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Friday 11th March 2016
 A question that is repeatedly being asked is, is it better to gain  experience working in an Agile environment or have an Agile  qualification?

 Having read other discussions, the impression I get is that Agile  specialists are divided on this topic.

 To begin with, how Agile is the environment you are currently  working in? Agile is currently and has been a buzz word that many  people  feel they need to put on their CV regardless of whether the  environment is Agile or not. 

 Do you know just how Agile your working  environment is? Closely following an Agile methodology on a daily basis has shown to be  highly beneficial when searching for a new role when it is specified in the job description that you are required to have had Agile  experience.

 In order to ensure that you and your project team are following Agile make sure you do your research. Read up on how it works, are the  process you are following in the workplace the same as how Agile is described to you, or are they slightly different?

But is this experience enough? Do you still need to have a professional qualification to back up your experience?

There are numerous different Agile qualifications you can gain such as Agile Foundation Certificate, Certified Scrum Master (CSM), Agile Certified Practitioner or Certified Scrum Trainers (CST) to name a few, but how do you choose which qualification to take if any?

The most common advice given is that if you are a practitioner, actively engaged on a project team practicing the Agile methodology, then CSM, Agile Foundation or Agile Practitioner Certificates would be the recommended course for you.

Whereas if you are a trainer or teaching others about Agile, then the recommended course would be CST out of the list I have chosen. I know that there are many other courses out there but I would be here for days if I listed them all.   

The general consensus from what I have read is that the majority feel that you do need hands on experience in order for you to develop your skills, without this how are you able to grow and develop your knowledge? Having a recognised professional qualification is useful but has been viewed as only a small part of the full picture.
I would love to know what you think about this. Do you need a formal qualification, or is gaining experience more beneficial? 

It would be interesting to get your thoughts in this...

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