Dear Readers, I think being among the first in the world to obtain the Micro-Credential: Agile Hybrid Project Pro (AH-MC) from the #ProjectManagementInstitute, I have another great opportunity to share my knowledge and experience.
So what is PMI Agile Hybrid Project Pro?
According to the PMI, the credential demonstrates knowledge of agile and hybrid project management concepts, tasks and techniques that are applicable in virtually any industry. You can find more information about the micro-credential at the following link: https://www.pmi.org/landing/agile-hybrid-micro-credential
Agile Hybrid Project Pro is a micro-credential product that includes an eLearning course and an assessment. It assesses Agile & Hybrid project management knowledge & skills through a short, focused examination. The eLearning course will help you in preparing for the assessment.
The credential will be soft launched in Apr 2021. Now, you might think how did Jayant came among the first in the world if it will be launched in Apr 2021. Well, the answer is the below email where I had the privilege to be part of PMI’s Beta program in December 2020. You may love the fact that this micro credential badge never expires! but for me it was venturing into the hybrid methodology.
Who is eligible?
- It is ideal for traditional project managers who are beginning to venture into the Agile or Hybrid space.
- It helps current Project Management Professional (PMP)® certification holders align to the new PMP® standards, which includes Agile and Hybrid methodology. Further, you get 13 PDU’s to help you to renew your certification.
You have 75 minutes to answer 60 questions.
So we take the eLearning course and give assessment and we can pass and earn the credential. Is it correct?
To be honest, I think that the e-learning course is not sufficient. Remember, to pass any PMI certification/credential, you should have aligned your thinking with the methodologies and concepts which in this case is Agile as well as Hybrid.
This is very tricky with this new credential as you fall into the trap of confusion between traditional waterfall and agile approach. For example, in a hybrid environment, in terms of artifacts what will be useful in a given scenario? A risk register or Sprint Backlog? Similarly, Who will do xyz activity? Project manager or Team?
Ok, this seems to be very difficult?
Answer is No. If you understand the context then you will be able to fit into the scenario in a hybrid environment and pick the correct option.
I am sharing few sure shot tips that can help:
- Read the first 4–5 words very carefully to understand the project setting. i.e. During an agile project VS During a project.
- Understand that in agile environment, project manager is comparable to Scrum master and acts as a servant leader and Servant leaders facilitate.
- Go through PMBOK and Agile practice guide.
- Remember the taxonomy: predictive=Waterfall= Traditional, whereas in Agile=iterative=sprints
- Remember that as per Agile Practice guide, ideally the transition from waterfall to hybrid should be gradual. This would require learning and alignment between teams.
- Understand the conflict resolution techniques i.e. Collaborating, Avoiding
- Daily stand ups are important.
- Read and understand everything in the official Scrum Guide
- Product owner takes scoping decisions.
- Last but not the least, Believe in yourself and don’t be afraid of the outcomes.
I would like to quote one of my inspirations A. P. J. Abdul Kalam (Teacher as he liked to be called instead of Indian aerospace scientist and former president) that Fail stands for “First Attempt in Learning”
On that note, I would like to close this story and I promise to bring more.
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