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Tobias Mayer on Scrum Alliance; Part 2

by Dan Mezick on  Nov 04, 2010

Tobias Mayer's career in Scrum includes becoming one of the earliest Certified Scrum Trainers, or "CST”, authorized to grant the Certified Scrum Master credential to students who attend his Scrum courses. His career also includes being banished from the Scrum Alliance and later reinstated by Ken Schwaber, the co-creator of the Scrum framework. This is the final segment of a very candid interview.

Tobias Mayer on Scrum Alliance

by Dan Mezick on  Oct 28, 2010 28

Tobias Mayer held a high-profile role at the Scrum Alliance. He quit, and wrote a scathing blog post about the Scrum Alliance. In that post, he questions the Scrum knowledge of the leaders, questions the integrity of the Scrum Alliance board, and asserts that that the Scrum Alliance "has become the epitome of the dysfunctional organization that Scrum practitioners are committed to transforming."

Big Changes at Scrum Alliance

by Dan Mezick on  Oct 21, 2010 7

The Scrum Alliance has a new Managing Director, Donna Farmer. She issued an introductory email to Scrum Alliance members on Wednesday, soliciting feedback on the organization, and providing her email and phone number. Earlier, former creative director of the Scrum Alliance Tobias Mayer summarily quit his role in the organization, later making mention of the Scrum Alliance in a volatile blog post.

Interview, Part 2: Alistair Cockburn of ICAgile.org

by Dan Mezick on  Sep 23, 2010

Alistair Cockburn is a signatory of the Agile Manifesto, an author of multiple Agile book titles, a keynote speaker at numerous Agile conferences, and most recently, the spokesperson for ICAgile.org, a credentialing body offering several levels of Agile certification. This is Part 2 of an interview that covers a wide range of topics in the Agile space.

Interview with Ken Schwaber, Part 3

by Dan Mezick on  Sep 16, 2010

Ken Schwaber is the co-creator of Scrum with Jeff Sutherland. This is Part 3 of a multi-part interview with Ken, covering Scrum credentialing and testing, Scrum coaching, Agile certification for Java developers, and more.

Interview with Alistair Cockburn

by Dan Mezick on  Sep 09, 2010 1

Alistair Cockburn is a signatory of the Agile Manifesto, a book author, a keynote speaker at numerous Agile conferences, and most recently, the spokesperson for ICAgile.org, a credentialing body offering several levels of Agile certification. This is a multi-part interview that covers a wide range of current topics in the Agile space.

Interview with Ken Schwaber, Part 2

by Dan Mezick on  Sep 02, 2010

Ken Schwaber is the co-creator of Scrum with Jeff Sutherland. This is Part 2 of a multi-part interview with Ken, covering Scrum credentialing and testing, Scrum coaching, the influence of the Kanban Method for managing complex work, Ken's thoughts on the future of knowledge work, and more.

Unique Software Degree Program Restarted

by Dave West on  Aug 27, 2010 1

A unique university program of education in software and systems design has been restarted at New Mexico Highlands University. The program is based on experiential learning, features apprenticeships, and uses a radically restructured and accelerated curriculum. The program goal: "to produce a community of professionals capable of solving complex, "wicked," problems with computing technology.

Interview with Ken Schwaber, Part1

by Dan Mezick on  Aug 26, 2010 1

Ken Schwaber is the co-creator of Scrum with Jeff Sutherland. He is a signatory of the Agile Manifesto, a founder of the Agile Alliance, and responsible for founding the Scrum Alliance and creating the Certified Scrum Master program. Ken speaks candidly in this interview series.

Reactions to the First Certified Scrum Developer Course

by Vikas Hazrati on  May 25, 2010 24

Dave Nicolette shared his candid feedback about the first official Certified Scrum Developer course, presented on the Lean Dog boat (Cleveland, Ohio) last week by Ron Jeffries and Chet Hendrickson. Though, he mentioned the learnings and advantages of attending the course but his thoughts did manage to re-ignite the debate about the significance of CSD.

The Emerging Dynamics of Certification

by Dan Mezick on  Apr 12, 2010 6

Scrum and agile certification is now very much in focus. The 'certification story' is unfolding to become a major subject of debate in 2010. The story has several facets, with action from the Scrum Alliance, Scrum.org and the community-at-large, including notable bloggers and the Agile Skills Project. At issue is the basic value of certification.

Is the 'C' Word Dividing the Agile Community?

by Vikas Hazrati on  Apr 06, 2010 4

There has been a lot that has been said about Scrum Certifications. Some people like the idea and others oppose it vehemently. Ron Jeffries recently stated that though he has been writing about the good aspects of Scrum Alliance’s Certifications but he is concerned that the 'C' word is keeping away a lot of valuable members of the Agile community.

An Alternative to Certifications

by Mark Levison on  Mar 18, 2010 2

The Agile Skills project is a resource for establishing a baseline of skills that an Agile Developer needs. It provides an evolving repository and a place to start learning about these skills.

Caucho To Support Java EE6 Web Profile in Resin 4.0

by Josh Long on  Feb 19, 2010

Caucho has announced that it will support the Java EE6 Web Profile in the next iteration of their lightweight application server, Resin 4.0. The Java EE6 Web Profile specifies a lighter, modern subset of the full Java EE6 specification, which must contend with backwards compatability.

Scrum/Agile Failings or the Theses of Uncle Bob Martin

by Mark Levison on  Feb 11, 2010 6

In response to a question about the Inherit Shortcomings of Scrum/Agile - Uncle Bob Martin penned (in the spirit of Martin Luther), 7 theses: No Technical Practices, 30 Day Sprints are too long, Scrum Master sometimes turns into Project Manager, Scrum carries an anti-management undercurrent, and others.

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