Certification

TOGAF 9.1 Certified

January 26, 2015 Announcements, Certification, TOGAF 1 comment

My passion is technology and living with it, and my ultimate goal is to become an Enterprise Architect, as a major step to continue with the path I should be following,  I am TOGAF 9.2 certified as on today.

It was a long due one, finally I am able to accomplish it.  Great experience preparing for this certification examination.

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Little summary, for those who haven’t heard about TOGAF:

 

The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) is a framework for enterprise architecture which provides an approach for designing, planning, implementing, and governing an enterprise information technology architecture.

To make it  simple:  The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF) is a framework – a detailed method and a set of supporting tools – for developing an enterprise architecture.

TOGAF® is the de facto global standard for Enterprise Architecture. The Open Group Architecture Forum, comprised of more than 200 enterprises, develops and maintains the TOGAF standard and publishes successive versions at regular intervals.

TOGAF is a high level approach to design. It is typically modeled at four levels: Business, Application, Data, and Technology. It relies heavily on modularization, standardization, and already existing, proven technologies and products.

TOGAF ADM [ Image Courtesy @ Wikipedia ]

The TOGAF framework enables organizations to effectively address critical business needs by:

  • Ensuring that everyone speaks the same language.
  • Avoiding lock-in to proprietary solutions by standardizing on open methods for Enterprise Architecture.
  • Saving time and money, and utilize resources more effectively.
  • Achieving demonstrable ROI.

To know more about TOGAF – http://www.opengroup.org/subjectareas/enterprise/togaf

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Open_Group_Architecture_Framework 

Microsoft Certification–Changes in Certificate Templates

September 26, 2013 .NET, Certification, Dev Community, MCP, MCPD, MCSD, MCTS, Microsoft, Microsoft Specialist No comments

Recently Microsoft has introduced some changes to Certificates associated to each Microsoft Certifications. Here is a quick overview of how the new design of developer certification – certificates would look like:

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Certified–Professional Scrum Master-I(PSM-I)

August 14, 2013 Agile, Announcements, Certification, Development Process, KnowledgeBase, Methodology, Scrum No comments

Before I joined UnitedHealth Group as a Consultant in Jul 2010, I didn’t even hear about of Agile or Scrum.I have been working in an Agile environment for last 3 years and it was really interesting experience to develop high value applications and products using Scrum. I worked on few projects during the tenure as a Agile Development Team member and acted as Scrum Master in building some high quality mobile applications. As a team we enjoyed working together in Agile Environment.  Now I am confident enough to say that I know bits and pieces of scrum. Frankly speaking I love to preach about Scrum. 

What is Scrum? :  for those who does not know about Scrum

Scrum is an iterative and incremental agile software development framework for managing software projects and product or application development. Its focus is on “a flexible, holistic product development strategy where a development team works as a unit to reach a common goal” as opposed to a “traditional, sequential approach”.

Scrum enables the creation of self-organizing teams by encouraging co-location of all team members, and verbal communication between all team members and disciplines in the project.

A key principle of Scrum is its recognition that during a project the customers can change their minds about what they want and need (often called requirements churn), and that unpredicted challenges cannot be easily addressed in a traditional predictive or planned manner.

As such, Scrum adopts an empirical approach—accepting that the problem cannot be fully understood or defined, focusing instead on maximizing the team’s ability to deliver quickly and respond to emerging requirements.

Why is it called ‘Scrum’?

In rugby football, a scrum refers to the manner of restarting the game after a minor infraction. In the early 1990s, Ken Schwaber used what would become Scrum at his company, Advanced Development Methods, and Jeff Sutherland, with John Scumniotales and Jeff McKenna, developed a similar approach at Easel Corporation, and were the first to refer to it using the single word Scrum.

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If you are interested to know more about Scrum visit the wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scrum_(software_development)

There is two professional certifying authorities for obtaining a Certification in Agile Scrum.

1. ScrumAlliance.org –> provides the Certified Scrum Master(CSM) certification.

  • Any one who attend a training/course(Certified Scrum Master course) by a Certified  Scrum Trainer(CST), will be able to get this certification.
  • Course Training Cost  is little costly comparing to PSM-1.
  • Assessment is just for the sake, you will get Certificate even through you didn’t do well in the assessment.
  • The certification has a validity of 2 years, and you will have to renew every 2 years($150).

2. Scrum.org –> by Scrum’s co-creators (Ken Schwaber & Jeff Sutherland)  – provides Professional Scrum Master(PSM) 1 and 2 certifications.

  • This certification is based on real Assessment of your Scrum knowledge.
  • You will have to score 85% out of 100 to get this certification.
  • This certification will not expire.
  • PSM-1 costs 100$

Both certifications has it’s own value in the market, since Scrum.org is relatively new comparing to ScrumAlliance, you will see more organization focusing towards CSM. But trend has changed and either CSM or PSM would be good enough to prove your proficiency in Scrum Development and to work in a Scrum Development Team.

Even though have completed the PSM training in Jan 2013, it took a while for me to write the exam, due to priority activities at the workplace.  But  I just cleared Scrum.org’s – Professional Scrum Master-1(PSM-1) certification.  Glad that I cleared it and now I am among those 11k – PSM-I certified developers.

