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Top 10 Agile Software Development Trends in 2020

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With the onset of 2020, we behold a major change in the software development world which has evolved a lot since the last decade. The process of building software has changed in the following way:

  • As the present times continue to push Agile adoption which is gaining widespread recognition and acceptance because of its iterative development,  Agile methodologies have become as popular and at times even outpace as the Traditional Waterfall methodologies.
  • Object-oriented programming has changed to more technical and functional language
  • The software development has become easier with premade solutions.
  • Agile made software development and deployment differently through DevOps.
  • “One-size-fits-all” solutions do not hold good for all the projects. A multi-dimensional framework is introduced based on the fundamental practices of project management.
  • Development pace has increased due to lesser manual intervention
  • Application Programming Interface (APIs) are growing

According to the report by EY: Digital Transformation for 2020 and beyond, Global Telecommunications Study, improved organizational agility is at the heart of successful digital transformation.

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

According to the 13th State of Agile Survey Report (2019),

  • 71% of respondents adopted agile because it reduces project cost
  • 74% of respondents adopted agile as it accelerates the software delivery
  • 51% of respondents claim that adopting agile increases productivity
  • 43% of respondents stated adopting agile enhances the product quality

Description: Success of Agile Projects- State of Agile 12th edition

 

Agile software development is a roof term under which all the frameworks and practices are based on agile principles and values.

The 12 principles of Agile Methodology are:

  1. Customer satisfaction through early and continuous quality delivery
  2. Welcome changes according to customer’s needs and requirement
  3. Business and development go hand in hand
  4. A collaborative approach to work
  5. Build projects around motivated individuals
  6. Promotes sustainable development
  7. Face to face clear conversation
  8. A measure of progress is working software
  9. Continuous attention to excellence
  10. Simplicity
  11. Self-organizing teams
  12. Reflect for Effectiveness

 

Here are the top 10 trends of Agile Software Development:

  1. Automation
  2. Focus on Customer’s experience
  3. Value stream mapping
  4. Global Outsourcing
  5. Progressive Webapps
  6. Security
  7. Agile Maturity Model
  8. Distributed Agile Teams
  9. Scaling Agile
  10. Cloud-based solutions
  11.  

Automation

Automation in agile practice is very essential. The monotonous, routine and predictable tasks are automated through DevOps. It eliminates the manual effort of software developers and testers. The implementation of DevOps has resulted in an exceptional increase in time accelerated delivery.

DevOps is a methodology at the intersection of Software Development, Technology Operations, and Quality Assurance.

 

According to Deloitte,

“More than 500 executives from leading organizations have indicated that disruptive outsourcing solutions—led by cloud and automation—are fundamentally transforming traditional outsourcing.”

 

Implementing automation through DevOps increases automation, enhances productivity and reduces the time taken for execution. 

 

Focus on Customer’s Experience

In today’s digital era, customer experience strategies play a smart role in enhancing innovation and performance. Emerging technologies such as Artificial intelligence and machine learning are used to enhance the experience-centric economy. By enhancing user experience, innovation is more emphasized. End-user experience is vital for getting future projects.

 

Agile methodology through constant and continuous feedback from customers develops experiences iteratively which adds to the rigor and discipline in understanding the customer better and provides a consistent experience.

 

Agile adds rigor and discipline to customer experience management practices by developing experiences iteratively with regular consumer feedback. To use Agile to their advantage, CX pros must create a shared vision for a consistent experience, collect insights in a manner appropriate to Agile's workflow, and integrate current experience metrics. As new business realities continue to push Agile adoption, CX pros will need to refashion their approach to customer understanding, measurement, and design.

Value Stream Networks

Value stream mapping is a technique to define a project through a process map. Value stream mapping provides clarity to enhance the user experience. According to Forrester,

“A combination of people, process, and technology that maps optimize visualize and govern business value flow (including epics, stories, work items) through heterogeneous enterprise software delivery pipelines. Value stream management tools are the technology underpinnings of VSM practice.” 

 

According to Forrester,

Value stream mapping helps in filling the gaps in the processes and resources. It also helps in identifying and resolving disconnects and optimizing the software delivery pipeline.

