Agile Working is spreading through organizations globally as they rush to meet the challenges of digital transformation head-on. Scrum remains the most popular of all Agile methodologies*. This is why EXIN’s Agile Scrum certifications are an ideal way to move forward in the digital age as they help professionals develop an Agile mindset and a scrum skill set.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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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