Certified Scrum Master (CSM) or SAFe Scrum Master (SSM) – How to decide?

Popularity of Scrum Alliance’s Certified Scrum Master (CSM) is well established & CSM has become the starting point of certifications for anyone involved in a scrum software product development. Scrum Alliance’s CSM program has been in demand from 2007 onwards.

In similar lines, Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe®) has gained huge popularity in applying Agile & Scrum @ Enterprise level, from Portfolio to Program to Team level. Huge number of successful implementations in the last 4 to 5 years & large number of customer real life case studies has only increased the adaptation of SAFe® @ various organizations. Given this, SAFe® Scrum Master (SSM) certification has become  very important certification for Scrum Masters operating in large programs or larger enterprises that contain multiple teams, which may or may not have implemented SAFe®  yet.

In this blog we will look at the differences between the 2 certifications (CSM and SSM):

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Is IOT Automation is really the NEXT BIG job market?

The questions on the mind of most IT professionals lately are ” Is the IOT revolution really going to happen in India? ” “How many Automation Job positions are Companies really hiring for?” ” Is all the noise about IOT , Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics  being  the jobs of the future really true?”

The answer is YES. In fact it is happening right now and right under our noses.

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Need to scale scrum teams – Why & How ?

In Scrum, there is a Scrum Team that works from a single Product Backlog. The Scrum team sprints against chosen Product Backlog items and then creates a growth of possibly usable, shippable, functionality at the end of the Sprint. At the surface level, Scaling Scrum is just the same. One single Product Backlog provides the required input to Sprint. At the Sprint end, there would an increase of potentially shippable functionality that has been developed and ready for usage. Whichever the case might be, on one or multiple Sprints, a Product Owner can choose to employ one Scrum team or more than one. The composition or number of these Scrum teams may or may not remain the same throughout.

Why is it required to scale Scrum?

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What can be learnt about Leadership?

Leadership is basically quoted as the social influence of one person to motivate and direct a large group of personnel to successfully work towards the achievement of a common goal. Since the evolvement of various and complex social structures, leadership is deemed to be a vital area which requires par excellence to succeed.

The search in identifying the truest traits of a leader is a matter of discussion that have concerned many of the prominent philosophical thinkers of the past. Ranging widely from Plato’s Republic to Plutarch’s Lives, all these writings have involved much thought process in exploring the fundamental qualities of a man that makes him a true leader.

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Changes to look out for in SAFE ® 4.5 version

The SAFe® 4.5 version is a result of intense research from countless implementations, feedback from customers and various communities, advancements made in the realm of the areas of knowledge that SAFe® has been built upon. The new version,  that is SAFe® 4.5 comes with a promise of being leaner, increasingly Agile, and capable of being much more supportive of innovation, speed and learning in comparison to any of its predecessors.  SAFe® 4.5 is designed to help organizations and enterprises to get better, achieve greater business results at a faster pace, steadily, and constantly.  SAFe® 4.5 has been designed in such a manner that it can be flexible enough to meet the needs of your organization.

The new version of SAFe® 4.5 allows organizations to:

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An Insight on APICS Certification

People vying to become operations assistant or an expert in manufacturing field know the importance of APICS (Association for operation management) certification. It is one of those organizations, which takes an individual to completely different level. APICS is a non-profitable education organization, which offers certification programs, networking opportunities and training tools for increasing the efficiency of the employees in the workplace. It came into existence in the year 1957.

There are numerous professional designations offered by APICS such as CPIM, that is ,Certification in Production and Inventory Management and then CFPIM, which is Certified Fellow in Production & Inventory Mgmt. and lastly CSCP (Certified Supply Chain Professional). This organization in addition to different other operations and SCM (supply chain management) organizations offers development opportunities to professionals and different organizations so that they can successfully compete effortlessly in the world economy.

Following are some of the things which you get from APICS-

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