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Top 10 Reasons To Get An Agile Certification

Top 10 Reasons to get an Agile Certification

Any Certification plays a key role in the career path as it holds solid proof of subject matter and continuous learning. Project management is one of the most challenging tasks as it ensures that the goals of projects closely align with the strategic goals of the business. Agile is an iterative method to develop software step by step taking frequent reassessment whenever required, instead of delivering the whole product after completion. An Agile certification validates the candidate’s familiarity with Agile Framework and practices.

Agile is a vast subject, which includes different methodologies and frameworks. The most well-recognized agile certifications are those developed by the Scrum Alliance, Scrum.org, and The Project Management Institute, Inc (PMI).

Average Annual Salary of Agile Project Management Certified Professionals. 
(Source: Payscale.com)

Average Annual Salaries of Agile Project Management Certified Professionals in USD


The average salaries per year of Agile Certified professional in different countries are:
(Source: Glassdoor.com

Average Annual Salaries of Agile Project Management Certified Professionals in USD

Benefits that highlight the prominence and prospects of getting an Agile certification and its impact on your work:

1. Quality Deliverables: By taking up an Agile certification, you will be able to adapt lean management structure effectively in which frequent reassessment is done, improving the quality of the product. The regular interaction with clients enhances the quality of deliverables.

2. Collaborative Approach: Once you adopt an agile methodology, there will be constantly learning and knowledge sharing as it is a team-based approach towards development.

3. Reduces Risk: It reduces the risk of the absolute failure of the project and increases your credibility. Risk mitigation is achieved by cross-functional teams, predictable delivery time, early warning of problems and transparency of management.

4. Better Delivery Predictability: In an agile methodology, Work is divided into phases termed as “Sprints”. Usually, a week's span is allotted to each sprint. After completion, sprints are reviewed and evaluated by the managers. This way of approach provides more clarity on day to day schedule.

5. Transparency: The openness for inspection reduces risk and increase the business value. The transparent way of approach ensures a higher rate of customer satisfaction.

6. Ability to Manage Priorities: An early indication of clients requirements helps in setting out priorities. Uncertainty is solved earlier with respect to customer requirements and acceptance.

7. Increase Software Maintainability: Object-oriented code is written resulting technically superior product. The early warning of the problem is observed and solved within the iteration.

8. Improved Engineering Discipline: At every end of an iteration, the team conducts retrospective meetings (mini-lessons learned in that iteration). These meetings strengthen existing effective practices and improve or replace ineffective practices.

9. Definite Milestones: Milestones are set closely and each milestone is achieved with customer feedback and acceptance at the end of an iteration. 

10. Predictable Cost Estimates: Rough estimates are done at the beginning of each iteration and due to the short loop of continuous feedback, re-estimates are done accordingly.

Benefits of getting an Agile Certification | For Your Career

1. An Agile Certification is globally recognized and in-demand worldwide.

2. Recognizes your expertise in using agile practices in your projects, while demonstrating their increased professional versatility through agile tools and techniques.

3. Carries a higher level of professional credibility as it requires a combination of agile training, experience working on agile projects, and an examination on agile principles, practices, tools, and techniques.

4. Supports individuals in meeting the needs of organizations that rely on agile project practitioners to apply a diversity of methods to their project management.

5. Demonstrates your level of professionalism in agile practices of project management to employers and potential employers.

6. Increases your professional versatility in both agile project management tools and techniques.

7. Accelerates the scope of your career as an Agile Certified Professional with career advancement, professional growth, and increase in salary and earning potential

8. Enables you to stand out from the crowd as an Agile Certified Professional. Professionals with formal scrum training and an Agile certification have higher salaries than those without an agile certification, according to the Scrum Master Trends Report 2019.

9. Expands your market reach as an agile certified professional and provides you an opportunity to network with a vibrant community of agile professionals, related organizations, and experts worldwide. 

10. Invest in your future. Invest in an Agile Certification to recession prooof your career. Agile professionals would retain their value even during a recession due to their strong and highly transferable core competencies.

So are you ready to take the plunge and navigate the sea of Agile and Scrum? 

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Agile – The Way Forward In Project Management

What is Traditional Project Management?

Traditional project management is an established methodology, also identified as waterfall,
which follows a fixed sequence: initiation, planning, execution, monitoring, and closure. The
project development runs in a sequential cycle.

The Traditional project management imposes major constraints in the form of time cost and
scope, and the requirements are fixed within these constraints also called as the Iron Triangle.
There is zero tolerance for any cost overrun, scope creep or timeline issues as it will directly
impact the bottom line. The requirement from the customer is never clear at the start and
evolves as the project progresses and hence freezing the scope is simply unmanageable. It is
this rigidity with the iron triangle with no room to accommodate which made project managers
and stakeholders scramble to find something more flexible.

