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How do you determine your next certfication(s)?

With the recent discussions on achieving past goals, and looking forward to 2018 on targets and certification goals, I wanted to gain further insight as to what motivates our community members in determining their certification bucket list.

What influences your decision?

Popularity, Interest, Work Requirement, Career Progression? A combination of several?

Tell us your story.
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For me its combination of everything. I have been managing projects for a long time but only last year I heard about a more structured approach of handling projects offered by PMI and it had been very fruitful for me during my current role (That was the the first reason).

I am preparing myself to shift my career in about 3 years time and to embrace the business organizations I need to be equipped with tools to handle projects effectively (That was the second reason)

Agile is picking up momentum around the world and I wanted to gain experience in Agile way of doing projects. (That was the third reason).

These were the goals for this year.

For next year, I am weighing two-three options : PSM, RMP or PBA.
@ Andrew, Maybe you can help me decide.
1 reply by Andrew Craig
Dec 17, 2017 7:49 PM
Andrew Craig
Great response, Najam. I appreciate your candor, and great to see your initiative to focus forward on your career aspirations and targets. Keep it up!

Your progressions seem to remain within the project management family. The RMP looks like an interesting designation. The PSM is different, a bit more specific to role as a Scrum Master. If you think SM may be in your future, go for that as well. The direction you choose is up to you!

For me it is mostly career progression. In order to make changes in my career I am looking for certifications that will support where I want to be.
And also, I like to challenge myself.

Interest, learing with a self-given target and to a certain extend to challenge myself.

Personally, the word certification is kinda overrated. Yes, you need them to put yourself ahead of others, or as a bargaining chips, or as leverage for a job or business opportunity but for me, it is all about challenging yourself and learning new skills and acquiring new knowledge.
1 reply by Andrew Craig
Dec 17, 2017 7:59 PM
Andrew Craig
Thanks for sharing your insights Ahmad. I certainly do not disagree. And although I used the term certification, I do believe there is a difference b/t certification and professional designation. I suppose an individuals motivation distinguishes how the achievement can be rated, though still subjective. You can think of it as there are two types, those that do and those that don't, and even if purity is the grail, its also a chess game to be a player in the world of setting oneself apart from the competition.

Andrew -

Given the financial and personal time costs involved in attaining and maintaining a credential, starting with "why" is a very good idea!

A combination of competitive differentiation and role requirements have driven by certification aspirations. The former was why I got my PMP in 2000 (back when it was still the exception rather than the rule!) and my PMI-RMP in 2011. The latter was why I got the CDAP & CDAI in 2016 as I needed them to teach agile courses within my previous company, and the PMI-ACP this year as I needed it to teach agile courses within my current company.

Unless I see a need based on one or the other of these two drivers, I'm unlikely to pursue anymore. First, the ongoing costs of maintaining multiple credentials is getting prohibitive and I don't necessarily feel I'm learning more through the certification process than I can learn through other experiential, relationship and learning methods.

1 reply by Andrew Craig
Dec 17, 2017 8:01 PM
Andrew Craig
Thank you, Kiron. I cannot argue with that! And definitely something to consider - the cost to maintain!

For me as a recent graduate of MBA combined with 7 years of experience in IT, for me, it is both for career progression and interest.

It depends on a combination of several things like interest, career goals and work requirements etc. But I also believe that experience is more important than earning a new certificate. So, I would like to gain more experience in what I'm doing now, before trying for another certification. It can change depending on the circumstances.

It is a mix of career progression and personal development. By time, you figure out what areas you think you need to strengthen more.

I have decided about to invest time and money in certification (where time is the most valuable item for me because it is impossible to recover time expended) based on my own estimations about future market demands. Because it is an estimation it is based on available time and information the it will have an inherent error into it. For me, any other reason has no sense.

You forgot vanity, lol. Nah, mainly it's interest for me, which might seem strange to get certified out of interest.
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