Ceremonies of investment

The Cranky Product Manager has started a poll about the value of product management certifications. Do you think that a certificate from some reputable organization like Pragmatic Marketing, AIPMM, or PDMA magnifies your career possibilities, or makes your daily job easier? Or do people treat them like honorary degrees from Harvard?

Earlier this year, PM certification provoked some interesting dialogue on this blog. Other product management blogs also regularly take notice when this topic reappears, or start the conversation rolling on their own.

Why does certification set the PM bloggers a-jumpin'? I don't think it's that product managers feel unappreciated, and therefore need to cling to whatever validation they can get, even if it's limited to a 21" by 27" frame. There's more going on here.

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