Expanding our expertise to meet client needs.
Jeff Pearson, a management consultant at Public Knowledge®, is dedicated to expanding his expertise based on not only projects he is working on but exploring more of his interests. Using his professional development time and funds, he has secured two relevant certifications, the Disciplined Agile Scrum Master and CompTIA Network+ certifications, that will be helpful to current and future clients.
Disciplined Agile Scrum Master Certification
Jeff is already working on several projects using an Agile methodology and took the opportunity to better understand the process and provide more valuable feedback. According to Jeff, it is not productive to instruct clients to do things a certain way just because it is how we have done it in the past.
“If the project is executing successfully using processes we are not familiar with, we need to understand these processes and look at them through a lens we not have used in the past.”Jeff Pearson
Additionally, Jeff saw how this particular certification blends a number of disciplines together. The Disciplined Agile Scrum Master certification draws on Lean, Theory of Constraints, and Agile.
CompTIA Network+ Certification
In his work with clients, Jeff regularly does system security plan reviews. Having this additional expertise with these certifications allows him to provide additional context, in addition to generally being interested in computer security.
“Being able to understand security challenges and bring this to our clients helps a variety of projects.”
This in-depth certification involved 20 hours of online videos and working through a 900-page study guide. Building on his CompTIA A+ certification, he is a CompTIA IT Operations Specialist.
Prioritizing Professional Development
Everyone deserves the ability to grow within their role and reach new goals. That is why our firm’s professional development program provides 60 hours of paid time to devote to professional development, in addition to an allocated budget. The choice of focus is theirs. Public Knowledge® encourages curiosity and creativity to lean into passions.