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Scrum.org Announces Significant Updates to Its Professional Scrum Master Assessment and Certification
Tuesday, August 2, 2016 by Stuart Parkerson
Scrum.org has announced a restructuring of its Professional Scrum Master (PSM) assessment and certification products, as well as adding a new, additional level to the certification program. The purpose of these changes are to enhance the level of Scrum training and more clearly delineate certifications provided to Professional Scrum practitioners to demonstrate mor...
How Do I Build an Agile Organization - Part 3
Thursday, July 28, 2016 by Ken Schwaber
Remember the angry development VP from Part 1? He had hired a certified Scrum Master and found him inadequate. This VP made the assumption that the CSM certification meant the person was qualified to help his organization. He found out it only meant the person was certified as having attended a Scrum Alliance scrum master class.In Part 2, I presented the steps...
Why Agile Will Work This Time
Monday, May 9, 2016 by Ravi Verma
The Burning QuestionLast year, I was facilitating a workshop on Agile and began the conversation, as usual, with introductions. I asked each attendee what was the most important, burning question that brought them to the workshop. One of the attendees replied -“We have been trying to introduce Agile to our company for so many years and it does not seem to have help...
About Self-Organizing Teams
Monday, April 11, 2016 by Clementino de Mendonca
A question from a budding Scrum Master, who is transitioning from a background as a traditional project manager:“In order to promote team bonding and self-organization, from now on I am going to try something new with the team. In the sprint planning meeting, instead of me breaking down the tasks for user stories between each team member, I am going to just identify tas...
How Do I Build an Agile Organization Part 2
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 by Ken Schwaber
How can I find qualified Scrum help? “The Professional Scrum Master® (PSM® I) Certification (learn more here) from Scrum.Org is one of the most valuable agile certifications in the market. The greater the depth and extent of knowledge needed to earn a certificate, the greater its value. By this measure, the PSM assessments are significantly mo...
Worrying Interpretations of Scrum
Tuesday, March 22, 2016 by Gunther Verheyen
Over 80% of all Agile teams worldwide indicate they have adopted Scrum. The mission of Scrum.org is to improve the profession of software development. We are humbled by the improvement Scrum has brought to the industry. We find motivation in continuing the path of maturing the understanding of Scrum around the world. Scrum is outgrowing its teenage years - in ...
The 9 Smells of an Organization
Tuesday, March 15, 2016 by Barry Overeem
A few months ago I first watched ”The Smell of the Place,” a speech by Prof. Sumantra Ghoshal. It's about corporate environments and the faults of management in creating a positive workplace. In organizations, it's all about the context. This has a huge impact on the behavior of employees. "Changing people's behavior is not about changing people, but chan...
The Product Owner Role When Scaling Scrum
Tuesday, February 23, 2016 by Derek Davidson
A Scrum team is made up of a Product Owner, development team and Scrum master. This model works incredibly well at the team level. But what happens to the Product Owner role when we scale up? Product Owner at the Single Team Level The Scrum guide is a model of precise and clarity. In only 17 pages (16 if you exclude the end note and acknowledgements) it descri...