There are more and more practitionners investigating or applying Agile principles to their practice of project management. PMI is supporting this development with the launch of an Agile Certification. There is a growing demand from organizations and project professionals already using those techniques on the job have documented the benefits: Early and continuous customer feedback- as the customer is involved throughout development, they will end up with an end-product that they want and will use; High visibility and influence over the project progress leading to early indications of problems; and Early measurable return on investment-this allows for defined deliverables at the end of each iteration and early in the process.
Practitioners who are using Agile practices in their projects, or whose organizations are adopting Agile approaches to project management, will benefit from a standardized approach and from earning the Agile certification. Candidates will be able to submit an application for the pilot in May 2011, and pilot testing is scheduled to begin in August 2011.