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What is PI Planning and its importance in SAFe®?

PI Planning or Program Increment Planning can be said to be the heartbeat of the Agile Release Train(ART). Even more precisely, it sets the tracks for the train to ensure that all rail cars(scrum teams that are a part of ART) travel in the same direction. It is similar to Iteration planning in crum. It is an extension of Iteration planning under a bigger umbrella i.e ART.  PI Planning sessions are regularly scheduled activities held during the year where various teams within the same Agile Release Train (ART) collaborate to agree with a common vision, discuss functionality, prepare the roadmap and define cross-team dependencies. It's a fixed timebox for planning , designing, and validating a complete system, showing value, and having quick feedback.  When you first follow SAFe, chances are, it will start with PI Planning. This is because it forms the basis for the Scaled Agile FrameworkTM. The PI Planning ceremony is the foundation of your transformation and the driver for SAFe. We will take a deep dive into PI planning in detail in this article and understand its importance in SAFe.What is SAFe®?Before understanding SAFe ,let’s first understand what Scrum is. Scrum is an iterative product creation approach focusing on a regular production cadence. It relies on cross-functional teams, a set of ceremonies, and certain specific supporting roles to help drive these deliveries.SAFe is an extension of Scrum at the larger organizational level. SAFe or the Scaled Agile FrameworkTM is a set of principles and strategies designed to help deliver resilience to all departments and levels of the organization. The system is designed to enhance visibility, coordination and cooperation which will result in improved efficiency , better outcomes and faster delivery.Image SourceIntroduction to Program Increment :PI Planning is particularly useful for agile companies of large scale. Let 's look at some figures, to understand the effect. Some bigger companies , for example, may have 300-400 teams and 5,000 developers. These teams may never have spoken to each other before, in the old way of working until a crucial issue forced them to collaborate.Previously, coordination would have been at the level of the leadership team, and they would have had several levels of managers in between who would trickle down details, but the people on the teams would never speak to each other. There would always be a constant struggle to work on the biggest projects for money, budget, and opportunities.Projects had a habit of overlapping - one team would release something which would then break something in the project of another team. PI Preparation is the first time that many of these very large businesses have joined their teams in a space or on the same call to speak to each other. They are given the opportunity to nut out those crucial talks about who is working on what. When you enter a code or a code repository, you need to know how it can affect another team. You may also need to do some work to allow another team to work first (and vice versa) on their feature.An ART (agile release train) is a shared objective accomplished by the soul of the different teams that work together. In very large companies, there can be three trains working together, and that is the reason why the teams need to step back every eight to 12 weeks and make sure that they continue to work towards the overall vision and company goals.Here’s what PI Planning enforces:CommunicationVisibilityCollaborationAs a result, teams can more easily get work done, deliver more updates in less time, and remain on budget.Executing the PI /Agenda- It is very important to understand the steps involved in executing PI. Let's try to understand the same:1) Preparation: It will cover the prerequisites for successful PI.Organization preparation : PI meetings are supposed to be arranged well in advance, and it is important to call into account all the stakeholders and leaders involved in the program. Usually, large organizations arrange this as a quarterly meeting, which helps to talk about the end of the preceding quarter and to set all in order for the start of the next quarter.Content preparation: For the launch the preparation on the aim and the vision has to be made well in advance. This should be drilled into the team from day one, which is done by the Company owners and the leaders of the projects who are in the best position to do so.  Facility preparation: A spacious room that is twice the size of the amount of people should be prepared, where the employees are able to walk around and ask other employees questions.2) Agenda:Setting the agenda is very important and should be mapped out at the outset. Motivational speakers should be called in, who can take time to remember the successes of the last PI. Always provide some time for introductions through ice breaking games. It is important that the teams get to know each other, so that they can work well together. All these can be helpful in work teambuilding and bringing a social aspect to the case.Here is an example of an agenda from ScaledAgileFramework.com. It outlines the critical steps for a successful case.Day OneBusiness Background – The background of the business is  provided by a senior management member or a company owner who offers insights on business performance and on how they are able to keep up with market demands and customer needs.Product / Solutions Strategy- The Project management will outline the company vision for the next PI. The salient features that will help achieve these targets will be defined by the company management.Architecture Vision & Development Practices – Next, the Systems Architect or IT department will talk about the systems and architectural vision for infrastructure upgrades that will help increase market time and will affect growth during the upcoming PI. Process changes associated with Agile that would improve speed and communication will be discussed.Preparation Background & Lunch – After this, it is the turn of the Release Train Engineer (RTE) to explain the planning process for PI and what the teams and the general meeting are required to do. The planned results for the meeting will be discussed, and any questions from the Team will be addressed.Team breakouts- Teams will meet around the boards (analogue or digital) to measure their pace for each iteration and look at their backlogs and what needs to be progressed to help the functionality outlined in the vision. They will apply their draft plans to review and provide input to all the teams. They'll need to recognize and mitigate possible threats and addictions.Draft Plan Review- During this time-boxed meeting, teams will deliver their draft plans and receive input from product owners, company owners,  stakeholders and other teams. They may use the feedback to fine-tune their drafts before consulting the management. They will also discuss possible issues to be addressed by the management.Review by Management and Problem Solving- Draft plans would also raise problems with design, scale, and people and resource constraints. Only the management renegotiation and future features may often solve these problems. The RTE (Release Train Engineer) organizes this meeting and stakeholders and business owners must come out of the meeting with a new set of goals or features for the teamsDay 2 AgendaProgram Adjustments- At the start of the day,  changes or decisions taken at the problem-solving meeting by management and stakeholders will be considered. Teams are apprised of these changes and decisions and priorities may be revisited. These adjustments will be put on the board of the company so that all departments can take a look and reorganize themselves.Breakouts- During breakouts, teams take the changes back to their discussion meeting and come back to the program board with their PI targets. Company owners may assign values to each of the goals and rate them for execution. At this stage, teams will get a clearer sense of their targets in the context of the iterations ahead.Final Plan Review and Lunch- Finally, each team will carry their plans to the front and present them. Threats and dependencies will be listed out at the finish of the presentation. While this is not the time to try and fix those problems, the various plans are posted to allow the teams to review and get inputs from others.Program Risks-All teams listed their risks and dependencies in the preceding phase. Now that all the goals are written, the teams will tackle each risk in turn and decide whether they can be resolved. The risks fall into one of below categories:Resolved- The teams conclude after discussion that the topic is no longer a problem.  Owned – Someone on the train takes ownership of the item to work on a later resolution of the issue.  Accepted – Certain threats are simply facts or future issues that need to be acknowledged and embraced.  Mitigated- Teams will strategize together to mitigate a risk item's effects. The solution or fix is implemented.Trust Vote – Once all the challenges and targets are discussed and addressed, the teams can vote on their conviction that the target can be achieved in the coming PI. The Trust vote is a quintessential vote, when team members can hold up one to five fingers in a show of hands. Anything that is less than a three-finger ballot should be re-looked at. The team member who has an issue with that particular goal would need to give more clarity, so that the teams can fix it. Once the issue has been resolved, the target of achieving a vote of confidence for the coming PI is again put to vote.Retrospective – The RTE will have a brief retrospective on the PI Planning case at the very end of the meeting to collect input about what was going well for the case, and what needs to be modified or enhanced for the next event.Day 18:00am - 9:00amBusiness context9:00am - 10:30amProduct/solution vision10:30am - 11:30amArchitecture vision & development practice11:30am - 1:00pmPlanning context & lunch1:00pm - 4:00pm Team breakouts4:00pm - 5:00pmDraft plan review5:00pm - 6:00pmManagement review & problem solvingDay 28:00am - 9:00amPlanning adjustment9:00am - 11:00amTeam breakouts11:00am - 1:00pmFinal plan review & lunch1:00pm - 2:00pmProgram risks2:00pm -2:15pmConfidence vote2:15pm - X:XXPMPlan rework (if needed)When readyPlanning retrospective & moving forwordThis plan may be ideal for you or you can change it according to the needs of your team. Distributed teams, very large ARTs, and other factors can require the schedule to be modified in a creative way. You will find some sessions require more time, while others may need to be shortened. If it's your first PI Planning experience, try the regular agenda, get input from your team and play with different formats.PI Output- The output which comes out from PI planning is as follows :Smart goals are set by each participating team.The program manager updates the program board based on PI output. The feature list is accepted by each participating team.The new release date for features is aligned between teams.Dependencies of roles (between teams and other ARTs) are set.Milestones are noted down.Planning for PI offers many business advantages including:  Setting up face-to - face contact with the stakeholders and all team members – It is critical to keep everybody focused on the event.  Establishing the social network depends on the ART – The purpose of icebreakers and team-building games is to help instill trust and collaboration even for remote team members.Matching progress on business goals with the business background, vision, and priorities of the Team and Program PI – Everyone comes together so that they feel like a part of the process and are able to grasp the vision of the organization.Finding similarities and promoting cross-team and cross-ART communication – Many people who have been virtually in touch are now able to put a face to a name. When resolving concerns, dependencies and threats, it's important for everyone to feel comfortable reaching out for support and finding out how the teams can work together.Quick decision making –No need to worry if they have received your text or wait for someone to get back to you when everyone is together. Rather than days or weeks, discussions and decisions take place in minutes or hours.When is PI Planning held?Many businesses think that the correct period of time for an increment is 8-12 weeks (which adds up to 4-6 x 2-week iterations).  Some firms keep PI Planning quarterly, for example:  Q1 PI: December  Q2 PI: March  Q3 PI: June  Q4 PI: September  But timing and duration depend on how long each phase of the program is planned to last. The positive thing about PI Organizing activities is that they happen regularly on a set timetable, so you can plan well in advance for them. That means there is plenty of notice from teams and business owners to ensure they can turn up for the case.What is a pre-PI Planning event and when is it needed?Since the two-day PI Preparation case obviously is just not enough, pre-planning events may be required. These exist for a very good purpose  -to make sure the ART is synchronized before PI Preparation is carried out within the wider Solution Train. It's all about synchronizing with the other ARTs to ensure that the answer moves in the right direction, along with the organization. What normally happens is that key people from the Solution Train, along with members from the ARTs and related suppliers get together. Here are some of the people you'll find at such an organizing event :  Solution Train EngineerSolution ManagementSolution Architect/EngineeringSolution System TeamRelease Train EngineersProduct ManagementSystem Architects/EngineersCustomersThey'll look at the top Project Backlog, Project Goal, Vision, and Solution Roadmap capabilities. It's a lot like PI Preparation, but at a higher level, through the solution as a whole and not just the individual work. The event begins with each ART summing up its previous increment and achievements in order to set the context. A senior executive would then brief the attendees on the current situation before Project Management addresses the new vision of the project and any improvements from what had previously been discussed.Remote Teams must be engaged and accountableThe Agile Manifesto says, "A face-to - face interaction is the most effective and efficient method of conveying information to and within a development team."  Keeping the members of the remote team involved and focused on the planning tasks can be challenging indeed. A range of video conference services are available on the market that allow teams not only to carry out video conferencing with individual members, but also to interact with local teams with cameras. Everyone can see and communicate with one another in the same way as if they were all seated in a conference room together.  Applications like Zoom / Web ex / Google Meet /Microsoft Team offer video conferencing facilities for teams and can be used for group sessions for PI preparation. Remote participants can be asked to keep their cameras on so they can be seen.ConclusionWithin the grand scale of today's development environment, teams are often divided across geographies. Team members who are going to be on-the-spot can attend the PI meeting in person, but entire groups might not be ready to participate from the same location. Remote teams should be able to collaborate and give their feedback, in order for SAFe to develop.In such cases, RTEs and company owners need to think outside the box as online technologies evolve. They must prepare to organize and train teams to use these technology resources for effective collaboration.  The more frequently the teams use the tools, the simpler it'll be to use them for major events like PI Preparation and alternative iteration conferences and ceremonies. For answers to questions, often teams operating within the same building will profit from providing a remote source of knowledge and a common source of truth within the organization. It can also help to encourage team members to know their stakeholders and product managers, so that at the right time the right people can answer the right questions.Teams who are able to meet this challenge will benefit from the largest pool of skills and expertise, and can get set to reap the highest chance of success in this fast-paced industry.

