SCRUM Qualitative Training with Certification
In our present world Scrum is considered to be one of the most demand working methodologies in IT and development industry. But not so many specialists really know about the origin of this Agile technique and where it is possible to learn it properly.
Recently we came across with one interesting article, written by popular blogger and Scrum trainer, Konstantin Razumovsky, where we found many informative facts about Scrum, its growth and the sources of its right education. Now we are glad to share with you our extract of this useful article!
Today we will speak about such popular working technique as Scrum and its interesting features. Also we will touch the theme how to choose the right way of Scrum studying and obtaining an official certificate for the further career.
Scrum conquers all!
If we open the most relevant articles and IT up-to-date news, it may seem that there is only one thing for project development – it is Scrum that refers to Agile methodologies. The world really goes mad about it: every IT blog writes about Scrum, every IT company wants to see a working experience with Scrum in CV, and there are a huge number of different practical courses that promise to teach all Scrum features.
Nevertheless, with every such a ‘hype’ thing there is a certain regularity: the more people talk about it, the less they really know about it, and Scrum is not an exception. Practical statistics show the following situation: for every 20 candidates there are ten CVs where you can find the line about Scrum experience. But in fact only one person is really available to explain the right approach to Scrum work. All it is like a paradox, but still – a large amount of information does not equal a good knowledge.
Scrum parents and their ideas
Let’s have a look at the history of Scrum origin. It was created in the 90s by two programmers, Jeffrey V. Sutherland and Ken Schwaber. Actually Jeff owned the original idea and Ken developed and described this technique in the form how Scrum is now implied.
Then all it seemed like a revolution: Scrum was promoted very actively. The organization of Scrum education for everyone called Scrum Alliance was founded, and the first course was named as Certified Scrum Master (the founder was also Ken Schwaber). Nowadays, there are about 150 certified coaches that teach the most relevant Scrum basics around the world. However, many critics noted that Scrum technique is not considered to be effective in practice. Moreover, a very small percentage of companies begin to use it in their work. The main reason was in the absence of a good technical base of ordinary developers: for example, such practices as TDD (test-driven development), CI (continuous integration) and others are the most efficient for Scrum use.
It was necessary to make some reforms in Scrum education and to create a specific technical course for developers with new invited experts, because existing trainers were not responsible for that knowledge. But the lack of proper interest for such changes and disagreements in financial matters among Scrum Alliance members made Ken Schwaber depart from the board of directors of the organization, which he once created.
Scrum.org is a new Scrum temple
Ken’s departure from Scrum Alliance did not mean a loss of his interest in this technology. Very soon he founded a new organization dedicated to Scrum – it was called Scrum.org and consisted of educational courses and certification obtaining. However, at the same time Scrum.org had a number of differences from the previous Ken project, as follows:
Opening of technical courses in the program such as ‘Professional Scrum Developer’: there specialists can study the best engineering practices that allow them to work with Scrum (and with Agile in general) in an appropriate way. Then Scrum.org established the courses for Java and .Net developers with support of Microsoft and other software companies. The average duration of one course was from 3 to 5 days and was considered as an intensive work with many materials and techniques.
Creation of new course version – it is ‘Professional Scrum Master’. Actually it is an updated and penetrating variant of early known ‘Certified Scrum Master’ course, but Scrum.org added one interesting feature: now all coaches should use only one and uniform educational version on their courses and trainings. Such approach provided the greatest effectiveness of courses regardless of the vision of the trainer of this technique. Although, sometimes it was difficult for coach to adapt the course in the case of a specific audience.
The publication of the so-called specification – Scrum Guide. It is a document consisted of sixteen pages with a brief but intelligible description what Scrum is. Before Scrum Guide, there were many separate tractats from different Scrum coaches but every source looked very different from each other. Now Scrum Guide is the document that dictates the most current provisions of this technology.
The certification is no longer related to studying. Here it is worth mentioning that the obtain of the certificate ‘Certified Scrum Master’ in Scrum Alliance could only be possible after a two-day course with a very high cost of . In connection with this system there some disputes arose. Specialists, who already have the knowledge and experience of working with Scrum technology, believe that the organization could make some concessions for them and not include that expensive course in the required program. Scrum.org took this moment into account and allowed specialists and implemented a two-level certification system without prior mandatory training.
Despite the existing differences, obvious and not so, of these two organizations, Scrum Alliance and Scrum.org, they are both equally important for the study, development and promotion of this technology throughout the world. Moreover, the importance of their contribution to Scrum is assessed in an absolutely identical way by different world large companies. Scrum Alliance and Scrum.org are not rivals – they are partners.
Scrum education or Scrum certification: what to choose?
To begin with, it is necessary to feel your real needs. If you are just getting acquainted with this technology, but you want to use it in your further work – it is better to start with good Scrum education by means of courses from any of these two organizations. But if you have dealt with Scrum practices and you would like to refresh your knowledge, you can prepare easily for the official certificate.
To determine your current level of knowledge of this technology, you can go for free online testing powered by Scrum.org. If your result is about 100% – do not hesitate and get ready for your certification. In case of any other result we recommend you to pass the main Scrum course in order not to lose your time and money for failing the certification test.
Professional coaches as the satellites in Scrum world
Remember that choosing a coach to study the course of Scrum is one of the most important stages in training. Certainly, it is critical to find a person who not only understands the principles of this complex technology, but also is able to convey his knowledge and vision to students in a more appropriate way.
Do not rush to search for your coach: you should read his blog or study his works on related themes and try to understand how he feels the workflow on Scrum. It does not matter which the organization you will choose – Scrum Alliance or Scrum.org – there are many of professional and high-skilled experts that can teach all the tricks and features of this technology. For example, the course of Scrum.org founder, Ken Schwaber, is really helpful and understandable for everyone. In Scrum Alliance you can pay your attention to such famous coaches as L. Adkins, M. Cohn, C. Larman and other great guys.
Although, there is one nuance in Scrum.org program – it has a more homogeneous structure, which positively affects the quality of the studying. But do not take it as a direct tip – everything is always individually, and we would like to advise you to find the person with most suitable spirit for you.
Statistics of world Scrum organizations
At present day there are not only two main organizations in this methodology: every year the number of centers and schools promoting Scrum is steadily growing. Some time ago everyone who wanted to learn Scrum technique had to go to certain cities and countries, and the studying itself was possible only in English language. Nowadays, there is an active opening of the centers not only in the US, but also in Russia, Belarus and Ukraine, where the courses are held by certified experienced masters.
Here is a diagram of the current number of centers with officially certified Scrum experts (from Scrum Alliance or Scrum.org) in the world:
Besides, another good news is that there are plenty of travelling seminars and author’s courses from successful Scrum senseis. So now you have enough possibilities to learn more about Scrum and get interesting experience from other specialist.
To sum up all the above, It is worth remembering that all the initial courses and the obtaining of the primary certificate are just your first step in learning and self-development in this field. In a modern dynamic world all trends appear very fast and it is essential to follow every innovations in time. Do not stop learning and exploring Scrum resources and special literature – and one day you can teach it by yourself!