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SAFe Implementation Roadmap – Detailed Guide

Somewhere in the basement of an ambitious yet innovative American tech company, project ‘PURPLE’ was in full swing. With just a trickle of engineers, all handpicked by the CEO himself, the project was such a high secret venture, that every team member was literally frisked every single time they entered or exited the project premises. They were not allowed to talk about it, let alone to the public but not even to a member of family. So why was this so important to the CEO and the company? We probably would never really know what was running through his mind at that point of time but on hindsight, we can guess that deep down the CEO knew that the product was about to revolutionise the world. Deep down, either knowingly or unknowingly a clear roadmap for the next generation product vision was being established.  The CEO was Steve Jobs and the product was none other than the first generation ‘iPhone’. What started as an enhancement for an iPod went a long way in setting up the roadmap for today’s modern world smartphones.  As exaggerated, as it may seem, it is still very relevant to the topic we will be exploring here today – the SAFe® implementation roadmap. In simple terms, if your organization is like a mountainous region of the Himalayas, then you would want to use the SAFe implementation as the ‘Sherpa’ to guide you to reach Mount Everest. SAFe Implementation Roadmap - OverviewWe all are well aware, that SAFe is a way of taking any iterative Agile ways of working (normally restricted to a few teams) and scaling it up at various levels of the organization, whilst applying a mindset of Lean manufacturing.  Considering the implementation of SAFe is a major decision for any organisation and should not be taken lightly, it will involve a significant amount of effort, training time and of course cost. Understanding SAFe can be tricky, but understanding it is a must. At the end of the day, if you want to do something, you would want to do it correctly, wouldn’t you?  My suggestion would be simple. If you want to implement SAFe please go ahead, but do not rush it. Take it one step at a time, follow the SAFe implementation roadmap. This roadmap (depicted in the diagram below) is a very useful strategy and charts out some critical moves which are needed in order to achieve organizational change.  Source Link1. Why is it required?Similar to how Steve Jobs’s product roadmap for Apple created a magic of sorts in terms of user experience, by shrinking an entire operating system into a hand-held powerhouse of a device; the SAFe implementation roadmap will lay out the foundation and vision for a successful adoption of SAFe at all levels within your organization.   It basically describes the steps, or as Dan and Chip Heath call it the ‘critical moves,’ that an enterprise will have to take, in order to implement SAFe in a successful, reliable, and orderly fashion. One can’t go too far into their SAFe adoption without following these critical steps as not only does the roadmap provide you with a safety net of proven techniques, it also makes your transformation journey that much more enjoyable.  2. This is Why Your Agile Transformation is FailingWhile we will discuss in detail as to why the roadmap is a necessity, it is also important to understand some of the stumbling blocks which we need to be wary of before beginning the transformation. Let’s look at a few common pitfalls that organisations will need to tackle.  Hierarchical way of leadership: Lack of commitment by higher management, possibly due to organizational culture or fear of failure, is a big setback for the agile transformation. The teams should be motivated and encouraged to learn and practice to excel so people are not always in a ‘survival mode’ setting. Various reasons like ego clashes, miscommunication, lack of ownership etc. are a classic recipe for failure.  Trying to swim before you float: In swimming, the most basic technique beginners are taught is ‘how to stay afloat in water’. It is essential to get the basics right and try achieving one thing at a time, rather than putting your feet into too many things and thereby sinking. For e.g try to implement the approach in one pilot program, prove that it works successfully and then radiate it across other programs.  Lack of common sense: Things can’t be changed overnight, the sooner this is realised the better it is. Agile/Lean will fail if it cannot coexist with more traditional parts of an organisation, especially in big enterprises. There must be a transition period where you learn technical practices that will help you overcome some of the traditional/legacy challenges eventually.  Synthetic Transformation: An idea for change may have been accepted in general but eventually the team will need to grasp an understanding of why they are doing that practice. Otherwise, it won't necessarily be that practice that gets them in trouble but their lack of fundamental understanding, which will cause them problems, or at least expose their lack of innovation or adoption of emerging new practices. Running out of gas: Keeping the transformation moving with a sustainable pace is another challenging ask. This is where you need to make sure that you have the right set of change agents (like SPCs) who can keep echoing the need for change and be the catalyst who can continue the movement required for a large-scale transformation.  What are the steps of a successful SAFe Implementation Roadmap?While the Scaled Agile framework team recognises that not all transformations will be fail-proof, they have charted out a 12-step guide, which recommends a path to the roadmap journey, backed by the fact that successful implementations will always have something in common. Let's go through the steps in a bit more detail.1. Step-by-step explanationReaching the Tipping Point - Organizations at some point will arrive at a situation where an overwhelming necessity for change will be felt. There could be many reasons but the most obvious one would be the fact that they would be constantly struggling to deliver user requirements earlier into the market thereby lagging behind in business trends.   