What is PI Planning and its importance in SAFe®?

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What is PI Planning and its importance in SAFe®?

PI Planning or Program Increment Planning can be said to be the heartbeat of the Agile Release Train(ART). Even more precisely, it sets the tracks for the train to ensure that all rail cars(scrum teams that are a part of ART) travel in the same direction. It is similar to Iteration planning in crum. It is an extension of Iteration planning under a bigger umbrella i.e ART.  

PI Planning sessions are regularly scheduled activities held during the year where various teams within the same Agile Release Train (ART) collaborate to agree with a common vision, discuss functionality, prepare the roadmap and define cross-team dependencies. It's a fixed timebox for planning , designing, and validating a complete system, showing value, and having quick feedback.  

When you first follow SAFe, chances are, it will start with PI Planning. This is because it forms the basis for the Scaled Agile FrameworkTM. The PI Planning ceremony is the foundation of your transformation and the driver for SAFe. We will take a deep dive into PI planning in detail in this article and understand its importance in SAFe.

Program Increment Planning and its importance in SAFe®?

What is SAFe®?

Before understanding SAFe ,let’s first understand what Scrum is. Scrum is an iterative product creation approach focusing on a regular production cadence. It relies on cross-functional teams, a set of ceremonies, and certain specific supporting roles to help drive these deliveries.

SAFe is an extension of Scrum at the larger organizational level. SAFe or the Scaled Agile FrameworkTM is a set of principles and strategies designed to help deliver resilience to all departments and levels of the organization. The system is designed to enhance visibility, coordination and cooperation which will result in improved efficiency , better outcomes and faster delivery.

Scaled Agile Framework

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Introduction to Program Increment :

PI Planning is particularly useful for agile companies of large scale. Let 's look at some figures, to understand the effect. Some bigger companies , for example, may have 300-400 teams and 5,000 developers. These teams may never have spoken to each other before, in the old way of working until a crucial issue forced them to collaborate.

Previously, coordination would have been at the level of the leadership team, and they would have had several levels of managers in between who would trickle down details, but the people on the teams would never speak to each other. There would always be a constant struggle to work on the biggest projects for money, budget, and opportunities.

Projects had a habit of overlapping - one team would release something which would then break something in the project of another team. PI Preparation is the first time that many of these very large businesses have joined their teams in a space or on the same call to speak to each other. They are given the opportunity to nut out those crucial talks about who is working on what. When you enter a code or a code repository, you need to know how it can affect another team. You may also need to do some work to allow another team to work first (and vice versa) on their feature.

An ART (agile release train) is a shared objective accomplished by the soul of the different teams that work together. In very large companies, there can be three trains working together, and that is the reason why the teams need to step back every eight to 12 weeks and make sure that they continue to work towards the overall vision and company goals.

Here’s what PI Planning enforces:

  • Communication
  • Visibility
  • Collaboration

As a result, teams can more easily get work done, deliver more updates in less time, and remain on budget.

  • Executing the PI /Agenda- It is very important to understand the steps involved in executing PI. Let's try to understand the same:

1) Preparation: It will cover the prerequisites for successful PI.

  • Organization preparation : PI meetings are supposed to be arranged well in advance, and it is important to call into account all the stakeholders and leaders involved in the program. Usually, large organizations arrange this as a quarterly meeting, which helps to talk about the end of the preceding quarter and to set all in order for the start of the next quarter.
  • Content preparation: For the launch the preparation on the aim and the vision has to be made well in advance. This should be drilled into the team from day one, which is done by the Company owners and the leaders of the projects who are in the best position to do so.  
  • Facility preparation: A spacious room that is twice the size of the amount of people should be prepared, where the employees are able to walk around and ask other employees questions.

2) Agenda:

Setting the agenda is very important and should be mapped out at the outset. Motivational speakers should be called in, who can take time to remember the successes of the last PI. Always provide some time for introductions through ice breaking games. It is important that the teams get to know each other, so that they can work well together. All these can be helpful in work teambuilding and bringing a social aspect to the case.

Here is an example of an agenda from ScaledAgileFramework.com. It outlines the critical steps for a successful case.

Day One

  • Business Background – The background of the business is  provided by a senior management member or a company owner who offers insights on business performance and on how they are able to keep up with market demands and customer needs.
  • Product / Solutions Strategy- The Project management will outline the company vision for the next PI. The salient features that will help achieve these targets will be defined by the company management.
  • Architecture Vision & Development Practices – Next, the Systems Architect or IT department will talk about the systems and architectural vision for infrastructure upgrades that will help increase market time and will affect growth during the upcoming PI. Process changes associated with Agile that would improve speed and communication will be discussed.
  • Preparation Background & Lunch – After this, it is the turn of the Release Train Engineer (RTE) to explain the planning process for PI and what the teams and the general meeting are required to do. The planned results for the meeting will be discussed, and any questions from the Team will be addressed.
  • Team breakouts- Teams will meet around the boards (analogue or digital) to measure their pace for each iteration and look at their backlogs and what needs to be progressed to help the functionality outlined in the vision. They will apply their draft plans to review and provide input to all the teams. They'll need to recognize and mitigate possible threats and addictions.
  • Draft Plan Review- During this time-boxed meeting, teams will deliver their draft plans and receive input from product owners, company owners,  stakeholders and other teams. They may use the feedback to fine-tune their drafts before consulting the management. They will also discuss possible issues to be addressed by the management.
  • Review by Management and Problem Solving- Draft plans would also raise problems with design, scale, and people and resource constraints. Only the management renegotiation and future features may often solve these problems. The RTE (Release Train Engineer) organizes this meeting and stakeholders and business owners must come out of the meeting with a new set of goals or features for the teams

Day 2 Agenda

  • Program Adjustments- At the start of the day,  changes or decisions taken at the problem-solving meeting by management and stakeholders will be considered. Teams are apprised of these changes and decisions and priorities may be revisited. These adjustments will be put on the board of the company so that all departments can take a look and reorganize themselves.
  • Breakouts- During breakouts, teams take the changes back to their discussion meeting and come back to the program board with their PI targets. Company owners may assign values to each of the goals and rate them for execution. At this stage, teams will get a clearer sense of their targets in the context of the iterations ahead.
  • Final Plan Review and Lunch- Finally, each team will carry their plans to the front and present them. Threats and dependencies will be listed out at the finish of the presentation. While this is not the time to try and fix those problems, the various plans are posted to allow the teams to review and get inputs from others.

