When I first started my agile journey, there was a small set of certifications. The Scrum Alliance was the “lead dog” in the effort. Around 2003-2004, there was only the CSM, CSPO, and CST certifications. Life was quite simple then.
Over the years, I believe folks started to get the sense that there was “money to be made” in this area. Lots of money. So certifications began to “pop up” more and more.
Much of this certification frenzy bothers me because it flies in the face of most of the agile principles. In fact, I’ve found that the money can corrupt even the best of agile trainers and coaches. But that’s not the point of this post.
My curiosity got the better of me and I wanted to see just how many certifications I could find. So here it goes...