Enter Agile.

What is Agile Project Management?

Agile methodology follows an iterative process which incorporates the change requested by
customer through feedback and includes the change through continuous releases with every
iteration.

Agile management relies heavily on teamwork, customer collaboration, time-boxing tasks and
allows greater flexibility.
The customer in traditional methodology is associated at the start and closure, but in Agile
management customer works closely during development as changes are evolving and hence
the effort is collaborative.

Adaptive planning is the hallmark of Agile that made it quite popular and rose to prominence.
The basic concept behind Agile software development is to divide the project into sprints of
shorter span to exercise control over planning and prioritization. If there is a change to be
made, Agile facilitates by making way and creating room, and that’s how Agile is flexible as
against the rigid stance in traditional management. 

The book, Agile Project Management (APM) by Jim High smith, was one of the first attempts to
broaden Agile techniques into a cohesive whole.

Agile Project Management (APM):

• Introduced phases for Agile projects that Aligned with the PMP phases applied by the
Project Management Institute.
• also modified the traditional “Iron Triangle” to emphasize Value and Quality, and
created the “Agile Triangle.”

PMI and Agile

PMI, the world’s leading project management institute for project management professional,
has introduced Agile in their PMBOK – 6th edition. Incidentally, PMBOK-version 6 is the
reference material for their flagship Project Management Certification (PMP) course. PMP is
globally acclaimed and universally recognized, and benchmark certification in project
management.

The PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition and Agile Practice Guide were created to complement each
other. Why?

Because more and more stakeholders asked for Agile practices to be included alongside
traditional approaches. The PMBOK® Guide – Sixth Edition and Agile Practice Guide form a
formidable duo that enable and empower project delivery professionals to use the wide array
of approaches from predictive (waterfall) to iterative (agile).

What makes Agile the way forward in Project Management?

It’s a fallacy that Agile works well for every project development. There is no ‘one-size-fits-all’.
Agile is cut out for projects based on certain criteria. These are some of the driving factors for
Software Professionals to prefer Agile methodology.

Flexibility:

The most compelling factor. Every project is prone to change. In a traditional management, any
change directly translates to cost. Cost overrun will bleed the project as the bill climbs in figure.
Agile’s way of work is through with it sprints – which are work conducted in shorter span which
makes it flexible in include last minute changes of customer.

Project Requirements:

Waterfall works well when the requirements are well defined. If the requirements are unclear
or expected to change then Agile is the way forward.

Technology:

Waterfall follows the worn out path clearly defining the tools and technology to be followed.
Agile’ flexibility offers space to experiment with new technology and chart out fresh course of
action. Agile creates an optimal project control method with a lighter weight.

Risks and threats:

Waterfall is too tight. Risk identification and Risk mitigation can be daunting and a clear threat
to push the project off the rails. The sprints in Agile practice opens up the way much earlier to
identify the risks earlier for effective risk management and control. Agile is more effective when
it comes to detection of issues and defects.

Resources:

Agile’s sprints are spread out in smaller teams – usually experienced professionals. So when the
availability of resources is limited Agile is your best option. Agile brings in minimization of
resources which reduces unexpected waste.

Transparency:

In Waterfall, the customer’ involvement is at the start and end, while Agile is very collaborative
through regular customer feedback. The customer is in the loop always and hence there is
complete transparency of the project development.

Turnaround:

The deployment rate of solutions is quite rapid when it comes to agile in project management.
It builds up faster turnaround times. Agile increases the focus on specific customer needs and
requirements and helps in fulfilling it within a specific period of time.

The final analysis is in favor of Agile

It’s not possible to freeze requirements. Changes will evolve. Customer delight is the ultimate
goal, which means keeping cost under control without compromising on scope and schedule.
To maximize ROI, the productivity needs to be high, quality higher, cost efficient, more business
value and quicker time to market.

Moreover, when there is a paradigm shift in thought process and technology which calls for
greater clarity, larger accountability and handling projects of complexity, Agile is hailed as the
chosen one to face the challenges in the days to come.

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PMI-ACP® Certification Training Course in Vancouver, BC, Canada.

