If Scrum were prescriptive and full of procedures and technical details, we could train the people who graduated from the CSM course as being skilled in theseMessage 1 of 57 , Jul 31, 2006View Source
If Scrum were prescriptive and full of procedures and technical details, we could train the people who graduated from the CSM course as being skilled in these techniques and procedures. The basis of Scrum, even more than xP, is change … from waterfall where nothing is known until the end to iterative, incremental where much is known throughout, from top-down directions to self-management, and from individual specialization to teamwork. The purpose of the certification course is to help people understand this change, to gain insights into it, and to become a change agent when they return to their organizations.
Facilitating change is hard, and those who are good at it are few. The courses have normal curves of skills in change when people leave. Some will be very good at implementing Scrum and causing change. The bulk will understand and do their best. Some shouldn’t have come. I believe that software development profession will be better as a result of all of them being exposed. The primary test that they are certifiable would be that they vote with their feet. If the idea of Scrum and the change required is beyond them, they would leave during the course. However, our educational system teaches us to sit through anything, so that metric doesn’t work.
So, I am left with the metric that everyone who attends probably is more of a change agent and understands Scrum better than before. They are certified as having attended the course.
Mid-level marketing… yeetch! The people who are trainers were specifically selected by me because I believe that they understood Scrum, had insights into why and how the change would happen, had belief that they could make this change happen, and a passion for doing so. I view them as disciples of these insights and beliefs, not as mercenaries. I believe that their actions bear out my selection. Of course, we are all human, and errors and variances occur. The test is the sum of one’s life, of one’s actions.
I would like to believe that we aren’t headed the way of CMM. And I do what I can – sometimes better and sometimes worse – to keep us on track. My primary job is keeping Scrum simple, keeping Scrum “open source”, and keeping the community alive and vital. The more people that are able to successfully shift to Agile principles and use Scrum to make change happen, the more pleased I am. And, you know how hard that is.
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Thanks for your email. On Sunday, July 30, 2006, at 5:30:47 PM, you
>>> The hard work still remains the change to competence and towardI'll try to explain my concern. There is this course called
>>> collaboration. Not toward prescription and making money,
>> I agree. Could you relate your thoughts here to the "certification"
>> issue, please?
> I can, but what do you mean?
"Certified ScrumMaster" . I freely grant that it contains valuable
material. It is also fairly expensive. There is now a pyramid of
instructors who are empowered to teach the course and issue more CSM
certificates, in a sort of multi-level marketing approach.
Now, still granting that the course material is good, I have serious
questions about the meaning of the "certificate" , and feel quite
sure, based on encounters with lots of people who are graduates,
that the two days of training hardly equips one to be a "master" of
In your note, you referred to competence, and not moving toward
prescription and making money.
I'm having trouble putting all those ideas together, and hope you
can help me out.
Baka ni tsukeru kusuri wa nai. -- Japanese Proverb
Hello Eb, Thank you for your email. On Wednesday, August 9, 2006, at 5:06:12 ... Well, my point really is that I think courses don t make anyone Agile. AllMessage 57 of 57 , Aug 9, 2006View SourceHello Eb,
Thank you for your email. On Wednesday, August 9, 2006, at 5:06:12
PM, you wrote:
> Courses may not be for you - after all you give 'em, and I guessWell, my point really is that I think courses don't make anyone
> you've given so many maybe it feels like they don't have the impact
> you once hoped they would? Though I'd wager that they are helpful for
> those of us in need of some guidance. I did a CSM last October and it
> was the beginning of really exciting journey for me, so far it's led
> me here (amongst other places)...
Agile. All they do -- and this certainly has value -- is offer ideas
which people might try. As you say ... the course is the beginning
of a journey. But it's the journey that matters.
Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future. -- Niels Bohr