A ‘burning platform’ as referred by SAFe could be the reason. If not for this reason, a mindset of change may set it when a true visionary is handed over the reins of the organization. A new vision , new targets and early adoption of technical trends in the business cycle could well be the signs to watch out for. This is what is referred to as the tipping point, a catalyst for change.Train Lean-Agile Change Agents – Once the vision is set and the ball is rolling, it's important to create a pool of strategic change agents. Agents who can help with the transformation and pull their coaching weight are needed to influence teams and individuals in aligning to the roadmap. Remember, a great SPC would be the one who can guide an organization to balance business agility with predictability; both of which are extremely important to the typical enterprise-scale technology organization. Train Executives, Managers, and Leaders It is important for leaders to learn new skills- skills that will help them execute the roadmap strategy through constant and early release of value through their Agile release trains. A clear understanding of the SAFe lean agile principles will help them a long way in achieving their goals.  Create a Lean-Agile Center of Excellence Referred to as the LACE – Lean Agile centre of excellence, this is nothing but a group of like-minded people who help with implementing the SAFe lean agile ways of working. From a leader’s perspective, getting the right set of people onto LACE will be key to unlocking the fullest of its benefits. The LACE will normally take charge of radiating the vision throughout the organisation, providing training where necessary and also helping with charting the roadmap elements along with the change agents.  Identify Value Streams and ARTs - Identifying value streams and in turn the related ARTs (Agile release trains) is THE most critical activity for SAFe implementation as this will form the backbone of the roadmap execution. In order to get this right, an organisation would need to spend some quality time in understanding their value streams, which are normally of two types-- operational value streams and development value streams.  Typically, a workshop would be arranged for organisational value stream mapping since this is a critical step in implementation of the SAFe roadmap.   Create the Implementation Plan – The most important aspect of this step is to try and not get too detailed with your planning. In a true agile fashion, it's important to plan a little for the iteration, execute the same, learn from it and then repeat the exercise. It's all about the inspect and adapt philosophy. This simple yet powerful incremental approach to SAFe implementation will help with the solution development.  Prepare for ART Launch – Once you have sorted out the above two steps, the next step is to get your ARTs right. Defining an ART aligned to the value stream is important from a change management perspective. In principle the following sub-steps are recommended:  Define the ART  Set the launch date and cadence for the program calendar  Train ART leaders and stakeholders  Establish the Agile teams  Train Product Managers and Product Owners (POs)  Train Scrum Masters  Train System Architects/Engineers  Assess and evolve launch readiness  Prepare the program backlog   Train Teams and Launch the ART – Well this step is more of moving the parked train out of the station and launching it to carry out the iterative process of enhancing value streams, keeping business agility at its epicentre.   Coach ART Execution  - “Whenever you let up before the job is done, critical momentum can be lost and regression may follow.’ – John Kotter, Leading Change.  The trains are all set now to deliver value incrementally but mere knowledge is not understanding. It takes a few iterations, and a few PIs before the train can stabilize. This is where SPCs (SAFe Program consultants) will be key to ensure that significant effort is put in to constantly coach the ARTs of the intended value delivery. This will help organisations to tap into the core potentials and purposes of the ARTs rather than just scratching their surface. A successful ART will have a culture to  Continuously explore – the vision, roadmap, backlog and architectural runways in order to respond to the market in a timely fashion  Continuously Integrate – To inspect and adapt from system increments  Continuously deploy – To deliver faster and be ready for release when the market needs it. Launch More ARTs and Value Streams – This is the step that represents the largest amount of work that will be pulled into the roadmap. It requires persistent leadership guiding the organization towards a cultural shift inducing new values and norms aligning with the sole purpose and vision of the SAFe implementation roadmap.   Once an ART on a particular value stream has proved successful and shows positive returns, just take that working concept and apply it on similar value streams, include more ARTs. Only by scaling up will the organisation achieve faster time-to-market, improved productivity, and increased employee engagement. As a checklist though, the SAFe Implementation Railway Kanban can be used to determine the readiness of launching subsequent ARTs. Extend to the Portfolio – Once it's proven that multiple ARTs are running successfully, its time then to apply it at a portfolio level (using Portfolio level SAFe process) with the added guidance of the Lean Portfolio management function. This is where we would need to start aligning value streams with the enterprise strategy and thereby establishing enterprise value flows.  Fostering a leaner approach to supplier and customer relationships will go a long way in ensuring tactical business strategy solutions. Accelerate – This last step is basically to ensure that you are set up to build on your benefits. Start understanding where you are in terms of achieving business agility. Multiple assessments are available to help quantify this, provide options to enhance and reap in more profits by improving your business agility.  What are the benefits of an implementation roadmap? The benefits of referring to the SAFe implementation roadmap are far reaching. Although it's not the magic wand you are looking for, it does give you a head start with your SAFe adoption. It's like putting the right step forward.  Bird’s eye view of the mission, vision and goals  Identifying and Scripting the critical moves Achieving organisational change organically  Sustaining enterprise-wide growth and transformation  Achieving a measurable business agility Conclusion: Any major decision like whether to or not to implement SAFe is almost likely to be very contextual. I am sure the adoption of SAFe by virtue of its SAFe implementation road map will help organizations reap the benefits in the longer term, in its race to achieve a sustainable business agility formula.   However, the key would be in trying to understand and measure what impact it is resulting in, and measuring some of the key aspects & business outcomes (like cycle time, release frequency, NPS, key business metrices like customer retention etc.) will be critical along with the adoption of SAFe.  Remember, similar to Apple’s roadmap for powerful handheld devices, the SAFe implementation roadmap will guide your organisation to reap the benefits and lay out strong foundations for the future of scaling agile at enterprise levels.  

