Benefits of joining ScrumAlliance
- I'm still scratching my head over this one... what can we expect from
ScrumAlliance that is different from what we get on the
ScrumDevelopment list? Note: I'm not trying to rain on anyone's
parade, here: just contributing proactively rather than complaining
Ken, I like your ideas of research, course development, methodology
development (as mentioned in the original concept), conferences...
although all of these would depend on participation, which seems to
have been weak until now. How will we motivate participation,
differently than has been done so far?
To put it bluntly: what's in it for the busy CSM who volunteers their
time to make these programs work? I think part of the problem is that
CSM does not mean a whole lot out in the world of work. Normally,
participating in a professional association looks good on a resume,
and this itself is one reason for participating. However,
ScrumAlliance does not mean anything to HR or even IT in most cases
(at this point). I'm wondering if there needs to be a PR aspect to the
ScrumAlliance, to make it relevant, to make participation attractive?
Do we need to go on the road and make some noise at conferences to get
some attention, develop a "name"? PR is not my area of expertise, just
thinking aloud here.
We could also benefit from the ScrumAlliance url as a centralised
web-presence for Scrum - something that gets enough hits to show up on
the search engines. This site could then direct casual browsers to
local Scrum groups' sites - to find speakers, discussion groups, local
CSMs etc. However, again, this depends on the quality of this central
site as a PR tool... it needs to be attractive, easy to navigate, have
some easy-to-digest overviews for the general public, to entice them
to investigate further. I'd be especially willing to pay a
subscription if it would help develop and maintain a very professional
looking site that would impress potential employers or bosses to whom
I am trying to sell Scrum. The ControlChaos content seems a good
starting point, but we need a more polished UI and more helpful
navigation. (I'd be willing to participate in requirements analysis
for this, by the way).
The similar sites that stay most in my mind are those where I can
download whitepapers, diagrams etc, for free. So this is different
from the "CSMs only" aspect of the Alliance. There needs to be a
public face on it, to my mind. Something we give back openly to the
public. Obviously we don't want to give away what Ken charges to teach
- but summaries, tips, case studies, list of links, etc.
Another thing we could get is privacy - discussions with only CSMs,
which could be useful for discussing "chickens and pigs" or similar
touchy issues in a closed context.
Someone mentioned improving the plug-in. Personally, I find my excel
spreadsheet quite adequate, and if I upgraded it would have to be to
an actual tool that would provide some data integrity, concurrency
control, filtering ability, reporting etc. There seem to be a couple
in the works... one role the ScrumAlliance could potentially play is
to "approve" or "recommend" 3rd-party tools, and participate in their
development if asked. So there could potentially be
ScrumAlliance-approved and non ScrumAlliance-approved tools out there,
distinguishing those that CSMs have collectively endorsed.
Would I pay to join? Yes, the first year (out of curiosity).
If it did not give me anything useful, something I could not get
elsewhere, maybe not the second year.
Would I participate? Given that face-to-face communication is the
richest kind for development of software or methodologies or anything
else - I'd prefer to put my energy into my local Scrum group, so maybe
not. UNLESS there was a way for my local group to contribute to the
larger cause via the ScrumAlliance - now there's a thot.
Well, those are my idas, after some discussion here in Toronto.
- Hi Deb,
> And on that note - how about we wrap voting up on Friday night?That
> will have given both weekend and weekday readers a chance. Fromthat
> point the pigs can (flock? what do pigs do? oh, Scrum! :-) anddecide
> how to move forward.Sounds good to me.
I can't recall what we call a "collection" of pigs but we could
use "forage" as our call to action!
> You can also volunteer to be a "pig" on the project there.members?)
> So far, voting has been light (understatement, for a list of 800
It is worth noting that all pigs will be worked hard. Chickens who
oink need not apply :-D.
John A Thomson - CSM