Yes. It’s here. The waiting and wondering is over. PMI is launching an Agile certification.
So what does this mean for an AgileBOK?
How is the PMI going to show that they’re doing the Agile certification right?
We’ll see. Full news email below:
|Dear PMI Registered Education Providers:
You may have noticed more discussion in the marketplace from practitioners who are investigating or have already started applying Agile principles to their practice of project management. PMI is supporting this development with the launch of an Agile Certification.
Demand Is Growing for Applying Agile Practices in Project Management
Many project professionals are seeing the demand for Agile practices in project management, thus are eager to gain Agile techniques to apply on the job. Similarly, organizations that utilize project management to serve both internal and external clients are seeing value in Agile methods to deliver projects for these clients more quickly.
Organizations Are Embracing Agile as a Tool
Organizations who use Agile techniques in managing projects have documented the value they see from its practice:
- Early and continuous customer feedback— as the customer is involved throughout development, they will end up with an end-product that they want and will use.
- High visibility and influence over the project progress leading to early indications of problems.
- Early measurable return on investment—this allows for defined deliverables at the end of each iteration and early in the process.
PMI is Supporting Important Developments in Project Management by Launching the Agile Certification
PMI regularly surveys project practitioners to further understand how they practice project management. One key statistic that came out of our latest Pulse of the Profession survey is that standardized project management practices result in better project performance.
One of the practices that PMI has monitored over the last several years is the continuing growth and usage of Agile practices in project management. Many practitioners have added Agile to their “Project Management Toolbox” and use it as one of many techniques in managing successful projects.
Organizations that utilize project management to serve both internal and external clients are seeing value in Agile methods to deliver projects for these clients more quickly. As a result, more organizations and project management offices are asking their project managers to apply Agile techniques. In fact, PMI research revealed that 68% of the organizations using Agile practices would find value in an Agile certification for project management practitioners. In addition, 63% of hiring managers would encourage their project managers to pursue an Agile certification.
Who Should Pursue the PMI Agile Certification?
Practitioners who are using Agile practices in their projects, or whose organizations are adopting Agile approaches to project management, are good candidates for the PMI Agile Certification. By earning the Agile certification, practitioners can:
- 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
PMI serves the project management profession by providing practitioners with a toolbox of select tools and techniques—and Agile is one of those tools. For example, those who have the PMP® and are working in an organization that is using Agile techniques, the Agile Certification provides an applicable knowledge base of Agile principles and concepts.
Key Dates for the Agile Certification Launch
- April 2011 – The Examination Outline and Key Reference texts will be available for trainers to use for updating or building Agile based project management courseware. These resources will also be made available to candidates interested in the certification.
- May 2011 – Candidates for the Agile certification will be able to submit an application for the pilot.
- August 2011 – Pilot testing is scheduled to begin.