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The Agile Way of Working

Agile Working is no longer just for software development teams. Demand for increased business value and the ability to respond to customer needs more efficiently has led to other departments adopting the Agile Way of Working.

This has led to scrum teams popping up across different organizations and business units. However, it is essential that these scrum teams understand both the scrum framework they are working with as well as the agile mindset behind it. The combination of these two disciplines lead to an increased ability to manage changing priorities, better project visibility and increase team productivity*.

The EXIN Agile Scrum site offers a wealth of information about Agile principles and the Scrum framework. Take a look at our latest blog or the pages below for more information about the program.

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Frequently asked Questions about Agile Scrum

What is Agile?

Agile is a set of methods and practices that were originally intended for Software Development. It first became known after 12 software development gathered together and wrote the Manifesto for Agile Software Development. Over the past decade however, Agile has increasingly been adopted across organizations as a response to the demand of rapidly-changing and turbulent marketplace.

What is Scrum?

Scrum is one of the most widely used agile frameworks. It is a way of organizing work for a Scrum team using a set of artifacts, practices, and roles. A Scrum team consists of a development team, a Scrum Master and a Product Owner.

Why combine Agile and Scrum?

EXIN decided to combine Agile and Scrum because in order to apply Scrum methodology properly it is essential to understand the Agile principles behind it. Without this understanding, it becomes easy to lapse into going through the motions of scrum rather than actually adopting the Agile Way of Working.

What sets EXIN Agile Scrum apart?

Aside from being the only certification to provide the background behind scrum, EXIN Agile Scrum certifications feature mandatory practical assignments. This makes sure that anyone who takes the exam is able to applytheir knowledge in real-world situations immediately.

I thought Agile was just for Software Development teams?

It’s been quite some time since Agile was seen as only used by and relevant to software development teams. Cross-functional scrum teams are now common in many different areas of organizations. Scrum is ideal for projects but also for the long-term development of new products and services. This makes it attractive irrespective of your background.

What are the benefits of Agile?

The benefits of Agile are well-documented. The top  benefits* include:

  • Ability to manage changing priorities
  • Project visibility
  • Increased team productivity
  • Delivery speed/time to market
  • Team morale

Aside from this, Agile also helps to reduce costs and improves responsiveness to the needs of the customer.

*Version One’s 11th State of Agile Report

Which EXIN Agile Scrum certification is right for me?

The EXIN Agile Scrum program features 4 different certifications.

EXIN Agile Scrum Foundation
This certification has been created for professionals who need to know the basics of Agile principles and Scrum methodology. It is ideal for professionals who work as part of a scrum team or who work with a scrum team.

EXIN Agile Scrum Master
The EXIN Agile Scrum Master certification is role-based to ensure that professional attain the right knowledge and skills to facilitate their scrum team.

EXIN Agile Scrum Product Owner
This role-based certification is designed to give professionals the skills they need to take on the role of Product Owner within their scrum team.

EXIN Agile Scrum Product Owner Bridge
This certification has been created specifically for certified Scrum Master professionals who want to progress to Product Owner. Scrum Masters with the following certifications can take EXIN’s Agile Scrum Product Owner Bridge exam:

  • EXIN Agile Scrum Master
  • Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®)
  • Advanced Certified ScrumMaster™ (A-CSM™)
  • Certified Scrum Professional
  • Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I)
  • Professional Scrum Master II (PSM II)
  • Professional Scrum Master III (PSM III)

For more information about EXIN Agile Scrum certifications please visit the EXIN Agile Scrum program page.

Are there any entry requirements for EXIN Agile Scrum certifications?

For EXIN Agile Scrum Foundation there are no entry requirements. You can take this exam without any prior experience. All that you need to do is invest some time in self-study and take the exam online. It is also possible to find a training provider and follow a training. For EXIN Agile Scrum Master and EXIN Agile Scrum Product Owner, you need to have succesfully passed EXIN Agile Scrum Foundation. This is because the material covered in these certifications is of an advanced level.

Will an EXIN Agile Scrum certification be good for my career?

An EXIN Agile Scrum certification will show that you have proven knowledge of Agile principles and Scrum methodologies. Certification is a great way to demonstrate that you have taken the initiative to develop yourself professionally. Aside from this, EXIN Agile Scrum Master and EXIN Agile Scrum Product owner are role-based certifications that are designed to lead to a role with that job title. So yes, an EXIN Agile Scrum certification can certainly be good for your career!

The Agile Challenge

These days, undergoing an Agile transformation seems to be the rule rather than the exception. However, successfully implementing an Agile transformation is still considered quite an impressive feat. There is a growing awareness of change, along with a greater need for full-service delivery that involves all stakeholders in the same process at the same time with the aim of creating increased business value more quickly.

Arie van Bennekum / Chief Examiner | Agile Manifesto Author

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