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Upskilling in Project Management With ASM® Certification

Sameer Gupta

Sameer Gupta

6+ years

 IT Analyst

IT Analyst

Tata Consultancy Services

Project Manager

Project Manager

NTT DATA Services

As documented by Sameer Gupta.

I saw the need for Agile management skills first-hand while working as an IT project manager at TCS. I worked in systems integration and estimated project timelines and costs. Projects kept getting delayed, and we did not have a mechanism to speed things up. That was when I decided to pursue the ASM® certification.

I knew about the Agile methodology, but only theoretically. I lacked practical experience. I began researching project management courses. I had positive experiences taking courses from Simplilearn in the past: Prince2® Foundation and Practitioner Certification Training and ITIL® Intermediate ST Certification Training. Simplilearn provides an option to compare classes, and I looked at ASM and Certified ScrumMaster (CSM®). I compared the benefits and differences and decided on Agile Scrum Master (ASM).

My Learning Journey With Simplilearn

The course was excellent. The instructors understood what students needed to learn, anticipated what questions they might ask, and shared real-life examples. There were plenty of references provided for further study.

To pursue my full-time job and take courses through Simplilearn, I practiced time management. I divided the course into various modules and finished one module per week. At the end of each week, I took online mock tests to test my skills.

When I completed the course, I scheduled a practice exam with Simplilearn so that I could take the actual ASM exam with confidence. Mock tests on Simplilearn’s website helped me evaluate my preparation and track my progress. This feature was a game-changer.

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The Results: New Job, Higher Salary

I not only went on to receive Agile Scrum Master (ASM®) certification, I was offered a new job at NTT Data to manage artificial intelligence (AI) projects, accompanied by a 55 percent salary hike. The ASM certification was like putting a cherry on top of my career. In the new job, I find that implementing Agile results in improved work performance. It increases the speed of existing project management, especially in getting things delivered and increasing throughput.

Going Forward: Keep Upskilling

I plan to continue working in IT project management and continuing to upskill. Prince2 Practitioner certification expires every three years, so I will be recertifying soon. I also plan to take Simplilearn’s Digital Project Manager course next year.

In IT, it is essential to keep pace with the latest technology and processes, and getting the right certifications is important. To achieve that, especially when you are working, having flexibility is key. Simplilearn is my partner in success.