Introduction:

Project Management Institute's Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® is an industry recognized certification, accredited by Project Management Institute (PMI)®. This course is mostly sought by Project Manager or aspirants following Agile practices, and trains about the concepts, principles, methodology, tools and techniques employed in managing Project. PMI-ACP® certification proves your net worth as an Agile practitioner and empowers you with the knowledge and confidence in a framework thats gaining traction and adoption by leading corporate.

iCertGlobal is conducting 3-day comprehensive (PMI-ACP)® Agile Certified Practitioner certification exam prep training course in Vancouver, BC. Our course content prepared by experienced trainers, interactive learning sessions with real-life examples and case studies and two full-length (PMI-ACP)® exam practice tests with 240 mock exam prep questions will enable you to prepare confidently for the PMI-ACP Examination to clear it on your first attempt.
Our PMI-ACP certification training course created by leading subject matter experts and delivered by experienced trainers, along with 2 full-length PMP sample tests and complimentary e-learning course included with classroom training will prepare you to take the PMP certification exam with confidence.


Key Features:
•    3-day full-time intensive PMI-ACP® Certification Training
•    PMI-ACP classroom workshop conducted by an expert instructor
•    2 full-length PMI-ACP® practice tests, 200 practice questions
•    21 Contact Hours Certificate
•    Chapter-wise practice questions
•    Complimentary access to PMI-ACP® E-learning
•    Interactive PMI-ACP® training workshop - Weekend and weekday
•    Instructor-led Live Online Training also available on demand

Benefits:
•    Globally recognized and in-demand worldwide.
•    Recognizes your expertise in using agile practices in your projects, while demonstrating their increased professional versatility through agile tools and techniques.
•    Carries a higher level of professional credibility as it requires a combination of agile training, experience working on agile projects, and examination on agile principles, practices, tools, and techniques.
•    Supports individuals in meeting the needs of organizations that rely on project practitioners to apply a diversity of methods to their project management.
•    Demonstrates your level of professionalism in agile practices of project management to employers and potential employers.
•    Increases your professional versatility in both project management tools and techniques.


Download PMI-ACP Brochure.


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Scrum Master and Project Manager – same or different?


Scrum Master and Project Manager are two words that we come across in a project. Though they contribute to the roles on the projects, they are confused by young professionals   unclear about the roles and responsibilities. In which case, how does on decide to choose to make a career call? In fact fresher to professionals wrestle with this industry jargon and titles, and start questioning what is scrum? What do you mean by scrum master? Project Manager is typical and traditional that we are schooled and well versed but scrum? Why they have to be named so differently? Are they one and the same? if they are different, how are they different? What makes them different?

Some understand Scrum Master to be the Project Manager in agile environment. It might be true to some extent but only to some extent. Clearly, there is an overlapping between these two roles but they differ far from each other.

By definition, The scrum master is the team role responsible for ensuring the team lives agile values and principles and follows the processes and practices that the team agreed they would use. ... Protecting the team from outside interruptions and distractions. A Project Manager is responsible to meet the project objective.

The objective of this article is to highlight the differences between the two roles. In case you are Project Manager considering to make a move to Scrum Manager or Scrum Manager shifting to Project Manager, this article will be a good read to understand the roles better.

So who is a scrum master and what does a project manager do?

Scrum Master vs  Project Manager
So, let’s start with understanding these two roles in detail:

Who is a Scrum Master ?
 
A scrum master is the facilitator who ensures that the scrum principles are adhered for an agile development team.
Scrum is a methodology that allows a team to self-organize and make changes quickly, in accordance with agile principles.
The scrum master manages the process for how information is exchanged.

What is Scrum Project Management?
Scrum project management is a methodology for managing software delivery that comes under the broader umbrella of agile project management. It provides a lightweight process framework that embraces iterative and incremental practices, helping organizations deliver working software more frequently.

Scrum Master  Roles and Responsibilities
The scrum master is the team role responsible for ensuring the team lives agile values and principles and follows the processes and practices that the team agreed they would use. The responsibilities of this role include: ... Ensuring a good relationship between the team and product owner as well as others outside the team.
They help educate the team in Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), Kanban, and SAFe, ensuring that the agreed Agile process is being followed. ... The Scrum Master role is taken by a team member whose primary responsibility is assisting the self-organizing, self-managing team achieve its goals; a Scrum Master is a servant leader.
Hence, Scrum Master provides the facilitation to the scrum team.

What is the role of the Project Manager?
Essentially, the project manager is accountable for the success or failure of a project. Typical responsibilities of a project manager include: Planning, Executing, and Closing Projects — defining the project, building its comprehensive work plan, and managing to the budget.
Clear Focus & Objectives. Project management is important because it ensures there's a proper plan for executing on strategic goals. ... As project managers, we position ourselves to prevent such a situation and drive the timely accomplishment of tasks, by breaking up a project into tasks for our teams.

