The agile methodology has changed the face of software development and project management, and has increased demand for professionals with agile knowledge and experience. Here are seven agile-focused certifications to benchmark your knowledge.
Agile has revolutionized the face of software development and project management, and has increased demand for IT professionals with understanding of the methodology and its many flavors — Lean, Scrum, Kanban and Scaled Agile, or SAFe, for the enterprise. The top agile-focused certifications for demonstrating your agile know-how — and taking your career to the next level.
The PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® formally recognizes your knowledge of agile principles and your skill with agile techniques. It will make you shine even brighter to your employers, stakeholders and peers. The PMI-ACP spans many approaches to agile such as Scrum, Kanban, Lean, extreme programming (XP) and test-driven development (TDD.) So it will increase your versatility, wherever your projects may take you.
2. APMG International
APMG International is a global accreditation organization with a number of agile project management certification offerings. The goal is to benchmark the ability of project managers to deliver agile projects in organizations that require standards, rigor and visibility around the agile framework. APMG International offers certifications in Agile program management and Agile project management, as well as a certification for practitioners of the Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM), an Agile project management and delivery framework that is vendor-neutral.
3. International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile)
ICAgile – the International Consortium for Agile– is an independent accrediting agency dedicated to advancing the state of agile learning worldwide. ICAgile’s primary focus is providing a learning journey for individuals on the path to agile mastery through an array of competency-based expert certifications based on the ICAgile Learning Roadmap. The ICAgile Learning Roadmap has been developed by over 30 experts and practitioners world-wide and contains over 400 learning objectives across various agile disciplines.
4. Agile Certification Institute
The Agile Certification Institute is an agile standards body focused on all aspects of enterprise agile adoption, not just within software development. The ACI offers a wide variety of agile certifications and credentials, covering enterprise agile product and project management, agile talent management and talent development and agile process improvement. In addition to enterprise agile certifications, the ACI offers certifications for agile flavors Lean, Kanban and Scrum at the Associate, Practitioner, Master and Owner levels.
5. Scaled Agile Academy
The SAFe Agilist certification program is for executives, managers and Agile change agents responsible for leading a Lean|Agile change initiative in a large software enterprise. It validates their knowledge in applying the Scaled Agile Framework, lean, and product development flow principles in an enterprise context so they can lead the adoption of the Scaled Agile Framework.