 

It is because of agile and DevOps processes Value stream management has become more important. value streams can be created and managed by breaking the software into small pieces across multiple teams with the required tools for traceability and integration.

 

Global Outsourcing

Outsourcing is a practice where an organization hires a skilled individual to perform a certain task. In order to devote the company’s time to perform core functions, non-core activities are outsourced. The business activities are outsourced whenever there is a shortage of skilled resources. Due to the rapid transformation of cloud technology, organizations have become more agile. The non-core activities are outsourced and expanded their offerings.

 

According to Whitelane Research 2020,

  • In the next two years, more outsourcing is predicted for Europe, with 74% of organizations planning to outsource at the same rate or more. Most outsourcing is expected in the financial services sector with 43% citing they are planning to outsource more, followed by the public sector with 39% (up 13% from last year). Financial services organizations are also most likely to insource with 15% of organizations planning to do so (an increase of 4% from last year).
  • By country, most outsourcing growth is expected in Spain, the Netherlands, and the BeLux region, with (more than) 80% of organizations planning to outsource at the same rate or more.

 

The agile model works differently when compared to conventional outsourcing models. Agile focuses on teamwork wherein vendors work collaboratively. In an Agile environment, companies should work together with vendors and enable the agile team members to work side by side – be it virtually or physically to achieve the objectives. This approach is called the distributed agile, which can consist of many vendors and company staff and all of them treat as equals and engage in one mindset to understand the business need and find out solutions.

 

Progressive Web Apps (PWA)

Progressive Web Apps are developed using modern web capabilities to deliver an app-like experience to users. It creates better customer engagement and conversion rates. PWAs is one of the emerging trends in agile. A scrum driven, agile approach is adopted by the team to the workstream, and incrementally deploying the PWA, helps to realize the expected benefits.

 

Security and Compliance

Security and compliance are very critical issues. In order to achieve continuous and secure development, agile methodologies are applied by mapping security requirements to agile.

Every organization has a set of regulations called compliance which ensures that you are doing the right thing and being able to prove it. Business innovation and business goals run simultaneously with security and compliance for better and enhanced productivity.

Agile Maturity Model

On the basis of maturity, Agile teams are being evaluated. The Agile Maturity Model is maturity in agile teams in the measure of adhering to the processes, practices, and values.

The following levels are defined on the basis of the maturity of agile.

  • Initial
  • Beginner
  • Defined
  • Measured
  • Optimized

At the initial level, the agile team requires training on agile methodologies and agile principles.

At the Beginner level, the agile methodologies are adopted at the basic level.

At the defined level, the development team is well versed in agile methodologies and practices. The consistency in delivering sprints are high.

At the Measured level, the code quality is measured in matrix form.

At the Optimised level, the development teams are self-organized and capable to develop a product as per demand and schedule. The optimized level team focuses more on continuous learning on the basis of key performance indicators. The organizations at this level invest in automation to enhance productivity.

Distributed Agile Teams

Nowadays, agile project teams do not necessarily work in collocated space in the same time zone. The work can be done anywhere and anytime. Due to the rapid development in technology, globalization, increasing outsourcing, and talented resource availability in a different location the work is distributed in an agile manner.

According to The Modern Workplace 2019: People, Places & Technology study by Condeco,

Condeco concluded that remote working is the major trend in America

43% of U.S based organizations stated that more employees are expected to work remotely in 2020.

There are many benefits of distributed agile teams

  • Flexible schedule
  • Comfort working from home
  • Higher Productivity
  • Can avoid commuting
  • Better work-life balance
  • Better health
  • Reduces attrition
  • Improves morale

Scaling Agile

The scaling framework such as Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Scrum of Scrums were developed to meet the long-term planning benefits and help organizations in scaling lean and agile practice.

The proper scaling framework is required to implement the Agile Methodology. Scalable Agile Framework (SAFe) is the most used agile scaling framework which enables to implement Agile Methodology such as SCRUM at the bigger enterprise level.

According to the 13th State of Agile Survey Report (2019),

The Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) continues to grow in adoption as the scaling method of choice and was identified as the scaling method of choice by 30% of respondents.

