segunda-feira, 28 de fevereiro de 2011

PMI Agile Certification

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Want to use Agile techniques?  Or improve your Agile practices?
Learn how the PMI Agile Certification can help.
Agile is a topic of growing importance in project management. The marketplace shows this trend, as project management practitioners embrace Agile as a technique for managing successful projects.
Because of these changes in the project management environment, PMI is developing an Agile certification.
Key thought leaders who use Agile techniques in managing projects have advised PMI on the best way to offer an Agile certification to serve project practitioners and the organizations for which they work.
Is Agile for you?
PMI regularly surveys project practitioners to further understand how they practice project management. One key statistic that came out of our latest Pulse of the Profession survey is that standardized project management practices result in better project performance. One of the practices that PMI has monitored over the last several years is the continuing growth and usage of Agile practices in project management. Many practitioners have added Agile to their “Project Management Toolbox” and use it as one of many techniques in managing successful projects.
Moreover, organizations that utilize project management to serve both internal and external clients are seeing value in Agile methods to deliver projects for these clients more quickly. As a result, more organizations and project management offices are asking their project managers to apply Agile techniques. PMI research revealed that 68% of the organizations using Agile practices would find value in an Agile certification for project management practitioners. In addition, 63% of hiring managers would encourage their project managers to pursue an Agile certification.
What is the PMI Agile Certification?
Practitioners who are using Agile practices in their projects, or whose organizations are adopting Agile
approaches to project management, are good candidates for the PMI Agile Certification. By earning the
Agile certification, practitioners can:
•Demonstrate to employers their level of professionalism in Agile practices of project management
•Increase their professional versatility in both project management tools and techniques
•Show they have the capacity to lead basic Agile project teams by holding a certification that is more credible than existing training-only or exam-only based offerings
Read about the Eligibility Requirements
PMI serves the project management profession by providing practitioners with a toolbox of select tools and techniques—and Agile is one of those tools. For example, those who have the PMP® and are working in an organization that is using Agile techniques, the Agile Certification provides an applicable knowledge base of Agile principles and concepts.
Learn More About the Agile Certification Pilot
The PMI Agile Certification pilot is open to the public and any project management practitioner who meets the eligibility requirements may participate. PMI is currently looking for pilot candidates and the online and paper applications for the certification will be available starting May 2011. The PMI Agile Certification examination will be released during the third quarter of 2011. To learn more about the pilot, read the Agile Certification FAQs document.
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quinta-feira, 24 de fevereiro de 2011

PMI Agile Certification… The PMI APP

Written by Mike Cottmeyer
It’s been a long time coming… maybe the worst kept secret on the planet. The kind of news that catches you off guard, but when you think about it… realize it was inevitable. PMI has finally announced it intends to create an agile project management certification. In my opinion this is great news, though I realize that not every one will share my enthusiasm.
The agile certification space is something I’ve been involved with since 2006 when I was asked to lead track on the APLN Learning & Recognition program. We created a certification that ultimately became the DSDM Agile Project Leader designation. I’ve been fortunate to be involved with the PMI Agile group since it’s inception, and was in Philadelphia with Jesse Fewell over a year ago when this was first conceived.
We’ve had a ton of really smart people involved, people you’d know and respect in the agile community. While I don’t think what we created is perfect, I do believe it is a step in the right direction. I do believe we will learn from this and get better over time. I believe this certification is solid enough to put my name behind and fully support its introduction into the market. I am personally committed to making it better as we learn more. PMI is committed to making this better as we learn more.
Here are some questions I was asked about this certification… I wanted to share my answers with you guys in their entirety… let me know what you think.
How is the PMI-APP good for project management practices?
I’m a believer that certification can be a useful tool to help people establish a baseline of understanding in a given field. Certification can give us shared language, and shared understanding, around the ideas we think are most important. There is a ton of education that needs to happen in order for project managers to safely and pragmatically apply agile concepts in their organizations. This certification will establish a baseline set of competencies for learning and education, and a way to be recognized as someone who understands the basics of agile project management.
How do you view the alignment of agile with PMI standards?
There is synergy between PMI standards and the PMI-APP certification, but they are not totally congruent. Agile challenges many of our traditional notions about project management, especially as they relate to our assumptions about uncertainty. In many fields, software product development being a prime example, it just isn’t in our best interest to know everything up front. Sometimes it is in our best interest to let some of our requirements emerge and we learn more about the developing system. We need credible strategies for managing time, cost, and scope, and being able to know what done looks like, in the face of overwhelming uncertainty.
Why is this certification important to the project management profession and to Agile?
Project managers need to have agile as part of their overall toolkit. It might not be the right answer for every project, or in every problem domain, but agile has become as essential approach for effectively delivering project work in environments where change is the norm. Agile gives us tools for converging on desired outcomes, and working in close collaboration with our customers to maximize the value our projects create. This certification will give us shared language for how to do this… a starting point if you will. It will also help us legitimize agile in organizations that have been resistant to giving these methods a try.
What makes this certification different than other certifications in Agile?
For a certification to be credible it has to be experienced based and centered around a published set of criteria. The PMI certification requires significant field experience using agile methods, education hours specifically related to agile project management, and the ability to demonstrate knowledge about agile in a controlled testing environment. This is a certification specifically designed to help project managers understand what it takes to competently deliver agile project work, and provide a way for them to be recognized for having that knowledge.
Is this good for the agile community, or the end of the world as we know it? Could it be both? I sure do hope so!
UPDATE: For more information on the PMI Agile Certification, please go to this link or follow this hashtag on Twitter #PMIAgileCert.