SAFe Implementation Roadmap – Detailed Guide

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SAFe Implementation Roadmap – Detailed Guide

Somewhere in the basement of an ambitious yet innovative American tech companyproject ‘PURPLE’ was in full swing. With just a trickle of engineers, all handpicked by the CEO himself, the project was such a high secret venturethat every team member was literally frisked every single time they entered or exited the project premises. They were not allowed to talk about it, let alone to the public but not even to a member of family. 

So why was this so important to the CEO and the company? We probably would never really know what was running through his mind at that point of time but on hindsight, we can guess that deep down the CEO knew that the product was about to revolutionise the world. Deep down, either knowingly or unknowingly a clear roadmap for the next generation product vision was being established.  

The CEO was Steve Jobs and the product was none other than the first generation ‘iPhone’. What started as an enhancement for an iPod went a long way in setting up the roadmap for today’s modern world smartphones.  

As exaggerated, as it may seem, it is still very relevant to the topic we will be exploring here today – the SAFe® implementation roadmap. In simple terms, if your organization is like a mountainous region of the Himalayas, then you would want to use the SAFe implementation as the ‘Sherpa’ to guide you to reach Mount Everest. 

SAFe Implementation Roadmap - Overview

We all are well aware, that SAFe is a way of taking any iterative Agile ways of working (normally restricted to a few teams) and scaling it up at various levels of the organization, whilst applying a mindset of Lean manufacturing.  

Considering the implementation of SAFe is a major decision for any organisation and should not be taken lightly, it will involve a significant amount of effort, training time and of course cost. Understanding SAFe can be tricky, but understanding it is a must. At the end of the day, if you want to do something, you would want to do it correctly, wouldn’t you?  

My suggestion would be simple. If you want to implement SAFe please go ahead, but do not rush it. Take it one step at a time, follow the SAFe implementation roadmap. This roadmap (depicted in the diagram below) is a very useful strategy and charts out some critical moves which are needed in order to achieve organizational change.  

SAFe Implementation RoadmapSource Link

1. Why is it required?

Similar to how Steve Jobs’s product roadmap for Apple created a magic of sorts in terms of user experience, by shrinking an entire operating system into a hand-held powerhouse of a device; the SAFe implementation roadmap will lay out the foundation and vision for a successful adoption of SAFe at all levels within your organization.   

