Agile Interview – Mickey Gilch (PMP, CSM)

Agile Interview – Mickey Gilch (PMP, CSM)

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Welcome to the Agile Interview Series.  As part of this series, we ask agile practitioners 7 questions, focused around agile and agile related certifications.  Our goal with this series is to give you multiple perspectives from a variety of practitioners within the agile space.

How did you get into the agile space?

After many years (20+) of practicing waterfall project management, I was interested in a position that was going to pilot Agile in an organization. I was hired into that position as Project Manager/Scrum Master. I was not a Certified Scrum Master(CSM) at the time, it was a role. The organization then hired an outside company to teach us how to do SCRUM Agile development and then to coach us “hands on” during the pilot using Scrum Agile framework.

What is your focus area/area of expertise related to agile?

Practicing Scrum Master

What is your view on certifications?  Should people get them or not?

In order to earn certifications you must take formal training and pass the exams.  This gives a person a well rounded view of the inner workings of how a PMP or Agile frame work self managed team should operate. You also need to maintain your certification(s) by continuing your education by earning PDU’s every cycle (PMI certifications only). I think it is worth every penny.

What certifications do you have and why?

Certified Scrum Master(CSM) and Project Management Professional(PMP)


– for the educational value
– validates my experience
– shows dedication
– creates awareness and professionalism of the trade
– higher pay
– keeps me current with trends and changes

What is your favorite agile related book?

Agile Project Management for Dummies

Agile Project Management for Dummies

Any final thoughts for other agile practitioners?

Practice good Agile techniques and retrospectives are your most important tool. I will use a retrospective even for non-Agile meetings. I feel we can learn and grow from most experiences. I get to hear different views.

How can people contact you if they have specific questions?

mickeygilch (at) gmail (dot) com


  • Thanks for sharing your thoughts Mickey. I really like your comment about retrospectives as a tool for learning and growing from experiences.