Agile Certification – Who To Certify?

Uncle Bob recently blasted out a posterous blog post about a “Certification Worth Having.”

Haven’t we heard a ton recently about Scrum certification and Agile certification in general?

As many Agile organizations roll out certifications (Scrum Alliance, Agile Alliance,, a person has to wonder,

“What are the real criteria for giving an individual a certificate?”

As we posted earlier on a satire about Agile Manager award (and the one here), we just made one up!

Uncle Bob tells us that in order to have a (good) certification you must:

  • Work for the certification
  • It must take years
  • It should cost a boat-load
  • Not all can complete it

We would say that this doesn’t prove anything either! How many college graduates come out of college with useless degrees? How many certification programs have members that still can’t manage themselves nevertheless manage a team?

Let’s get to the core of the issue:

“What is the real best way of validating a certification?”

Is there even one? Does having certification just breed elitism after all?

We want to know. Seriously. Because we want to make our own Agile Scout certification that shows that people are really Agile or not. Duh (Satire folks)…

Who knows. Please do tell.

[HT: UncleBob]

Author: peter

Peter Saddington is an Organizational Scientist and Certified Scrum Trainer. You can find him at

5 thoughts on “Agile Certification – Who To Certify?”

  1. What are the real criteria for giving an individual a certificate?

    My personal belief is in the Dreyfus model of skill acquisition, a model of how students acquire skills through formal instruction and practicing.

    I strongly recommend readers of this post to go read Dennis Stevens’ blog post Certification, the Dreyfus Model, and Tilting at Windmills. I couldn’t help but comment on that blog post as well.

    This question will never be answered to the satisfaction of everyone. But, I do enjoy the discussion.

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