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What's the best course of action to break into the Agile PM space (having been a
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I've worked in IT for over 30 years, been a PM for almost 20 of those years, and held a PMP for 7. I'm well versed and experienced in Lean Six Sigma and PMBOK and have a general understanding of Agile. I've taken some "scratch the surface" webinars and not sure best course of action to start more formal education --- enough to land a position as Agile PM and start accumulating some Agile hours leading up to certification. I'd love to hear opinions/experiences from fellow PMs about how to enhance my career with Agile knowledge.

Thank you
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You have a variety of options; volunteer for an agile team, start looking for contract opportunities and start reading/writing about it. I'd go to an Agile conference and network. You need to put yourself "in the way"of these opportunities.
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Thank you for your valuable insight.
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You could search on YouTube for conference using "Agile tour", you will find lot of interesting in formation and probably life experience that could help you in you treck.
Is there a Agile group in your area?
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1 reply by Linda Carvelli
Mar 12, 2017 12:51 PM
Linda Carvelli
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Thank you Vincent. I am researching area groups!
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I took a weird path to Agile. I got my Scrum Masters Certification and that made me very curious of the other methodologies. Since most shops at PSU are waterfall, it was hard to find information on Agile. I reached out to others who obtained their SMC with me and started an Agile Discussions Group. We present on anything Agile at least once a month. Now our shop is doing some agile projects and I've had the opportunity to be either a BA or a PM on some of those. It is hard to move developers from a waterfall approach to agile but they are getting it. I'm looking to document my experiences so I can obtain my Agile Practitioners Certificate next. I have a CAPM.
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The first thing to do is to understand what Agile really is. And first of all to understand that Agile something does not exists. What exists is project management performed inside an environment using some approach (Agile for example). Agile is not a method, Agile is not softwre or IT related only, Agile is not a process, Agile did not start with the Manifesto. Take a look to this great post by Heidi Araya to understand about the history: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/when-agile-...e-title-publish
I was part of the forum where Agile "formaly" was born in 1990: USA DoD NSF/Agility Forum.
I have the opportunity to write a short article for PM Network that perhaps it helps: ""Perfectly Positioned"; http://www.pmnetwork-digital.com/pmnetwork/april_2016?pg=73#pg73
I was part of the group of authors of an Agile Software Development Method: DSDM.
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1 reply by Linda Carvelli
Mar 15, 2017 12:47 PM
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Very informative. Thank you so much for sharing.
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Linda:
Here is a nice table that gives you an idea of the application of Agile approaches in different type of projects. This may help guide you in with some of the comment here by Lisa, Sergio and Vincent.

http://www.mcpa.biz/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Summary-Table1.png
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1 reply by Linda Carvelli
Mar 14, 2017 4:19 PM
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Thank you again. I'm grateful for all the thoughtful responses to aid in my research!
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Hi Linda, I would suggest taking the CSM course which can also be applied to your PMI-ACP exam requirements if you choose this certification. Reading about it is good; but application is probably better. Maybe seek out some Meet Ups targeting Agile in your area; as well as; volunteer opportunities.
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4 replies by Demetrius Williams, Linda Carvelli, and Wade Harshman
Mar 12, 2017 12:54 PM
Linda Carvelli
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By CSM do you mean Certified Scrum Master course? I agree with your opinion on application! I also see the Agile for IT PM course on this site. PMI Agile Certified Practitioner...it's advertised regularly here...and wonder how this differs from CSM? This one includes Agile, Scrum and XP for IT PMs, it's self-directed, provides 113 PDU hours and 70 training courses.
Mar 12, 2017 6:42 PM
Demetrius Williams
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Hi Linda, yes I meant Certified Scum Master (CSM). The difference between the two certifications CSM and PMI-ACP is one is a specific type of Agile (CSM - Scrum) and PMI-ACP is more general. The PMI-ACP material goes over all the different types (Scrum, XP, and more) to give you and overview of the them all. I am not familiar with the course you have described - Agile for IT PM course. It sounds very extensive and much more PDUs than you will need to sit for the PMI-ACP exam. But the information you will obtain will probably be beneficial. Please keep us informed on whichever way you decide.
Mar 14, 2017 7:53 AM
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Linda, I think Demetrius nailed it. With your experience, a CSM or CSPO certification will open a lot of doors. It's a lot of money up front, but worth it if you're looking for opportunities. I haven't seen demand for the ACP in my area, yet, but good CSMs are in short supply.

Out of curiosity, why are you looking for an Agile position? With your background, it seems like you could be taking a step backwards in your career. Scrum has no project manager position. Is it just the desire to try something new, or are you drawn to Agile work environments?
Mar 14, 2017 4:32 PM
Linda Carvelli
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Hi Wade, after 20 years in tech PM, I took some time off to write/publish my book (memoir) and during that process I discovered I wanted to share my personal experiences and help others navigate through some of life's personal pitfalls. I pursued a certificate in life coaching AND DURING THAT PROCESS I truly honed into my passion and that is facilitating change (for individuals, teams, organizations, etc.) and I still have a strong interest in IT projects. One webinar I watched explained the difference between traditional PM and Agile PM is Agile PM is more of a coach and many of the behaviors, actions, techniques she introduced were the same as those I learned in coaching school. As I look back (and now having coaching certification) I realize my traditional PM style was more of coach than dictator. My key strengths are collaboration and facilitation and I'm now really passionate about helping individuals think for themselves through self-awareness and discovery. The Agile webinar presenter referred to a Scrum Master as a Coach and that the main message for teams is "allow failings because that is where the real improvements happen...during the retrospective." I am a firm believer in this message in all aspects of life so I think I can make a smooth transition to SM and be of great value to Agile teams.

Note: Demetrius, I apologize; I now see this response attached to your message when I intended it to be for Wade.
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Very informative Thread :)
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Mar 09, 2017 10:24 PM
Replying to Vincent Guerard
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You could search on YouTube for conference using "Agile tour", you will find lot of interesting in formation and probably life experience that could help you in you treck.
Is there a Agile group in your area?
Thank you Vincent. I am researching area groups!
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Mar 10, 2017 11:07 PM
Replying to Demetrius Williams
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Hi Linda, I would suggest taking the CSM course which can also be applied to your PMI-ACP exam requirements if you choose this certification. Reading about it is good; but application is probably better. Maybe seek out some Meet Ups targeting Agile in your area; as well as; volunteer opportunities.
By CSM do you mean Certified Scrum Master course? I agree with your opinion on application! I also see the Agile for IT PM course on this site. PMI Agile Certified Practitioner...it's advertised regularly here...and wonder how this differs from CSM? This one includes Agile, Scrum and XP for IT PMs, it's self-directed, provides 113 PDU hours and 70 training courses.
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