Acclaim - Scrum Badges

Last post 03:01 pm July 5, 2019
by Eric Naiburg
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03:00 pm December 12, 2018

I'm curious to know if scrum.org has looked into adding the certified badges to Acclaim?  https://www.youracclaim.com/  My other question is regarding the acknowledgement of the equality or even a recognized higher education level of the scrum.org certs over the CSM certs.  I can tell you that many employers do not recognize the Scrum.org certs in their their job application process while the Scum Alliance certs are almost always a selection in the job apps.  Having to explain why you became Scrum.org certified versus Scrum Alliance immediately causes a sense of lost credibility.  If one has to explain why you went the Scrum.org route you're digging yourself out of a hole to start with.  There needs to be a concerted effort within Scrum.org to get the word out to FORTUNE 500 companies regarding the value-add of Scrum.org. 

06:59 pm December 12, 2018

I would agree, especially since a lot of CSMs don't really know scrum that well.  I took the PSM-I certification because A) I didn't think I could get my employer to pay for the $1200 class, and 2) any test you can pass with a failing grade (60%) isn't that good an indicator that you actually know anything useful.

07:30 pm December 14, 2018

My experience has been that while the Scrum Alliance certifications are more widely known, when you explain the process of getting a scrum.org certification it is well received.  Explaining how you can get the CSM certification by attending a 2 days class versus having to self educate yourself to achieve the scrum.org certifications shows more employers that you are serious about your commitment.  Organizations typically value people that take it upon themselves to better their knowledge and value to a company more than those that just do the minimum. 

I highly value my scrum.org certifications over my Scrum Alliance certifications. 

As for your original question on Acclaim.  I didn't even know about that site.  Have you found it to be helpful at all?  

12:32 pm December 15, 2018

Over the past couple of years, in the Netherlands, it seems companies are becoming less likely to ask for specific qualifications in a job description. When they do, it's more likely going to be for PSM I or PSM II.

I would question whether it's worth working for a company that doesn't respond positively to the kind of well-reasoned explanation that Daniel describes.

09:52 pm December 15, 2018

Let me lend some further clarity here.  When completing an online job application you aren't allowed an explanation. You are allowed to select from a pick list of certifications. Not once, in over 800 applications reviewed to date covering the last 12 months, has a Scrum.org been in that pick list. Scrum Alliance certs are always there as a choice. With this information now in hand, who has 100% of the corporate mindshare based on job applications?

Simon, everyone is entitled to their opinion but your comments don't resonate with reality here in the US.

04:37 pm December 17, 2018

We have talked to Acclaim along with many others as they are one of dozens of platforms that are out there for badging and certification holders.  We continue to evaluate platforms, however none have yet to come to the top as a leader and putting you as a certification holder into the wrong one won't help you or anyone.  As always, please stay tuned as there is always more to come.

As for credibility, we are seeing more and more organizations including many in the US moving to Scrum.org Professional Scrum certifications.  This as always when coming to the market 4 years after takes some time and it is happening quickly.  We now have over 230,000 certified around the globe, see https://www.scrum.org/professional-scrum-certifications/count more than 235 Accredited Professional Scrum Trainers globally and more continuing to come.  I would leverage this link in your description if needed: https://www.scrum.org/why-scrumorg

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

11:03 pm December 23, 2018

I second the nomination for Acclaim.  The certification holder has made the investment to proudly display their badge on repository sites like Acclaim or LinkedIn.  Several providers, including your competitors are providing the ability to display badges.  As someone with several certs, I'd much prefer Scrum.org do the same.

08:36 pm March 29, 2019

I second the request to add the badges to acclaim.

06:11 pm April 12, 2019

Same here, please add the badges to youracclaim.com.

08:38 am April 14, 2019

I feel all certification bodies should collaborate & provide their feed to a common repository which can make validation easy.

07:53 am April 25, 2019

I also agree, please make badges available to youracclaim.com.

05:25 pm May 7, 2019

+1 to add scrum.org certifications to youracclaim.com

12:28 am May 14, 2019

I also agree, please make badges available to youracclaim.com.

12:28 am May 14, 2019

I also agree, please make badges available to youracclaim.com.

04:16 pm May 15, 2019

I agree too, +1 to add scrum.org certifications to youracclaim.com

08:44 pm May 15, 2019

+1 for Acclaim. You'd think there'd be a backlog to vote on things :D

07:03 am June 19, 2019

+1 to have a digital badge for scrum.org certification

06:11 am June 27, 2019

Definitely go for it! From this link yesterday, Scrum.org has made its great progress by adding open badges support with Badgr.io.

I'd request Scrum.org to think from the user (certificant) perspective; we need a one-stop solution for showcasing our badges. 

12:45 pm June 27, 2019

@Aditya you can use the Open Badges Backpack to add your badges to add your badge to Acclaim or others that support backpacks.  That gives you as the badge holder the option to use the product of your choice.  Badgr, Acclaim or any of the others that you may use rather than locking you in.  Open Badges Backpack support is widely used by most of the major badge management vendors like those 2 mentioned above.  

 

08:03 am July 1, 2019

For some reason, Acclaim did not show Scrum.org as organizations issuing badges. While I have noted the point that Acclaim supports Open Badges, my observation is, direct linking is not possible in Acclaim.

02:14 pm July 1, 2019

Acclaim has at least for now stopped supporting Open Badges, hopefully they get back on board with open standards soon.

10:39 am July 2, 2019

+1 for Acclaim.

12:57 pm July 2, 2019

@Steven, if you are an Acclaim user, you should pressure them into supporting Open Badges.  That is the open standard for badge and certification management supported by many.  Acclaim supported it until they were acquired and now have gone against the open source movement and fully proprietary.  We currently have no plans to support proprietary badge technologies and are focused on open standards.

11:38 am July 5, 2019

@Eric Not very customer-oriented, but thank you anyway for these giving insights.

03:01 pm July 5, 2019

@Steven, I hope that wasn't taken the wrong way.  We are having conversations with them, but we cannot support every technology out there, hence we went with the standard of Open Badges which Acclaim supported in the past, but then went proprietary.  The only way to get them to change is their customers (you), not organizations like us as they just want more money from us hence blocking the open standard. If you the customer puts pressure on them, they will change which was what I was trying to say.