Besides the Agile, Kanban, and Scrum questions, here is a summary of other topics covered during the session.
Q: As a total newbie to Agile PM, what is the first certification they should obtain? Foundation and/or Practitioner?
Begin with a role-based classed for beginners, such as Product Owner, Scrum Master, or Dev. Team as Art suggested a couple of weeks back in his session. There are offerings from the Scrum Alliance and Scrum Organization which cover all the Scrum Roles.
· In 2001 Scrum Alliance began its support of the agile movement as a member-driven nonprofit certifying body in the agile space. As a trade associated, we were founded and funded by community for the community- a privilege we take seriously as we continue to nurture the agile movement by providing education, advocacy, research, community and connection.
· Ken Schwaber, the co-creator of Scrum, founded Scrum.org in 2009 as a global organization, dedicating himself to improving the profession of software delivery by reducing the gaps so the work and work products are dependable. Ken’s org provides instructions for the three roles identified in the Scrum Guide.
PMI group does offer an end-to-end Agile certification which has more of an Agile Mindset and Agile Mindset practices. This certification covers Agile, Kanban, XP, Scrum values, principles, practices, and development concepts. It is, however, not the most popular or sought-after certification when compared to Scrum Alliance, Scrum Org, SAFe, or LeSS certifications.
Next you can take an advance class for your role. From there you can consider scaling classes for Scrum, SAFe, or LeSS based on your company or career direction. SAFe also provides foundation education for the roles as well.
Q: When you are a qualified product owner (PO), can you become a PO in industry that you have no experience in too?
It depends on the product and company. There are company employees who worked as technicians and analyst and learned the company product based on their experience with the product. The business savy scope can be less than a customer-facing product. Let’s say you see a job posting for cloud-based security product which is your introduction to the PO role. The challenges of being the decision-making authority for this product are a bit different to the internal use only product. Will your knowledge need to include more than the internal use product? Will you need to the business, the customer and the product market? Do you have in-depth knowledge and understand each of the features of the products? The strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats for the products and its competitors? Can you develop a product vision? Have you established a relationship with the stakeholders? Can you sift through competing priorities to choose the right product features and says no to the rest? Know the delivery cycles constraints? The challenges for a customer-facing product are a different than those for internally used product. These are some of the questions you need to ask yourself.
Note: The beginner session questions on Scrum and Kanban frameworks are found in a separate entry.