Anonymous Poll about Certificates in Agile

Various certification programs are already available for Agile. More keep emerging from organizations, who also see a need for their own stake. While deep technical knowledge, project experience and communication skills are even more important in Agile, there is a clear preference on cross-functional organizations instead of expert heroes and functional silos.

Therefore I wonder, to which extent these Agile certificate programs contribute to good eduction, which is needed on team level, or rather keep the anti-pattern of individual super-heroes alive.

I would like to know about your opinion.

Do you think certificates in Agile - as currently known * - make sense?

  • No, don't think they make sense (46%, 6 Votes)
  • Yes, they are useful (38%, 5 Votes)
  • Can't really decide (8%, 1 Votes)
  • Don't care about them at all (8%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

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*Examples for certificates in Agile: Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Master / Product Owner / Developer, Certified Professional Scrum Master / Product Owner / Developer, iSQI Certified Agile Tester, PMI Agile Certified Practitioner

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2 Responses to Anonymous Poll about Certificates in Agile

  1. Pierre Neis says:

    Hi Michael,

    Certifications are just necessary to get the job and not to get the job done.
    Necessary? if you have the job… not really

    Certifications are just business… a lot of people (mostly consultants of course) got a CSM. Real involved scruming companies have CSPO’s.

    but that’s only my point of view.


  2. Michael Leber says:

    Hi Pierre,

    Thx for your feedback! I agree – and of course also only deal with my very personal & current view. Certificates therefore might probably be treated as safety belt for employees / contractors / customers in terms of entry cards or license for the sales pitch game. There is still the question left about certificate vs. knowledge – matter of discussion not only in IT, but nearly within any education system.

    Probably getting teams developed and self-organized is probably one of the most challenging but also potentially fruitful aspects in Agile (besides talking about management, empowerment, customer and business value …). You see, I take engineering practices for granted (as we learned it in education and all our other projects). Many of these new education programs might be damned good – I know e.g. about CAT, which is really a great concept.

    I just rather would like to target the same stuff at the whole team, instead of addressing single experts and maybe their individual topic of career development / perspectives (still not to be underestimated in fully agile organizations without hierarchies as we know it).