 

Cloud-Based Solutions for agile development

The cloud-based solution is an on-demand service, storage, and networks accessed through cloud computing infrastructure. In order to reduce the time required to code, test and deploy, cloud-based solutions are in great demand and dominate in an agile environment.  The cloud-based tool reduces cost, boosts efficiency and increases scalability

 

According to Forbes,

IDC predicted that by 2022, 70% of enterprises will integrate cloud management.

The team can access world-class enterprise technology by using a cloud-based solution.

 

Do visit our Corporate Training to know more about core offerings for enterprises in empowering their workforce.

iCert Global offers Agile based Certification:

PMI-ACP®

CSM

CSPO

Agile and Scrum

SAFe® Agilist.

Download our Free PMI-ACP Brochure for more information.

For more information on how iCert Global can help you to accelerate your career with Agile certification, please e-mail info {at} icertglobal {dot} org or call now on +1-713-287-1213/ 1214 / 1053 / 1355. Visit us at https://www.icertglobal.com/

 


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What is Agile Project Management?

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What is Agile Project Management?

Agile is an iterative and incremental method to develop software step by step taking frequent reassessment whenever required, instead of delivering the whole product after completion.

Agile Methodology is rapidly adopted by all types of organizations especially which cope with the turbulent customer-driven marketplace which resulted in rapid fame of Agile. The organization which adopted Agile Methodology observed a decrease in critical defects and an increase in productivity. It is considered highly successful and efficient.

In Agile Project Management, project activities are divided into phases termed as “Sprints”. Usually, a week span is allotted to each sprint. After completion, sprints are reviewed and evaluated by the managers. The feedbacks are taken from the stakeholders within a week. The project activities are completed within constrained time according to the feedback from the stakeholders.

Agile management relies heavily on teamwork, customer collaboration, time-boxing tasks and allows greater flexibility.

According to the 13th State of Agile Survey Report (2019),

  • 71% of respondents adopted agile because it reduces project cost
  • 74% of respondents adopted agile as it accelerates the software delivery
  • 51% of respondents claim that adopting agile increases productivity
  • 43% of respondents stated adopting agile enhances the product quality

Success of Agile Projects- State of Agile 12th edition

According to the report by EY: Digital Transformation for 2020 and beyond, Global Telecommunications Study, improved organizational agility is at the heart of successful digital transformation.

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

PMI, the world’s leading project management institute for Project Management Professional (PMP), 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

What are the different methodologies of Agile?

The different Agile methodologies include:

  • Agile Scrum Methodology
  • Lean Software Development
  • Kanban
  • Extreme Programming (XP)
  • Crystal
  • Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM)
  • Feature Driven Development (FDD)

Agile Scrum Methodology

Scrum methodology is an implementation of agile practices based on an iterative and incremental method.  According to the 12th Annual State of Agile Report, The Scrum Methodology is most widely used amongst software development teams as it divides complicated tasks to user stories.

Agile Methodologies

The roles of product owner, scrum master and developer roles can be seen in this system.

Lean Methodology

Lean is an iterative methodology where the products are delivered through effective value stream mapping. The lean methodology was originally developed by Mary and Tom Poppendieck. Lean is an evolving methodology without any rigid rules and guidelines.

The main principle of Lean Methodology is to eliminate waste, fast delivery, team empowerment, continuous learning. Lean methodology eliminate waste by asking the customer to select only valuable features required. It relies on rapid and reliable feedback for faster productivity.

Kanban

Kanban is an agile methodology which relies on visual-based workflow. Kanban was developed on the production line of the Toyota factories in the 1940s. 83% of the teams using Lean methodology uses Kanban framework for continual delivery. Kanban promotes effective teamwork through continuous collaboration.

Kanban is based on 3 basic principles:

  • Visualize what you’ll do today (workflow automation)
  • Limit the amount of work in progress (WIP)
  • Enhance flow

Extreme Programming (XP)

Extreme programming (XP) is a disciplined approach with higher customer involvement, faster feedback, work on prioritization, continuous planning, continuous testing and closer teamwork to deliver high-quality software. XP is mainly based on four simple values:

  • Simplicity
  • Communication
  • Feedback
  • Courage

The customer and development work very closely in this method to define and set the priorities. The development team works on an iteration-by-iteration to deliver a high-quality product.

