OT: Agile PM courses?

Peter Edwards peter at dragonstaff.co.uk
Wed Dec 28 12:51:56 GMT 2011

On 28 December 2011 11:18, Dave Hodgkinson <davehodg at gmail.com> wrote:

> Yep, I know the Skills Matter folks.


Agreed that certs make little difference. I talked with one supplier and he
said "Oh, we don't really do Agile" shortly followed by "I'm a certified
Scrum Master but have never used it".
That's a fairly pointless box-ticking exercise.
I'm not sure whether you're positioning yourself personally as a PM or your
company but to give an example I wrote a PQQ recently (from the customer
side of an EU procurement framework agreement) and on came up with some
scenarios and questions about process to reveal the applicant companies'
ability to really apply PM and quality techniques rather than cut and paste
from them from course notes.

We're using Agile at work and have PMs certified on either/both of Scrum
and PRINCE2. We use agile cloud-based planning software from Thoughtworks
to support the process, with BDD acceptance criteria on the story cards. It
all works well and our primary supplier has fitted their internal processes
around it fairly happily - they'd only done waterfall before.


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