Pega Certified Senior System Architect from Pegasystems! For most professionals, this is the way to work with Pega’s low-code platform at leading organizations. Are you in the process or interested in this training and do you want to know how it feels to start as a CSSA? Then Bas Groeneveld has written down his experience and will give you some tips in this blog.

Ready, set…

There you are, as a brand new Pega Developer in a Pega-team. You open your laptop and start you most loyal tabs: e-mail and Pega Developer Studio. You are checking up on what was in your branch again. Then you quickly realize that your most important tool is not within reach; coffee. You are locking your laptop like a true warrior, and running through the corridors. You heroically press the espresso button, hoping your colleague won’t stop you because your bug hasn’t been updated on the scrum board yet. And then your day has just begun…

But how it should go

While completing your CSA and CSSA training you could still click around in an application to your heart’s content, but once at your workplace you are rightly expected to introduce a little more structure in how you do things.

It often starts with considering what kind of tools within Pega are there to work on the problem you are facing. In the training that was a predetermined choice, but the field of computer science lends itself to solving a single problem in a hundred different ways. You cannot make the right choice yourself in the beginning (you only think that thanks to the Dunnig-Kruger effect), but both your colleagues and the platform itself offer you countless examples.

Compare it to a puzzle

Now you are mainly concerned with elaborating your choice. That is what the training tries to prepare you for, but where experience plays a much more important role. What you can do, based on the content of the training, is to set up a framework with what needs to be done within your logic. It can be compared to a jigsaw puzzle: you know that a beautiful image has to come out of a thousand pieces, but you have to accept that there will always be edges and lines.

Two things can happen during these processes: you get frustrated and go through the coffee cycle again and again, or you accept that it will take some time to get things done on your own. As a trainee, take it from me that it’s worth it to be patient and that it’s okay to ask for help. Everyone has been a junior at some point in their life, or a senior working with new software – it doesn’t matter. What matters is that you complete that puzzle and if you do, then the euphoria is just as great as when you got your CSA or CSSA certificate.

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