Crystal

The Crystal methodology is of the most lightweight and adaptable approaches based on team size, project priority and system criticality. The crystal methodology is comprised of a set of crystal families mainly for smaller teams. Crystal promotes early and frequent delivery of working software with high user involvement and the removal of distractions. Crystal methodology doesn’t rely on fixing tools and techniques. The core elements are people and processes.

Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM)

Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) is a common industry framework for rapid software delivery.  Earlier it was called as Rapid Application Development (RAD). DSDM provides a comprehensive foundation for planning, managing, executing, and scaling Agile process and iterative software development projects. DSDM is based on eight key principles:

  • Focus on the business value and need
  • On-time delivery
  • Collaborate
  • Never compromise quality
  • Build incrementally from firm foundations
  • Iterative approach
  • Communicate continuously and clearly
  • Demonstrate control

Feature Driven Development (FDD)

Feature Driven Development (FDD) is a model-driven method with shorter iterations. It was built around software engineering best practices. The FDD is based on domain object modelling, developing by feature, and code ownership.  It consists of simple activities:

  • Development of an overall model
  • Building a feature list
  • Planning by feature
  • Designing by feature
  • Building by feature

Combination of Agile Methodologies

The combination of other Agile Methodologies such as ScrumBan, Scrum/XP etc. are also used in different organizations as per the requirement of the company.

The proper scaling framework is required to implement the Agile Methodology. Scalable Agile Framework (SAFe) is the most used agile scaling framework which enables to implement Agile Methodology such as SCRUM at the bigger enterprise level.

Methodologies such as SCRUM, Kanban or combination of both (Scrumban) and frameworks such as Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe), Scrum of Scrums were developed to meet the long-term planning benefits and help organizations in scaling lean and agile practice.

What are the12 principles of Agile?

The 12 principles of Agile Methodology are:

  1. Customer satisfaction through early and continuous quality delivery
  2. Welcome changes according to customer’s needs and requirement
  3. Business and development go hand in hand
  4. A collaborative approach to work
  5. Build projects around motivated individuals
  6. Promotes sustainable development
  7. Face to face clear conversation
  8. A measure of progress is working software
  9. Continuous attention to excellence
  10. Simplicity
  11. Self-organizing teams
  12. Reflect for Effectiveness

Why adopt Agile project management?

  • Provides Clarity: Work is divided into phases termed as “Sprints”. Usually, a week span is allotted to each sprint. After completion, sprints are reviewed and evaluated by the managers. This way of approach provides more clarity and it also provides predictable cost and schedule.
  • Enhance quality: The feedbacks are taken from the stakeholders within a week, Stakeholder engagement increases the scope of improvement and to rectify errors (if any) in the early-stages. Regular feedback from customers enhance the quality of the product.
  • Encourages teamwork: It is a collaborative process which encourages constant learning and knowledge sharing. It brings out a positivity towards work culture as it encourages a team-based approach to development.
  • Faster Return on Investment (ROI) as Agile Methodology focus on fast product releases which justifies the business value.
  • Simple Prioritization: Setting out priorities made easier with Agile Methodology.
  • Reduces risk as adopting Agile Methodology eliminates the chance of absolute project failure.

What are the benefits of doing Agile Certifications?

Any Certification plays a key role in the career path as it holds solid proof of subject matter and continuous learning. The 10 benefits of doing Agile Certification is :

1. 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 with 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-proof your career. Agile professionals would retain their value even during a recession due to their strong and highly transferable core competencies.

Adopting Agile is not about being Agile or doing Agile, It requires a change in the mindset as well to adopt change in work culture resulting in clear product vision and roadmap.

 

Do visit our Corporate Training to know more about core offerings for enterprises in empowering their workforce.

iCert Global offers Agile based Certification:

PMI-ACP®

CSM

CSPO

Agile and Scrum

SAFe® Agilist.

Download our Free PMI-ACP Brochure for more information.

