I have come across many project managers (with PMP credential) and scrum masters (with CSM) with absolutely no passion for their work, hence ending up like glorified secretaries who ends up doing just what other stakeholders ask them to do. All they have is the basic knowledge of
the jargons and practice tests. Most probably, they have not taken any initiative to further their knowledge post certification. Like many, they also thought that certification is the end goal. In the process they suffer, their project suffers, project team suffers and the customer suffers, because the project manager, scrum master roles are leadership roles.
The general characteristics of this category of project managers are;
- Their main focus is on firefighting than proactive problem prevention.
- They are in the business of pleasing their bosses alone.
- They always put the blame on to others.
- They are not passionate about the area of their certification, hence not confident.
- They negotiate only with those report to them, they are scared to negotiate with other stakeholders.
- They always follow , never lead.
- They do not evangelize professionalism.
- They consider most of the good practices as theory and not practical.
- They use the words ‘but’ and ‘they’ frequently.
- They actively seek empathy from others.
One can improve to some extent and at the same time it is very difficult to achieve excellence without a career path correction , if you are in the wrong career.
I must also appreciate the fact that a good percentage of the project managers and scrum masters are passionate and knowledgeable about their work irrespective of the certifications they hold or do not hold. That is just passion about their work. That is the hope.
This post partially answers the question ‘After certification what is next?’