Agile Certifications


Are agile certifications worthy? This is the question that many people ask themselves today.  And rightfully so, because true value many of certifications had become diluted, over the last few years. So, the answer to “are they valuable?”, is: it depends.
It depends on time and money investment a person needs to make, in order to get certified, as well as on learning and earning (future) potential in the future.
Please, consider the below offerings, and means of how certifications are being delivered:
The following certifications are available though coaching:
One very effective way to get Certified Scrum Master (CSM)  or Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) credential is through coaching, by attending a privately-held (only) Certification Via Coaching program that can be only delivered by Scrum Alliance Certified Enterprise Coaches (CEC).  Duration of the program must be no less than 25 hours of in-person, one-on-one, or small group Scrum coaching.   The required coaching hours can be delivered in various increments (e.g.  3 consecutive days, six episodes of 4 hours, etc).
After completing the program, an individual will be allowed to take CSM® or CSPO® exams, respectively, to in order to earn the credential.

Getting certified through coaching has some unique value.  Attending a coaching episodes, while already having strong foundation knowledge of Scrum (obtained through in-class learning, self-study or work experience) gives an opportunity to reflect and self-assess with help of a coach.  This makes further learning of the Scrum Master or Product Owner role  more relevant, while the obtained knowledge – longer retained.

By enrolling into CSM Coaching Program, students will be able to fulfill the following 5 main Learning Objectives (see details on Scrum Alliance site) that are required to receive the credential:

  1. Lean, Agile, and Scrum (Scrum Theory, Scrum Events and Artifact Transparency, Sprint and Increment, Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Sprint Review, Sprint Retrospective, Product Backlog, Sprint Backlog, Definition of “Done”)
  2. Scrum Master Core Competencies (Facilitation, Coaching)
  3. Service to the Development Team (Scrum Master as Servant-Leader, Value of Development Practices)
  4. Service to the Product Owner
  5. Service to the Organization (Impediment Removal, Coaching the Organization)

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By enrolling into CSPO Coaching Program, students will be able to fulfill the following 5 main Learning Objectives (see details on Scrum Alliance site) that are required to receive the credential:

  1. Product Owner Core Competencies (Fundamentals of the Product Owner Role, Working with Stakeholders, Working with the Development Team, Product Ownership with Multiple Teams)
  2. Describing Purpose and Strategy (Product Strategy, Product Planning and Forecasting)
  3. Understanding Customers and Users
  4. Validating Product Assumptions
  5. Working with the Product Backlog (Differentiating Outcome and Output, Defining Value, Ordering Items, Creating and Refining Items)

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The following certifications are available though training:

Certified LeSS Basics (CLB) course is a brief introduction into the LeSS Framework. It provides a 1-day overview of the framework and some of its essential concepts. The training  helps determining if further, in depth, learning of LeSS is of interest to a person or its adoption – for an organization.  For more information about CLB please, visit this page.

It order to get a full benefit from the course, basic Scrum knowledge is expected and it can be achieved by going through Certified Scrum Master coaching/training or thoroughly studying authentic Scrum introduction material, such as the Scrum Guide, Scrum Primer or practicing Scrum.

Certified LeSS Basics (CLB) training be effectively combined with a Scrum fundamentals training and/or CSM/CSPO coaching, with CLB, being delivered on the last day.

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Non-certification training of Scrum Foundations:

As an additional, non-mandatory option, any of the above listed certifications programs can be preceded by 1-day non-certification training: Introduction to Scrum.  This  helps with solidifying  understanding of Scrum, by covering the following Learning Objectives (see details, but note, this is not a certification course), as defined by Scrum Alliance, considering the following:

  1. Scrum Theory
  2. The Scrum Roles
  3. Scrum Events
  4. Scrum Artifacts
  5. Artifact Transparency

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Note:
  • All  training  and  coaching sessions are available privately only.  If your company is interested in scheduling training or coaching internally, please reach out to us, using the form below.
  • It is possible to request a combination of training and coaching series (e.g. Scrum overview training + CLB training, or Scrum Foundations training + CSM  coaching + CLB training)  to expand learning and maximize on value.
  • All training and coaching sessions are interactive and include, role-paying, games, exercises and various system modelling techniques.

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