By DIANA MIDDLETON

Many companies outside of finance and insurance are encouraging employees to sit for certification exams—and some are flat-out requiring the effort.

 

Companies say the certifications are proof that their current or prospective employees meet an industry-wide standard. And, some companies say a growing number of their clients insist on dealing only with employees who have earned industry designations.

 

The Project Management Institute says it has seen a 30% jump in registration for its handful of certifications. The most popular is the Project Management Professional certification for experienced managers, while the fastest-growing is the Certified Associate in Project Management, which prepares nonmanagers to be part of a project-management team, according to the nonprofit professional association.

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How project management offices (PMOs) function differs as widely as the organizations they serve.

A PMO may oversee and execute projects, implement process improvements, serve as a center of excellence, or align projects to the organization’s strategy.

The consensus seems to be that the more focused and flexible the PMO is, the higher the chances are that it delivers value to the organization—and that is the ultimate goal.

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Can a ScrumMaster be a project manager—are the positions one in the same? I pondered this question for about three weeks after becoming a Certified ScrumMaster, and have concluded that they are not the same, rather they are two distinct roles. However, a project manager can fulfill the ScrumMaster role and often does.

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