Program Risks-All teams listed their risks and dependencies in the preceding phase. Now that all the goals are written, the teams will tackle each risk in turn and decide whether they can be resolved. The risks fall into one of below categories:

  1. Resolved- The teams conclude after discussion that the topic is no longer a problem.  
  2. Owned – Someone on the train takes ownership of the item to work on a later resolution of the issue.  
  3. Accepted – Certain threats are simply facts or future issues that need to be acknowledged and embraced.  
  4. Mitigated- Teams will strategize together to mitigate a risk item's effects. The solution or fix is implemented.
  • Trust Vote – Once all the challenges and targets are discussed and addressed, the teams can vote on their conviction that the target can be achieved in the coming PI. The Trust vote is a quintessential vote, when team members can hold up one to five fingers in a show of hands. Anything that is less than a three-finger ballot should be re-looked at. The team member who has an issue with that particular goal would need to give more clarity, so that the teams can fix it. Once the issue has been resolved, the target of achieving a vote of confidence for the coming PI is again put to vote.
  • Retrospective – The RTE will have a brief retrospective on the PI Planning case at the very end of the meeting to collect input about what was going well for the case, and what needs to be modified or enhanced for the next event.
Day 1
8:00am - 9:00amBusiness context
9:00am - 10:30amProduct/solution vision
10:30am - 11:30amArchitecture vision & development practice
11:30am - 1:00pmPlanning context & lunch
1:00pm - 4:00pm Team breakouts
4:00pm - 5:00pmDraft plan review
5:00pm - 6:00pmManagement review & problem solving
Day 2
8:00am - 9:00amPlanning adjustment
9:00am - 11:00amTeam breakouts
11:00am - 1:00pmFinal plan review & lunch
1:00pm - 2:00pmProgram risks
2:00pm -2:15pmConfidence vote
2:15pm - X:XXPMPlan rework (if needed)
When readyPlanning retrospective & moving forword

This plan may be ideal for you or you can change it according to the needs of your team. Distributed teams, very large ARTs, and other factors can require the schedule to be modified in a creative way. You will find some sessions require more time, while others may need to be shortened. If it's your first PI Planning experience, try the regular agenda, get input from your team and play with different formats.

PI Output- The output which comes out from PI planning is as follows :

  • Smart goals are set by each participating team.
  • The program manager updates the program board based on PI output.
  •  The feature list is accepted by each participating team.
  • The new release date for features is aligned between teams.
  • Dependencies of roles (between teams and other ARTs) are set.
  • Milestones are noted down.

Planning for PI offers many business advantages including:  

  • Setting up face-to - face contact with the stakeholders and all team members – It is critical to keep everybody focused on the event.  
  • Establishing the social network depends on the ART – The purpose of icebreakers and team-building games is to help instill trust and collaboration even for remote team members.
  • Matching progress on business goals with the business background, vision, and priorities of the Team and Program PI – Everyone comes together so that they feel like a part of the process and are able to grasp the vision of the organization.
  • Finding similarities and promoting cross-team and cross-ART communication – Many people who have been virtually in touch are now able to put a face to a name. When resolving concerns, dependencies and threats, it's important for everyone to feel comfortable reaching out for support and finding out how the teams can work together.
  • Quick decision making –No need to worry if they have received your text or wait for someone to get back to you when everyone is together. Rather than days or weeks, discussions and decisions take place in minutes or hours.

When is PI Planning held?

Many businesses think that the correct period of time for an increment is 8-12 weeks (which adds up to 4-6 x 2-week iterations).  

Some firms keep PI Planning quarterly, for example:  

  • Q1 PI: December  
  • Q2 PI: March  
  • Q3 PI: June  
  • Q4 PI: September  

But timing and duration depend on how long each phase of the program is planned to last. The positive thing about PI Organizing activities is that they happen regularly on a set timetable, so you can plan well in advance for them. That means there is plenty of notice from teams and business owners to ensure they can turn up for the case.

What is a pre-PI Planning event and when is it needed?

Since the two-day PI Preparation case obviously is just not enough, pre-planning events may be required. These exist for a very good purpose  -to make sure the ART is synchronized before PI Preparation is carried out within the wider Solution Train. It's all about synchronizing with the other ARTs to ensure that the answer moves in the right direction, along with the organization. What normally happens is that key people from the Solution Train, along with members from the ARTs and related suppliers get together. Here are some of the people you'll find at such an organizing event :  

  • Solution Train Engineer
  • Solution Management
  • Solution Architect/Engineering
  • Solution System Team
  • Release Train Engineers
  • Product Management
  • System Architects/Engineers
  • Customers

They'll look at the top Project Backlog, Project Goal, Vision, and Solution Roadmap capabilities. It's a lot like PI Preparation, but at a higher level, through the solution as a whole and not just the individual work. The event begins with each ART summing up its previous increment and achievements in order to set the context. A senior executive would then brief the attendees on the current situation before Project Management addresses the new vision of the project and any improvements from what had previously been discussed.

Remote Teams must be engaged and accountable

The Agile Manifesto says, "A face-to - face interaction is the most effective and efficient method of conveying information to and within a development team."  

Keeping the members of the remote team involved and focused on the planning tasks can be challenging indeed. A range of video conference services are available on the market that allow teams not only to carry out video conferencing with individual members, but also to interact with local teams with cameras. Everyone can see and communicate with one another in the same way as if they were all seated in a conference room together.  

Applications like Zoom / Web ex / Google Meet /Microsoft Team offer video conferencing facilities for teams and can be used for group sessions for PI preparation. Remote participants can be asked to keep their cameras on so they can be seen.

Conclusion

Within the grand scale of today's development environment, teams are often divided across geographies. Team members who are going to be on-the-spot can attend the PI meeting in person, but entire groups might not be ready to participate from the same location. Remote teams should be able to collaborate and give their feedback, in order for SAFe to develop.

In such cases, RTEs and company owners need to think outside the box as online technologies evolve. They must prepare to organize and train teams to use these technology resources for effective collaboration.  

The more frequently the teams use the tools, the simpler it'll be to use them for major events like PI Preparation and alternative iteration conferences and ceremonies. For answers to questions, often teams operating within the same building will profit from providing a remote source of knowledge and a common source of truth within the organization. It can also help to encourage team members to know their stakeholders and product managers, so that at the right time the right people can answer the right questions.

Teams who are able to meet this challenge will benefit from the largest pool of skills and expertise, and can get set to reap the highest chance of success in this fast-paced industry.

Ashish

Ashish Kumar

Senior Technology Specialist

Ashish is working as a Senior Technology Specialist in leading financial bank has more than 13 years of experience in developing enterprise applications

