What is Agile?
The courses offered for Agile certifications are numerous and in-depth instructional and educational certifications with a broad scope but mostly focus on leadership principles within a variety of fields. The best part about Agile certifications is that you can choose the ones that best suit your goals and priorities.
What Do Agile Certifications Offer?
Agile offers a wide variety of certifications that are often updated as well. In fact, there is a category dedicated just to “recently launched certifications.” Each certification comes with multiple levels of accomplishment.
For instance, the Agility in Leadership certification is a category that includes four separate and distinct certifications.
- Business Agility Foundations
- Leading with Agility
- People Development
- Expert Agility in Leadership
The fourth and final category in this subset is the Expert Certification, meaning that you have completed all four tracks that fall under the Agility in Leadership category. The process is the same for all major categories of certifications, making things simple and understandable for those who want to move up in the same category.
The Agility in Leadership certification is just one of many certification categories that Agile offers.
- Agility in Leadership
- Enterprise Coaching
- Agile Team Coaching
- Product Ownership
- Delivery Management
- Agile Engineering
- Product Strategy
- Agile Testing
- Agile HR
- Agile Financing
- Agile Marketing
- Agile Systems Coaching
That doesn’t include the Agile updated category that includes new courses and training for certifications.
Potential Issues with Agile
One of the most frustrating components of any learning program (and this isn’t just about Agile, but LinkedIn Learning resources and other educational resources too) is the following. For some reason, college coursework has taken over the business mindset as the only way to achieve higher levels of success.
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For instance, a prospective employer may review your resume and find that you have completed multiple certifications on the Agile platform. Even if the employer knows what Agile is, they will likely dismiss it quickly because it doesn’t have the words “Associates, Bachelors, Masters Degree” next to it.
If an employer doesn’t see the word “University,” they are likely to dismiss any educational credentials that you have to offer. This is not true for many employers out there, but it is true for most.
It almost seems as if Universities across the country and world have an unspoken agreement with businesses that only a college education qualifies you for a particular profession. Agile falls in that category, and it’s an absurd category to be in.
Employers are essentially refusing to look at the potential employee’s qualifications if no college credential is involved. It’s very questionable but an unfortunate aspect that you may have to deal with if you get many of your certifications from Agile.
Agile is designed to certify you and improve your marketability for particular jobs. It does that quite well. While there are many holdovers from the old way of looking at things, Agile is growing in the public consciousness, which means it’s also increasing in the prospective employer’s consciousness as well.
What are the Benefits of Agile?
Despite holdovers from a time when a college degree meant everything and anything else was relegated to manufacturing industries, Agile has a lot of benefits that you can take advantage of
- Knowledge is power and Agile gives you the knowledge to clarify certain concepts
- You will have a higher degree of marketability and relevance
- Agile certifications bring positive and knowledgeable experience to workplace environments
- Agile certifications lead to a clearer and more positive way of thinking
- Agile provides you with hands-on knowledge, which is invaluable and arguably much better than a standard, hands-off classroom instruction
- Improves Scrum capabilities
In case you have never heard of the term before, Scrum is not what most people consider it to be in the world of Rugby, at least not where Agile is concerned. Scrum is something you learn throughout the Agile certification process, which stands for complex team interactions when working towards a project or goal.
Scrum is something that all of the coursework you will find in Agile revolves around. Agile is not for the DIYer crowd, the introverts, and the “go-it-alone” types. It is specifically designed for team focus and team collaboration on the success of complicated projects. Agile calls it an “Agile Technology,” and, in many ways, it certainly is.
It would be best if you didn’t consider Agile a useless resource regarding your career pursuits and goals. While Agile is still hampered by the atmosphere of “college is everything,” more and more employers are getting on board with the experience and certifications that people are getting from Agile.
This positive upward trend shows Agile’s potential in the long run.
Hey, I’m Kris Taylor. I’m a Learning and Development professional currently in the healthcare field, with over 8 years of experience in the area of corporate education. I have created numerous instructional content for various corporate projects including eLearning, in-person facilitation, and virtual training across a wide variety of learning interventions and sectors. On Taughtup, I discuss topics ranging from how to succeed through K-12 to college all the way to instructional design tips for L&D designers.