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Certified ScrumMaster - Certified Scrum Product Owner
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Is it wise to follow my ScrumMaster certification with the Scrum Product Owner certification or would you recommend waiting and gaining more experience?
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I would always recommend gaining experience first and then getting certified to complement that experience, but as far as the SPO credential goes, if you are not in or aspiring to a PO role then it may not be valuable to you. While some SM's move into PO roles over time, this is not the only road open to you...
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Zachary - my first question would be what is your driver to feel getting this certification would add value to your role or career. While certifications are great to earn, we want to make sure that our resume and collection of certs have a story with rationale behind it. If you aspire to become a PO, go for it.
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May 28, 2019 12:26 AM
Zachary Freitag
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I would just like to build my Agile knowledge and become more desirable when I look for my next opportunity.
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May 27, 2019 7:19 PM
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Zachary - my first question would be what is your driver to feel getting this certification would add value to your role or career. While certifications are great to earn, we want to make sure that our resume and collection of certs have a story with rationale behind it. If you aspire to become a PO, go for it.
I would just like to build my Agile knowledge and become more desirable when I look for my next opportunity.
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I took the Safe PO certification and Scrum Alliance Scrum Master certification. My team uses Scrum, and for me, I learned much more studying for the ACP than I learned from getting my PO and SC certifications. The prep book by Michael Griffiths-PMI-ACP® Exam Prep, Updated Second Edition was excellent and well worth the cost, not only to prepare, but is a great reference post exam.

Best regards
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If you have the cash and the time, I'd recommend the PO class.

First, if you're a scrum master, then you're a coach. There's a good chance that at some point, you'll be working with a product owner that may not have had any training. They're often assigned their position by the business because they're SMEs on the product or the target user group, not because of their knowledge of the scrum framework. The more you know about the PO position, the more you'll be able to coach and assist. The PO role is especially important. One bad developer can slow your team down, but a few bad decisions from a PO can completely derail your product.

Second, if you're coming from a PM background, the PO might be a more logical career path for you. (Note: I didn't say the PO is the PM, only that it is the scrum position that most closely aligns with the skills you may already have as a project manager.)

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