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What do you guys think about Project Management Certification? How much of value this has in the real world? Has anybody taken this? Is there any training courses out there? Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Wednesday, July 24, 2002

The PMI institute has a project mgt certification.

It is apparently rather well respected in the manufacturing and construction trades.  I dunno how well respected it is in the software trade.  They have a software dev interest group, which regularly gets speakers like McConnell, Yourdon, etc.

Generally, when these people talk about certification and benefits, check your wallet.  As Joe A.A. is prone to say, it is a strange coincidence that that's the same clarion-call as the snake oil salesmen ...

Matt H.
Wednesday, July 24, 2002

In software development, project management "certificates" tend to be taken by people without a development background or software engineering expertise.

They're part of a an attempt by people without the best experience to be able to present credentials.

Thus, they're actually a warning flag.

Hugh Wells
Wednesday, July 24, 2002

It seems to be one of the few certs that business people look upon favorably.  Probably because you have to have documentable project management experience before you can sit for the exam.

In the end, I think its good to have if an employer you want to work for prefers it.  At least that's how I pick my career related study topics.

those who know me have no need of my name
Wednesday, July 24, 2002

Thanks for the input so far.
I have around 4 years of software development experience. And I will be starting my part time MBA classes soon (paid by my employer). Also I could get any kind of certification I want, which will also be paid by my employer. I thought PMP will be best certification to go along with my MBA. What do you guys think?

Thursday, July 25, 2002

I'd ask the same question about being certified to count Function Points.

Christopher Wells
Thursday, July 25, 2002

[Thus, they're actually a warning flag. ]

Nonsense. A close family member of mine has PMP certification, a Masters of strategic management, along with over 25 years experience in this industry, 15 being in software development so I think she knows a thing or two about development. She taught me a great deal about how things in development should be and why they are usually not. I would gladly have her manage any of my projects.

Just because you got burned by your PM doesn't mean PMP certs are useless. Just like any certification they only mean that the person has been trained in a specific area, nothing more nothing less.

Ian Stallings
Thursday, July 25, 2002

Dude you got a greate employer, considering this stinking econonmy.

Is he looking for  a senior software developer? give me buzz.

Thursday, July 25, 2002

Well, there is a small catch. Pay stinks, but the perks are great :) and a great working environment also. I guess, overall it's great place to be in in this bad economy.

Thursday, July 25, 2002

When you say pay stinks, how bad does it stink?  Even figuring in all the perks?

Why are you getting an MBA?  You aren't going in to marketing are you? :)

the cluetrain
Monday, July 29, 2002

When I said 'pay', I meant salary. Including the perks, it's not that bad.
I have bean programming and managing projects for a while now. I guess it's time for me to manage people and may be sell software too. Hence I am thinking about getting an MBA.

Monday, July 29, 2002

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Monday, June 7, 2004

Take a look at the PMP Certification requirement - both educational and experiential.  Any good experienced project manager would recognize that the certification validates knowledge of tools and techniques and genuine experience. 

Download this free toolkit and take a sample test at to get a feel for the questions.  You can find a do-it-yourself PMP Certification exam checklist as well.

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