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What certifications are good for technical project manager? I was thinking to start with PSM and PSPO and then move to ITIL, ITSM. Not sure about this though. Not planning to do PMP as I think it’s more waterfall focused. Was also thinking about AWS. Any other certifications recommended?

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I have PMP and SAFe. PMP is about the structure of a project and PMI will tell you to use the relevant parts of the framework (e.g. a project charter / SOW with high level outcomes is critical before starting work). The others are more about agile. I get something from all of them. I am planning on getting PMI-ACP next. SAFe is in use at the past 5 clients i’ve been on and more seem to be going that direction - it, imho, is the hot methodology right now.

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Seconding SAFe certs for agile, significant number of my clients are headed this way. AWS, Azure or GCP would work for technical certs. But just getting foundational knowledge is not credible enough. Really work towards those expert level certs to be taken seriously.

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From my experience, CSM, and CSPO are considered better than PSM and PSPO, can’t tell you why. You can also look at SAFe certifications. If you specialize in a certain technology, you can get some certs on the platform/application as well

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PMP is switching to a more Agile focus in January. It will always be there golden standard for PM. I just saw somewhere was offering an online CSM cert for free. I’ll see if I can find the link.

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Sure that would be great

I’ve got my CSM (although if you’re paying out of pocket, def do PSM. Both are super basic and hard to fail) and SAFe PMPO. SAFe PMPO I think has been very useful on multiple clients and projects. It does take a lot more studying. If you decide to take it, don’t take the actual exam until you’re consistently scoring mid 90s on practice exams. I found the practice exams on their website were a lot easier than the actual exam, but I’d recommend taking it over and over to get yourself familiarized with types of questions/figuring out which areas you’re struggling with. Currently studying for PMI-ACP as it’s more agile than PMP. An old coworker recently sat for his before the pandemic. He was saying the proctor was talking about how PMI’s been seeing an uptick in industry preference for it over the PMP as well

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PMI-ACP is also good..

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Prob an agile certification

Psm and pspo are agile certifications

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