It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Superman?
Not exactly. It’s an agile project manager. They may not be superhuman, but they are super popular right now. Anything agile is hot, and although not the right fit for every project or every organization, its popularity is not likely to wane anytime soon.
PMI is introducing an agile certification in the third quarter of 2011, and there’s an opportunity to participate in the certification pilot. Applications for the PMI Agile Certification will be available at the end of May to anyone who meets the eligibility criteria. Pilot candidates will submit their applications and then be the first to take the exam when it becomes available in September. They will receive their scores 10-12 weeks after taking the exam, during which time PMI will be evaluating the responses to determine the pass/fail criteria. (Post-pilot candidates will get their scores immediately after taking the exam.)
So the pain of having to wait for your score might be worth it to be among the first to hold this new credential. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the number of PMI agile certificants swell to a sizeable number fairly quickly.
Start documenting your agile training and experience hours now to make the application process a little less painful. See the PMI website for more information, including the exam content outline which will help identify what is included in the exam.
Andrea Brockmeier, PMP, CSM, PMI-PBA, BRMP is the Director of Project Management for Watermark Learning. Andrea is an experienced trainer, facilitator, speaker, and project manager, with over 25 years of business experience. Andrea oversees certification and skills development curriculum in project management, business analysis, and leadership. She has been a speaker at IIBA® and PMI® conferences and is an active volunteer. She enjoys practicing what she teaches and has a steady stream of projects that she manages. Andrea is highly committed to partnering with her clients through projects, consulting, and training, and seeks to make every engagement enjoyable as well as valuable.