Certification & Training Paths for Agile Practitioners
Posted: September 13, 2019
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.
I am a Professional Scrum Trainer, PST, licensed by Scrum.org. I’ll not hide my obvious bias toward our catalogue of courses and certifications.
Other organizations may provide similar courseware and competing certifications; I encourage all readers to explore those options on their own. I’ll add only this word of caution: As interest grows in Agile practices worldwide, certifications are popping up everywhere. Be careful out there! Not all certifications are credible, some are worse than useless. I recommend you look to the 17 names on The Manifesto for Agile Software Development, learn about those people and the experts they endorse, and ask many questions before you pay money for a training course or certification. Contact me anytime if you want to discuss certified training options.
Why This Blog Series?
I’ve produced this series of articles for two reasons, below.
People Often Ask in My Classes
Participants in my classes frequently ask my advice regarding training and certification. “I’m a business analyst. How do I contribute in an Agile team?” or “I’ve been a project manager for years but I really want to change focus. What certifications should I pursue to get a job in a Scrum team?”
I hope this series provides ideas and guidance for individuals.
My Enterprise Clients Often Ask
Recently, senior members of a large, Canadian financial enterprise asked me to advise their audit and middle-management personnel with respect to professional development and certification for Agile team members. I compiled many of these materials at their request.
The reasons for their request are sensible:
As the enterprise invests in Agile ways-of-working, and learns more about iterative & incremental development practices like eXtreme Programming and Scrum, it is important they provide their delivery staff with professional development opportunities in those areas.
This is important both in a practical sense and with respect to audit controls and governance. The enterprise must do, and prove that it’s doing everything within reason to ensure staff can conduct the work skillfully.
The enterprise invests in ways-of-working which are teachable, repeatable, and reliable. They believe (and trust deeply) that the Agile community has developed well-established and standard methods which can be taught and learned systematically. And we have! The Agile community is prolific with many excellent practices and patterns to offer.
Human Resources personnel may struggle to support conventional managers as they adapt to Agile values and principles. (e.g. How does one simultaneously encourage self-organization while operating a legacy system of bureaucratic hierarchy?) Leadership training helps the enterprise ensure conflict is mediated effectively with regard to Agile values and principles.
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