Just wanted to ask if someone have any idea about topic.
I’m technical lead in IT and I’m planning to go on the path of managemet. I’m not sure exact direction, but product management, engineering management and process management sounds quite interesting for me.
So I’m able to invest to some widely recogizable certificates for my future career. Of course I’m taking coursera courses, but I’d like to do more. In my homeland people don’t value certificates mcuh, so I’m quite new for this Professional Certification World.
So I’d like to request your ideas/recommendations on certificates I might obtain. I understand I can obtain some kind of Agile/Scrum Master certificates, maybe some Project Management Professional certficate, but this is more related to PM, not Technical Leadership. My main aim is career improvement in terms of having more (confirmed) value as candidate on the market.
So… any recommendations, ideas? :)
Best answer by peteok
Welcome to the field! I made the transition from lead/architect to tech manager a decade ago, and coach people making the switch now. The certification space can be confusing when you get started, and a lot of people will give you recommendations about things that they like.
From the hiring perspective, 2 providers of certifications mean something in the field: Scrum Alliance and Scaled Agile. The rest are nice-to-have. People in the field have strong feelings about other programs, and those programs are also of high quality. BUT, hiring (or at least screening) is usually done by people who don’t know the field, unfortunately. So they only know what they’ve been told, and that information lags behind reality.
Regardless of the management job you take, take 1 of the following 2 classes: Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) by Scrum Alliance, or Leading SAFe. (If you work in a small team, go Scrum Alliance. If you work in large enterprises with lots of teams, take the SAFe course instead.) These days it’s just expected. If you don’t have one of these two often your resume will just go in the trash, because everybody has one of these now. If you want to get into the product side (Design, UX, etc.) also take 1 of the following: Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) by Scrum Alliance or SAFe Product Owner/Product Manager (POPM).
After that there is ICAgile, LeSS, Scrum of Scrums, and others, plus a bunch more Advanced Scrum classes at Scrum Alliance, and advanced classes at Scaled Agile. At that point it’s really up to which content speaks to you the best. Just get a CSM or Leading SAFe certification first.
It used to be that getting your “PMP” from PMI was a big deal, but the folks who created the PMP are so far behind now, that getting a PMP now is actually seen as a ding against you. (If someone got a PMP years ago, it’s fine, but getting one now is what’s frowned upon.)