AFH 055: Agile Certifications with Tom Cagley [PODCAST]

Tom Cagley (@TCagley) joined me (@RyanRipley) to discuss the role and impact of certifications on the Agile movement.

Tom Cagley – Host of the SPaMCAST

Tom is a consultant, practitioner, and thought leader in software methods and metrics, quality assurance, and systems analysis. He is the co-author of Mastering Software Project Management: Best Practices Tools and Techniques. Tom is the host of the excellent Software Process and Measurement Podcast (SPaMCAST).

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • The benefits of certifications
  • How certifications can create barriers to experimentation and discovery
  • Why continuous learning is critical to growing agile skills

Links from the show:

Written from the standpoint of a project manager working in a software development organization, this unique guide explains software project management in its entirety, including project acquisition and execution with backward linkages to concepts that play a facilitation role in successful project management. It provides all the guidance, best practices, tools and techniques needed to master software project management and achieve superior results.

 

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Question: What are your views on certifications and their impact on the agile community? Please leave your comments below. You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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  • Great points on how the credentials and training is really just the start. We must take that and experiment from their.

  • Tim Bourguignon

    Thanks for the very interesting episode. I would like to make a few comments:

    1) Agility is one of those things one cannot learn theoretically only. You
    have to talk the talk, walk the walk AND be able to apply those to the
    state your project/product/customer is in right now, not only in a
    theoretically perfect landscape. How can you put this into a
    certification? The Agile Alliance’s CSP kind of does this… but there is point 2.

    2) Due to the variety of trainers and organisations, the value of the first
    level Scrum Master certification is in fact quite hard to evaluate.
    Passed the CSM, the Agile/Scrum certification landscape is quite opaque
    and hard to grasp. It took me a few hourse of research to fully
    understand what was required to get the CSP for instance. Imho, all this
    doesn’t help spread the “advanced” certifications.

    My 32 cents.
    Cheers,
    Tim

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