For more information on how iCert Global can help you to accelerate your career with Agile certification, please e-mail info {at} icertglobal {dot} org or call now on +1-713-287-1213/ 1214 / 1053 / 1355. Visit us at https://www.icertglobal.com/

 

 

 


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Top 10 Reasons to get a PMI-ACP (Agile Certified Professional) Certification

Top 10 Reasons to get a PMI-ACP (Agile Certified Professional) Certification

 

#1 Global Recognition

#2 Enhances Agile Skills

#3 Increases Professional Credibility

#4 Higher Job Opportunities

#5 Higher Pay

#6 Career Advancement

#7 Professional Versatility

#8 Expands Market Reach

#9 Get More Lucrative Assignments

#10 Recession-Proof Career

 

Project Management Institute's Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®) is an industry-recognized certification, accredited by the Project Management Institute (PMI®).

Agile is an iterative method to develop software step by step taking frequent reassessment whenever required, instead of delivering the whole product after completion.

PMI-ACP 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 projects.

PMI-ACP® certification proves your net worth as an Agile practitioner and empowers you with the knowledge and confidence in a framework that's gaining traction and adoption by leading corporate.

PMI-ACP validates your knowledge and experience on agile principles and hands-on agile techniques.

This certification has been designed to:

  • Demonstrate to employers the practitioner’s level of professionalism in agile practices of project management.
  • Increase the practitioner’s professional versatility in both project management tools and techniques.

According to the 13th State of Agile Survey Report (2019),

  • 71% of respondents adopted agile because it reduces project cost
  • 74% of respondents adopted agile as it accelerates the software delivery
  • 51% of respondents claim that adopting agile increases productivity
  • 43% of respondents stated adopting agile enhances the product quality

 

Prerequisite:

 

PMI-ACP Eligibility Criteria

For more information on eligibility criteria, you can go through PMI-ACP Handbook

 PMI-ACP is based on different frameworks and agile approaches such as:

  • Scrum
  • Kanban
  • Lean-Agile Practices
  • Extreme programming (XP)
  • Test-driven development (TDD)

PMI-ACP Certification fee

 

PMI-ACP Certification fees

Target Audience

  • Project Managers
  • Agile Project Managers
  • Agile Developers
  • Product owners
  • Business Analysts
  • Scrum Masters
  • Scrum Team Members
  • Program managers
  • Project team members
  • Professionals aspiring to shift from waterfall methodology to agile methodology

 

10 reasons to get  PMI-ACP certified:

1. Global recognition: PMI-ACP is globally recognized and in-demand certification by PMI.

2. Enhances agile skills: Gain expertise in using agile practices in your projects and get hands-on agile experiences.

3. Increases professional credibility: Carries a higher level of professional credibility as it requires a combination of agile training, and work experience in agile projects and knowledge.

4. Higher Job Opportunities:  As the adoption of agile methodology is increasing day by day, job opportunities are also increasing.

5. Career advancement: PMI-ACP certification allows you to advance your career in organizations practising agile. Certified PMI-ACP professionals can become agile trainers and agile coaches.

6. Higher pay: Certified PMI-ACP professionals get a 28% higher salary than non-certified professionals. According to Indeed.com, the average annual salary for certified PMI-ACP professionals for different roles are given below:

PMI-ACP Average annual salary for different roles in United States

7. Professional Versatility: As a certified professional you might get a chance to lead the team, work in different projects and enhance your project management skills with agile tools and techniques.

8. Expands market reach: Certification in PMI-ACP expands your market reach as an agile certified professional and provides you with an opportunity to network with a vibrant community of agile professionals, related organizations, and experts worldwide.

9. Get more lucrative assignments:  Certified professionals are more likely to get challenging projects and opportunities to handle valued projects.

10. Recession-proof career:  Invest in your future with PMI-ACP certification. Agile professionals would retain their value even during a recession due to their strong and highly transferable core competencies.

Career opportunities

  • PMP Scrum master
  • Technical business analyst
  • Agile trainer
  • Project Manager
  • Digital Channel planner
  • Deputy Project Manager
  • Director - planning and Project management
  • Business Analyst
  • Agile Project Manager

 

Do visit our Corporate Training to know more about core offerings for enterprises in empowering their workforce.

iCert Global offers Agile based Certification:

PMI-ACP®

CSM

CSPO

Agile and Scrum

SAFe® Agilist.

Download our Free PMI-ACP Brochure for more information.

