Enrollment Deadline Aug. 1 for Certified Agile Virtual Bootcamp

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NextUp’s Deeply Discounted “Scrum & Kanban Bootcamp” Aug. 3-14 Offers Guaranteed ScrumMaster and Kanban Certifications

These certifications would be impressive additions to any resume. They’re considered some of the most valuable and widely recognized in the world

As remote learning becomes ever more vital during the coronavirus pandemic, NextUp Solutions is inviting undergraduate students and professionals across the country to take advantage of special pricing for a virtual bootcamp that takes a deep dive into the concepts and practices of Agile.

The two-week, interactive course, “Certified Agile: Scrum & Kanban Bootcamp,” will run weekdays Aug. 3-14, with seven half-day and three full-day sessions scheduled. All classes will be conducted live via Zoom.

Everyone passing the course exams will earn Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) and Team Kanban Practitioner (TKP) certifications. NextUp boasts more than a 98% first time pass rate on exam certifications. No previous experience with Agile is necessary to take this course.

The enrollment deadline is Aug. 1. To register, visit nextupbootcamp.eventbrite.com.

Agile is an overarching methodology for increasing the quality of deliverables by producing them incrementally, rather than all at once. Used in software development, project management, healthcare, and more across a wide range of industries and practices, Agile helps organizations improve project performance, cope with change, and enhance overall team dynamics.

The Scrum & Kanban Bootcamp affords students and professionals facing economic challenges brought on by the COVID-19 outbreak an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of Agile, Scrum and Kanban and how to apply them to real-world situations, while also receiving adding valuable, well-known certifications to their resume.

The bootcamp is run by NextUp Solutions, in partnership with The Exelaration Center – the home of NextUp’s mentor-based internship program – and Virginia Tech. The cost to participate in the remote training program is $1,400, considerably less than the customary fee for this type of dual course, which normally would be in excess of $2,000.

“This is a very cost-efficient way to earn not one, but two Agile certifications in just two weeks,” said Richard Cheng, the vice president of Agile training at NextUp Solutions. “Plus, your understanding of the subject matter will go much deeper than anything that typical training on these topics would serve up.”

“Participants will emerge from the course with practical Agile experience that today has tremendous value across an untold number of industries,” Cheng said. “Certified ScrumMaster is the most in-demand Agile training opportunity there is, and Kanban is popular for project management in numerous business fields. While people often think of Agile in the tech space, it can be applied anywhere – in marketing, construction, event planning, finance, engineering and a host of other professions. These certifications would be impressive additions to any resume. They’re considered some of the most valuable and widely recognized in the world.”

Steve Cooper, the CEO at NextUp Solutions, emphasized that NextUp wants to reach students and young professionals who may have seen their work and career development prospects negatively impacted – or even cancelled entirely – by the current public health crisis. The bootcamp provides instruction on the core Agile competencies that numerous hiring managers in tech and beyond are looking for. It is designed to help participants stand out among their peers in the heightened competitive marketplace, and the interactive format will also present participating college students a rare opportunity to interact as peers with any industry professionals taking the class.

“This is an opportunity to make the most out of these challenging times by investing in your own skills,” Cooper explained. “Employers have articulated to us that many recent graduates are suffering from a critical skills gap, due to their lack of familiarity and comfort with Agile and Scrum in real project settings. Our bootcamp is led by elite coaches and trainers with decades of real-world Agile experience. It’s meant to close that gap.”

The virtual bootcamp is among the latest online offerings from NextUp Solutions, the DC-area’s go-to company for Agile training. Due to the spread of the coronavirus, NextUp recently transitioned all of its in-person training courses to virtual classes.

Individuals from outside the United States are also welcome to enroll in the Scrum & Kanban Bootcamp. The live online classes begin each day at 9 a.m. EDT. Questions about the bootcamp may be emailed to summersemester@nextupsolutions.com. For more information about any of NextUp’s Agile training classes, visit nextupsolutions.com/training.

About NextUp Solutions Inc.:

As the Washington area’s leading Agile training organization, hundreds of companies have turned to NextUp Solutions and its team of Agile experts for training across a variety of frameworks, including Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, and Large-Scale Scrum.

At NextUp, Agile is more than a methodology – it’s a mindset. When it comes to problems with technology, Agile enables project management and software development professionals, teams and organizations to solve the unsolvable and make people’s lives easier. Since pioneering one of the world’s most-successful campus-based technology development centers, NextUp has remained committed to expanding Agile practices through the application of progressive and disruptive tactics.

Real-world Agile expertise informs NextUp’s training programs. The company teaches Agile and Scrum concepts in a business context because it believes there should be a clear link between what you learn and how you use that knowledge every day. Participants emerge from NextUp’s classes transformed, with new skills that are meaningful to both themselves and their teams.

NextUp’s team of instructors has introduced Agile practices to myriad organizations through training, coaching and assessments. The company’s offices are located in Arlington, Virginia, and Blacksburg, Virginia.

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