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Congrats on achieving these two credentials. I have two questiosn for you:
1- I do Project Management for Construction Projects & Real Estate Developments so you believe Scrum whether PSM or ASM are good for someone in my field or they are more for IT related fields ?
2- Can you elalborate on both exams in terms of how much study time, cost, online exam or in-person, and so on. I am interested to know if you do not mind sharing.
Do you have any information or comparison with Scrum Master Certified (SMC™) certification by SCRUMstudy ?
I have only been involved in a few construction projects but I have to say I never even hear the word Agile or Scrum on those projects. I occasionally heard PMP and Prince2. Certainly It's more prevalent in IT, software, HR, consulting etc.
Some further details about each exam.
ASM - Managed by Exin. You DO need to attend a training course by a registered provider and show the certificate. The training can be done online rather than in person, and the exam fee IS included in the training course. I did mine with Simplilearn and I believe I negotiated the price down to $599 USD. I was a little disappointed with the course content, especially after sitting the exam and seeing several topics that were not covered in the training. My strong recommendation is to read the Scrum Guide, and Mike Cohn's two books "Agile Estimating and Planning" and "Succeeding with Agile" as I saw many exam questions directly from all these books, like over 50% of the exam. If you fail the exam, the re-exam fee will be $250. I studied a few weeks for this one as the topics were so broad compared to the regular Scum-only content provided in other certifications. The certification is for life, unlike CSM which you need to pay for renewal every 2 years I believe. The certification is managed by Exin, who are no slouches in technology standards. They assisted in creating ITIL and Prince2 back in the day, and they have been around a lot longer than both Scrum Alliance and Scrum.org. Having said all this, ASM is hardly known anywhere. Unlike the CSM and PSM. I know I am the first person at PM.com to register this certification on this website, only because I was the one who contacted them last week to add this certification to the the list.
PSM - Managed by Scrum.org. You do NOT need to attend a training course by a registered provider, although they highly recommend it. As Andrew Craig mentioned in his blog, all you need to do is spend around $10-15 on Udemy:
The exam fee is NOT included in the training course. The exam fee can be purchased from Scrum.org for $150 for the PSM1 exam. Each attempt thereafter costs the same price. I studied again for a few weeks, but this exam was simpler in content than the ASM, however had a higher pass rate, so it probably evens out. They have some free simulation tests on the Scrum.org website.
After sitting both exams, the ASM was harder in my view than the PSM. In an ideal world, I guess all three certifications would be nice (ASM, PSM, CSM), only to say you have XSM bragging rights.
Like Rami I wonder if any of the actual Agile or scrum certification can be apply to Construction. My understanding is that it is fit for IT.
Sante, the thread shows you replied to me but I can’t see any reply here :D Are you noticing the same ?
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