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...