it is limited to about 10 people in its original structure. While Scrum provides a framework called as “Scrum of Scrums” for scalability, it is not comprehensive. Utilization of other methods like Kanban, Lean provides various alternate models and these can be chosen based on the needs of the organization and the teams. Scaled methods apply regular Scrum method to large-scale development. For example, a single product development team with 50 people or 500 people or even 5000 people. ASAP provides various guidelines which one can leverage to create custom methods for their individual teams in line with the thinking and spirit of Agile Manifesto.

  1. When the teams have Agile Scale Complexity Index (ASCI) more than one but less than two, usually two tier architecture is sufficient. This is usually good for teams with about 70 members. Here, more than one product manager is usually required.
  2. When the teams have Agile Scale Complexity Index (ASCI) more than two but less than three, three tier architecture will produce better results. This complexity is usually possible in teams where the strength is more than 100 but less than 500.
  3. When the teams have Agile Scale Complexity Index (ASCI) more than three, four tier architecture will produce better results. This complexity is usually possible in teams where the strength is more than 500.
All Scaled Agile frame works are based on defining elements at four scales (or tiers). These are definition of work at
  1. Individual or Team Level
  2. Program or Multi-Team Level and
  3. Enterprise Portfolio Level
  4. Enterprise Governance Level

Along each of these levels or scales the essential agile elements of Value (requirements, user stories, backlogs) Teams (from development team through portfolio management) and Time box (iteration, PSI, budget cycle) are defined in detail.

Individual or Team Level

At a team level, Scaling of Agile is concerned with the composition of teams, the role of Scrum Master and product owner as defined in the Scrum. These roles are similar to the standard SCRUM methodology and there are regular changes allowed at any time using backlogs just like in a standard scrum team. The team size, work size and member roles are standard and derived from the Scrum methodology of Ken Schwaber. The work is maintained in the form of a backlog and iterations (each of two weeks in duration) are the primary mechanism to deliver the work just like in a Scrum method. The various stories to be done as a part of iteration are chosen based on their priority and put up in the iterations. Any spikes or trace bullets are implemented as a part of refactoring etc.

Program or Multi-Team Level

At the program level, co ordination of multiple teams is done using various design concepts like Product Roadmap, Product Management and Release Management of Scrum method. Tracking work can be scaled using "Program Backlog" where work is prioritized across different Scrum teams, similar to the prioritization at the individual Project backlog level. A dedicated system or program management role is created to take care of the release planning and feature development at the program level in a coordinated manner. The product Road map works as a guide for making the higher level decisions of the different scrum teams working at the individual team level. The product management team will be responsible for the prioritization and definition of the various items in program backlog just as the product owner is responsible for a Scrum team in the Scrum method. Kanban method can provide for tracking and ensuring that the work flow does not lead to team burnout.

Enterprise Portfolio Level

The Enterprise Portfolio level deals with various enterprise functions like enterprise Strategy, funding allocation and normally handled by senior business managers and executives who understand the enterprise business strategy, technology, and financial constraints, and define and implement the portfolio product/solution strategy. The PMO will have a strong role in this function as it is the pivot for all the projects within the organization. Just like Scrum methodology, the usual principles of documentation and measurement of metrics should be done meaningful purposes and to add value to the organization and teams.
At the portfolio level, the focus is on epics and work units are defined and monitored at the epic level. There are three kinds of epics one can choose to define at the portfolio and - technical epics, program epics and portfolio epics.

Enterprise Governance Level

At an Enterprise Governance level, Scaling Agile Implementation is concerned with providing a common binding culture, structure, set of shared values and also usage of metrics which enable smooth development. This is usually made possible by using the principles of lean, Kanban, Usage of Metrics etc within the team. The lean values including elimination of waste at sustained pace, Usage of Kanban helps track the burn down rate and ensure that teams do not burn out and metrics help in bringing a degree of control.

