Which Scrum Certification Class Should I Take?

Which Scrum Certification Class Should I Take?

The classes described here lead to certifications issued by the Scrum Alliance®, a nonprofit association with more than 900,000 practitioners worldwide. Scrum Alliance was founded in 2001, and is the largest, most established and influential professional membership and certification organization in the Agile community, guiding Agile practitioners through every step of their journey, and providing Advocacy, Community, and Education.

For those just starting on their Agile journey, the Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®),  Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO®) , or Certified Scrum Developer® (CSD®is a good place to start. The foundational classes cover Agile values and Agile principles, the fundamentals of Scrum, the intricacies of the Scrum framework, Scrum roles and responsibilities, and the keys to a successful Scrum implementation.

The CSD – Team Member Practices is suitable for all team members, while the CSD – Agile Engineering Practices is suitable for programmers.

Managers and team members might prefer the CSM, while Product Owners and business analysts the CSPO. 

More details about each certification is below:

 

csm certification

Certified ScrumMaster®: The CSM covers Agile values and Agile principles, the fundamentals of Scrum, the intricacies of the Scrum framework, Scrum roles and responsibilities, and the keys to a successful Scrum implementation. No prerequisites. Suitable for all team members and managers.

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Certified Scrum Product Owner®: The CSPO covers the Agile values and Agile principles, the fundamentals of the Product Owner role, creating a vision, developing a roadmap and release plan, building and managing product backlogs, and working with customers and stakeholders. No prerequisites, though a CSM is recommended. Suitable for Product Owners and Business Analysts.

Certified Scrum Developer

Certified Scrum Developer® – Team Member Practices: The CSD Team Member Practices covers Agile values and Agile principles, the fundamentals of Scrum, the intricacies of the Scrum framework, Scrum roles and accountabilities, and the key skills needed to be able to work successfully on a Scrum team. No prerequisites. Suitable for all team members.

Certified Scrum Developer

Certified Scrum Developer® – Agile Engineering Practices: The CSD Agile Engineering Practices covers the fundamentals of Agile engineering practices and the skills needed to design and build reliable, robust and verifiable systems including Test Driven Development, collective code ownership, automated builds and tests, continuous integration and deployment as well as managing technical debt. Over 70% of this class involves hands-on coding so programming knowledge is required. Suitable for programmers with 1+yrs of coding experience.

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Advanced Certified ScrumMaster: The A-CSM goes beyond the fundamentals of Scrum and provides a deeper understanding of the ScrumMaster role, servant leadership and self-organization; the ScrumMaster’s responsibilities in servicing the Product Owner, the Development team and the organization; as well as advanced facilitation and coaching techniques. Requires CSM + 1 year of experience. Suitable for ScrumMasters and Coaches.

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Certified Scrum Professional® – ScrumMaster: CSP-SM dives deeper into advanced Lean thinking, team dynamics and effectiveness, conflict resolution, organizational development, and scaling Scrum. Requires A-CSM + 2 years of experience. Suitable for ScrumMasters and Coaches.

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Advanced Certified Scrum Product Owner: The A-CSPO goes beyond the fundamentals of Scrum and provides a deeper understanding of the Product Owner role, stakeholder management and facilitation, product discovery, product strategy, product roadmaps, release management, and advanced product backlog refinement techniques. Requires CSPO + 1 year of experience. Suitable for Product Owners and Business Analysts.

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Certified Scrum Professional® – Product Owner: CSP-PO dives deeper into funding and financing, economics of product development, advanced customer research and product discovery, roadmapping at scale, working with multiple Scrum teams, and product launches.  Requires A-CSPO + 2 years of experience. Suitable for Product Owners and Business Analyst.

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Advanced Certified Scrum Developer – Agile Engineering Practices: The A-CSD Agile Engineering Practices goes beyond the fundamental technical practices and the skills needed to design and build reliable, robust, and verifiable systems and dives deeper into the engineering skills needed to successfully produce a production ready product increment at the end of each and every Sprint. Requires CSD + 1 year of experience. Suitable for programmers with 2+ years of programming experience.

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Certified Scrum Professional® – Developer: CSP-D coming in 2021

 

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