References and Education

These publicly available educational opportunites, certification and references will provide you resources for the next steps of your Agile journey.

Education Opportunites:

There are many organizations that offer Agile training. Mostly, they are private agile coaches and transformation specialists who can help you take the first steps in your Agile Journey. If you are more experienced, or not ready to actually start an Agile transformation, the following resources are great for self teaching.
Certificate in Agile Development: University of Washington.
Agile Scrum Video Classes: Mountain Goat Software
CA Agile University
Agile Project Management:
Agile Education:CPrime


While you don’t need an Agile Certificate to be an Agile professional, it is reccomended.  Most classes are short, only 2-3 days at most, and require a test at the end to be certified. The classes are typically hands on, experiential education. The exception is the PMI-ACP, which is simply a certification test.

Scrum Alliance: CSM (Certified ScrumMaster), CSP (Cerified Scrum Professional), CEC (Certified Enterprice Coach), CST (Certified Scrum Trainer), CAL (Certified Agile Leadership), CSD (Certified Scrum Developer), CSPO (Certified Scrum Product Owner) : PSM (Professional ScrumMaster), PSPO (Professional ScrumProduct Owner), PSD (Professional Scrum Developer), SPS (Scaled Professional Scrum).

Project Management Institute. PMI-ACP. Agile Certification test from the organziation that sets the standard for Project Management.

Scaled Agile Academy: SA (SAFe Agilist), SPC (SAFe Program Consultant), SP (SAFe Pracitioner) , SCPT (SAFe Program Consultant Trainer), SPMPO (SAFe Product Manager/Product Owner)

What Certification is right for me?

If you are a project manager new to an Agile Team, start with a CSM, or PSM. If you are representating the business, start with CSPO or PSPO. If you’re part of a large enterprise, and have Agile experience, start with an SPS or SA.


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Scrum: a Breathtakingly Brief and Agile Introduction
Learning Agile: Understanding Scrum, XP, Lean, and Kanban
Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives – A Toolbox of Retrospective Exercises
Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great
Retrospectives for Organizational Change: An Agile Approach

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