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 What is a Manager?

A Manager is a very generic term that covers a variety of people and roles.  In regards to this website, we will keep it generic and say it is anyone who manages people.  When organizations transition to agile, managers often begin to wonder where they fit in.  Traditionally they held many responsibilities, including:

-Being responsible for delivering projects that their people are working on

-Reporting project statuses and handling risks

-Hiring people in their functional area

-Coaching their team and growing their people

When organizations switch to agile, most of the responsibility for project related items shift to the teams delivering those efforts.  It is important for managers of all levels to understand the concepts and principles behind lean and agile, support the mindset required and help grow not only their people, but also the functional expertise in their area through fostering and supporting communities of practice.


 What Certifications are Available?

There is not a hard and fast rule when it comes to certifications.  Therefore we will break certifications up into 3 categories:

Yes: This certification directly helps this role.

Maybe: This certification could help this role.

No: This certification is not needed for this role.

Certifications to Consider

Since we are using Manager in a very generic sense, it covers a broad spectrum of management roles.  Agile certifications that best suite for these roles are a mix of generic training and certifications around lean and agile practices, as well as some specific ones based on functional role.

Scaled Agile Academy

SAFe Agilist (SA) – Yes

Disciplined Agile Consortium

Disciplined Agile Delivery White Belt – Yes

The following set of certifications could be beneficial to a Manager.  They are more focused on a specific area (ex. development).  Since Managers often focus on one or more functional areas, selecting a certification that is in your focus area can help you understand and lead that practice to excellence.


Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) – Maybe

Professional Scrum Master II (PSM II) – Maybe

Professional Scrum Product Owner I (PSPO I) – Maybe

Professional Scrum Product Owner II (PSPO II) – Maybe

Professional Scrum Developer  I (PSD I) – Maybe

Scrum Alliance

Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) – Maybe

Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) – Maybe

Certified Scrum Developer (CSD) – Maybe

Project Management Institute

Project Management Professional (PMP) – Maybe

Scaled Agile Academy

SAFe Agilist (SA) – Maybe

SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) – Maybe

SAFe Product Manager/Product Owner (PM/PO) – Maybe

Disciplined Agile Consortium

Disciplined Agile Delivery Yellow Belt – Maybe

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