Week In Review: Certified Scrum Product Owner

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I have ended this week on a high note by receiving my Certified Scrum Product Owner! I have gotten my CSPO after interviewing with potential employers, training providers and getting my SAFe Scrum Master.

Certified Scrum Product Owner

I have received my CSPO th past Friday. It is my second Scrum Alliance certification. I have received my Certified Scrum Master (CSM) license in March 2016. Tehis experience helps me better understand the product owner material.

I am very happy that I have gone through Izenbridge for my CSPO even though class started at 8:30pm EDT because that was 6am IST. I went through them in 2014 with the Professional Business Analyst certification.


I need to thank my LinkedIn family for getting me over 3500 followers! This milestone matters so much to me because LinkedIn is the business social media. Furthermore, I would like to thank Izenbridge for commenting on my day 3 CSPO training photo. That post has gotten over 500 views.

Connect with me on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/carlarjenkins


AWS Community Builder Progress

As you know I have been accepted into May 2021 Amazon Web Services (AWS) Community Builder program cohort Now I am in the process of receiving my first assignment. I am very happy that someone from AWS has reached out to me on LinkedIn regarding it. Landing an AWS machine learning job is a goal of mine with this program.

Receiving More Cloud and Data Interviews

This week I have received two more interviews. I have received an enterprise data phone interview and a Cloud Architect Skype interview. I am thankful for 100 Days of Cloud and Microsoft Cloud Skills Challenge.

If you’ve read my post, you would know that Microsoft has discontinued its monthly Cloud Skills Challenge with the free exam voucher for the foreseeable future. This is disappointing given that through this program I am able to upskill and reskill myself. I do believe that my Azure certifications and consistency in cloud computing are the reasons for my AWS Community Builder selection.

There are so many people who don’t have the money ($99 for fundamental and $165 for the intermediate) to pay out of pocket. This cloud skills challenge program allows me to acquire these Azure certifications and land interviews.

I hope that Microsoft reconsiders restarting this program especially during these challenging times. It has already agreed to continue its $15 discounted exam voucher program (watch the underwhelming PSI vendor exam experience here). Microsoft can do the same thing with extending its program throughout 2021.

Continuous Improvement

I am still studying to pass my AI-100 artificial intelligence engineer certification exam (using one of the Cloud Skills Challenge free exam vouchers no less). When I receive this, it will be my second Microsoft AI certification. I have the math background to AI and machine learning. Receiving this AI-100 would be the icing on the cake.

Moreover, I can use these transferable skills towards passing my AWS machine learning specialty. I am thankful that I have received a free exam voucher through being in AWS Community Builders. I am in the machine learning path and will put it to great use. Getting certified in both AWS and Azure machine learning will make me stand out.

Outside of machine learning, I still have my AZ-500 Azure Security Technologies and SC-200 Security Operations Analyst certification exams scheduled this summer. I may move them to accommodate my AWS exam. Finally, I still have my March 2021 Microsoft Ignite free exam voucher that I may use to sit for the MS-700 Teams Administrator Associate since Microsoft is retiring Skype for Business (must keep current in the project management sphere).

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