Project management has a rich history and continues to evolve every day. Whether it was a great city built in ancient times or the expansion of railroads during the Industrial Revolution, project management has truly provided some of the greatest creations in the world. Today, project managers are creating much more than cities and railroads. They’re also creating software that solves business challenges, keeps us entertained and brings people together.
Software developers with a passion for logistics and leading teams are naturally drawn to project management. Becoming an Agile project manager requires industry experience and the successful completion of a certification exam. Once the experience has been gained, the question becomes: What certification do I get?
The Project Management Institute (PMI) and Scrum Alliance provide ideal certifications for those who lead software development teams. The PMI-Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP) and Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) both provide lucrative employment opportunities and are becoming more popular every day. If you’re ready for the challenge of getting certified and becoming an Agile project manager, here’s everything you need to know about the PMI-ACP and CSM.
PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®
The Project Management Institute (PMI) is by far the most recognized certifying body for project management and has certified over 2.9 million professionals. The PMI-ACP is PMI’s fastest growing certification and validates knowledge of agile principles and skills. This certification draws upon many frameworks and approaches including Scrum, Lean, Kanban, extreme programming and test-driven development.
- Lucrative employment – Average salary for a PMI-ACP is $91,232 – $165,707 according to PayScale.
- In-demand – Industries from marketing to software development rely on best practices and leadership from PMI-ACPs.
- Learn diverse skills – PMI-ACPs utilize a vast range of Agile methodologies instead of just one.
- Exam prerequisite – Candidates must have an existing PMP or 2,000 hours of project management experience.
- Exam prerequisite – Candidates must have an additional 1,500 hours in working with agile methodologies.
- Certification requirement – Candidates must pass the PMI-ACP exam, which must be maintained every three years by earning 30 additional PDUs.
Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)
Scrum is an agile framework for managing complex projects and the Certified ScrumMaster validates those skills. Although Scrum was created for software developers, it works great in other industries that require complex project management. CSMs are dedicated to the Agile manifesto and driven to improve productivity, collaboration and success among team members.
- Lucrative employment – Average salary for a CSM is $56,891 – $122,445 according to PayScale.
- In-demand – Scrum is a highly-desired framework and provides endless employment opportunities.
- Scrum Alliance membership – New CSMs get a two-year membership with the Scrum Alliance including resources and access to special events.
- Training – Candidates must thoroughly prepare for a challenging exam with authorized Scrum Alliance training resources.
- Exam prerequisite – Candidates must attend a two-day (16 hour) boot camp instructed by a Certified Scrum Trainer.
- Challenging Exam – Candidates must correctly answer 24 of the 35 challenging exam questions.
Summing It Up
Both PMI and Scrum Alliance provide ideal certifications for aspiring project managers in the field of software development. If you’re ready to take the next step or just have questions about the PMI-ACP or CSM, contact KnowledgeNet and get the Agile training you need today.