PRACTICE QUESTIONS

1. Which of the following person is not referrd to in relation to Scaled Agile Frameworks?

  1. Ken Schwaber
  2. Dean Leffingwell
  3. Craig Larman
  4. Esther Derby

2. Which of the following is not a core principle for any Scaled Agile methodology?

  1. Lean
  2. Six Sigma
  3. Scrum
  4. XP

3. How often do Scrum Teams meet

  1. Daily
  2. Weekly
  3. Project meetingsscheduled by the Project Manager
  4. Flexible

4. Which of the following is not a valid level recognized Scaled Scrum Framework?

  1. Team
  2. Program
  3. Enterprise
  4. Process

5. At the Individual Level, which of the following method can be used for Scaling Agile?

  1. Kanban
  2. XP
  3. Rational Unified Process
  4. DSDM

6. Duration of a Sprint of an agile project can be

  1. A. Extended
  2. Extended based on changing requirements
  3. Extended upon the discretion of Scrum Master
  4. Never extended

7. Which of the following teams is usually not a part of Scaled Agile team?

  1. Design
  2. Build
  3. Test
  4. Analysis

8. What is the typical length for the team to deliver the software

  1. 2 weeks
  2. 3 weeks
  3. 4 weeks
  4. 1 week

9. Conduct a Sprint meeting at the end of Sprint is

  1. Scrum rule
  2. Scrum technique
  3. Scrum methodology
  4. Generally accepted Scrum practice

10. Which of the following is the ideal team size for a single Agile team within Scaled Agile Teams?

  1. 4
  2. 9
  3. 10
  4. 12

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FAQ

I found your web site after checking out USD 2000 price from another Scrum certification provider for training and 500$ for certification. That is too much for me to personally pay for. I am interested in making a certification program from your Agile Certification Institute for ScrumMaster. However, I don't have much background and project experience with Agile/Scrum. What is your suggestion?

At this point in time, ACI® does not impose a policy that you have to be trained from any expensive training providers to appear for our certifications. You can get training on Agile concepts from our website links and also the Master Standards which are provided to you once you register for the exam. Almost 40% of our certificants appear for certifications without any additional training (other than our website links and the Master Standards made available once you register).

How are the success rates of Agile certification programs?

The first time Success rate of Accredited Agile Practitioner (AAP®) Certification Program is 80%, whereas the success rates of Accredited ScrumMaster (ASM®) Certification is 82%. For Accredited Product Owner (APO®) Certification and Accredited Scaled Agile Practitioner (ASAP®) Certification Programs are 65%. However, most candidates seem to clear the certification in their second attempt, thereby incurring no additional expenses (All our certification programs provide two attempts for a single registration towards any certification)

Can you please provide more insights about the structure of the questions of your certification programs?

The exam questions contains of a total of 75 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. The questions are based on the Master Standards approved by Agile Professional Certification Council (APCC) with a 50:50 focus on the theoretical aspects as well as practical challenges of working in an agile setting.

How soon after the registration, will I receive access to take the examination?

After you register for the exam, you have to choose a slot which is preferable for you. We provide 24 slots in a day and they are available all 365 days in a year. The remote proctoring is done via webcam (so your computer MUST have a working webcam to take up this certification). The exam software locks your screen and hence you cannot change your browser. Also you will not be allowed to move away from the computer screen during the exam. Any such violations will result in forfeiture of your attempt at the exam and you will have to take a second attempt.

How soon after the completion of my examination, will I receive my Certification and Test Results?

It is a matter of a few seconds. Your answers are processed and evaluated real-time and you will receive your test results as soon as you submit the answers of your Agile Certification Examination. However to receive the certification, you have to clear all the three levels- Written Assessment, Submission of a Thesis (600 - 900 words) and a peer / managed feedback.

Can you let me know the procedure for the examination and details of written assessment?

Before you take the examination, as part of registration you are required to upload one of the photo ID's recommended by APCC (Includes a passport, a valid driving license of your country or any other government issued photo ID). Your ID will be verified against you personally via webcam before the test lock is released on your appointed registration time so as to ensure the test takes is the person whose ID is presented. We provide 24 slots in a day and they are available all 365 days in a year. This means pretty much you can take the exam anytime you want in a year. Our proctoring team works from three different countries so as to enable 24x7 coverage of the test taking. The registration is valid for a period of one year. The remote proctoring is done via webcam (so your computer MUST have a working webcam to take up this certification). The exam software locks your screen and hence you cannot change your browser or search online or use your browser for any purpose other than taking test during this period. Also you will not be allowed to move away from the computer screen during the exam. Any such violations are treated with seriousness and you will become ineligible to continue the certification exam. You will have to take up the exam after re-scheduling and this shall be treated as a second attempt.

Can you let me know more details of Thesis submission?

The thesis to be submitted should be between 600 words and 900 words (Roughly about one A4 page equivalent). The topic can be chosen by the candidate. Several topics and samples of previous thesis submissions are provided to candidate after they clear the assessment test. Most candidates have no difficulty clearing the Thesis level.

Can you let me know more details of peer/manager submission?

