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I am not sure what experience you have already but I assume you have a few year of project managment experience. I highly recommend PMI-ACP since Agility is very important these days especially on IT related projects.
The software industry is extremely broad, and most recruiters or hiring managers look for folks with experience in the specific sub-domain (e.g. ERP implementation, blockchain) that their project needs.
While continuing down the agile journey would help, if you are interested in a specific type of software project, you might want to see if there are certifications available tied to that to differentiate yourself from other generalist PMs...
You better research the job market based on your ambition. Try to find the certifications that your favorite positions need and act accordingly.
Anyway, the certification is only a piece of paper which can show that you learned something. In practice, you should prove your expertise, knowledge and experience you gained. To achieve your ambition, you need more than certificates.
Should I consider SAFe as well?
Just wanted to get an idea of what to do next as I have some free time at the moment and can invest that time in a certificate. Let me know if you can recommend anything.
Of course, the whole idea is to differentiate myself from the rest.
There is a lot out there and not sure what to do next!
How long ago did you get your PMP and CSM?
Is your goal to be an expert, or to be perceived as an expert?
What does being an expert mean to you?
From a maintenance perspective, try to spread your certifications out, to maximize the impact of your PDUs. I'm not following this advice, this year, because I want to take the DAVSC class by March, so I'm knocking out the DASM and DASSM pretty quickly, which means I'll have over 60 PDUs and two more years before I need to renew my PMP. I usually spread things out more, and double down in year three so I can roll a few PDUs over.
Certification does not make you an expert. The combination of training and experience get you on the path, but if you want to be perceived as an expert, you have to make your views known, provide guidance and insight to others, and build your network, among other things.
There are several people who regularly respond to questions on this site. If you read their responses, you'll see that they often have different perspectives and sometimes disagree. Hopefully, one or more of them can provide additional insight into what it takes be be perceived as an expert.
Being an expert for me is mastering all the areas of PM, of course with experience. And I would like to complete whatever certificates i can soon as possible while gaining experience from my continuous PM work.
DASM and DASSM are quite new in this region. We rarely see people with these certifications. Also, is PMI going to replace ACP with DASSM? And how demanded it is?
Also, I thought of getting the CSPO since it is a quick one.
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