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Welcome to Which Agile Certification!  I’m Tom Sylvester, and I will be your guide.

As an agile consultant, one of the most common questions that I get from individuals is around what types of agile certifications they should get as they.  Given that there are a lot of cetifications out there and each have their pros/cons, it is not a quick and easy answer.  I’ve always wished that there was an online resource that I could point them to to compare and constract certifications and get from others who have received them, but I could never find one.  So I decided that I would create one to help demystify agile certifications,

Which Agile Certification Will Help You Find The Right Certification

Agile is an umbrella terms for many different methodologies.  As a result, it can be confusing to wade through all of the different certifications.  To address this, we provide three different strategies for how to view certifications that you may be interested in.

By Role

This is the most popular way for people to determine which certifications they may be interested in.  You can search by the role you have now, or the role that you are interested in.

ScrumMaster

Project Manager

Product Manager

Product Owner

Developer

Tester

Coach/Consultant

By Methodology

Another common scenario is that an organization has decided to adopt a specific methodology.  As a result, you may want to search for certifications that are specific to that methodology.

Disciplined Agile Delivery (DAD)

Large Scale Scrum (LeSS)

Lean/Lean Six Sigma (LSS)

Project Management

Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe)

Scrum

Extreme Programming (XP)

By Organization

There are a variety of organizations that offer these certifications.  Often times they will have a certification path for how they recommend people progress through their certifications.  If you are already working with one of these certifications, you may want to see what path they recommend and other certifications that they have available.

Agile Transformation

Disciplined Agile Consortium

Project Management Institute (PMI)

Scrum.org

Scrum Alliance

Scaled Agile Academy

Need more information to decide?  Check out our Interviews section.  We’ve reached out to various agile practitioners, all of which have different focuses and certifications, and received their thoughts on certifications and which ones they recommend.

About Tom Sylvester, Entrepreneur & Agile Consultant

Tom Headshot I started my career as a software developer.  I was introduced to agile practices during college and they just seemed like the natural way to work.  Our professor (read: Product Owner) would inform us of what they wanted.  A bunch of us (the team: read developers and testers) would spend hours in the labs to understand the request, draw some designs, write some code and help each other.  If the professor was around (they often hung around on campus) we would grab them to ask clarifications questions, provide informal demos and get guidance.  The process was natural, informal and worked very well.

 So I was quite shocked when I started my first professional job.  I was stuck in a cube, given a stack of paperwork that told me what I had to do (business requirements specification document) and how I was supposed to do it (functional design specification document).  I wasn’t able to talk to the customer, unless I was pulled in at the start of the project.  I wasn’t allowed to be part of the design sessions because I was not a “senior” developer.  I always had bugs when I turned all of the code over to the tester, which took me away from the next project that I was supposed to start.  There had to be a better way.  What about that crazy agile stuff that we did in college?

Fast forward I dove head first into implementing agile practices and learning as much as I could.  I bounced around between just about every role on agile teams and eventually moved into coaching teams and consulting for a variety of organizations.  I’ve seen great success as well as less than stellar results from agile transitions and implementations.  Being an entrepreneur myself, I know that businesses need and can greatly benefit from agile practices, but they need to have great people to lead those efforts.  My small hope with this website is that those leaders will learn more about the available agile principles, methodologies and certifications that may help them drive success in organizations that they work with.

Thank you for being here, hopefully the information on this website will help you determine which certification is right for you.  If you have any further questions, please feel free to reach out.

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