- The certification(s) only prove that you attended a two day course and may have paid attention
- Certifications alienate other members of the Agile community
- The CSM doesn’t create people who understand Agile
N.B. In this context we’re all talking about the CSM and CSPO, which are just two-three day courses. The CSP (Scrum Professional) has some teeth and the CSC (Scrum Coach) is hard to get. Also I don’t know enough about the CSD to judge yet.
But there are some other issues that we can’t ignore:
- HR departments and some Managers continue to demand certifications
- The pull of the certification has drawn many people to Agile in the first place. The result many people know about Agile who never would have before.
- Without the CSM the Agile Community would be much smaller and not on the edge of mainstream adoption
- In a vacuum other certifications will appear (google the WAQB) and gain credence instead. At least we know that the CST’s are knowledgeable about Agile and have met a minimum standard (the bar has just been raised considerably).
In fact I would venture that most of the people complaining about the certifications would not be employed today as Agile Coaches, Trainers and Consultants if weren’t for certification having helped to grow the market.
Instead of fighting over certifications lets work to make them better – where we can. Lets also rate the certifications on several axis using the outputs of the Agile Skills Project. Finally you could pitch in with Cory Foy, Uncle Bob et al: Create and Promote their Agile Skills Videos.
But whatever we do lets stop fighting and create some value.
Caveat Emptor I will be applying to become a CST – i.e. one of the evil people who hands teach certification courses. You might be concerned that this has coloured my thinking. That these were my views before I considered joining the dark side.