Agile methodology changed the way how we define software development and project management by delivering scope, schedule and cost. Demand is getting huge for certified professionals. I fully recommend if you have relevant experience and committed to learn you should spend time on your personal development and get one of the industry recognized certifications.
There is a huge need in IT project industry to speed up project execution. Business is keen to make sure delivered product meets business expectation and recycles are limited to avoid cost and schedule overrun. Major companies started to take an accelerated approach to introduce agile philosophy in their organizations. If you are holding one of the major Agile certifications, PMI-ACP or CSM, you are the best position to bring your career forward.
Scrum Master Certification by Scrum Alliance.
CSM – Certified Scrum Master
This is the “first” (entry level) certification at Scrum Alliance. I recommend this certification those whom developers, business analyst, product owners and of course scrum master on their current project assignment.
How you can get certified?
According to www.scrumalliance.org :
- To earn your CSM certificate, you must take a CSM course from a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) or Endorsed Scrum Trainer (EST) and demonstrate your progress through our online CSM test.
- Attend an in-person, two-day (16 hour) CSM course taught by a Scrum Alliance Authorized Trainer. After successfully completing the course, you will need to pass the CSM exam. To get a passing score, you must correctly answer 24 of the 35 questions. You will be eligible for 16 Scrum Education Units (SEUs) upon completion of this course.
PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) by Project Management Institute (PMI)
ACP – Agile Certified Practitioner
“Climbing up the ladder”, if you wanted to take your commitment to Agile to the next level, you complete PMI-ACP certification. This is the next level where you demonstrate your knowledge in lean, XP, Kanban, scrum and other frameworks as practitioner.
How you can get certified?
According to www.pmi.org :
- 2,000 hours of general project experience working on teams. A current PMP® or PgMP® will satisfy this requirement but is not required to apply for the PMI-ACP.
- 1,500 hours working on agile project teams or with agile methodologies. This requirement is in addition to the 2,000 hours of general project experience.
- 21 contact hours of training in agile practices.
To maintain you certification, you have to earn 30 professional development (PDUs) in agile topics every three years.
I believe, if you working as project manager in agile delivery environment you should get certified to show your commitment and match your work experience and knowledge with you passion. Currently I see PMI is state of prestige and reputation in project management field therefore my recommended choice for certification out of the two above.