PMP Certification for ScrumMasters? – Should a ScrumMaster Get Their PMP Certification?

PMP Certification for ScrumMasters? – Should a ScrumMaster Get Their PMP Certification?

Question: PMP for ScrumMasters? Hey Tom, I just started as a ScrumMaster for a new team as part of our agile transition. Prior to this role I was a project manager, managing multiple projects. I was looking into getting my PMP, but now that we are switching to agile I’m not sure if it is still worth it to pursue my PMP or if I should look into one of the other agile certifications instead. Thanks, Kim W. My Thoughts Thanks for the question Kim. This is a common question and does not have a clear answer, but below is some guidance to help you make the best choice for you. For those who are not aware, the PMP (Project Management Professional) certification is the most recognized certification for Project Managers. In order to even sit for the certification test, you have to show a certain number of hours spent working on projects (4,500, as well as several other pre-requisites). Then you have to take the exam, which is often cited as one of the most difficult exams that people have taken. There are many reasons for this, including the sheer amount of information in the PMBOK (Project Management Body of Knowledge) as well as the format of the questions themselves (ex. pick the most correct answer, pick any answer that applies, etc.). ¬†Additionally, people who have actually taken the exam often say that you have to make sure to answer based on what the PMBOK says, not based on what you may actualy do in the real world. ¬†This means that many people often purchase study guides and...
Do You Need an Agile Certification?

Do You Need an Agile Certification?

This may seem like a funny question to discuss on a website that compares agile certifications, but it is a very legitimate question that deserves some probing on. Benefits of Certifications Certifications Come With Training One of the benefits of going through a certification program is that they often involve live training. This means that you are not only getting the certification, but you are also getting training to help you learn and grow. Many of the current training classes will often include experiential learning as well, which help you actually experience some of the practices in a safe environment where you can make mistakes and ask questions. Certifications Help on the Resume Recruiters will often start their search for potential hires by looking for key words that apply to the position. Having a set of certifications that comes up in their keyword search will help get you noticed. For example, if a recruiter is looking for a ScrumMaster, they may search for “CSM” or “PSM” as a way to find candidates. If you have these certifications and Certifications May Be Required Some organizations may require candidates to have certain certifications. While some organizations will hire and then get the employees certified, other will require them before being hired. Having some of these key certifications beforehand may give you a lead up in getting hired. Certifications May Get Your Additional Access Organizations that offer certifications often have closed communities for people who have that certification. These communities share information and are often the starting point for connections or referrals. Drawbacks of Certifications Learning is Limited Even though just about...