Agile Project Management Organizations, Certifications, and Resources

By Mark C. Layton

Part of Agile Project Management For Dummies Cheat Sheet

There is a big agile project management world out there. Here are a few of the useful links to members of the agile practitioner community:

  • Agile Alliance: The Agile Alliance is the original global agile community, with a mission to help advance agile principles and practices, regardless of methodology.

  • Scrum Alliance: The Scrum Alliance is a nonprofit professional membership organization that promotes understanding and usage of scrum. The Scrum Alliance offers a number of professional certifications:

    • Certified Scrum Master (CSM)

    • Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO)

    • Certified Scrum Developer (CSD)

    • Certified Scrum Professional (CSP)

    • Certified Scrum Coach (CSC)

    • Certified Scrum Trainer (CST)

  • Ron Jeffries, one of the originators of the extreme programming (XP) development approach, provides resources and services in support of XP’s advancement on the site.

  • Lean Essays: Lean Essays is a blog from Mary and Tom Poppendieck, thought leaders in the use of lean concepts within the software development space.

  • PMI Agile Community: The Project Management Institute (PMI) is the largest nonprofit project management membership association in the world. The agile section of PMI’s website provides access to papers, books, and seminars about agile project management. PMI supports an agile community of practice and a certification, the PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP).

  • Platinum Edge: Since 2001, my team at Platinum Edge has been helping companies successfully take their project management practices to a higher level. We provide training classes worldwide and also develop transition strategies and coaching for organizations moving to agile project management. Visit the training section of our site to find an upcoming Certified Scrum Master, Certified Scrum Product Owner, PMI-ACP preparation, or agile overview class near you.