Information technology advances in leaps and bounds, and it’s incumbent upon successful practitioners to stay ahead of the latest developments. IT project manager Sameer Gupta saw an opportunity to broaden his knowledge and help his career by taking Agile Scrum Master courses from Simplilearn.
Gupta not only received Simplilearn Agile Scrum Master (ASM®) certification; he next received a new job offer at NTT Data to manage artificial intelligence (AI) projects, accompanied by a 55 percent salary hike.
Agile is a valuable discipline for modern project managers. Agile is a set of methods and practices to help business teams innovate, shift priorities to changing circumstances and demand, reduce risk, and costs.
Scrum is a process that enables self-organized, cross-functional teams to address problems, achieve goals and deliver products with minimal risk.
An Agile certification can help a project manager speed software delivery and improve predictability. An Agile Scrum Master stays focused on the big picture of each sprint (a time for tackling and finishing a set amount of work). A Scrum Master reduces obstacles, sticks to timelines, manages team dynamics, and ensures that every team member is fully engaged and deployed.
Taking the Initiative to Improve Performance
Gupta saw the need for Agile management skills first-hand while working as an IT project manager at TCS. He worked in systems integration and estimated project timelines and costs. “Projects were getting delayed, and we did not have a mechanism to speed up things,” he recalled. “We thought we could solve the problem by maintaining the timeline. That was when I decided to take up an ASM certification.”
He said he knew about the Agile methodology, but only theoretically, and he lacked practical experience.
Making the Right Choice
Next, he selected the right project management course for him. He had positive experiences taking courses from Simplilearn: 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®),” he said. “I compared the benefits and differences and decided on ASM.”
Gupta described the course as “excellent.” He said the instructors understood what students needed to learn, what questions they might ask, and shared real-life examples. There were plenty of references provided for further study.
“The Prince2 content was comprehensive, and the ASM certification was like putting a cherry on top of my career,” Gupta said.
How did Gupta manage to pursue his full-time job and take courses through Simplilearn? “I practiced time management,” he replied. “I divided the course into various modules so that I finished one module per week. At the end of the week, I took online mock tests to test my skills.”
When he completed the course, Gupta scheduled an exam with Simplilearn to face the actual ASM exam with confidence. “Mock tests on Simplilearn’s website helped me evaluate my preparation and track my progress,” he said. “This feature was a game-changer.”
In his new job at NTT Data, Gupta found that implementing Agile results in improved work performance. “Agile increases the speed of existing project management, especially in getting things delivered and reducing throughput,” he said.
The Importance of Continued Education
Gupta plans to continue working in IT project management but isn’t going to rest on his laurels. He said that the Prince2 Practitioner certification expires every three years, and he will be taking it at that time. He also plans to take Simplilearn’s Digital Project Manager course next year.
“In IT, it is essential to keep pace with the latest technology and process, and getting certified becomes important,” Gupta explained. “To gain certification, especially when you are working, having flexibility is key. Simplilearn is my success partner.”
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Get the Most From Your Career
Project management courses through Simplilearn provide students with the finest, most flexible curriculum available. From its PMP Certification Training Course to its selection of Agile and Prince2 courses, Simplilearn can help boost the skills and performance of any aspiring project manager.