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PMI goes Agile

February 26, 2011 Leave a comment

I stumbled on an article by Mike Griffiths. It seems The Project Management Institute (PMI) has decided to join the rest of the rest of the industry and offer an Agile certification. I think this is both good and bad. Good from the perspective that they acknowledge that Agile is mainstream and they need to adapt. Bad from the perspective that the certification could have minimal value. The debate over certification value has already started on his blog post.

Here are some high level points on the certification:
How is the PMI Agile Certification different from the PMP credential?

The PMI Agile Certification specifically validates a practitioner’s ability to understand Agile principles and practices. The PMP recognizes demonstrated competence in leading and directing project teams.

Eligibility Requirement

Description

Educational Level Secondary degree (high school or equivalent) or higher
General Project
Management Experience
2,000 hours working on project teams. These hours must be earned within the last 5 years. Note: for those holding a PMP® credential, PMI has already verified that the candidate has exceeded these requirements. Thus, a PMP will be accepted to fulfill these requirements.
Agile Project
Management Experience
1,500 hours working on Agile project teams or in Agile methodologies. These hours are in addition to the 2,000 hours required in general project management experience. These hours must be earned within the last 2 years.
Agile Project
Management Training
21 contact hours; hours must be earned in Agile project management topics
Examination Tests knowledge of Agile fundamentals and ability to apply to basic projects
Maintenance 30 PDUs/3 CEUs every 3 years in Agile project management
Note: these hours would count toward fulfilling PMP requirements, if the individual holds both certifications