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Re: [APM] Re: [scrumdevelopment] What are trainers and others doing to help those in need?

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  • Amanda Abelove
    Plus since Scrum Club is up in San Jose now, you could totally argue the opposite way. That An LA group is invading Silicon Valley... yadda yadda yadda. It s
    Message 1 of 3 , Jun 10, 2009
      Plus since Scrum Club is up in San Jose now, you could totally argue the opposite way. That An LA group is invading Silicon Valley... yadda yadda yadda. It's just that with Agile and Scrum groups being SO HARD to run as a group compared to any other tech or business group out there, let's work together, you know?

      On Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 3:15 PM, Amanda Abelove <amanda@...> wrote:
      And BTW, we're totally going to that conference. It is good to have a conference of some kind in SoCal targeted at the execs. There will always be some company or entrepreneur doing something Agile and Scrum related that gets dropped in on some city somewhere.   

      It's just so frustrating that there is less collaboration than you would think... Why can't we get specific tracks sponsored at other conferences that already have traffic and are connected to existing community groups in there as part of the marketing of it? Why can't we line up meetings ahead to pave the way and lay a track for our members to participate? Use it to recruit new members and grow our organizations? Plan and build a path around it so an entire community gets integrated?


      ---------- Forwarded message ----------
      From: Amanda Abelove <amanda@...>
      Date: Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 1:26 PM
      Subject: Re: [APM] Re: [scrumdevelopment] What are trainers and others doing to help those in need?
      To: Mark Levison <mark@...>, scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com


      I almost missed this... My email rules send scrumdevelopment emails to a separate folder. If anyone really wants to get ahold of Scrum Club, our Skype phone number goes to whoever is on shift to take calls: 310.237.6370. We just got offices over in Miracle Mile. I need to update our website. I'm trying to pull together the PR & marketing materials... but it is hard since I am new to it. I am also trying to organize our communications but it is a little bit of a challenge since most of the discussions are spread on social networks, old bbs-es, IRC or SMS. (suggestions welcome)

      How I am managing to pull this off is a very long and complex story. It isn't free... there is a complex string of people buying stuff from each other setup over the course of several years that results in -> scholarships for training of students -> who will be hired as Scrum Masters -> into new TA positions for the CS department at a prestigous local university -> that wants to satisfy donor needs for signicifantly less green graduates -> because we have the constant degradation of skills and deflating so we are fighting it -> with a strategy based on an article Uncle Bob wrote on master craftsman/apprentice models.

      Did you follow that?

      Here's a thread with the discussion...

      And it is a *whole solution* for user groups... not just a certification... It just starts a new club with an injection of capital so that more geeks can financially sustain technology leadership programs... then we help them have crucial conversations so that they don't lose professional credibility while seeking a positive change.

      By the way, please tell everyone to go to our CSM class Sept 19/20 since we had to buy it out to get product placement for Corporate Espionage and I only have 3 seats pre-sold. There is a conference coming through in September that has literally sucked up every available sponsor dollar. I've pretty much given up calling people to ask for sponsorship... Everytime I ask I get "sorry but we're sponsoring conference __________". And I wouldn't be so annoyed if the money from that conference stayed in So Cal, but it goes to a group in Silicon Valley... which also sucks away all new product development, graduates, and decent jobs from Los Angeles. So ironically all the marketing money spent on that conference to reach the agile and scrum community here in So Cal simultaneously helps erode the Agile and Scrum community here in So Cal as I am spending a good deal of personal time trying to build that community. It's like spitting into the wind.

      Thank heavens I built in a consumer product to Scrum Club for long term financial stability for the group.

      It supports our little program for helping other community groups:

      Active Music: http://production.scrumclub.org/case-studies/case-study-active-music.html
      Changeup: http://change-up.net/
      LA Geek Dinner
      BarCamp LA
      BarCamp San Diego
      Mindshare LA
      Startup Weekend LA
      Startup Party
      QA World


      On Wed, Jun 10, 2009 at 12:43 PM, Mark Levison <mark@...> wrote:
      Amanda - can you provide any more quotable details (with a link if possible) to what Cory said below?


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      From: Cory Foy <usergroup@...>
      Date: Mon, Jun 8, 2009 at 10:21 PM
      Subject: [APM] Re: [scrumdevelopment] What are trainers and others doing to help those in need?
      To: scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com
      Cc: agileprojectmanagement@yahoogroups.com

      Hi Mark,

      Mark Levison wrote:
      > Tobias's very interesting offering of his "Welfare
      > class got me thinking. I would like to write a news item for InfoQ - but
      > ideally I should have more than thing to refer to. So is anyone else
      > offering free? or *very* low cost courses? Offering free spots to the
      > unemployeed?

      There are several things going on I'm aware of. The Scrum Alliance just
      posted a news story about the trip James Coplien is on right now to Serbia:


      Amanda's Scrum Club is targeting college students with free
      certifications: http://scrumclub.org/about-us/about-us.html

      And, of course, Tobias' offerings.

      Cory Foy

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