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[PSM -I – Badge]

To know more about Scrum and Certifications visit the following links:

CSM  –http://www.scrumalliance.org/certifications/practitioners/certified-scrummaster-(csm) 

PSM-I  – https://www.scrum.org/Assessments/Professional-Scrum-Master-Assessments/PSM-I-Assessment

PSM-II  –  https://www.scrum.org/Assessments/Professional-Scrum-Master-Assessments/PSM-II-Assessment

The Scrum Guide in one location: www.ScrumGuides.org

AHM250 Certified

July 24, 2013 Announcements, Certification No comments

Today as part of my current job profile in American healthcare organization, I have been certified as a “Professional,  Academy for Healthcare Management”(PAHM) – by AHIP.org 

For AHM250 exam – it was an interesting learning curve which consist of 28 chapters and provided me more insight in to American Healthcare Segment, details including recent Affordable Care Act(ACA) or simply called as Healthcare Reform.

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Getting Started to become MCSD–Web Application Solutions Developer

March 30, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, ASP.NET, ASP.NET 4.5, ASP.NET MVC, Azure, Certification, Community, CSS 3, HTML, HTML5, IIS, IIS8, JavaScript, JumpStarts, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Microsoft Learning, MSDN, SignalR, VisualStudio, VS2012, Web, Web API, Web Services, Windowz Azure No comments

In this article I will introduce you to the necessary requirements for preparing and earning MCSD – Web Apps Solutions Developer certification.

In my previous article Permanent Link to Getting Started to become an MCSD in Windows Store Apps, I have introduced you to the MCSD – Windows Store Apps Developer certification exams and requirements.

Similarity between MCSD – Win Store Apps development using HTML5 and MCSD – Web Apps is that initial exam is same for both the certification titles. 70-480 is the initial exam that is required for earning both the certifications.

Earning an MCSD: Web Applications certification will qualify you for a position as a web developer or web administrator.

Below are the 3 exams required to pass to earn the title MCSD: Web Applications

  1. 70-480 – Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
  2. 70-486 – Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications
  3. 70-487 – Developing Windows Azure and Web Services

Note: This MCSD certification requires you to show continued ability to perform in your chosen solution area by completing a recertification exam every two years.

Online Preparation materials: (Provided to you by Channel9 and Microsoft Virtual Academy)

70-480 – Developing in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Jump Start – FREE

70-486 –  Building Web Apps with ASP.NET Jump Start – FREE – by Scott Hanselman and Jon Galloway

70-487 – Developing Windows Azure and Web Services – no jumpstarts available yet.

Know more about MCSD: Web Applications | from Microsoft Learning

Continue your learning and all the best to you – if you are planning to take MCSD on Web Applications.

Getting Started to become an MCSD in Windows Store Apps

March 30, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, Certification, Community, CSS 3, HTML5, JavaScript, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, MSDN, VisualStudio, VS2012, Web, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 8 apps development, Windows Store, Windows Store Development 1 comment

Last few years Microsoft Developer Certification Exams progressed forward through two certification tracks or titles MCTS(Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) and MCPD(Microsoft Certified Professional Developer). Earlier Microsoft certification titles been called as MCAD(Microsoft Certified Application Developer) and MCSD(Microsoft Certified Solution Developer), and Since .NET Framework 2.0 to 4.0 certifications – Microsoft renamed the titles as MCTS and MCPD respectively.  Last year onwards Microsoft has decided to return back to old titles once again.

All .NET Framework 4.5 certification series belongs to MCSD(Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer) and MTA(Microsoft Technology Associate)  titles.  Also MCSD titles have a validity of 2 years and developers have to renew their titles in every 2 years, to keep up with latest industry technology standards(earlier there was no expiry for certifications, most of the exams were valid life long) .

What is an MCSD?
The MCSD is a professional level certification that is the latest in Microsofts re-envisioning of their developer exams for the cloud. Rather than be tied to a specific qualification they are tied to the technology and re-certification is required.

What is the recertification period?
Every 2 years

To prove your Windows Store application development skills – Microsoft has introduced the MCSD on Windows Store Apps. 

There is again two tracks depending on the development platform of choice, and each title consists of 3 exams, you will have to pass all these 3 exams to earn the MCSD title on windows store apps.

1. MCSD on Windows Store Apps using HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript

  • 70-480 – Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 ( as a promotional offer, this exam was free until – MARCH 31st 2013, and probably most of you already earned it successfully)
  • 70-481 – Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using HTML5 and JavaScript
  • 70-482 – Advanced Windows Store App Development Using HTML5 and JavaScript

2. MCSD on Windows Store Apps using XAML/C#

  • 70-483 – Programming in C#
  • 70-484 – Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C#
  • 70-485 – Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C#

Note: Exam 480 and Exam 483 validate programming skills in a specific language. By passing one of these exams you will earn a Microsoft Specialist certification.

Microsoft has released a set of FREE JumpStart tutorials/trainings for programmers who would like to study and take these exams.  Going through this online trainings and practicing would be enough for gaining proficiency in passing these exams.

Online Preparation materials: (Provided to you by Channel9 and Microsoft Virtual Academy)

70-480 – Developing in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Jump Start

70-481 – Developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 Jump Start and prep materials

70-482 – Advanced Windows Store App Development with HTML5 Jump Start

70-483 – Programming in C# Jump Start

70-484 –Developing Windows Store App Essentials using C# (484) Jump StartLIVE – May 2nd 2013 REGISTER TODAY

70-485 – Not available yet

Also try these free eBooks from Microsoft Press

Free ebook: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

Once you complete through corresponding JumpStart materials, you will have sufficient knowledge and confidence to appear for the associated exams. Remember practice is the key, and through practice you can gain more knowledge as well.

All the best for your exams, any doubts or helps write to me.

Learn more about MCSD Windows store developer certifications:  visit MCSD: Windows Store Apps Certification | Microsoft Learning