It is cut throat competition out there in the certification arena. Every certification body wants to get a pie of the project management certification market. There are the established certification bodies which faces stiff competition from the new comers. It is a red-ocean out there. The leaders of predictive project management want a share of the adaptive (agile) project management window. The PMI and the PRINCE2 owners are trying their luck in the agile segment and are struggling in the agile space which is dominated by the likes of Scaled Agile, Scrum alliance, Scrum.org.
The sole objective of this post is to bring clarity to the cluttered certification options, to make it easier for the reader to choose the right certification or guide others towards the right direction.
Project Management can be broadly classified into two main categories;
- Predictive project management – A plan is created for the project from start to finish, and we execute the project as per the plan. This is well suited for projects where the scope is very clear, and the engineering discipline does not allow for much change (EPC projects). Most of the engineering, procurement and construction projects demand predictive project management styles because their engineering domain are not suitable for frequent scope changes. The leading players in this segment are;
- Adaptive / Agile project management – Adaptive or agile project management is well suited for projects where the scope is evolving and the technology is very new. These are iterative in nature. The product of the project is developed through small iterations. These are well suited for projects whose engineering domain allows for easy scope changes (I.T projects). The leading players in this segment are;
The following chart depicts the certification streams under two main categories; Predictive and Adaptive or Agile.