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What HR or Managers can do to Support the Agile Transformation

by Ben Linders on  Feb 07, 2013 2

In an agile adoption, there is need to develop and sustain an agile culture. What can the Human Resources department or managers do to support the agile in their company, and lower the chance on employees concerns about their roles, assessments of their performance, and on their work environment?

Bloggers Attack Dr. Jeff Sutherland's Interest & Support of Frequency Foundation

by Christopher Goldsbury on  Jan 01, 2012 10

In the last day several blogs have mentioned the interests of Dr. Jeff Sutherland, co-inventor of scrum, in an obscure and somewhat derided area of medical science: electronic medicine. This article covers the controversy.

Scrum Alliance to Strengthen ScrumMaster (CSM) Certification

by David Bulkin on  Dec 17, 2011 1

The CSM Certification from the Scrum Alliance is granted to individuals that participate in a two day certification course and complete a pass/pass (e.g. can’t be failed) test. The testing process will be changed in 2012 to include a pass/fail test, and a new Professional Development Unit (PDUs) program will be rolled out no later than January 2013 for CSM’s to maintain their certification.

Scrum Extensions Update - 4th Quarter 2011

by Christopher Goldsbury on  Nov 27, 2011 2

This is the 4th quarter 2011 update of scrum extensions. InfoQ will be looking at proposed and approved extensions each quarter to see how scrum changes and evolves.

Should Agile Coaches Have a Code of Ethics?

by Todd Charron on  Nov 14, 2011 7

Recently on the Agile Leaders mailing list Dan Mezick initiated a discussion on the need for Agile Coaching Ethics.

Scrum Alliance Strengthens CSP Certification, Announces Beta

by David Bulkin on  Jul 08, 2011

The Scrum Alliance announced plans to strengthen the Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) designation into "a certification program that meets worldwide standards for structure and testing required for accreditation." The CSP designation, goes beyond the CSM as it requires experience applying agile in the workplace. Details for a beta program will be in the next Scrum Alliance Newsletter.

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.

Agile Users Groups in the USA: Communities of Practice

by Dan Mezick on  Jun 24, 2010 3

One area of the Agile ecosystem that is gaining traction these days is Agile user groups. This year, established groups are growing, and new groups are forming. Established groups are taking shots at larger conference-style events. The Scrum Alliance has a new user-group community liaison. It appears that user groups are starting to play in influential role in the worldwide Agile community.

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.

Is Scrum Certification Having Another Makeover?

by Vikas Hazrati on  Feb 09, 2010 9

Scrum Certification is one debate that refuses to die down. First, it was about the hollow nature of certification for which there was a comment “Pay the tuition, sit through a couple days of class, and you're in”. Subsequently a new format was devised, which too failed to enthuse the Agilists who were against this certification philosophy. Is there another makeover on the anvil?

Agile Consultants and Trainers Help the Unemployed and Hard Up

by Mark Levison on  Jun 12, 2009 7

Tobias Mayer, James Coplien, Dan Rawsthorne, Alan Cyment and David Schmaltz are all giving back to their communities in different ways. Tobias is offering free Scrum Training to those in need; James, Dan and Alan all travelled to Serbia to provide free Scrum Training and David helped a nonprofit when their budget fell apart.

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