PMI’s New Agile Certification: Good or Evil?
There are some who consider PMI „evil“, others strongly believe in PMI. Now comes PMI’s new Agile certification. As much as skepticism about PMI’s past philosophy of linear, traditional project management is justified, the new certification is a huge milestone for PMI, for the Agile community and for project management in general. Given its global reach PMI will help spread the word and practice of agile project management. This cannot be a bad thing. Just the opposite is true.
Whether or not a certification proves that he or she is truly capable of managing or working on an agile project, is another question. It does show that the person has successfully passed an exam. Where the PMI certification is more promising than others is the prerequisites to register and take the exam in the first place. The candidate has to prove his/her actual experience in the agile world prior to taking the exam. Personally, I think this is a much better approach than letting people take an „exam“ after a 2 day seminar and then call themselves „master“.
In short, a certification is a label; and, it can be much more than that it is paired with actual experience and the right attitude to agile. I am somewhat optimistic that PMI’s new certification will help serve the latter purpose.
Great read: Ken Schwaber blogged his thoughts on the subject at http://kenschwaber.wordpress.com/2011/04/24/agility-and-pmi/. Also read the comments; this is become a very interesting and insightful discussion.
Per Thomas‘ request… here is my comment to Ken’s post (and more to the point, the subsequent comments):
Couple of fun facts about PMI…
PMI did not create this certification in a vacuum. Everyone on the core team, and subsequent content committees, were people you’d know and love from the mainstream Agile community. We had Alistair Cockburn, Mike Griffiths, Michele Sliger, Dennis Stevens, Ahmed Sitky, Dan Rawsthorne, Stacia Viscardi just to name a few.
Did you know that Scrum is the predominant methodology used in the PMI to deliver their own IT projects? Did you know that PMI is perfectly willing to introduce something into the market and then inspect and adapt as they get more feedback from their community?
There was no monolithic plan. There was no command and control project management. This intiative was run in a more agile and collaborative way than anything I have been involved with in the agile community to date. PMI is a broad and diverse community… and painting this organization with a broad brush doesn’t acknowledge the diversity of perspective and opinion contained within the organization.
As I followed this thread… I was struck by the us/them language. There is no us and them… there is only ‘we’… and ‘we’ are better off with Project Managers that know, understand, and embrace agility than we are with Project Managers that are afraid. I challenge everyone here to go to the PMI website and learn about what is really being offered here… I think you’ll will find we are moving this community in the right direction.
PMI is truly a community of people trying to do project management better. And by the way… even though Scrum did away with project managers… it did not do away with project management. We need all the people on our team to do project management better… this certification will help with that.
Another provocative, yet refreshing discussion thread: http://agileanarchy.wordpress.com/2011/04/25/scrum-is-not-project-management
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I’m a seasoned developer (over 30 years of using various iterative development methodologies) who has taken this class. It was an eye-opener to see and hear first hand the ridiculous things the PMs are being fed about Agile. I felt like I was Oliver Douglas in Green Acres (that might be an obscure reference, but for those who watched the show, you understand).
I am hopeful that common sense prevails soon, but I suspect it will be another 3-4 years before this fad subsides. In the meantime, check out this humorous video that accurately depicts why a lot of companies choose agile in the first place:
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