The Dark Side of Agile Exams

The Dark Side of Agile Exams

This morning I read a very interesting post over at the AgileScout website titled Agile exams fact check. Peter Saddington (AgileScout) voiced his concerns about a PMI-ACP exam prep website called  Concerns ranged from questionable pass rates (97%) to testimonials from people who appeared to not be  PMI-ACPs.

Now, I believe in capitalism.  I believe in building products that have value and can help people.  So, this morning, I went onto the AgileExams website and took a practice exam.  Per my involvement with the PMI Agile Community of Practice, my involvement with the PMI-ACP exam, and someone who actually took the exam, in my opinion, these questions are not relevant to the exam.  I’m not saying they are not accurate.  They speak very specifically to content within the PMI recommended reading list.  But the exam is not written that way.

If Agile Exams commented on the Agile Scout blog, answering the questions of its readers, perhaps this would have faded into the background rather quickly.  Instead, I was cc’d on an email from Agile Exams Customer Service to Peter.  Rather than, reading “Peter, we hear you and the community and we’ll make things right.  We’ll be transparent. We’ll iterate our product.  We’ll be agile”,

this is a snippet of what I read

Kindly remove the post or make serious revisions to it to reflect that you were wrong in your baseless attack. I warned you earlier that you were border-lining on defamation/libel. In fact, you aren’t just throwing into question the integrity of but also the integrity of Ravi, who does not deserve this negative attention at all! If I do not see satisfactory updates on your site, legal means will be considered.

I just saw Jesse Fewell also posted something about AgileExams.  I’m also getting emails from people I know and respect in the Agile community asking questions.  Curious to see how this plays out.

The Agile Scout blog post now has 29 comments and counting.


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5 Replies to “The Dark Side of Agile Exams”

  1. I would have thought this sort of thing was best dealt with by regulating through the PMI. Practice exam sites should have an accreditation and the public should be educated to use accredited sites. Raise the bar and put sites like this out of business

    1. I think you make a very valid point. Though I’m pretty certain the PMI will not comment on this, they do have Registered Education Providers and they are trying to steer learners to those vendors. Unfortunately, the Internet is a big place. In the end, I think the community will decide as to the value (and fate) of vendors offering practice exams. Unfortunately, some people want to learn to be better at their craft and some only want certifications.

  2. The amount of time they’re using making dubious claims and yelling at people for defamation could be used to make their product better. But that would be too easy, wouldn’t it?

    1. We all respond differently to stressful situations. Some lash out; some cry. I tend to nervously laugh. I guess it’s a coping mechanism.

      Andy, I do agree time could have been spent focusing on iterating the product rather than making threats. In the end, I hope they do make the changes. In the end, I think the community could benefit. I find it hard to find a positive outcome when the conversation ends in threats.

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