There seems to have been a lot of discussion lately about certifications, and the validity of them. I may have even tried to get my two cents in. Most of the authors have been challenging whether the Agile community needs certifications at all.
I support certifications in general, and specifically in some professions. Doctors and lawyers are a couple of professions that I think certifications might be good examples. Doctors and lawyers are two good examples where certifications might be applicable. Both professions require a commitment to education past the normal 4 year under-graduate degree. Yet an M.D. degree doesn’t mean that you will get a competent doctor. Lawyers have been the but of many jokes in spite of their advanced degree. How the lawyer or doctor uses the knowledge obtained is what is critical, though a degree is the first filter most people apply.
Years ago, when I acquired my MBA, I thought it might separate me from other candidates for a job. I never expected to get hired because of my MBA. I believe how you apply what you have learned is far more important.
Anyone who hires exclusively because of a certification won’t be making that mistake too long. He will be fired or moved to a “Special” projects position.
Interested in what a couple of the Agile Gurus are saying? Check out Martin Fowler’s post “Certification Competence Correlation” or Alistair Cockburn’s certification debate with James Shore sponsored by PMI.
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