[consulting] Drupal Certification

Ayen Designs info at ayendesigns.com
Fri Aug 7 13:49:54 UTC 2009

Looking at it historically, I see certification having the same 
'promise' as software frameworks replacing the developer. I've seen huge 
infrastructure certification processes for Project Managers (PMI), 
computers (MCSE), etc. They prove the person has great memory, often for 
trivia, and some problem-solving skills. The typical PHP certification 
is more of a PHP trivia test than anything else. It doesn't prove diddly 
about the developer having any of the intuition or thought-process 
needed for developing good code, good business rules, or even being able 
to understand specs. The PM certification doesn't tell me that when the 
critical path has gone critical that the PM won't collapse into a bowl 
of jello and make serious judgment errors. Not to malign offshore 
developers, but through much experience I can say that there is a fairly 
consistent issue of developers outside the west understanding the 
unwritten business assumptions, aesthetics and other intangibles that 
one expects to be present in design and development, unless those things 
are spelled out in agonizing detail. However, these same folks can score 
very high on certification exams.

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