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It is important for you to understand the difference between the different certifications available, as well as their importance.The top 8 Agile certifications along with advanced level certifications that you can look out for are listed below:ICP-ACC (ICAgile- Agile Certified Coach) Training:The primary focus of ICP-ACC training is the mindset, roles and responsibilities of being an Agile Coach. After completion of the training, you can differentiate between and among mentoring, professional coaching, facilitating and teaching. You will also get the opportunity to learn the skills that are needed to create a safe environment within an agile team. An Agile Coach acts as a mentor for the Agile team, who has the responsibility to facilitate agile thinking and practices, as well as make sure that the team reaches the target through better team practices.Accreditation Body: ICAgilePrerequisites: It is advisable for you to have a basic idea of Agile Methodology as well as small working experience as an Agile practitioner. After successful completion of the training, the candidate will receive the designation of ICAgile Certified Coach (ICP-ACC) from an internationally recognised accreditation body, ICAgile.Who can take up this training?The ICP-ACC training that takes place over a course of three days is designed and recommended for the following:Currently working or aspiring to be agile coachesProduct OwnersScrum MastersEnterprise Agile coachesProfessionals who play a leadership role in Agile projectsIteration ManagersProject Managers and Team LeadersJob opportunities after ICP-ACC Training:After completion of the training, you can act as an Agile Coach in different organisations.Cost: $1795Average Salary: The average salary of a professional who is ICP-ACC certified is $119,883 per year.Certification/TrainingICP-ACC (ICAgile- Agile Certified Coach) TrainingAccreditation BodyICAgilePrerequisitesA basic idea of Agile MethodologySmall working experience as an Agile practitionerCareer PathAgile CoachAverage Salary$119,883Cost of Certification/Training$1795Leading SAFe® 4.6 Training Course:Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) is a methodology which is adapted by large-scaled Agile project teams so that the process of Agile transformation can be carried out seamlessly. The Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) synchronizes the collaboration, alignment, and delivery of multiple agile teams which leads to the success of the enterprise. The Leading SAFe® 4.6 training course is based on version 4.6 of SAFe.According to the 13th Annual State of Agile Report, the Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) continues to grow in adoption as the scaling method of choice and was identified as the scaling method of choice by 30% of respondents.Accreditation Body: Scaled AgilePrerequisites: Completing the Leading SAFe 4.6 Training will prepare you to take the SAFe Agilist (SA) certification exam. However, the recommended prerequisites are stated as follows:A minimum of 5 years experience in software development, testing, product or project management or business analystExperience in ScrumWho can take up this training?The training can be taken up by individuals:Managers, Directors, CIOs, Executives and Leaders, VPsProject and Program ManagementDevelopment, QA, and Infrastructure ManagementProduct and Product Line ManagementEnterprise, System, and Solution ArchitectsJob opportunities after Leading SAFe® 4.6 Training: Cost: The first attempt of the examination is included as part of the course registration fee, provided the exam is taken within 30 days after the day of completion of the course. In case you don't pass the examination, each retake attempt will cost $50.Average Salary: CertificationLeading SAFe® 4.6 Training CourseAccreditation BodyScaled AgilePrerequisitesA minimum of 5 years experience in software development, testing, product or project management or business analystExperience in ScrumExam InformationAnswer a set of 45 questions within a duration of 90 minutes; out of which 34 should be answered correctly.Career PathAgile CoachSAFe Release Train EngineerSAFe Program ConsultantCost of CertificationThe first attempt of the exam is included in the course registration fee, provided the exam is taken within 30 days after completing the course. After that, each retake costs $50.Renewal Cost$100; Every one year from the date of certification earned.PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (Exam: PMI-ACP)®The PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® helps you in recognizing your knowledge of Agile principles and Agile technique skills, helping you to work better with employees, stakeholders and peers.Accreditation Body: Project Management Institute (PMI).Prerequisites:The following are the prerequisites needed:2,000 hours of project experience, that is, working on teams.In addition to the above stated hours, either 1,500 hours of working on agile project teams or working with agile methodologies.21 contact hours of training in agile practices.Who can take up this certification?If your organisation is adopting Agile practices or if you are working in an agile team, this course will help you grow.Along with the experience and training, this course validates your real-world, hands-on experience and skills.Job opportunities after PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (Exam: PMI-ACP):The candidates after completing their course will be eligible for the following job opportunities:PMP Scrum MasterAgile TrainerTechnical Business AnalystProject ManagerDeputy Project ManagerBusiness AnalystAgile Project ManagerDigital Channel plannerCost: For PMI Members: US$435.00For non-PMI members: US$495.00Average Salary: The average salary of a PMI-ACP® is approximately $123,000 per year.CertificationPMI Agile Certified Practitioner (Exam: PMI-ACP)®Accreditation BodyProject Management Institute (PMI)Prerequisites2,000 hours of project experience, that is, working on teams.In addition to the above stated hours, either 1,500 hours of working on agile project teams or working with agile methodologies.21 contact hours of training in agile practices.Exam InformationAnswer a set of 120 questions within a duration of three hours.Career PathPMP Scrum MasterAgile TrainerTechnical Business AnalystProject ManagerDeputy Project ManagerBusiness AnalystAgile Project ManagerDigital Channel plannerAverage Salary$123,000Cost of CertificationFor PMI Members: US$435.00For non-PMI members: US$495.00Renewal CostEarn 30 PDUs (professional development unit) in agile topics, every three years.Certified Scrum Master (CSM®):The Scrum Master is responsible for facilitating the processes while at the same time work with the Product Owner along with the development team and ensure that the Scrum values and practices are being followed. Scrum Master Certification is the highest in demand Scrum Master Certification, where you can about the Scrum framework as well as get a better understanding and functioning of the Scrum team events, roles and artefacts.Accreditation body: Scrum AlliancePrerequisites: The CSM Course is commonly taken up by professionals who are working in IT and non-IT sectors and wish to deepen their understanding of Scrum. Hence, it is recommended for you to be familiar with the basics of Scrum, as it will help you to understand the overall framework of Scrum in less duration of time.Who can take up this certification?This certification can be taken up by the following professionals:Professionals who wish to become a Scrum MasterManagers of Scrum TeamsProduct Owners and DevelopersTeams who are transitioning to ScrumIf the candidate is working as a Scrum Master already, then completion of this course will help them nourish their Scrum skills and knowledge.Certification Procedure: You will have to first attend a two-day training, after which you have to attend an online test. The two-day training is regulated by a Certified Scrum Trainer and has been authorised by the Scrum Alliance.The certification has to be renewed every two years from the day of certification by paying a $100 fee without any additional training or examination.Job opportunities after Scrum Master Certification:After completion of the Scrum Master Certification course, you can join organisations as a Scrum Master. Apart from this, as a Scrum Master, you can opt for becoming mentors, product owners, coaches, managers, or continue with being a Scrum Master working in more challenging situations.Cost of certification: The cost of Scrum Master Certification ranges between $700 to $1500 depending on different factors like location and trainer.Average Salary: The average salary for a Certified Scrum Master falls in the range of $100,00 to $130,000.CertificationScrum Master Certification (CSM®)Accreditation BodyScrum AlliancePrerequisitesBasics of Scrum to understand the overall framework in a short duration of time.Exam InformationAnswer a set of 50   within an hour; out of which 37 should be answered correctly.Career PathScrum MasterMentorCoachManagerProduct Owner.Average Salary$100,00 to $130,000Training Cost$1000Cost of Certification$700 to $1500.Renewal Cost$100; the certification needs to be renewed every two years without any extra training or examination.Advanced CSM (ACSM):If you are a Certified Scrum Master who has a minimum one year of working experience as a Scrum Master, then you can apply for this course. This course will help you get a deeper insight into Scrum and its practical use as well as learn different ways to coach the product owners and team members.Accreditation Body: Scrum AlliancePrerequisites: To become an Advanced CSM, you need to have a minimum work experience of twelve months. Moreover, you should have a basic understanding of Scrum as well as its usage and implementation.Who can take up this certification?This certification can be taken up by:Individuals who wish to work as a Scrum Master and have completed the CSM courseTeams transitioning to ScrumScrum Team ManagersTeam members like developers and product ownersAnyone who wishes to get distinguished in the global marketCertification Process: You will have to first attend a training certified by ACSM where you get to learn techniques and skills which go beyond the basics of Scrum, such as interaction, coaching, facilitation and team dynamics. It is necessary for you to have a working experience of 12 months as a Scrum Master in the previous five years.The certification has to be renewed every two years from the date of certification by paying a fee of $175 without any additional training or examination.Job