It is a given that most young, startup entrepreneurs are not that experienced, which is the reason they are called “startups” in the first place.
Even though these startups may be low on the experience scale, they offer a lot of benefits that appeal to the free spirited millennial and retired money maker.
Young startups are usually flexible when it comes to working hours and employee management, especially if the company deals with mostly creative work, such as content/digital marketing, app developing, and video or graphic-making.
This flexible company practice is usually referred to as Agile Management. Did you know that?
Agile Management signifies that tasks and projects are not confined to a one-way process, but are flexible enough to jump from the execution or testing stage, and back to the brainstorming stage if needed.
This usually works for companies who deal with creative and consumer-based products because the basis of improvements is usually gathered through feedback and testing, which takes time and requires yet another stage of brainstorming and execution to ensure that new inputs were incorporated into the product/service properly.
Meanwhile, an Agile Certification is a certificate issued by an institute that basically certifies a company’s effective and efficient Agile Management system.
In other words (yes other words may be required for some of you to digest this), it is prima facie proof that the company (whether small or medium-sized) is experienced and productive enough under the Agile Management format.
To get a certification, companies should apply for it and maintain a certain standard to warrant a certification award.
But what if you are still a young entrepreneur who just got his/her very first startup company established?
How can your limited experience gain you an Agile Certification?
Here are some tips on becoming Agile Certified:
1. Adopt the Agile Management System
You have to be willing to adopt the Agile Management System if you want to get certified.
Institutes that issue Agile Certifications such as Scrum and Project Management Institute (PMI) actually offer training and seminars for people who want to get involved in Agile Management. It does not matter whether or not you’re already following that management style; what matters most is the application of the things that were taught during the Agile Management training and how you interpret it and make it work in a real-world setting.
2. Get a Job in a Project/Startup Team
If you are not a startup entrepreneur, but more like a young professional who wants to serve in a startup company, it is best to apply and get a job in a company like this first before thinking of getting an Agile Certification.
Although you may have limited experience at the moment, working at a startup will give you a sense and feel of how the Agile Management system works in practice.
3. Attend Project Management Courses and Seminars
Before going into Scrum or PMI, take advantage of short courses and seminars that can enhance your personal and professional skills. This includes leadership seminars, public speaking courses, and team management seminars.
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Exposing yourself to these workshops will provide you more insight and knowledge when it comes to project management and collaboration. Basically, it could serve as a prelude to Agile Management seminars and certifications.
Aside from all these, getting an Agile Certification is not just about experience; it is also about complying with the requirements of the institute. Institutes have various standards and require different hours of seminars and training before getting their certification.
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