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Agile questions 5 years 5 months ago #15451

  • Siavash Eshaghi
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Hello every one,

As per the lessons learned obtained from different PMP candidates, there are not agile questions on the actual exam because the exam is still based on the exam content outline issued in 2015.
So why the simulation has lots of questions on the agile methodologies and fewer questions on communication management knowledge are (which occupy 90 percent of PM time) and stakeholder management knowledge area (which is the main factor for success or failure of a project)?

I suggest the PM PrepCast team consider the feedback and lessons learned while updating the Simulation questions.


Agile questions 5 years 5 months ago #15458

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Hello Siavash,

Thanks for your suggestion. We have already taken this into consideration and mentioned this in many previous posts here in the forum. Here is a short announcement that we posted as part of The PM PrepCast and which we are currently developing into a full featured article:


Do I need to read The Agile Practice Guide for the Exam?

One of the major differences between A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) Fifth Edition and Sixth Edition is that the Sixth Edition is shipped together with The Agile Practice Guide. So it is no surprise that students ask the following:

Do I have to read The Agile Practice Guide in order to prepare for the Project Management Professional (PMP)® exam and how many questions on Agile topics should I expect?

The short answer is: We recommend that you read The Agile Practice Guide at least once but you don't have to go into it deep. You should not expect too many questions on Agile topics on the exam.

To confirm this we contacted Simona Fallavollita who is working as a Product Manager at Project Management Institute (PMI)®. She gave us permission to publish the following quote:

"The Agile Practice Guide offers a more comprehensive perspective on agile applications and is a useful resource for gaining a greater understanding of this approach to project management. In-depth knowledge of agile practices is not required for the PMP®, though. There could be some agile questions on the PMP exam as we know the practice of agile methods is growing in prominence and project managers need to be equipped to choose the most appropriate approach for their projects. However, any agile related questions would still need to fit within the context of the current PMP exam content outline. That being the case, people should not expect to see in-depth assessment of agile topics on the PMP exam.”

Please note that this recommendation will change once the new Exam Content Outline is published. We expect this to happen either late in 2019 or early 2020, and it is quite likely that the new outline will include more on agile. But until then, please follow the above recommendations.


So yes... the simulator does indeed contain questions on agile, but they are in line with what you should be expecting to see on the exam.
Until Next Time,
Cornelius Fichtner, PMP, CSM
President, OSP International LLC
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