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Certifications — If I Were You

Posted: September 13, 2019

Considerations for Individuals

When people approach me with questions about training and certification, the conversation often goes like this:

Not me:

  • “I’ve become really interested in (you name it!)”
  • “I really want to work in a Scrum team.”
  • “I want to get a new job. What are companies looking for on a resume?”

I am an advocate of training and certification. I believe training sessions offer opportunities for profound experience, the sort that have the potential to disconfirm everything a person thinks they know and set them on a path fueled by curiosity toward new states of knowing. And to complement their training, I always recommend they develop an in-person network of fellow practitioners — go to a conference, check out the local meetups.

My advice is often…

“If I were you, I would…”

  • attend conferences and get involved in the community
  • pursue opportunities to work with excellent teams
  • pursue opportunities to learn directly from credible experts
  • read a lot (ask your network which books they’d recommend)
  • assess the return-on-investment of a certification before spending the time and effort
  • carefully assess the credibility of the certifying organization
  • not want to pay renewal fees

All About Certification — A Blog Series: Table of Contents

This article is one part in a series I wrote in 2019 to address questions that I frequently receive about training courses and certifications.

David Sabine
David Sabine
Professional Scrum Trainer (PST)