One of the key points that an IT professional faces when he transitions from an orthodox Waterfall model of development to the Agile way of development, is its pace. Faster the process but still it is the most efficient process of software development present in the current situation and has by far grown leaps and bounds in the IT industry.
As a practice, it would be better to have a certification in the area that you lead most of your professional life. The section below takes a deeper look into what kinds of certification options are available for an individual to take up to mold his career to a better shape.
Let us now look at each of the available options and also look at the brighter side of your career when an individual completes one amongst these certifications or all of these certifications in specific. In all of these certifications, it is very important to keep ourselves abreast with the latest happenings throughout the year to keep your professional designations relevant and also up to date at the same time.
Let us dig deeper without any further delay.
1. The Scrum Master role (CSM, abbreviated as Certified Scrum Master): This certification is certified / provided by the Scrum Alliance group. General observation over the years now is that a Scrum Master and a Project Manager are similar roles with similar powers within the team and has become tradition both roles should be played by a single person. As of this article writing, I am a Scrum Master and not a Project Manager by role within my team and I feel is the best way to segregate these roles.
A CSM certification requires the following from an individual:
That was easy, wasn’t it? Now let us see the next available certification for an IT individual / professional to take up.
2. The Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP): This certification is certified / provided by the PMI (Project Management Institute) group.
A PMI-ACP certification requires the following from an individual who tends to show interest in taking up this certification:
3. The Certified Agile Project Manager (Cert.APM): This certification is certified / provided by the PMAC (Project Management Association of Canada).
An APM certification requires the following from an individual who tends to show interest in taking up this certification:
Benefits with these certifications:
Most of the benefits that you reap out of these certifications is the right way or path to take as per the scenarios that you face on a day to day basis. These certifications are rightfully pointed towards situations that agile enthusiasts encounter on a day to day basis in their regular day’s work. Though all the three certifications are targeted to different purposes, different levels of experiences and different sets of people – nonetheless, it talks all about the Agile and Scrum methodologies. As a reason of which, you reap the same benefits out of any of the certifications that you opt.
Particularly, the APM certification will give you a double edged reference of the projects that you manage both from the Project Management level and also from the Agile Scrum way. Considering the point above, we have jotted down the benefits that a project manager can reap once he is APM certified.
Nevertheless, you may gain a year’s free membership to Agile business consortiums in your city.
This article was aimed to bring awareness into the interested IT professionals to take up certifications of their choice and also has provided best of the knowledge available to take advantage from. To summarize, the APM certification is very much similar to the CSM certification. The ACP differs from both of the above with just one more section added to it, the “ethics” section. Also there are several questions on the other agile methods of practice such as DSDM, FDD, XP, Lean & Scrum etc
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