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For your case, I will consider ITIL and ACP.
I would say get your PMI-ACP and ITIL foundation at first. Then dig deep in ITIL
ITIL offers five different certification levels:
Intermediate (Service Lifecycle and Service Capability categories)
Be aware that ITIL uses a credit system for the Foundation through Expert levels, in which each certification earns a certain number of credits. Ultimately, a total of 22 credits is required to achieve ITIL Expert certification. (The ITIL Master has its own set of requirements, which you'll read about shortly). The following graphic shows the structure of the certification scheme and corresponding credits.
ITIL, Six Sigma and PMI-ACP are totally different things. In fact, in my actual work places, we are using ITIL and Six Sigma together.Is you are asking because the future market demmands you have to make an estimation. But what is very important to take into account is to be ready to work in the actual environment is one thing and the other to earn a certification. If you ask me take into consideration the business analyst role. The PMI has a certification named PMI-PBA.
I am actively working on my PMI-ACP now.
(waiting on answer on the application, completed the training hours, and working through Mike Griffiths book now)
I've had some exposure to ITIL, and will likely dig into that next.
Was curious about the applicability and relevance of Six Sigma, from a PM role perspective. Seems I have enough on the plate for the moment though. :-)
And that's a great point on considering the business analyst option too.
Can you share a little about how Six Sigma is relevant to your role and environment?
There are lots of conflicting and complementary personal development avenues so you need to figure out where you want to go, where your company wants to go and whether the two align.
Six Sigma is a disciplined approach to improving process & product effectiveness - if your company is not ready for that, lean is a better starting point as it emphasizes incremental improvement and doesn't require a solid statistical base.
Once you've got the knowledge and some hands on experience with lean, embracing agile becomes a lot easier.
ITIL is useful if you want to focus in the technology operations management domain AND if your company is willing to commit to standardizing its processes based on ITIL.
That gives a great perspective on where Six Sigma fits. I think it would likely be a better option for operational processes than for system development processes, at least initially, and my involvement is mostly on the system development side.
Lean and agile are areas I find to be interesting and very natural.
A while back, we ran about 15 people through an intro ITIL course on-site, but that was probably 3-4 years ago, and haven't heard much else about it since then.
I think there are pockets of interest in agile within the dept, and am hoping to be able to encourage more movement in that direction. :-)
Actually, I believe the six sigma on approaching my way in projects.
In my opinion, getting the certification is one thing, and using it in our projects is another thing (more important and effective).
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