It basically describes the steps, or as Dan and Chip Heath call it the ‘critical moves,’ that an enterprise will have to take, in order to implement SAFe in a successful, reliable, and orderly fashion. One can’t go too far into their SAFe adoption without following these critical steps as not only does the roadmap provide you with safety net of proven techniques, it also makes your transformation journey that much more enjoyable 

2. This is Why Your Agile Transformation is Failing

While we will discuss in detail as to why the roadmap is a necessity, it is also important to understand some of the stumbling blocks which we need to be wary of before beginning the transformation. Let’s look at a few common pitfalls that organisations will need to tackle.  

  • Hierarchical way of leadershipLack of commitment by higher management, possibly due to organizational culture or fear of failure, is a big setback for the agile transformationThe teams should be motivated and encouraged to learn and practice to excel so people are not always in a survival mode setting. Various reasons like ego clashes, miscommunication, lack of ownership etc. are a classic recipe for failure.  
  • Trying to swim before you float: In swimming, the most basic technique beginners are taught is ‘how to stay afloat in water’. It is essential to get the basics right and try achieving one thing at a time, rather than putting your feet into too many things and thereby sinking. For e.g try to implement the approach in one pilot program, prove that it works successfully and then radiate it across other programs.  
  • Lack of common sense: Things can’t be changed overnight, the sooner this is realised the better it is. Agile/Lean will fail if it cannot coexist with more traditional parts of an organisation, especially in big enterprises. There must be a transition period where you learn technical practices that will help you overcome some of the traditional/legacy challenges eventually.  
  • Synthetic Transformation: An idea for change may have been accepted in general but eventually the team will need to grasp an understanding of why they are doing that practice. Otherwise, it won't necessarily be that practice that gets them in trouble but their lack of fundamental understanding, which will cause them problems, or at least expose their lack of innovation or adoption of emerging new practices. 
  • Running out of gas: Keeping the transformation moving with a sustainable pace is another challenging ask. This is where you need to make sure that you have the right set of change agents (like SPCs) who can keep echoing the need for change and be the catalyst who can continue the movement required for a large-scale transformation.  

What are the steps of a successful SAFe Implementation Roadmap?

While the Scaled Agile framework team recognises that not all transformations will be fail-proof, they have charted out a 12-step guide, which recommends a path to the roadmap journey, backed by the fact that successful implementations will always have something in common. Let's go through the steps in a bit more detail.

steps of a successful SAFe Implementation Roadmap

1. Step-by-step explanation

  • Reaching the Tipping Point Organizations at some point will arrive at a situation where an overwhelming necessity for change will be felt. There could be many reasons but the most obvious one would be the fact that they would be constantly struggling to deliver user requirements earlier into the market thereby lagging behind in business trends.  
  •  A ‘burning platform’ as referred by SAFe could be the reason. If not for this reason, a mindset of change may set it when a true visionary is handed over the reins of the organization. A new vision , new targets and early adoption of technical trends in the business cycle could well be the signs to watch out for. This is what is referred to as the tipping point, a catalyst for change.

Step-by-step explanation

  • Train Lean-Agile Change Agents  Once the vision is set and the ball is rolling, it's important to create a pool of strategic change agents. Agents who can help with the transformation and pull their coaching weight are needed to influence teams and individuals in aligning to the roadmap. Remember, a great SPC would be the one who can guide an organization to balance business agility with predictability; both of which are extremely important to the typical enterprise-scale technology organization. 
  • Train Executives, Managers, and Leaders It is important for leaders to learn new skills- skills that will help them execute the roadmap strategy through constant and early release of value through their Agile release trains. A clear understanding of the SAFe lean agile principles will help them a long way in achieving their goals.  
  • Create a Lean-Agile Center of Excellence Referred to as the LACE – Lean Agile centre of excellence, this is nothing but a group of like-minded people who help with implementing the SAFe lean agile ways of working. From a leader’s perspective, getting the right set of people onto LACE will be key to unlocking the fullest of its benefits. The LACE will normally take charge of radiating the vision throughout the organisation, providing training where necessary and also helping with charting the roadmap elements along with the change agents.  
  • Identify Value Streams and ARTs - Identifying value streams and in turn the related ARTs (Agile release trains) is THE most critical activity for SAFe implementation as this will form the backbone of the roadmap execution. In order to get this right, an organisation would need to spend some quality time in understanding their value streams, which are normally of two types-- operational value streams and development value streams.  

