PM Orgs & Certifications

Joining a project management organization is good way to learn more about the latest project management practices and to share your knowledge and experiences with colleagues. Below are some organizations and two campus groups that offer opportunities to learn more about project management.

Project Management Institute (PMI)

PMI is a not-for-profit professional membership association for the project, program, and portfolio management profession. Founded in 1969, PMI is an international organization with over 2.9 million members across the globe and provides services including the development of research, education, and publications. The organization hosts conferences and training seminars. It also offer networking-opportunities in local PMI chapters including those based in San Francisco and the Silicon Valley.

PMI creates and maintains project management standards. The most well-known and commonly used are published in A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) and have been recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a standard for project management. 

PMI Certifications

PMI offers project management certifications. Listed below are links to the PMI website with information about some of the most popular certifications and the requirements to obtain them. Of these, the Project Management Professional (PMP) is the most widely held.

Scrum Alliance

Founded in 2001, the Scrum Alliance has more than 300,000 members and cultivates an active community of peers who can help you learn more about Scrum project practices. The organization sponsors Scrum user groups and events, both in person and online. The organization offers certifications for Scrum project management roles as well as information about firms that offer Scrum certification training. Listed below are the certifications that the Scrum Alliance offers, the Certified ScrumMaster credential is the most commonly held.

Scrum Certifications

Agile Alliance

Agile Alliance is a nonprofit organization committed to advancing the use of Agile project management principles and practices. The Agile Alliance supports people who explore and apply Agile principles and practices in order to make the software profession more productive and sustainable. To learn more about the organization, visit the Agile Alliance website.

Agile@Berkeley

Agile@Berkeley is a campus group that offers regularly scheduled brown bag sessions for staff to learn how to apply Agile project management practices. The schedule for the brown bag sessions is posted on the Agile@Berkeley website which also offers a quick start guide and other helpful resources about the use of Agile of methods.

Project Management Methodology Group

The campus Project Management Methodology Group creates recommended project methodologies and templates to manage campus IT projects. The group also creates proposed policies for sound management of projects and promotes information about project management tools and training that are available to campus staff. The group includes representation from:

  • Technology Program Office
  • Operational Excellence Program Office
  • Campus Shared Services
  • Student Affairs Information Technology
  • College of Letters and Science

To learn more about the group, please contact Jon Conhaim by email at conhaim@berkeley.edu or telephone at (510) 643-2255.