Monthly Archives: July 2015

NEWS! PMI Updates its PMI-ACP Exam

pmi, exam updates, pmi-acp, it certification, project management professionalWhen it comes to choosing a project management certification, the Project Management Institute, or PMI, is the first organization that comes to mind. This is no surprise as project management credentials from this organization are some of the most prestigious and well-known certifications in the project management community. They are also some of the best paid professional certifications in the world. With IT project management, proficiency in Agile methodology is crucial. All this explains why the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) is now organization’s fastest-growing credential.

As many of you know, Agile is a collection of similar methodologies, and the PMI-ACP exam covers most of them. This includes : Lean, Kanban, test-driven development (TDD), Scrum and extreme programming (XP), which makes this certification very versatile and applicable in almost any organization.

PMI has recently announced changes to the PMI-ACP exam. The pilot for the new exam began on July 15, 2015 and continues through October 15, 2015, so you can now try and take the updated version of the exam and save 20%. Most notable among the 2015 changes is the addition of an entirely new practice domain — Domain 1: Agile Principles and Mindset. It will account for 16% of your exam score. According to PMI, this domain helps candidates “explore, embrace, and apply agile principles and mindset within the context of the project team and organization.” The domain covers nine practice areas:

  • Modeling agile principles and values to develop a shared mindset across the team;
  • Ensure a common understanding of agile values and principles, and a common knowledge of agile practices and terminology;
  • Support change through education and influencing processes, behaviors and people;
  • Practice visualization;
  • Contribute to safe and trustful team environments;
  • Enhance creativity; encourage experimentation with new ideas, processes, and techniques;
  • Encourage knowledge sharing and collaboration;
  • Encourage leadership;
  • Practice servant leadership.

Besides this domain, the exam will include the following: Value-Driven Delivery, Stakeholder Engagement, Team Performance, Adaptive Planning, Problem Detection and Resolution, and Continuous Improvement (Product, Process, People).

The pilot for the new exam began on July 15, 2015 and continues through October 15, 2015. For those who are adventurous and willing to take the exam early, PMI is offering a 20 percent discount to all PMI-ACP test takers before August 16, 2015. The normal exam fee is $435 USD for members and $495 for non-members, so this is a nice savings. After August 16, regular exam fee rates apply. The pilot phase ends on October 15, 2015.

For more information, visit the PMI website, and keep an eye on latest PMI exam dumps at ExamCollection.

Microsoft Moves Retimerement of Lync Exams!

microsoft, retired exams, retiring exams, recertification exams, lync Remember that announcement about retirement of Lync 2013 exams?  Yet, Microsoft has recently announced they are moving the retirement date of Lync exams (335, 336, 337, and 338) to November 30, 2015 (instead of July 31, 2015). That’s right: you get a few extra months to take the old version of the exams for MCSE Communication. But should you rush into it now or is it better to wait and take the new Skype for Business exams? They will count toward MCSE: Communication certification like Lync exams 336 and 337 currently do.

There isn’t much info about these exams available at the moment, but take a look at the FAQs below to see what we know so far.

FAQ

Should I take my MCSE Communication exams now or wait until the Skype for Business exams are available?
You don’t have to wait since Skype for Business builds on Lync’s features and functionality. The Lync exams provide you with a solid foundation for your Skype for Business implementation. See what’s new in Skype for Business.

I have completed both Lync exams and want to move to Skype for Business. Will I have to upgrade?
No. Once you’ve earned your MCSE: Communication certification you cannot re-earn it. You can, however, keep it current through recertification. If you’re not ready to recertify but want to gain some Skype for Business skills, check out this training video.

What will be the recertification process?
Holders of the MCSE: Communication credential must recertify every three years. Recertification is a great way to ensure that you stay current in the latest technology, such as Skype for Business. We’ll be providing more information about recertification options for MCSE: Communication this summer.

I’m a partner with the Microsoft Partner Network. I have the Communications Competency and just took the Lync exams to qualify. Do I still qualify?
Retirement of an exam from Microsoft learning does not retire it as a qualifying exam for a Competency. Lync Exams for the Communications Competency will still qualify for a period of time. Always check the Microsoft Partner Network competency requirements. You can view the current Communications Competency requirements here.