sábado, 19 de fevereiro de 2011

Gestão de Projetos e a Copa de 2014

Angela Pimenta, da EXAME
A organização da Copa, assolada por má gestão e politicagem, está dois anos atrasada. A pressa trará soluções improvisadas para o transporte nas cidades.

Desde que o Brasil foi escolhido para sediar a Copa do Mundo de 2014, os brasileiros passaram a sonhar não apenas com mais uma taça de campeão mas também com um salto de qualidade na infraestrutura de suas maiores cidades. Além de estádios modernos, finalmente ganharíamos sistemas de transporte de Primeiro Mundo com aeroportos de alto nível e trens expressos ou metrô. Quatro anos depois, está ficando claro que tudo, infelizmente, não passou mesmo de um sonho.
A esta altura, sendo realista, só a expectativa do hexa da seleção ainda está de pé. Neste mês de fevereiro de 2011, faltam três anos e três meses para o início da Copa do Mundo de 2014. Já para a Copa das Confederações, criada pela Fifa para testar as arenas e a infraestrutura do país-sede um ano antes do torneio, faltam dois anos e três meses. O calendário mostra que estamos muito, mas muito atrasados nos preparativos fora do gramado.
Mais exatamente, foram desperdiçados dois anos do tempo que havia para planejar, construir ou reformar estádios, ampliar a capacidade aeroportuária e implantar novos serviços de transporte urbano. A construção ou a reforma de um estádio demanda dois anos para a fase de projeto e mais dois para a construção. O mesmo prazo se aplica a novos terminais de aeroporto — uma grave carência nas principais portas de entrada do país, como Guarulhos, Galeão, Brasília e Confins. Portanto, esqueça qualquer esperança quanto ao legado da Copa. No que se refere à infraestrutura, trata-se, agora, de evitar um vexame de proporções históricas com puxadinhos aqui e ali — e só isso.
Falta de Planejamento
Tal veredicto parte de especialistas com experiência em grandes eventos. “Há atraso por falta de planejamento e excesso de burocracia”, diz Amir Somoggi, diretor da consultoria de gestão Crowe Horwath RCS. “Além disso, em 2010, com a incerteza política de um ano eleitoral, muitas decisões foram postergadas.” No caso dos estádios, os exemplos mais preocupantes estão em São Paulo e Natal. Em Natal, que corre o risco de ser retirada do grupo de sedes pela Fifa, o projeto de Dunas, para 45 000 especta­dores a um custo de 420 milhões de reais, ainda não atraiu investidores. Uma nova licitação está prevista para março.