Bangalore, India (PressExposure) May 03, 2012 -- What is Agile?
Faster, more flexible and at a lower cost - more and more companies around the world today are constantly exploring newer avenues in their attempts to meet these demands from their customers. Traditional, sequential methodologies that were hitherto used to deliver projects are best suited to scenarios where requirements are clear, well-understood and have little or no scope for change. However situations that require nimble response to change and constant communication to customers demand a different approach. To address precisely this requirement, Agile Project Management methodology advocates iterative delivery and open communication between teams and customers and thus seeks to manage change through flexibility, adaptation and direct communication.
Why Agile certification?
Agile is a topic of growing importance in project management. PMI market research shows that project management practitioners are embracing agile principles and practices as a technique for successfully managing projects. Additionally, in keeping with the demand for agile professionals all around the world, PMI members, credential holders, and individuals are looking to PMI for certification, recognition and learning opportunities. Further organizations are seeing value in agile principles and practices to deliver projects more quickly, with less waste and cost. In keeping with the growing demands for trained Agile professionals, PMI has introduced the PMI-ACP (Agile Certification Professional) Certification.
The PMI-ACP validates a practitioner's ability to understand, select and apply agile principles and practices as a project management approach based on the needs and demands of a specific project. By earning the PMI-ACP, practitioners can:
·Demonstrate to employers their level of professionalism in agile practices of project management.
·Increase their professional versatility in project management tools and techniques and thus helps in career advancement.
·Show they have the capacity to lead basic teams using agile principles and practices by holding a certification from a world renowned association.
Organizations who use agile principles and practices have documented the value they see from these techniques:
·Incremental delivery-rather than a single complete delivery at the end of the project allows early, measurable return on investment
·Early and continuous customer feedback- as the customer is involved throughout development, they will end up with an end-product that they want and will use
·Empowered business owner who can receive and review critical information necessary to make decisions to steer the project toward the goal continually throughout the development process
·High visibility and influence over the project progress leading to early indications of problems
·Adaptive to changing business needs, giving the organization more influence over adding, changing, or removing requirements
·Reduces product and process waste
·Agile principles and practices are disciplined and value driven
Investment in developing a team of PMI-ACP certified professionals is a crucial step for companies looking at deriving the most of these advantages.