1. WHAT ARE THEY?
PMI-ACP® (PMI Agile Certified Practitioner) is acknowledged as the most acclaimed credential for Agile practices which comes from PMI® –Project Management Institute.
CSM stands for Certified Scrum Master® (CSM). This focused mostly on Scrum methodology in Agile principles and practices. CSM credential comes from Scrum Alliance® – a non-profit organization that was founded in 2001 for Agile community. Since there are different approaches to implement Agile such as Scrum, Kanban, Extreme programming, etc. Hence, when applying for CSM, you would be certified only in Scrum methodology of doing agile projects.
2. WHICH SHOULD WE GO FOR?
Go for PMI-ACP® if you already possess the knowledge of not only Scrum but also other Agile methods. Since Scrum is not the only approach, the PMI-ACP® addresses agile from a more holistic perspective and not specifically Scrum. When preparing for the ACP, it was helpful to understand those other perspectives to see how agile principles are applied with different methods.
Go for CSM once you have learned as well as experienced with a certified scrum trainer. The biggest benefit of getting a CSM is that there is a very small, highly qualified number of individuals from whom you can receive your CSM training. Getting a CSM means you have learned from a Scrum professional who has deep knowledge about Scrum and has a lot of experience working with agile teams. That typically translates into hearty classroom examples of what agile looks like and how it works in the field when discussing concepts in class.
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