opportunities after Advanced Scrum Master Certification: Become a more professional practitioner as a Scrum Master and work as a Coach, Mentor or a Product Owner after completion of the ACSM course.Cost of Certification: The cost of ACSM certification varies roughly between $1295 to $1495.Average Salary: The average salary of an A-CSM professional varies between $100,00 to $130,000.CertificationAdvanced Scrum Master CertificationAccreditation BodyScrum AlliancePrerequisitesBasics of Scrum to understand the framework perfectly in a shorter duration of time.Twelve months of working experience as a Scrum Master in the last five years.Career PathScrum MasterMentorCoachManagerProduct OwnerAverage Salary$100,00 to $130,000Cost of Certification$1295 to $1495Renewal Cost$175; the certification needs to be renewed every two years with no extra training or examination.Certified Scrum Professional (CSP-SM)This course focuses on scaling Scrum to big organisations while focusing on topics like lean concepts, coaching, system thinking, emotional intelligence, facilitation, and deeper understanding of the Scrum Framework.Accreditation Body: Scrum AlliancePrerequisites:24 months of work experience as a Scrum Master in the last five yearsAn active A-CSM certificationAttend a CSP-SM workshop which is conducted by the Scrum Alliance approved ‘Path to CSP Educator’.Who can take up this certification?The following individuals can take up this certification:Managers of Scrum teamsTeams transitioning to ScrumScrum team members such as developersJob opportunities after Certified Scrum Professional (CSP-SM) Certification: Become a professional practitioner of Scrum Master for big organisations and learn to discover the underlying potential of different teams. Work as a Scrum Master, mentor, coach or a Product Owner while at the same time get various opportunities to attend exclusive CSP events along with other leaders from across the globe in Scrum and Agile.Cost of Certification: CSP-SM certification roughly costs around $1295.Average Salary: The average salary of a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP-SM) is calculated to be roughly around $115,000 across the United States.CertificationCertified Scrum Professional (CSP-SM)Accreditation BodyScrum AlliancePrerequisitesBasics of Scrum to understand the overall framework in less time.An active A-CSM certification24 months of working experience as a Scrum Master in the previous five years.Career PathScrum MasterMentorCoachManagerProduct OwnerAverage Salary$115,000Cost of Certification$1295Renewal Cost$250Certified Scrum Product Owner Training®(CSPO):With the CSPO certification, become a Product Owner and enhance your skills to lead Agile teams as well as motivate your team members. Learn ways to facilitate smooth and proper communication between the team and stakeholders to increase the scrum functionality.The Certified Scrum Product Owner training is conducted by the Scrum Alliance Certified Trainers (CSTs), who bring together classroom study, group discussions and hands-on practice sessions. The training is spread over a span of two days.Accreditation body: Scrum AlliancePrerequisites: It is advised that you have a basic knowledge of Agile. To appear for certification, it is important for you to present a 2-day CSPO course certificate, which is obtained after completing the course successfully.Who can take up this certification?Obtaining the Certified Scrum Product Owner certification can be marked as useful for:Scrum team members like Developers and Product OwnersTeams that are transitioning to ScrumScrum Team ManagersProfessionals who wish to pursue Professional Scrum Master™ certificationJob opportunities after CSPO Certification: Completion of this course will help you grab positions as:Product ManagerGeneral Product  ManagerSenior Product ManagerProgram ManagerCost of Certification: The course certification starts at a price of $1295.Average Salary: The average salary for a CSPO certified professional is $101,459 per year.CertificationCertified Scrum Product Owner Training®(CSPO)Accreditation BodyScrum AlliancePrerequisitesBasics of Scrum to understand the overall framework in a short duration of time.Career PathProduct ManagerGeneral Product  ManagerSenior Product ManagerProgram ManagerAverage Salary$101,459Cost of CertificationThe course certification starts at a price of $1295.Renewal CostThe CSPO certification can be maintained by earning SEUs (Scrum Education Units®) every two years.Certified Scrum Developer® Training This course will help you in strengthening your skills in Agile software development. With Certified Scrum Developers certification, you get the opportunity to learn specialized Agile engineering skills as well as have a proper working understanding of Scrum and Agile principles. The main goal of this training is to expose you to the important tools and techniques which are needed to build software in an incremental and iterative manner that Scrum requires.Accreditation Body: Scrum AlliancePrerequisites: To earn a CSD, it is necessary that you take up at least five days of formal training, which is taught by a Scrum Alliance-approved CSD instructor and Scrum Alliance Registered Education Provider (REP®).If you are already CSM certified, then you need not take the first two days of training and can start directly from the technical training session from the third day.Who can take up this certification?The course of Certified Scrum Developer®  is designed in such a manner that is it most beneficial for software developers (programmers) who are working on building software in a Scrum environment.Job opportunities after Certified Scrum Developers:After attaining the Certified Scrum Developers certification, you can apply for the following job positions:Salesforce DeveloperAssociate Salesforce DeveloperSenior DeveloperScrum MasterScaled Agile Scrum and Transformation ManagerAgile Scrum LeadAgile Project ManagerCost: The cost of certification is included in the course tuition.Certification Process: After completion of your five-day training session, you will be required to demonstrate your understanding of Agile engineering practices, for which you will have to pass a CSD assessment which will be provided by the trainer. The trainer will be responsible for uploading and paying the certification fee for the candidates as they take the CSD-track courses.If you are a member of the Scrum Alliance as well as a CSM, they can take a 3-day CSD Technical Course. After which, you will receive a notification to accept your CSD license. The CSD certification will be added to your profile, which will be valid for two years.  The CSD certification needs to be renewed every two years. For renewal, 20 SEUs (Scrum Educational Credits) should be earned every two years along with a renewal fee of $100.Average Salary: The average salary of a CSD professional is $71,750 per year.CertificationCertified Scrum Developer® TrainingAccreditation BodyScrum AlliancePrerequisitesFive days of formal training, which is taught by a Scrum Alliance-approved CSD instructor and Scrum Alliance Registered Education Provider (REP®).CSM certification holders can skip the first 2 days of training and directly take the technical training from the 3rd day.Career PathSalesforce DeveloperAssociate Salesforce DeveloperSenior DeveloperScrum MasterScaled Agile Scrum and Transformation ManagerAgile Scrum LeadAgile Project ManagerAverage Salary$71,750Cost of CertificationThe cost of certification is included in the course tuitionRenewal Cost20 SEUs (Scrum Educational Credits) should be earned every two years along with a renewal fee of $100.Professional Scrum Master™ (PSM) PSM™ I:Professional Scrum Master™ training is a two-day training course entailing the basics of Scrum along with topics like Scrum Frameworks, roles of a Scrum Master. The course integrates team-based exercises with instructions, focusing on team dynamics, team motivation, conflict resolution and improved planning and estimation.Accreditation Body: Scrum.orgPrerequisites: There are no specific prerequisites needed for attending this course or undertaking the examination. The Professional Scrum Master™ training can be attended by any individual who is interested in attending the training and giving the examination. After course completion, you will receive a password for PSM I assessment which is conducted by Scrum.org. Subsequently, you can opt to proceed and undertake the PSM II and PSM III assessments.Who can take up this certification?Taking up the Professional Scrum Master™ training course will benefit the following individuals:Scrum Team members such a Product Owners and developersProfessionals who wish to pursue the Professional Scrum Master™ CertificationTeams which are transitioning to ScrumScrum Team managersJob opportunities after Professional Scrum Master™ certification:After being a certified Professional Scrum Master, the candidate can apply for the following fieldsScrum MasterAssociate Scrum MasterProduct OwnerCoachMentorCost: Starts from  $150.Average Salary: The average salary for a certified Professional Scrum Master is $100,500.CertificationProfessional Scrum Master Training (PSM)Accreditation BodyScrum.orgPrerequisitesBasics of Scrum to understand the overall framework perfectly in less time.Exam InformationAnswer a set of 80 questions within an hour.Type of questions asked is multiple choice, multiple answer and true/false.Passing score: 80 percent.Career PathScrum MasterMentorCoachManagerProduct OwnerAverage Salary$100,500Cost of Certification$150PSM™ II:PSM™ II is a 2-day long, advanced level Scrum Master course. It is designed in such a way that it will help you in your professional development. However, it is required that you have a minimum of one-year work experience as a Scrum Master and wish to increase your abilities to be a Scrum Master.Accreditation Body: Scrum.orgPrerequisites: Certified Professional Scrum Master™ (PSM™)Minimum of one-year work experience as a Scrum MasterWho can take up this certification?If you have cleared the PSM™ I assessment, then you can opt for PSM™ II assessment. However, before attempting the PSM™ II assessment, it is important that you possess advanced knowledge on Scrum, as well as experience in implementing Scrum or have attended a PSM™ course.Job opportunities after Professional Scrum Master II™ certification:The candidate can apply for the following fields:Scrum MasterAssociate Scrum MasterProduct OwnerCoachMentorCost: The cost of PSM™ II assessment is $250.Average Salary: The average salary of a PSM™ II certified professional is $117,000.CertificationProfessional Scrum Master II Training (PSM II)Accreditation BodyScrum.orgPrerequisitesCertified Professional Scrum Master™ (PSM™)Minimum of one-year work experience as a Scrum MasterExam InformationAnswer a set of 30 questions within 90 minutes.Passing Score: 85%Type of questions asked is multiple choice, multiple answer and true/false.Career PathScrum MasterMentorCoachManagerProduct OwnerAverage Salary$117,000.Cost of Certification$250PSM™  III: The Professional Scrum Master™ level III (PSM III) is an assessment which is available to candidates who have passed the PSM™ I and  PSM™ II courses and wishes to master an eminent level of Scrum. PSM™ III is the highest level of knowledge that a Professional Scrum Master™ can obtain.Accreditation Body: Scrum.orgPrerequisites: Certified Professional Scrum Master™ (PSM™) and Professional Scrum Master™ II (PSM™ II)Who can take up this certification?If you have cleared the PSM™ I and PSM™ II assessments, and wish to gain a distinguished level of Scrum Mastery, then you can take up the PSM™ III assessment. Job opportunities after Professional Scrum Master III™ certification:The candidate can apply for the following fields:Scrum MasterAssociate Scrum MasterProduct OwnerCoachMentorDevelopersDeveloper ManagerSenior DeveloperCost: The cost of PSM™ III assessment is $500.CertificationProfessional Scrum Master™  III Training (PSM™ III)Accreditation BodyScrum.orgPrerequisitesCertified Professional Scrum Master™ (PSM™) and Professional Scrum Master™ II (PSM™ II)Exam InformationAnswer a set of 34 questions within 120  minutes.Passing Score: 85%Type of questions asked is multiple choice and essay types.Career PathScrum MasterAssociate Scrum MasterProduct OwnerCoachMentorDevelopersDeveloper ManagerSenior DeveloperCost of Certification$500Kanban Management ProfessionalKanban Management Techniques provides a developmental transformation approach instead of abrupt changes. The main motive behind this course is to improve the workflow of your team. The course discusses the Kanban values, methodologies, and other factors that are involved in a Kanban system. Get to understand and learn about the early stages of the Kanban method. In order to obtain the certification, you do not need to clear any examination. Instead, you will have to attend courses recognised by KMP in order to get the certifications. The Kanban Management Professional courses hold a lifetime validity, without any need for renewal.Accreditation Body: Lean KanbanPrerequisites:It will be beneficial for you if you have the basic knowledge about Kanban. There are no specific prerequisites.Who can take up this certification?If you are a professional who wishes to optimise their career in the following fields:Agile CoachProject ManagersProgram ManagersSoftware developersBusiness analystsJob opportunities after Kanban Management Professional certification:After completion of the course, you can opt for any of the following job profiles:Scrum MasterTeam ManagersAgile CoachSenior Agile CoachCertificationKanban Management ProfessionalAccreditation BodyLean KanbanPrerequisitesIt will be beneficial if the candidates have basic knowledge about Kanban. There are no specific prerequisites.Career PathScrum MasterTeam ManagersAgile CoachSenior Agile CoachAgile Certifying Accreditation BodiesThe following is a list of a few Agile Certifying Bodies:ICAgileScaled AgileProject management InstituteScrum AllianceScrum.orgLean KanbanICAgile:ICAgile is the abbreviation for International Consortium for Agile (ICAgile). It is an organisation that consists of experts, pioneers, and trusted advisors. They help people and organisations become more agile. Their main motive is to achieve agile sustainability with the main focus on the transformation of people instead of the process.Scaled Agile: Scaled Agile, Inc. (SAI) is the leading provider of SAFe® courses. It uplifts the career growth of an individual as well as organisations as it offers various role-based courses and certifications, along with being a knowledge base for enterprises to adopt Agile.Project Management Institute (PMI): The Project Management Institute (PMI) was founded in the year 1969. Till date, it has delivered value for more than 2.9 million executives around the globe through education, advocacy, collaboration and research. They help professionals advance in their careers and organisational success.Lean Kanban: Lean Kanban university holds classes that guide the candidates and their organisations through the Kanban Method and model their work using Kanban.Scrum Alliance: Founded in the year 2011, it is now a globally renowned organisation which supports Scrum adoption, research and networking, with its main focus on organisational transformations. It is the most established organisation for Agile membership and certification and has trained more than 750,000 professionals worldwide.Scrum.org: In order to improve software delivery, Scrum.org provides training, assessments and certifications based on the principles of Scrum and Agile manifesto. They empower people all around the globe to achieve agility through Scrum. Scrum.org was found in the year 2009 by Ken Schwaber.ConclusionWith many options available in the market, it is important for you to make a wise call after looking out for all options and decide what you need. If they wish to achieve benefits in their career or are willing to change their jobs, CSM and PMI-ACP can prove to be the best choice. If you target on attaining knowledge, then opting for PSM I and then going on to its higher level will help you achieve so. Choose the best course according to your requirement and make a leap at the chance to achieve what you wish for!
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The one person responsible for maximising the product value, representing the stakeholders, prioritizing the backlog, empowering the team, maintaining Agile and Scrum processes and defining the product vision—who is that one superstar on an Agile team who does all this? The Product Owner!Product Owner roles have seen a sharp rise in recent years. If you see yourself as a Product Owner, managing business and stakeholders, then it is prudent that you validate your skills with a Product Owner certification and set yourself up for career success.Product Owners with industry-recognized credentials earn upwards of $105,845, significantly more than their peers who are not certified.Irrespective of whether you are a seasoned Product Owner or are just sinking your teeth into the world of Agile and Scrum, a credential in your toolkit will greatly enhance your career prospects. So, here’s a roundup of the most valued Product Owner certifications you can choose from and get ready for 2022.CSPO Certification Training Advanced Certified Scrum Product Owner℠ Training Professional Scrum Product Owner™ (PSPO™) Training PMI-ACP® Certification TrainingSAFe® Product Owner Product Manager1. CSPO Certification TrainingThe Certified Scrum Product Owner certification is an offering from Scrum Alliance. Among the most popular Product Owner certifications, this credential is a validation of your knowledge of Scrum, the scope of the Product Owner’s role and skill in maximizing value and the Scrum team’s work.CSPOs are in great demand across industries as they have the credibility to lead product development initiatives.Other benefits of the CSPO certification include:Training led by Scrum Alliance approved Certified Scrum Trainers® (CSTs)Get a 2-year membership with Scrum AllianceGain access to a number of local groups of Scrum users and social networksQualify for higher certifications such as the A-CSPO®Widen the scope of your career with the knowledge of popular Agile practices.Enhance your repertoire with in-demand Scrum skills and demonstrate your Scrum knowledge.Actively engage with the community of Agile practitioners dedicated to continuous Scrum practice and improvement.Create a better product by leading and implementing Scrum in the team.Define the product vision and direct team members to yield high value at the end.Ensure smooth communication between the stakeholders and team members.Earn higher salaries than your non-certified counterparts (USA: $105,845)Top companies hiring CSPO professionalsFidelity InvestmentsCapital One Financial CorpAmazon.comT-Mobile, IncAmerican ExpressSource: PayScaleWhere to take training for certificationThe training must be taken from a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) or Registered Education Provider (REP) or a Certified Agile Coach of Scrum Alliance.Who should take the training for CSPO certification?This course can be taken by:Project Managers Developers Product Owners Managers-Software development Architects-Software development Product Managers Software developers Software testers Team leads/Team members interested in learning ScrumWho is eligible for the CSPO certification?There are no eligibility requirements for the CSPO certification.Duration to get CSPO certifiedAll participants need to attend the 2-day in-person or 14 hours live online CSPO training from a CST, at the end of which they will receive their credential. Course/Training fee for CSPO certificationThe course fee depends on the training provider and differs from region to region.In India: INR 24999  U.S: USD 1295Canada: CAD 1495Exam fee for CSPO certification: No exam needs to be taken in order to earn the CSPO credential. Attending a 2-day/14-hour course is mandated to earn the credential.Renewal fee for CSPO certification: $100, every 2 years2. Advanced Certified Scrum Product Owner℠ TrainingThe Advanced Certified Scrum Product Owner℠ (A-CSPO℠) credential is also offered by the Scrum Alliance, and as the name suggests is an advanced course to be pursued after gaining the CSPO. The A-CSPO validates your ability to manage multiple projects and stakeholders and deliver business value. A-CSPO being an advanced level certification is much sought after by organizations who want to hire professionals with advanced Product Owner abilities.Other benefits of the A-CSPO certification include:Training by Scrum Alliance approved Certified Scrum Trainers® (CSTs)2-year membership with Scrum AllianceAccess to a number of local groups of Scrum users and social networksGain enhanced Agile Scrum implementation skillsSet yourself apart from others in the marketplaceAs a highly trained Agile professional, show advanced value to your employerEarn high salaries - 111033 USD (average)Top companies hiring A-CSPO professionalsSAP LabsSalesforceAdobeWikispeedOracleVisteonGEBBCMicrosoftBarclaysRobert BoschWhere to take training for A-CSPO certification?The training must be led by a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and