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10 Ideas for Better Certification

I received this letter from Jurgen Appelo and thought it might be worth posting here as an example of good criticism and taking action, rather than just complaining.  Yes, there is a call-to-actiondown near the bottom.

Dear David,

In the Lean-Agile community, there is a ton of criticism on the topic of certification. Most certificates have little meaning, prove nothing, empty your wallet, and are little more than nasty money-making schemes of savvy certification bodies. At least, that is the sentiment that I usually hear when I bring up the topic. I believe it’s worth trying to do better.

1. Accomplishments One reason for improving upon the idea of certification is that many people find the motivational aspect of certificates to be a positive thing. Human beings crave recognition. We all want to feel appreciated for the work we do and the successes we have achieved. Badges, awards, trophies, and certificates are standard techniques for signaling accomplishments. When implemented well, …