Posted by Marbenz Antonio on January 10, 2022
Is it worthwhile to get Agile certified? When someone first hears about the many qualifications available, this is the first question that springs to mind. Anyone serious about agile project/process management, in this opinion, should get certified. This assurance comes from a simple cost-benefit comparison of being certified vs not getting certified — there are many reasons to pursue Agile certification and few reasons not to.
All agile certifications have the following benefits: they provide a learning objective, a sense of success, signify mastery of Agile ideas, and a commitment to lifelong learning.
The biggest disadvantages of an Agile certification are, predictably, time and money. The amount of time and money you must commit will vary depending on the certification type and degree, however, there are a few certifications that merely need you to pay for the exam. If you already know how to work with Agile, you may get certified quickly and for a low cost.
In my situation, the total time and money commitment for both the PSPO I and PSM I was 6 hours of reading/practicing and roughly $350.
What credential to acquire is determined by your goal, current agile knowledge/experience, money, and ability to study independently.
Scrum Alliance has you covered if you merely want an entry-level certificate: the Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) are fantastic options for learning Scrum and being certified. While a training program will cost you a lot of money, it will cover all of the fundamentals of Scrum, and the credential is essentially assured – no test for CSPO and a simple one for CSM.
Advanced certifications are available through both Scrum Alliance and Scrum.org, but if you’re looking for an expert level certification, the Project Management Institute’s Agile Certified Practitioner is a good option (PMI-ACP). Not only is the certification body the Project Management Institute, but it also necessitates a significant amount of agile experience.
A different option is the Scaled Agile Framework Agilist (SAFe SA), which is a certification for enterprise Scrum practitioners. Other certificates address agile at the tactical level, whereas SAFe SA covers agile at the strategic level.
Almost all agile certifications, especially those at the entry and intermediate levels, are a test of a person’s understanding of agile ideas and frameworks. Anyone who has worked in an agile team, on the other hand, knows that team dynamics and interpersonal skills are crucial to making agile work.
Most opponents of certificates, including some of Agile’s initial creators, argue that prior job experience is stronger evidence of competence. We agree, however, we believe that qualified agile practitioners are more suited than non-certified developers in general. To put it another way, holding a degree does not make you an expert; nevertheless, understanding agile ideas increases your chances of becoming one.