delivered by a Registered Education Provider (REP) or a Certified Agile Coach of Scrum Alliance.Who should take the training for A-CSPO certification?Professionals in the following job roles can take this course:Project ManagersDevelopersProduct OwnersManagers-Software developmentArchitects-Software developmentProduct ManagersSoftware developersSoftware testersTeam leads/Team members interested in learning ScrumWho is eligible for the A-CSPO certification?The A-CSPO requires the following eligibility:At least 12 months of work experience specific to the role of Product Owner (within the past five years) and an active CSPO credentialDuration to get A-CSPO certified: All participants need to attend the 2-day in-person or 14 hours live online A-CSPO training from a CST, at the end of which they will receive their credential.Course fee for A-CSPO certificationThe course fee depends on the training provider and differs from region to region.In India: INR 41999U.S.: Will be updated shortlyCanada: Will be updated shortlyExam fee for A-CSPO certification: No exam needs to be taken in order to earn the A-CSPO credential. Attending a 2-day/14-hour course along with the required experience is mandated to earn the credential.Renewal fee for A-CSPO certification: $175, every 2 years3. Professional Scrum Product Owner™ (PSPO™) TrainingProfessional Scrum Product Owner™ Level I (PSPO™) is a credential offered by the Scrum.org. While the certification does not require you to take a training, an assessment needs to be cleared in order to get certified. The PSPO is a reflection of your ability to maximise skills, enhance product value and use Agile perspectives to deliver successful products.The PSPO is highly regarded in the industry as it is a rigorous exam and is based on the objectives outlined in the Scrum Guide.   Other benefits of the PSPO certification include:Own the product visionMaximize your team’s ROIImprove business value and ROIMotivate and lead Agile teams and team membersValidate your commitment to continued excellence and qualityDemonstrate your proficiency in ScrumGrow your career in Scrum with confidence Ace your interviews and get noticed for promotions at your current jobCommand higher salaries than your non-certified peersBe part of a network of industry leaders and Agile professionalsGain a stepping stone for the advanced level Professional Scrum Product Owner™ II Certification (PSPO™ II)Get the PSPO I logo that you can use to identify your achievementGet your name listed on Scrum.orgEarn salaries in the range of $98,612Top companies hiring PSPO professionalsJ.P. Morgan Chase & Co. (JPMCC)Cisco Systems IncImproving EnterprisesUnitedHealth GroupBank of America Corp. (BOFA)Source: PayScaleWhere to take training for the PSPO certification: Take the training from Scrum.org’s Professional Training Network under the guidance of certified Professional Scrum Trainers (PSTs).Who should take the training for PSPO certification?This course can be taken by:Project ManagersDevelopersProduct OwnersManagers-Software developmentArchitects-Software developmentProduct ManagersSoftware developersSoftware testersTeam leads/Team members interested in learning ScrumLeadership Team Who is eligible for the PSPO certification?There are no eligibility requirements for the PSPO certification.Duration to get certified: If you opt for training, you will have to attend two days or 16 hours of PSPO™ I training under a Professional Scrum Trainer (PST). You will then receive a key to the PSPO™ I Assessment. Once you pass the Assessment, you are declared PSPO™ I certified and can download your certificate.Course fee for PSPO certificationThe course fee depends on the training provider and differs from region to region.In India: INR 25999  U.S.: USD 1299Canada: CAD 1499Exam fee for PSPO: $200 USD per attemptPSPO Exam DetailsExam Type: Closed book,Format: Multiple Choice, Multiple Answer and True/FalseDifficulty: IntermediateLanguage: English onlyTime limit: 60 minutesNumber of Questions: 80Passing score: 85%Retake fee for PSPO Exam: $200 USD for each re-take attempt. Participants of Scrum.org classes get free retakes if they take and fail the assessment within a certain time frame. Renewal for PSPO certification: Your PSPO certification has a lifetime validity and does not require renewal4. PMI-ACP® Certification TrainingThe Project Management Institute (PMI)® a world-renowned body known for its flagship project management credentials, now offers professionals a chance to hone their agile skills with the PMI- Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® credential. Its mandatory requirement of real-world Agile expertise and a thorough knowledge of Agile practices, tools and techniques means that holders of the PMI-ACP are Agile experts in every sense of the word.The PMI-ACP has huge demand in Agile organizations as it gives holders a 360-degree view of Agile and adds huge value to the skill set of a product owner.Other benefits of the PMI-ACP certification include:Helps you qualify for Agile jobs with expertise in Agile methods like Scrum, FDD, Kanban, etc. which are in demand in the industryEquips you with knowledge of various Agile methodsMakes you marketable as it opens doors to many project development methodologiesGain soft skills to manage your role eloquently  Earn more than your non-certified peers ($109,556)Top companies hiring PMI-ACP professionalsBooz, Allen, and HamiltonAccentureInternational Business Machines (IBM) Corp.Usaa InsuranceAmazon.com IncSource: PayScaleWhere to take training for the PMI-ACP certification: The training must be taken from an Authorized Training Partner (ATP) of PMIWho should take the training for PMI-ACP certification?This course can be taken by:Project ManagersProject PlannersQuality Assurance StaffDevelopers/ProgrammersDesigners, TestersProject ControllersProduct OwnersScrum MastersScrum Team MembersWho is eligible for the PMI-ACP certification?The PMI-ACP requires the following eligibility:Secondary degree21 contact hours of training in agile practices12 months of general project experience within the last 5 years. A current PMP® or PgMP® will satisfy this requirement but is not required to apply for the PMI-ACP.8 months of agile project experience within the last 3 yearsDuration to get certified: Once you complete the required training you must take time out to vigorously prepare for the exam. You then need to set the date and give the 3-hour exam. Once you pass the exam you may refer to yourself as a certification holder although your certificate package can take six to eight weeks to arrive in the mail.Course fee for PMI-ACP certification:The course fee depends on the training provider and differs from region to region.In India: INR 25999  U.S.: USD 1299Canada: CAD 1499Exam fee for PMI-ACP: $435 (for members), $495 (for non-members)PMI-ACP Exam Details:Exam Type: Closed book Format: Multiple Choice Difficulty: Intermediate Time limit: 3 hours Number of Questions: 120 of which 20 are considered pre-test questions and do not affect the score. Passing score: 85%Renewal for PMI-ACP certification: To maintain your PMI-ACP, you must earn 30 professional development units (PDUs) in agile topics every three years.5. Certified SAFe® Product Owner / Product Manager (SAFe® POPM)If scaling Scrum is your forte, then this is the right credential for you. This credential, an offering from the Scaled Agile, Inc., validates your product owner skills in delivering value by applying the principles of Lean to ensure Agile success at the enterprise scale, improving the Agile Release Train and ensuring customer satisfaction while improving bottom line margins.Considering that the Scaled Agile Framework is widely used in Agile organizations, there is a huge demand for SAFe POPM certified professionals, who can deliver continuous value at the enterprise level.Other benefits of the SAFe POPM certification include:Master key SAFe® product ownership/product management concepts like Lean Agile principles and valuesCollaborate with Agile teams to deliver valueMaster Program Increment PlanningOne-year membership to the SAFe Community PlatformOpen yourself upto new opportunitiesSAFe Product Owner/Product Manager (SPOPM) salary ranges from $83,865 to $124,613Access to Meetup groups and events that connect you with other Certified SAFe ProfessionalsTop companies hiring SAFe POPM professionalsBoschLockheed MartinPepsiCoAnthemCiscoStandard CharteredCapitalOneThalesFitBit  AstraZenecaSource: PayScaleWhere to take training for the SAFe POPM certification: The training must be taken from an authorized training partner of Scaled Agile, Inc. Who should take the training for SAFe POPM certification?This course can be taken by:Program or Project ManagersScrum MastersRelease Train EngineersBusiness AnalystsAgile CoachesSAFe Program ConsultantsDevelopment ManagersCTOsConsultantsArchitectsEngineersDirectorsProduct ManagersProduct OwnersDelivery ManagersSolution Train EngineersSoftware DevelopersWho is eligible for the SAFe POPM certification?The SAFe POPM requires the following eligibility:Two-day training from an authorized training provider of Scaled Agile Inc. Experience in Lean and AgileDuration to get certified: Once you complete the mandatory 2-day training you can set a date to take the 1.5 hrs SAFe POPM exam. On passing the exam, you become a Certified SAFe® 5 Product Owner / Product Manager. You will receive your SAFe®️ 5 Product Owner / Product Manager PDF Certificate and Digital Badge within 5-7 working days.Course fee for SAFe POPM certificationThe course fee depends on the training provider and differs from region to region.In India: INR 55999  U.S.: USD 1099Canada: CAD 1395Exam fee for SAFe POPM: First exam attempt is included as part of the course registration fee if the exam is taken within 30 days of course completion.SAFe POPM Exam DetailsExam Type: Closed book Format: Multiple choice, multiple response Difficulty: Intermediate Time limit: 1.5 hours Number of Questions: 45 Passing score: POPM4 = 35 out of 45 (77%); POPM5 = 33 out of 45 (73%)Retake fee for SAFe POPM Exam: Each retake costs $50Renewal for SAFe POPM certification: SAFe POPM needs to be renewed each year by paying a $100 fee and earning a minimum of 10 continuing education/outreach hours (PDUs).SummaryProduct Owners are the rock stars of an Agile team—confident, articulate, sharp, great communicators and problem solvers! A solid Product Owner certification along with these qualities can give your career a total makeover and make you a team favourite. 
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What is the Cost of Top Scrum Certifications in 2022?

