Knowing how to ride a bike doesn't mean you have learned to ride it. In other words, the amount of knowledge someone holds on a subject matter is no proof of how well that individual will perform at doing it (competence).

With this competence-centric model in mind, Disruption Factory goes further up the knowledge bar. It aims to certify agile professionals evaluating candidates' decisions at the competence or proficiency level instead of the knowledge level that belongs to a novice stage.

To do this, the building blocks of all Disruption Factory assessments are what we call Scenarios. Each scenario presents a certain situation to a candidate, who should decide the better course of action based not only on knowledge but also situational awareness and mindset.

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The Scenarios

A candidate must demonstrate proficiency in a set of competencies according to each Disruption Factory certification. For each of these competencies, several real-world simulated scenarios will require candidates to decide and apply an action plan.

Holding any Disruption Factory credentials will signify the candidate's ability to act according to the competencies described for each certificate.

Scenarios are purposely crafted to make evident an individual's mindset on a particular set of competencies by presenting a group of possible actions the candidate will need to assess and weigh against through their decision-making process and both personal and professional background. Disruption Factory multi-dimensional certification exams evaluate how candidates respond to different situational scenarios with their entire being, not just a specific body of knowledge.

Each scenario presents a "best decision" and a "worst decision," together with other "not so good" decisions based on the highest standards of the industry. In addition, to guarantee a high-level standard, gaining a Disruption Factory credential requires the candidate to achieve a positive outcome in at least 80% of scenarios.

Decision-making process

Decisions on the most appropriate outcome can be boosted by the level of knowledge but can't be based merely on knowledge. Candidates willing to take the exams should embody an Agile mindset and at least a competent level in each discipline they want to validate.

A candidate will be presented with a situation (scenario) related to a professional practice. For example, for Agile Facilitators, common situations in scenarios will revolve around facilitating participatory decision-making, fostering collaborative meetings, promoting dialogue, etc. How any given candidate will enter a certain scenario and choose the most suitable course of action will depend on their current combination of knowledge, mental model, experience, personal history, and emotions, all which have an impact on the individual's decision-making process.

Readiness to sit for the exam

There are no prerequisites to take the Disruption Factory certification exams.

We recognize that many self-taught professionals obtained competency directly from research and practice. These candidates will typically choose to prepare by themselves. The way they get ready varies depending on personal preferences and experiences. Disruption Factory is not intended to determine each professional's learning path.

On the other hand, there is also a large number of professionals that prefer guidance and mentoring. To cover these needs, there are Disruption Factory partner mentors that endorse professionals after guiding them in a variety of ways. They can give a candidate access to take any Disruption Factory exam upon completion of their own preparation process for any specific certification.