SAFe Implementation Roadmap

Typically, a workshop would be arranged for organisational value stream mapping since this is a critical step in implementation of the SAFe roadmap.   

  • Create the Implementation Plan  The most important aspect of this step is to try and not get too detailed with your planning. In a true agile fashion, it's important to plan a little for the iteration, execute the same, learn from it and then repeat the exercise. It's all about the inspect and adapt philosophy. This simple yet powerful incremental approach to SAFe implementation will help with the solution development.  
  • Prepare for ART Launch – Once you have sorted out the above two steps, the next step is to get your ARTs right. Defining an ART aligned to the value stream is important from a change management perspective. In principle the following sub-steps are recommended:  
    • Define the ART  
    • Set the launch date and cadence for the program calendar  
    • Train ART leaders and stakeholders  
    • Establish the Agile teams  
    • Train Product Managers and Product Owners (POs)  
    • Train Scrum Masters  
    • Train System Architects/Engineers  
    • Assess and evolve launch readiness  
    • Prepare the program backlog   
  • Train Teams and Launch the ART  Well this step is more of moving the parked train out of the station and launching it to carry out the iterative process of enhancing value streams, keeping business agility at its epicentre.   
  • Coach ART Execution  - “Whenever you let up before the job is done, critical momentum can be lost and regression may follow.’ – John Kotter, Leading Change.  

The trains are all set now to deliver value incrementally but mere knowledge is not understanding. It takes a few iterations, and a few PIs before the train can stabilize. This is where SPCs (SAFe Program consultants) will be key to ensure that significant effort is put in to constantly coach the ARTs of the intended value delivery. This will help organisations to tap into the core potentials and purposes of the ARTs rather than just scratching their surface. 

A successful ART will have a culture to  

  1. Continuously explore – the vision, roadmap, backlog and architectural runways in order to respond to the market in a timely fashion  
  2. Continuously Integrate – To inspect and adapt from system increments  
  3. Continuously deploy – To deliver faster and be ready for release when the market needs it. 
  • Launch More ARTs and Value Streams  This is the step that represents the largest amount of work that will be pulled into the roadmap. It requires persistent leadership guiding the organization towards a cultural shift inducing new values and norms aligning with the sole purpose and vision of the SAFe implementation roadmap.   

Once an ART on a particular value stream has proved successful and shows positive returns, just take that working concept and apply it on similar value streams, include more ARTs. Only by scaling up will the organisation achieve faster time-to-market, improved productivity, and increased employee engagement. As a checklist though, the SAFe Implementation Railway Kanban can be used to determine the readiness of launching subsequent ARTs. 

Launch More ARTs and Value Streams

  • Extend to the Portfolio – Once it's proven that multiple ARTs are running successfully, its time then to apply it at a portfolio level (using Portfolio level SAFe process) with the added guidance of the Lean Portfolio management function. This is where we would need to start aligning value streams with the enterprise strategy and thereby establishing enterprise value flows.  Fostering a leaner approach to supplier and customer relationships will go a long way in ensuring tactical business strategy solutions. 
  • Accelerate – This last step is basically to ensure that you are set up to build on your benefits. Start understanding where you are in terms of achieving business agility. Multiple assessments are available to help quantify this, provide options to enhance and reap in more profits by improving your business agility.  

What are the benefits of an implementation roadmap? 

The benefits of referring to the SAFe implementation roadmap are far reaching. Although it's not the magic wand you are looking for, it does give you a head start with your SAFe adoption. It's like putting the right step forward.  

  • Bird’s eye view of the mission, vision and goals  
  • Identifying and Scripting the critical moves 
  • Achieving organisational change organically  
  • Sustaining enterprise-wide growth and transformation  
  • Achieving a measurable business agility 

Conclusion: 

Any major decision like whether to or not to implement SAFe is almost likely to be very contextualI am sure the adoption of SAFe by virtue of its SAFe implementation road map will help organizations reap the benefits in the longer term, in its race to achieve a sustainable business agility formula.   

However, the key would be in trying to understand and measure what impact it iresulting in, and measuring some of the key aspects & business outcomes (like cycle time, release frequency, NPS, key business metrices like customer retention etc.) will be critical along with the adoption of SAFe 

Remember, similar to Apple’s roadmap for powerful handheld devices, the SAFe implementation roadmap will guide your organisation to reap the benefits and lay out strong foundations for the future of scaling agile at enterprise levels.  

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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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