Getting back online: Agile, PMI, Volunteering and Me

*** Disclaimer: I am an active volunteer with PMI’s Agile Community of Practice as one of the 5 official leads. Views expressed here (and related future posts) are my own and not an endorsement by Project Management Institute ® (PMI) or Agile Community of Practice (CoP) leadership team.***

If you know me, I have been pretty active (as a volunteer, lead and contributor) in PMI + Agile space. I volunteer as:

  • PMBOK® Guide 5th edition – contributor (engagement just wrapped up)
  • PMI Atlanta Agile Interest group – Program Manager for Agile Interest Group
  • PMI Agile CoP – Knowledge Management lead

These opportunities have allowed me to connect with lots of people – amazingly talented, some famous agilists, practitioners and gurus. There’s a common thing we all share – desire to learn coupled with the passion to share!

I have learnt a lot, have actually got hands on experience (tools, technology, principles, practices etc.),  mentored a lot of people and I am still enjoying the journey!

What do we share? Knowledge. Of course about Agile, primarily.

I have seen a lot of questions that follow an agile presentation or discussion, ranging from:

  • What is Agile?
  • Where do I start? (There are so many places to start with)
  • What is different at Agile CoP? (from other valuable sites, groups and resources)
  • What does a Project Manager do in Agile projects?
  • What is PMI’s – Agile Certified Professional (PMI-ACP®)  certification? Is it for me?
  • Whom do we trust as good training companies?
  • What are good books, blogs, sites to start/continue building my knowledge about agile?

and many such questions.

There are 2 ways to go about it:  (1) Invest your time – Do personal research, find what’s best for you – decide and go.     (2) Interact with world-wide professionals with experience in agile in conjunction with project management knowledge. Utilize the Knowledge base and assets they are building (of course, by reusing some of the industry famous resources – and providing proper credit to them).

This volunteer driven space of agile experts, passionate practitioners, eager enthusiasts and dedicated newbies is: PMI’s Agile Community of Practice. (

Note:  PMI does require an individual to be a paid member and then you can subscribe to this community.

Some of the benefits in my opinion:

  • Agile project management experts from across the globe are active in this community
  • Access to experienced practitioners, consultants and trainers in one place
  • Features like: Ask the community, Discussion forums, Newsletters, Blogs, Experience reports, Social media and Webinars (Live plus recordings) with agile experts
  • Access to ACP guide that helps members prepare for PMI-ACP
  • As a volunteer, working with various level of agile practitioners, coaches and experts on a frequent basis
  • and by the way, while doing all this, earn your PDUs!

Are you a project management professional, who:

– Is currently a member, subscriber of the 17,000 + strong community?

– Is using or planning to use agile methods in your project(s)?

– has a story to share with the world about your success or learning?

– has a question that the community can help answer for you?

Join, connnect, contribute and earn PDU’s while learning from the best who are trying to help bridge the gap between traditional project management and agile practices today with their everyday work. What more would you like to see being discussed here that brings value to the profession of project management and agile practitioners?

I plan to continue sharing my experiences with the amazing audience of AgileScout and learn from your experiences too! As it is, life is too short to make the same mistakes again and again and again..!

It’s good to get back. It sure feels good.


12 Replies to “Getting back online: Agile, PMI, Volunteering and Me”

  1. Thanks Sameer. That was very helpful. There is a lot of activity going around in my company about scrum and some teams are having daily stand ups etc. Do you think that like PMP, having a Scrum certification will help me in my career?

    1. The value of a Scrum certification, like any other type of certification, depends on
      1. how it actually adds value to your work,
      2. where you did it from (linked to the first point – good training institutes make sure they add value, the not so good ones focus on the exam. Of course, you can study by yourself as well, but if it is a difficult exam, then most of the times, you drop out simply due to lack of focus)
      3. the acceptability by the industry and
      4. the difficulty level (kinda linked with industry acceptability)
      Scrum is definitely picking up in terms of popularity (though there are instances where it is not applied correctly) and I have personally seen it work extremely well. So a certification from a reputed certifying authority should definitely help.

  2. Hi Sameer,
    Do you know of any volunteer opportunities where I can learn about Agile and earn PDUs. All of my previous projects in financial services have been waterfall.
    Cheers, Chito

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