Good Communicator. The ability to communicate with people at all levels is almost always named as the second most important skill by project managers and team members. Project leadership calls for clear communication about goals, responsibility, performance, expectations and feedback.

These are six must-have skills for project managers, Communication. Did you know that 90 percent of a project manager's time is spent communicating? ...
•    Leadership. ...
•    Team management. ...
•    Negotiation. ...
•    Personal organization. ...
•    Risk management.
•    As per PMI talent triangle, (reference PMBOK 6th Edition, page 57, figure 3 – 2):

 
•    Image Source: https://www.pmi.org
•    "A project manager’s competency includes following three skill sets:
•    o Leadership
•    o Technical project management
•    o Strategic & business management"

Scrum Master Project Manager: Are they similar?
It is cleat by now that the roles are important but are different. They have different approaches even though some part do overlap.  How are they similar? Lets have a look:
They both focus on team’s performance and ensure ways to increase team’s efficiency
Scrum Master involves with assistance and coaching while Project Manager involves with resolving conflicts and issues in the team
Both the roles aren’t empowered with decision-making authority.  Scrum Master helps the Product Owner in managing product backlog while a Project Manager will have to seek approval from cloent or other stakeholders.
Scrum Master and Project Manager require  skillset, experience and experience to excel
Scrum Master and Project Manager stress on the importance  of quality and strict adherence – quality of work
.
Scrum Master Project Manager: What are the differences?
The real difference is the difference between a Scrum Master and an Agile Project Manager. ... A scrum master does not manage risk by him or herself. A project manager will take on the risk management responsibility without asking the team. A Scrum Master has only allegiance to the team
A Scrum Master works in smaller scrum teams. They are responsible for the performance of their small scrum team. ... Project Manager prepares the work schedule for the team member and assigns responsibilities. While a Scrum Master coaches the team on scrum and motivates them.

Conclusion
We will understand Scrum Manager and Project Manager aren’t the same. From the perspective of scope, the Scrum Manager might be limited to sprint while the Project Manager scope extends all the way to handover.
Overall, Project Manager’s role is more of a Leadership role, While Scrum Master’s duties include more of facilitating and coaching role.




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Agile is the Trend?!

It’s an interesting pointer that can be deliberated but never decided with a Boolean yes/no response. Waterfall is the conventional methodology and given Agile’s merits it’s too attractive to make an immediate shift but one should reason with the ramification by balancing the pros and cons as agile may not be an ideal fitment for every project. Accepted Agile has made great strides but has it replaced waterfall altogether is subjective if we are mindful of the consequences. We learn by experience and the takeaway in the form of teaching is to beware and be cautious of concerns.  Usually technical heads mull over the decision by studying requirements again and again to arrive at a conclusion. 


They are both project management methodologies and the applicability rest on many factors.  Just because waterfall has been around for long doesn’t make it indispensable and agile emerging much later is the most happening either. That’s why approach adopted should be strictly on merits. It’s a no-brainer the discussion about this subject would entail into PMP or PRINCE2 certification. 


Waterfall methodology is most easily identified with PMP certification program, while PRINCE2 follows Agile. Both these approaches are very different and hence the deliberation before deciding on picking the best suiting the needs. 


Waterfall is a typical plan – build – test –deliver stages, where the final version is envisioned in the planning phase rendering the requirement study and scope as very critical and any change addressed through change requirement and the customer gets to have a feel at the UAT stage only, when all is done and set to go. 


Agile is very modular, impleneted through scrum, wherein the client acts as one of the stakeholders and can know firsthand the output of a phase technically referred as ‘sprint’ and every requirement is detailed as a story card with scrummaster manning the post. The individual accountability is very high. The sprint demo can be shown to client for feedback and changes incorporated and hence its the process is iterative. This flexibility is not possible in waterfall methodology. 

Lets study the popular or most searched words using Google Trends, and though it’s a ballpark and not a scientific proposition, it does offer a perspective as to where the world is heading towards on a bird’s view.


The PMP certification seems to have picked up and peaked and gradually slides down with the forecast trending upwards, while Agile at one stage seems to have spiked over PMP and continued to ascent, and the forecast too is favorable. 



The certification aspect witnessed PMP on the rise and peaking only to slip down and forecast is forward, while Agile is steady with not much of growth nor stunted and the forecast is trending upwards.

The charts are based on ‘keyword’ search and need not necessarily endorse any claim not be evident of any outcome. Like stressed earlier they present a picture of the trends and such PMP is still quite popular, and Agile is holding on and growing.

So what do you think is the trend? Do let us know…


image courtesy: http://outmatch.com/top-trends-hr-get-agile-innovative-2017/ 


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