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DA or PMI-ACP
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Wanted to understand the difference between PMI-ACP and Disciplined Agile. Also, which one holds more importance in career.
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One is a certification and the other is a toolkit so this is an "apples to oranges" comparison. If you are referring to DA certifications such as the CDA, CDAP, DALSM or CDAC, then PMI has indicated: CDA, ACP, CDAP, DALSM, CDAC would be the progression.

Either or neither will help you in your career - if you are trying to get past an automated filtering system for resumes, then CSM will likely be the most in demand even though it is a low quality certification.

Kiron
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1 reply by Susan Marangos
Jul 09, 2020 12:39 PM
Susan Marangos
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If you want to go solely based on filters, most jobs list a CSM. (Like others said PSM is a good option too.)

I have seen a few listings mention PMI-ACP or SAFe. I’ve yet to encounter a DA certification preferred anywhere yet.

I do believe there’s something to be said for ticking the box to get through the computer screenings, the question is after that you need to stand out and how you choose to do that can take many forms
I agree with Kiron. PSM is a good option as well for a starter.

RK
Jul 09, 2020 8:56 AM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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One is a certification and the other is a toolkit so this is an "apples to oranges" comparison. If you are referring to DA certifications such as the CDA, CDAP, DALSM or CDAC, then PMI has indicated: CDA, ACP, CDAP, DALSM, CDAC would be the progression.

Either or neither will help you in your career - if you are trying to get past an automated filtering system for resumes, then CSM will likely be the most in demand even though it is a low quality certification.

Kiron
If you want to go solely based on filters, most jobs list a CSM. (Like others said PSM is a good option too.)

I have seen a few listings mention PMI-ACP or SAFe. I’ve yet to encounter a DA certification preferred anywhere yet.

I do believe there’s something to be said for ticking the box to get through the computer screenings, the question is after that you need to stand out and how you choose to do that can take many forms
A quick follow-up - a lot depends on the company you target. If you were applying to a company which has adopted SAFe, then that certification will be valued. So it comes down to your career approach - will you be targeting specific companies or not...
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1 reply by Susan Marangos
Jul 13, 2020 12:28 AM
Susan Marangos
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Excellent point. In my area, it's mostly insurance type companies that use SAFe so they usually want the certification but other companies don't.

Also, in that vein it's important to go for any industry type certifications as well and sometimes before the higher level PM stuff depending on what you're targeting.
Jul 09, 2020 3:02 PM
Replying to Kiron Bondale
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A quick follow-up - a lot depends on the company you target. If you were applying to a company which has adopted SAFe, then that certification will be valued. So it comes down to your career approach - will you be targeting specific companies or not...
Excellent point. In my area, it's mostly insurance type companies that use SAFe so they usually want the certification but other companies don't.

Also, in that vein it's important to go for any industry type certifications as well and sometimes before the higher level PM stuff depending on what you're targeting.

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