It seems to make practical sense, but PMs everywhere are still reeling from the bomb PMI dropped on the project management community last week when they announced they would be offering their own Agile Certification.
According to the PMI website, they decided to offer their own certification as a way of keeping up with the growing trend among PMs to seek Agile as an important factor in their work.
Here’s the list of what Agile Certification from PMI is said to provide for PMs:
- Demonstrate to employers their level of professionalism in Agile practices of project management
- Increase their professional versatility in both project management tools and techniques
- Show they have the capacity to lead basic Agile project teams by holding a certification that is more credible than existing training-only or exam-only based offerings
You should know, too, that they are actively searching for candidates in their Agile Certification Pilot program, so if you think Agile certification is something you will need/want to get for your career, you’ll want to check into being a part of the pilot program.
Here is the excerpt about getting involved in the pilot:
The PMI Agile Certification pilot is open to the public and any project management practitioner who meets the eligibility requirements may participate. PMI is currently looking for pilot candidates and the online and paper applications for the certification will be available starting May 2011. The PMI Agile Certification examination will be released during the third quarter of 2011. To learn more about the pilot, read the Agile Certification FAQs document.
To receive updates about the PMI Agile Certification Pilot, please reply to AgilePilot@PMI.org