Monday, 3 February 2014

Scrum certification: do you really need one?

The main question to start with is: why do you need or want a Scrum certification?

Maybe you really want to learn the basics and start adding some value and agility to your projects? Or you simply want to validate your knowledge and add a little more weigh to your CV? Or  are you just trying to get a pay rise?

The industry speaks for itself and it's common knowledge that experience always carries more weight than a piece of paper with your name on it, especially now with so many Scrum accreditation institutes out there.

As a hiring manager, when interviewing a potential candidate, I usually focus on the real experiences, the war scars someone got while adopting or increasing Agile adoption by one or more teams or scaling it in a larger environment -- plus a few scenario-based questions -- rather than just looking at how many certifications they have or which institute they were issued by.