I read a post recently, which says there are now 200 Agile-related certifications available. Has the obsession with certifications gotten out of hand?

My problem with certifications starts when people equate them with someone being the expert. The reality is, what sounds straight forward in a classroom, will quickly face challenges in the real world. No certification is going to be overly helpful when someone cannot respond effectively to challenges.

I’m not discounting the knowledge people acquire in the certification workshops. I’m also not discounting the value for job hunting & finding good people. However, let’s not lose sight of the value in people’s ability to respond to what happens. That’s leadership, and it occurs regardless of the letters behind their name.

You’ll get much further with great leadership than you will with all those certifications.

You’ve got this.

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