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Suggestion for me as a IT Project Manager
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What is your suggestion for me as an IT Project Manager:

I already started to get my PMP soon and I noticed Certified Scrum Master is more required in IT world.
Appreciate your thoughts and suggestion.

Thank you, Everyone.
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Depends on career path/aspirations. If you want to continue as a project manager, get your PMP. Looking for career change to scrum master, go for your CSM/PSM.

My recommendation is to finish your PMP. Earning your CSM/PSM, if the need arises, is simply taking an online exam. Don't mean to minimize, but certainly not on same level as PMP.

Also, PMI has an Agile exam, PMI-ACP. More generalized, i.e., not specific to scrum master.

Good luck!
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1 reply by Nahid Maadi
Feb 16, 2019 11:37 PM
Nahid Maadi
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Thank you Andrew!
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Feb 16, 2019 10:49 PM
Replying to Andrew Craig
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Depends on career path/aspirations. If you want to continue as a project manager, get your PMP. Looking for career change to scrum master, go for your CSM/PSM.

My recommendation is to finish your PMP. Earning your CSM/PSM, if the need arises, is simply taking an online exam. Don't mean to minimize, but certainly not on same level as PMP.

Also, PMI has an Agile exam, PMI-ACP. More generalized, i.e., not specific to scrum master.

Good luck!
Thank you Andrew!
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Scrum certifications are more relevant in software development projects.
If the projects you will be involved in are more related to IT infrastructure projects then PMP/CAPM are more relevant.

Agile/Scrum certification really benefits the organization when new software must be written. If the project focus is writing code as part of an upgrade and the software is already in use. Then the traditional waterfall approach of PMBOK is where you'll work from.
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Hello Nahid,

I was in your situation couple of years ago. I'm going to be giving my experience and thoughts rather than suggestions. Because, doing a PMP or CSM or CSP is really something related to your aspirations, as already specified by Andrew Craig. SO, my first suggestion is to listen to your heart. If your passion is to manage projects and be happy seeing projects success/learn from mistakes otherwise, then definitely go for these certifications. I also would like to tell you that, personally PMP has helped me a lot. It is also a self improvement tool rather than just a career for me. I suggest you keep that in mind while making your decision.

I've been TPM and SM both and i see they are both different tracks all together. Moving to Scrum is rather a shift in your thinking. If you're aware of all these then go for it.

Good luck with all you do!
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1 reply by Nahid Maadi
Feb 17, 2019 4:24 PM
Nahid Maadi
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Thank you so much, Venugopal.

I will definitely get my PMP in 2 months, as you said it's very good self-improvement also.

and will check CSM after.

Career improvement is something I do always look for it.
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Each time I am deciding to spend time and effort on getting a certification I make my own estimations on future market demands. In my personal opinion PMP will help you to work on project manager beyond IT (that is my case). But indeed to Scrum related certifications have great demand. In fact, they are easy to get. If you go for the second take a closer look to get certifications related to Scrum applied at scale, for example Scrum@Scale related certifications.
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1 reply by Nahid Maadi
Feb 17, 2019 4:25 PM
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Thanks, Sergio. Yes I do agree, the market is for SM and will go for it after PMP
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Feb 17, 2019 12:17 AM
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Hello Nahid,

I was in your situation couple of years ago. I'm going to be giving my experience and thoughts rather than suggestions. Because, doing a PMP or CSM or CSP is really something related to your aspirations, as already specified by Andrew Craig. SO, my first suggestion is to listen to your heart. If your passion is to manage projects and be happy seeing projects success/learn from mistakes otherwise, then definitely go for these certifications. I also would like to tell you that, personally PMP has helped me a lot. It is also a self improvement tool rather than just a career for me. I suggest you keep that in mind while making your decision.

I've been TPM and SM both and i see they are both different tracks all together. Moving to Scrum is rather a shift in your thinking. If you're aware of all these then go for it.

Good luck with all you do!
Thank you so much, Venugopal.

I will definitely get my PMP in 2 months, as you said it's very good self-improvement also.

and will check CSM after.

Career improvement is something I do always look for it.
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Feb 17, 2019 6:49 AM
Replying to Sergio Luis Conte
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Each time I am deciding to spend time and effort on getting a certification I make my own estimations on future market demands. In my personal opinion PMP will help you to work on project manager beyond IT (that is my case). But indeed to Scrum related certifications have great demand. In fact, they are easy to get. If you go for the second take a closer look to get certifications related to Scrum applied at scale, for example Scrum@Scale related certifications.
Thanks, Sergio. Yes I do agree, the market is for SM and will go for it after PMP

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