For more information on how iCert Global can help you to accelerate your career with Agile certification, please email info {at} icertglobal {dot} org or call now on +1-713-287-1213/ 1214 / 1053 / 1355. Visit us at https://www.icertglobal.com/

 


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Benefits Of Getting A PMI-ACP Agile Certified Practitioner Certification.

Benefits Of Getting A PMI-ACP Agile Certified Practitioner Certification

 

#1 Global Recognition
#2 Enhances Agile Skills
#3 Increases Professional Credibility
#4 Higher Job Opportunities
#5 Higher Pay
#6 Career Advancement
#7 Professional Versatility
#8 Expands Market Reach
#9 Get More Lucrative Assignments
#10 Recession-Proof Career: 

 

Project Management Institute (PMI®) – Agile Certified Practitioner Certification (ACP) is a globally recognized and in-demand certification in the field of agile project management accredited by PMI. Agile is an iterative method to develop software step by step taking frequent reassessment whenever required, instead of delivering the whole product after completion. PMI-ACP validates your knowledge and experience on agile principles and hands-on agile techniques. PMI-ACP is based on different frameworks and agile approaches such as:

  • Scrum
  • Kanban
  • Lean-Agile Practices
  • Extreme programming (XP)
  • Test-driven development (TDD.)

Prerequisites for PMI-ACP:

PMI-ACP Eligibility Criteria

For more information on eligibility criteria refer PMI-ACP Handbook

Certification fee:

 

PMI Membership

Fee

Member

$435

Non-Member

$495

 

Target Audience:

  • Project Managers
  • Scrum Masters
  • Scrum P
  • product owners
  • Program managers
  • Project team members
  • Professionals aspiring to shift from waterfall methodology to agile methodology

 

Demand and Scope for Agile certified practitioners:

According to the 13th State of Agile Survey Report (2019),

  • 71% of respondents adopted agile because it reduces project cost
  • 74% of respondents adopted agile as it accelerates the software delivery
  • 51% of respondents claim that adopting agile increases productivity
  • 43% of respondents stated adopting agile enhances the product quality

 

Benefits of getting PMI-ACP certified:

  1. Global recognition: PMI-ACP is globally recognized and in-demand certification by PMI.
  2. Enhances agile skills: Gain expertise in using agile practices in your projects and get hands-on agile experiences.
  3. Increases professional credibility: Carries a higher level of professional credibility as it requires a combination of agile training, and work experience in agile projects and knowledge.
  4. Higher Job Opportunities:  As the adoption of agile methodology is increasing day by day, job opportunities are also increasing.
  5. Higher pay: Certified PMI-ACP professionals get a 28% higher salary than non-certified professionals. According to payscale.com, the average annual salary for certified PMI-ACP professionals is $108k/year.
  6. Career advancement: PMI-ACP certification allows you to advance your career in organizations practicing agile. Certified PMI-ACP professionals can become agile trainers and agile coaches.
  7. Professional Versatility: As a certified professional you might get a chance to lead the team, work in different projects and enhance your project management skills with agile tools and techniques.
  8. Expands market reach: Certification in PMI-ACP expands your market reach as an agile certified professional and provides you with an opportunity to network with a vibrant community of agile professionals, related organizations, and experts worldwide. 
  9. Get more lucrative assignments:  Certified professionals are more likely to get challenging projects and opportunities to handle valued projects.
  10. Recession-proof career:  Invest in your future with PMI-AC certification. Agile professionals would retain their value even during a recession due to their strong and highly transferable core competencies.

 

Career opportunities after PMI-ACP certification:

  • PMP Scrum master
  • Technical business analyst
  • Agile trainer
  • Project Manager
  • Digital Channel planner
  • Deputy Project Manager
  • Director - planning and Project management
  • Business Analyst
  • Agile Project Manager

 

Do visit our Corporate Training to know more about core offerings for enterprises in empowering their workforce.

iCert Global offers Agile based Certification:

PMI-ACP®

CSM

CSPO

Agile and Scrum

SAFe® Agilist.

Download our Free PMI-ACP Brochure for more information.

For more information on how iCert Global can help you to accelerate your career with Agile certification, please e-mail info {at} icertglobal {dot} org or call now on +1-713-287-1213/ 1214 / 1053 / 1355. Visit us at https://www.icertglobal.com/

 

 


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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:

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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.


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•    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.


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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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