Once you submit the thesis, you will have to get recommendations from three members (either peers or managers) recommending this credential be bestowed upon you. Each of the referee has to fill an online recommendation from which consists of five (5) questions on which he will be rating on a scale of 1-10 (1 is low and 10 is highest). All these recommenders must possess a valid corporate e-mail ID (Any exceptions need approval from APCC). You will have to get an aggregate of 50% in all the recommendations to obtain the ACI credential. In case, you do not get the required rating, you can modify the reference providers and re-submit to a new set of recommenders. Our past records indicate no one had difficulty clearing this final round of assessment.

What is the validity of the registration?

You must complete all the requirements of the assessment within one year from the date of registration. If you cannot complete all the formalities of the assessment, you will automatically lose your registration and have to register.

I have received your global credential for Agile Certification recently. Is there any validity to my certificate? Also, should I pay any annual membership fees?

Once you are certified by ACI®, the certification is valid for 4 years. Every 4 years you have receive 45 knowledge points (KPs) to renew your certification. The Master Standards on Agile undergo changes every few years and we want all our certificants to update their knowledge every 4 years. However, you do NOT need to write the exam again. One knowledge point is approximately equal to one hour of class room instruction or one hour of effort on reading a relevant text book etc. You will have to pay a fee of 20$ every four years to renew your credential and maintain your licence details in our certified agile Practioners database. However, most of this information is available in "My ACI" once you get certified. Most of the relevant books are available as e-copies to be read online in "My ACI®" and these count towards earning KPs.

Will you help me get a job?

ACI® does not act like a placement agency and we do not directly provide jobs to any certificants. However, "Planet ACI® " provides a networking platform for Job providers from various companies all around the planet to post relevant jobs.

While I am making examination if I lose my Internet connectivity due to some technical issues, do I have to pay again to access the certification examination?

No problem at all. If this happens please inform us per e-mail and we will reactive your examination access code free of charge.

I just passed one of your certification programs. What kind of certificate do I receive?

As soon as you complete all the requirements of the certification, you will receive a PDF certificate which is printable if you wish (as it is generated with high quality). In addition, you will also receive your paper based certificate by regular mail within 3 months of clearing all the certification requirements. Please keep in mind that our paper certifications are processed in our back offices located in Singapore, India and Qatar and will contain metal objects (lapel pins) hence you will have a long lead time of 3 months to clear the customs requirements of your country. However, our database will reflect your certificate authenticity from the instant you clear all the requirements and you can use that in your CV.

I am considering registration for your Certification program. However, I have never possessed such a certification and I just would like to understand how such a certification looks like?

You can see a low resolution and miniaturized copy of the certificate in the respective section of the programs by selecting the respecting program links and navigating.

What is the difference between the certifications provided by Agile Certification Institute and other organizations?

According to our market analysis our programs cost less than 1/5 of the lowest cost of other online Scrum certification programs with better brand in the market. Moreover, together with the trust of our thousands of certificants we have brought a modern and friendly approach into the field of online Agile / Scrum certification programs which doesn't mandate practitioners like you to receive expensive classroom trainings before you prove and certify your competence in Agile/Scrum.

Why is your cost lower than others?

We use the latest technology in certification test taking based on Remote Proctoring and Screen Locking facilities in addition to large scale certification operations which brings down our cost of operations. We pass on some of these advantages to you, our certifications takers.

Are Scrum certifications valid in Europe and in Asia?

Yes. Certifications we issue are worldwide valid including in Europe and in Asia. Our certifications are valid and recognized in more than 120 countries around the world.

Will I get reimbursement for this certification from my organization?

ACI provides you with a detailed invoice. This coupled with successful completion of a certification from ACI provides you with reimbursement in most organizations around the planet. In case, you are not successful in claiming the reimbursement, you could alert us post your successful certification through "My ACI". Our global support team will then work with the leaders of your organization to enable reimbursement.

Do I receive PDU credits for ACI courses?

Yes. Please follow PMI's procedure. Our KPs are similar to those of PMI's PDUs.

Will I get a promotion by taking up your certification?

In most organizations, this counts towards continuing education and should enable you to get recognition and improve the chances of your promotion but keep in mind that this cannot be guaranteed by ACI®. Based on a survey of more than 1000 certificants in the past, we have seen an average of 3000% ROI on their investment on ACI certifications.

I am going to register for an agile certification program. Can I make the payment by using my credit issued from a Scotland bank?

Yes. Our trusted payment partner accepts all major credit cards issued from all banks around the world including the banks from Scotland.