How To Make Progress In Your Agile Career (After Scrum Master)

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How To Make Progress In Your Agile Career (After Scrum Master)

Now, you have completed Certified Scrum master classroom training and you are looking to enhance your career as an Agile leader — here's how!

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It's time to begin your Agile career!

Now, you have completed Certified Scrum master classroom training. Two days of classroom training is sufficient to become familiar with Scrum and Agile framework and you are looking to enhance your career as an Agile Leader.

This article is in the context of the prospects after the Certified Scrum Master. These certifications will help you to enhance your professional growth and learning.

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Why Further Agile Certifications Are Important After CSM?

Certified Scrum Master is a basic certification to enter into an agile world. Moreover, Small scale and large scale organizations are transforming from waterfall to agile methodology.

Your organization must be thinking of Agile implementation. You are well equipped to lead the change as a Scrum Master. There are certain must-have skills such as facilitation, Coaching, and communication. As a scrum master, you master these skills by practicing on your day to day job.

The faster way of gaining these skills is to go for the next level of training and certifications. The certifications like Agile Team Facilitator and Certified Agile Coach are two good examples. Both certifications are from ICagile and recognized internationally for their rigor and content.

I Am a Certified Scrum Master. How Can I Become a Coach?

Coaching is considered one of the first steps to improve an employee’s performance within an enterprise. This certification will boost and validates your coaching skills.

  • Advanced Certified Scrum Master (A-CSM) – A-CSM is the most prominent certification for Scrum master. This certification benefits facilitation, coaching, and scrum related skills. Once you attain Certified Scrum Master certification you will face challenges in daily work. A-CSM allows you to learn to overcome stubborn challenges and improve your scrum knowledge simultaneously.
  • ICP-ATF (Agile Team Facilitator) It allows you to facilitate events of the scrum and agile. ICP-ATF also includes running and designing of sprint plan meeting. It is an essential step to becoming an agile coach.
  • ICP-ACC (Agile coaching) — The role of an agile coach is to facilitate Scrum and agile implementation. The primary role of an agile coach is to guide the team in agile implementation. You help adopt agile and groom them to achieve success.

How Can I Work in SAFe Environment?

You are much more experienced after working in Agile and looking to grow further; SAFe gives you that opportunity.

Leading SAFe® Agilist 4.6 helps in agile implementation at a large enterprise level. It helps in the agile transformation of vast teams. SAFe® supports Lean-Agile Programs, Lean-Agile Program Portfolio Management, and Scaling Leadership.

If you are working as a Scrum master and aspiring to work in a SAFe environment as a Scrum master. SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master (SASM) is a good option for you. It validates that you have advanced knowledge of Scrum Master in a Scaled Agile Framework

Should I Go With PMP® or PMI-ACP® Certification?

To Have a project experience add more credibility to resume and boost professional growth.

PMP® certification covers the broader prospect of Project Management. It communicates that you are aware of traditional project management aspects. It gives great market value, enhanced credibility, and higher pay.

PMI-ACP® certificatIon is a “Pragmatic Certification”. It is a project management certification that consists of various Agile approaches. It allows you to carry forward the project in an agile and non-agile way.

Course Classroom Duration Benefit Online Availability
A-CSM 2 days Helps in facilitating
Coaching and enhance scrum skills.
CSPO 2 days Aids to Demonstrate and apply core scrum knowledge
Increases the opportunities in the industry adopting agile practices
ICP-ATF 2 days It allows you to learn skills in designing and running sprint planning meetings.
Road-map to become an agile coach
Boost Facilitating skills.
ICP-ACC 3 days It communicates that you are interested in Professional and team coaching
Helps in learn training, facilitation, consultation in the agile world.
KMP 2 days Credibility to talk about kanban more than that of putting things on board.
Guides you to mix kanban with various agile approaches
PMP® Certification 4 days Allows you to learn Traditional Project Management
Makes you capable to understand the aspects of Project Management
PMI-ACP® Certification 4 days It helps to Learn Agile Principles and Practices which improves performance Yes
SAFe Agilist 2 days Aids to Demonstrate agile at large enterprises level. No
SAFe- SASM 2 days Scrum master skills in a SAFe Framework No

Special Mention:

Kanban System Design – KMP-1 is a leading certification demanded in various enterprises. The best part about Kanban is that it can be mix with Agile and various other approaches. Kanban is based on a list of items to do. Kanban helps things to move faster in the development pipeline.

Further Reading

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