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Cynthia Schmitt, PMP, PMI-ACP 

Director, Program Delivery at Intuitive Company
Digital PM Summit
Philadelphia 2015
Hello....
• Clown Aspirer
• Video Store Worker
• Website Developer
• Project Manager
• Director of Program Delivery
Career Path:
Small firms —> Large corporations
Research & strategy projects, mobile
apps, eCommerce site builds, CRM
database implementa...
“Wow, all those
letters after your
name are really
impressive.”
“I would never
hire someone
with a PMP, they
are too rigid...
Don’t worry, you’ll pick it up
Everyone is Agile now?
Companies manage projects differently
Dollar Bills $$$
Why I said…YE...
PMP- PMI-ACP- CSM, CAPM, PgMP, CSPO, CSC…
What will help me today?
What will help me tomorrow?
What will benefit my future ...
Transform Agencies

Large Companies Preferred

Common Language & Framework

10% Club

“You’re Serious”
Not a Job Guarantee...
As a DPM in an agency, if you had to choose which cert would you
recommend I go for?
Answer: Don’t go chasing waterfalls, ...
Certifications HAVE helped me…

#beinghonest #getyourcerton #educateyoself 

In order to be successful in our field, we must...
Diversify your knowledge across project types
Give back to our community
Don’t look at this just as a job
Education will n...
Thank you.
@wtzgoodPHL
Cynthia Schmitt, PMP, PMI-ACP 

Director, Program Delivery at Intuitive Company
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DPM Summit: Certifications Dont Hurt

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Project Management Certifications in the digital sphere. Are they necessary? How are they viewed?

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DPM Summit: Certifications Dont Hurt

  1. 1. Cynthia Schmitt, PMP, PMI-ACP 
 Director, Program Delivery at Intuitive Company Digital PM Summit Philadelphia 2015 Hello. @wtzgoodPHL
  2. 2. • Clown Aspirer • Video Store Worker • Website Developer • Project Manager • Director of Program Delivery Career Path:
  3. 3. Small firms —> Large corporations Research & strategy projects, mobile apps, eCommerce site builds, CRM database implementations
 “The Zen PM”
  4. 4. “Wow, all those letters after your name are really impressive.” “I would never hire someone with a PMP, they are too rigid.” – My Mom “Certs are useless for DPM’s.” – No one – Someone at this
 conference Real World Advice
  5. 5. Don’t worry, you’ll pick it up Everyone is Agile now? Companies manage projects differently Dollar Bills $$$ Why I said…YES!
  6. 6. PMP- PMI-ACP- CSM, CAPM, PgMP, CSPO, CSC… What will help me today? What will help me tomorrow? What will benefit my future goals?
  7. 7. Transform Agencies
 Large Companies Preferred
 Common Language & Framework
 10% Club
 “You’re Serious” Not a Job Guarantee 
 Not a Digital Teacher
 Ain’t Cheap $$$ PROS CONS Why Certs? (because we love lists)
  8. 8. As a DPM in an agency, if you had to choose which cert would you recommend I go for? Answer: Don’t go chasing waterfalls, go Agile (CSM,PMI-ACP) Answer: Yes, salaries average 16% higher. 
 *Sources: A lot of them Answer: Some day your manager may report to you. Don’t always take their advice. DO THE RESEARCH Are salaries higher for people with certifications? I feel like my manager frowns upon certifications, should I still get one? Q+A
  9. 9. Certifications HAVE helped me…
 #beinghonest #getyourcerton #educateyoself 
 In order to be successful in our field, we must always be
 learning
 Tweets Tweets & replies Photos & videos Cynthia Schmitt @wtzgoodPHL 20h
  10. 10. Diversify your knowledge across project types Give back to our community Don’t look at this just as a job Education will never hurt you.Your project, your team, your future… DEPENDS ON IT!! Parting Words
  11. 11. Thank you. @wtzgoodPHL Cynthia Schmitt, PMP, PMI-ACP 
 Director, Program Delivery at Intuitive Company

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