» Agile Certification
Last month I wrote the Quick Guide to the Basic Agile Certifications. There was a lot of interest in the two Scrum Certifications, the Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and the Professional Scrum Master (PSM). But I was surprised there was also some interest in the less popular Agile Certified Practitioner certification from PMI. And I believe there are many of you out there who can achieve this certification without hardly trying.
Are you bewildered by the number of Agile and Scrum certifications and Agile Training courses offered today? Do you wonder what would be the best Agile or Scrum certification for you? Which one will provide the greatest return on your time and money?
This is a question that I get asked frequently by those new to Agile and Scrum. It doesn't help that the names of the certification and the certification bodies are strikingly similar. Anyone new to Agile would be understandably confused.
As an Agile Coach, I find an interesting paradox about Agile Training. Most people will state that they already know all about Agile and Scrum. And if asked, most organizations will say that they are already using Agile, even if what they are doing is A.I.N.O. (Agile in Name Only). Or they will describe what they are doing as "agilish". I am pretty sure that "agilish" in this context means that they aren't following Agile Values and Principles.
In a happy coincidence of events, I achieved my Certified Agile Leader certification from the Scrum Alliance last week. I was researching agile transformation and came across Michael Sahota's book, An Agile Adoption and Transformation Survival Guide. I really liked the book and so I invited him to connect on LinkedIn. In a bit of serendipity, Michael responded that he would be in Chicago to teach the Certified Agile Leader course on September 22, and he invited me to attend his course.
Agile projects are more successful than waterfall projects. There, I said it. And I have the statistics from the Standish Group to back it up.
I’ve been a follower of the Standish Group Chaos Studies for a long time. The Standish Group has conducted surveys of IT project success and failure rates every 2 years since 1994. Initially, the statistics were really bad with IT project success rates measured at less than 20%. Thankfully things have improved, though not much. Project success rates for technology projects are still pretty low.