Scrum - Overview (tags)
INTRO – all three major international Scrum organizations have created their own certification program. Differences can be found in the entry criteria of the exam (e.g. you need to have taken class room course) or the number of levels per type of certification. We have broken it down into the primary three roles, one arguable ‘other’ category and the exam programs itself.
Product Owner Certification
Certification Program & Renewel (fees etc)
Sometimes people have very strong opinions on the right – or even best – ScrumMaster certification. Please read a few blogs of ScrumMasters who have experience with more then one institute: Sasha Steskal, Chris Crawley, Sante Vergini
Certified Scrum Developer (CSD)
Certified Scrum Professional (CSP)
|Scrum.org||Professional Scrum Developer (PSD)|
|SCRUMstudy||Scrum Developer Certified (SDC)|
It is mandatory to complete a CST taught 2-day training before taking the exam. Depending on your country and setup you will be set back a rough 1200-1400 Euros or 1000-1200 US Dollars.
It is not mandatory to complete a training before taking the exam. You can immediately enroll online and buy an exam, the costs depend on the exam and vary between 150-500 US Dollars.
It is not mandatory to complete a training before taking the exam. You can immediately enroll online and buy an exam, the costs depend on the exam and vary between 450-600 US Dollars.
It is mandatory to keep learning and remain active once you have earned a certification. There is no additional renewel fee applicable but you do have to obtain sufficient Re-certification Units (RCUs). Check the current requisites.
INTRO – the top three international Scrum organizations at this time are described below. An overview of their certification programs can be found here: Certification Overview. That does not mean there are no excellent smaller – often local oriented – players out there.
This is the first office Scrum body that was founded in 2001. Among the founders were Jeff Sutherland & Ken Schwaber. They have created the first Scrum courses and certification programs. Also from their hands are the Scrum Gatherings – large Scrum events to support the communities – taking place around the globe nowadays.
Scrum.org was founded in 2009 by Ken Schwaber when he was no longer satisfied by the course the Scrum Alliance was going. Differences were related to the way the training & certification program was setup and the primary branche for using Scrum. See below for some articles related to more details of the chasm. By now Scrum.org offers it’s own array of training’s and certification program.
Loved by many, ridiculed by some. As SCRUMstudy was not founded by one of the original creators of Scrum, they have attracted quite a bit of skepticism. They have created however, an impressive network of trainers and partners. They even claim to have topped both Scrum Alliance & Scrum.org in number of trainees and some other quotas. In order to support trainees and their communities the have created a Scrum Body of Knowledge (SBOK).
INTRO – How to find the most useful books in the immense collection of literature available? These are the reads that offer a great start and can lead you to new resources as well. The beauty of SCRUM books is that they seem to age very well.
In the last 20 years Scrum has proven itself to be the market standard framework for organizations working Agile. Despite this tremendous success many organizations still find themselves in the middle of an Agile transition. The Scrum beginner and professional both have an ongoing need for a short descriptive overview of the framework. For both target audiences the book “SCRUM a pocket guide – A Smart Travel Companion” is a useful tool in the world of Scrum. See full (review).
SCRUM veteran Kenneth Rubin has been a consultant and trainer with Scrum Alliance for years. His book has guided Scrum enthusiast around the globe.
See the full review: (review in Dutch)
INTRO – here you can find a small selection of the top SCRUM articles that we have come across. All have their direct link to the originating author or web page. Whenever possible a direct downloadable pdf is also made available.
|There’s value in the Scrum Values
Very nice article shining its light on the addition of the Scrum Values in the Scrum guide in 2013. Not only the mere values itself but the underlying principle and the way to make sure the values are understood.
|Gunther Verheyen (Ullizee)|
|The Rise Of Zombie Scrum: Symptoms, causes and what you can do about it
Having doubts about the way your team or teams are doing Scrum. Perhaps you have some zombie-infected teams in your organization. Read up on Christiaans Zombie story and find out what cure you might need.
|Christiaan Verwijs (Liberators)|
|The 8 stances of a ScrumMaster
As we know by now a ScrumMaster can be compared with the famous sheep with 5 legs. Barry explains how the role can be seen as a variety of stances performed by one person.
|Barry Overeem (Liberators)|
|Walking Through Definition of Done
Lots of teams struggle when writing – let alone use – their Definition of Done. This article can be a nice starting point when starting or tuning your DOD.
|Ian Mitchell (Scrum.org)|
|How to ensure your’re working on the most important items each iteration||Mike Cohn (Mountain Goat Software)|