Over the past few years, the job market has witnessed an exponential growth in the demand for Scrum Master professionals.  LinkedIN listed Scrum Master as among the top 10 most promising careers in 2019. Two years on, the popularity for Scrum and Agile related roles is at an all-time high.  Getting a certification to demonstrate your capabilities will help you reach milestones in your Scrum Master career. As a certified professional, you can increase your employability, rise up the career ladder and earn high remunerations.There are a number of Scrum Master certifications available from world renowned accreditation bodies. These certifications are accepted all over the world and give you the unique benefits associated with holding an acclaimed credential.As a certified Scrum Master, you will be able to:Validate your commitment to continued excellence and quality in Scrum,  Demonstrate proficiency in Scrum values, principles, and tools,Advance your career in Scrum with confidence,  Stand out at interviews and leverage on career growth opportunities,  Earn higher than experienced non-certified peers,Become part of the global Scrum and Agile community,Network with industry leaders and Scrum professionals, and  Advance your Scrum journey with each certification.To help you understand the Scrum Master certification cost and other details, we bring you a compilation of the most popular Scrum Master certifications that are available.The following table lists different certifications with their cost and renewal cost.Sr. No.CertificationScrum Master certification CostRenewal Cost1.CSM2-day CSM training cost: INR 24999 in India, USD 1295 in US and CAD 1495 in Canada, includes examination feeRetake at no cost for the first 2 attempts within 90 days after you receive your welcome email.  You will be charged a minimum of $25 each from the third attempt or after completing 90 days post training.$100 and 20 SEUs, every two years2.PSMTraining cost: INR 25999 in India, USD 1299 in US and CAD 1899 in Canada, includes examination fee$150, if opting for the examination without trainingNot required, has lifetime validity.3.SAFe® Scrum MasterTraining cost: INR 55999 in India, USD 1099 in US and CAD 1395 in Canada. Includes examination fee.Each retake after the first attempt costs $50.Not required, has lifetime validity.4.A-CSMTraining cost: INR 41999 in India, USD 1299 in US and CAD 1499 in Canada. Includes certification fee.$175 and 30 SEUs, every two years5.Disciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM)Training costs will be updated shortlyCourse fee covers one exam attemptRetake costs US$150.$50 USD annual renewal fee and 7 hours of professional development (minimum 5 Disciplined Agile hours) are required each year for maintaining the credential6.Scrum Inc. Scrum Master™ CertificationTraining costs will be updated shortly$100, every year.Read along to know more on the Scrum Master certifications listed above in the table. The main objective of the same is to provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the various Scrum Master Certification costs as well as their renewal costs.1. Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®)Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) is the most widely acknowledged Scrum Master certification. This entry level credential is a great way to start and maintain your career in Scrum. To gain the Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) certification, you will be required to attend a 2-day classroom training, following which you will have to take an online test.Certified ScrumMaster Certification CostDepending on where you choose to get your training from, the 2-day Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) course costs around $1295. This cost covers the following:A 2-day instructor led live training / 16-hour instructor-led online courseFirst two years of certification  Two attempts to take the exam (within 90 days of attending the course)  Course materials will be provided by the instructor in the class  Two-year membership to the Scrum Alliance communityCertified ScrumMaster (CSM) Renewal costEvery two years, you need to renew your CSM credentials by paying a renewal fee of $100 and earning 20 Scrum Educational Units (SEUs). This renewal fee includes the Scrum Alliance membership fee, which has a validity of two years.CertificationCost of CertificationRenewal CostCSM2-day Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) course costs around $1295 (costs can vary) depending on the region you train from$100 and 20 SEUs, every two years2. Professional Scrum Master™ (PSM)Offered by Scrum.org, Professional Scrum Master™ certification is highly sought after by Scrum Masters who want to lead more efficient and effective teams. This 2-day course covers the principles and processes of the Scrum framework, and helps aspirants understand the advanced thinking behind servant leadership and empiricism. The Professional Scrum Master™ assessment is available for anyone who wishes to exhibit their fundamental level of Scrum mastery.Professional Scrum Master™ Certification CostIf you feel that you have good knowledge of Scrum, understand the Scrum Guide and know how to apply Scrum within Scrum Teams, then taking the course is optional. You can take the PSM I assessment directly, which costs $150 per attempt.But if you choose to attend the 2-day training, then the exam fee will be included in the course fee, which costs around $1299, depending on the training provider. You’ll have two attempts to clear the exam if you choose to attend the training, as opposed to the one chance that you will get when attempting the exam without any training.Professional Scrum Master™ Renewal CostCertifications provided by Scrum.org hold a lifetime validity. Hence, PSM certification does not require any additional payment or renewal.CertificationCost of CertificationRenewal CostPSM$1299, depending on the training provider$150, if opting for the examinationNot required, has lifetime validity.3. SAFe® Scrum MasterSAFe ®  is a framework that helps scale agile to the enterprise. The SAFe® Scrum Master credential is a validation of the holder’s ability to be an effective Scrum Master in the SAFe environment. By attending the 2-day course, you can master the responsibilities of a Scrum Master in a SAFe® environment, learn ways to execute the Program Increment successfully and learn proven approaches to become a servant leader and coach in order to build high performing Agile teams.The SAFe® Scrum Master certification is accredited by Scaled Agile, Inc.SAFe® Scrum Master Certification CostThe course registration fee includes the first attempt of the exam, provided the exam is taken within 30 days of completion of the course, after which each retake attempt costs $50.The certification costs around $1099, which includes the mandatory course fee as well.SAFe® Scrum Master Renewal CostSAFe® certifications are valid for one year. After completion of the first year, you will have to get your certification renewed by paying a renewal fee of $100.CertificationCost of CertificationRenewal CostSAFe® Scrum Master$1099, depending on the region you train fromEach retake after the first attempt costs $50.Not required, has lifetime validity.4. A-CSMThe Advanced Certified ScrumMaster℠ (A-CSM℠), is the next step after the CSM in your evolution as a Scrum Master. While the CSM is a great entry level certificate, the A-CSM is an advanced level credential that displays your proficiency in scaling Scrum, coaching Agile teams and being an exceptional Scrum Master/servant leader.A-CSM Certification CostThe A-CSM workshop fee which includes your certification fee costs around $1099 and includes:2 Days Live Instructor-Led Online Training16 PDUs and 16 SEUs2-year Scrum Alliance MembershipYou have to attend a 2-day workshop conducted by a Scrum Alliance REP or Certified Scrum Trainer and complete all the learning objectives in order to gain the A-CSM credential.A-CSM Renewal costsEvery two years, you are required to log in 30 SEUs and pay a renewal fee of $175 to keep your certification in good standing.CertificationCost of CertificationRenewal CostA-CSM2-day A-CSM course costs around $1299 depending on the region you train from$175 and 30 SEUs, every two years5. Disciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM)Offered by the globally recognized PMI®, the DASM is a perfect certification for those who want to be efficient Scrum Masters, improve processes and drive results with the help of the Disciplined Agile toolkit. Ensure business outcomes and gain a reputation in your organization by successfully meeting goals and bringing together enterprise architecture, portfolio management, vendor management and finance together.DASM Certification CostThe course fee for DASM certification includes the exam fee. Your training should be conducted by an Authorized Training Partner (ATP) of PMI®.DASM Renewal costTo keep your DASM credential active, you are required to pay the annual renewal fee of $50 and log in a minimum of 7 PDUs.CertificationCost of CertificationRenewal CostDisciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM)Training fee will be updated shortly$50 USD annual renewal fee and 7 hours of professional development (minimum 5 Disciplined Agile hours) are required each year for maintaining the credential6. Scrum Inc. Scrum Master™ CertificationThis course and subsequent credential approved by Dr. Jeff Sutherland, the co-creator of Scrum and inventor of Scrum@Scale, is among the most respected credentials in the Scrum world. It helps you understand Scrum principles, techniques and processes of creating high performing teams and make a mark for yourself in your team and organization as an exceptional Scrum Master.Scrum Inc. Scrum Master™ Certification CostThe designation is offered by Scrum Inc.™ to practitioners who successfully complete training by an authorized training provider and demonstrate their understanding by passing the exam. The training fee includes the cost of the examination, and training material approved by Dr. Jeff Sutherland. Participants need to successfully complete the course and pass the exam to gain the credential.Scrum Inc. Scrum Master™ Certification Renewal CostCredential holders must renew their Scrum Inc. Scrum Master™ certificate annually within one month from the expiration date. The renewal fee for Scrum Inc. Scrum Master™ certification costs $100 (USD).CertificationCost of CertificationRenewal CostScrum Inc. Scrum Master™ CertificationTraining fee will be updated shortly  $100, every year.What’s Your Next Step?In this article, we’ve introduced you to the most popular Scrum certifications in the industry, and compared the costs of getting certified as a Scrum Master to help you make an informed decision.  While the cost certainly is an important consideration, you should also keep in mind your primary objectives for getting certified before you make your choice. Which is the certification that will add value to your resume and help to take your career places? Or, which is the certification that is most prized by your organization? What are the skills that you’re looking to gain, and what outcomes do you hope to accomplish?  Choose wisely, and take the right steps in your Scrum Master journey!
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