My journey: How I became a Certified ScrumMaster
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I hope this helps if you want to become a Certified ScrumMaster
I am a Certified ScrumMaster. In fact, I am a Certified Scrum Professional. But things were not always thus...
Once upon a time, well, really a few years ago, ...
I was working at a client trying to gather requirements with the intent of developing, testing, and deploying extensions / plugins to Rational Team Concert (RTC). [Note: normally, I skip naming tools, I included this here to provide context for the work I and the team were doing.] We started out by eliciting use cases. However, the further we went down the use case trail, the less progress we seemed to make.
The RTC Architect (Kirk Woods RTC genius) and I talked over the situation. We decided that the best approach was to create an initial version of the deployable system and show the client. Then, we could take feedback and make more extensions. We hoped that this approach would allow us to elicit a better understanding of the client's goals. We also hoped that this approach would allow us to course correct rapidly.
Kirk recommended this scrum thing. I had probably heard of it at the time. But, I certainly could not define it. I did, however, have deep background in Iterative practices as well as Change Management and Requirements Management. So, I agreed. Some how Kirk convinced me to be the ScrumMaster. Sounded like fun, so off we went.
Well, the decision turned out to be the right thing. The client said yes!! But could you do X? Could you do Y? Could you do Z? We spent some time, refined those requests and went into our next cycle.
Now, this was pretty cool because we were now communicating with the client (oh, the Product Owner). However, we were still just barely feeding tasks to the development team. We had a lot of difficulty getting ahead of the curve on our backlog. This was a struggle for rest of the project. We did, finally, after about six months, manage to move into user story mode with tasks as children. We did, finally, after about six months, manage to get a velocity measurement.
I learned how to conduct the daily scrum, the
demonstrations, the retrospectives, and the backlog grooming. And, I learned the hard way. :-)
In the mean time, I had been pestering my management team about getting my ScrumMaster certification. It would be a good career step. It would also help improve our organizations bona fides regarding Agile and Scrum.
My lucky day arrived. IBM was hosting an internal ScrumMaster certification course for about 40 of our sales, technical sales, and services (that me) team members. And, I got to go.
It was a two day course taught by LitheSpeed (ww
Long story short, I took the course, and went to my hotel room after
the second day and kept checking my email for the URL from my instructor. I really wanted to take/pass the test (which I
did) Yah! :-)
Then, I started poking around the ScrumAlliance site (ht
What's the difference?
CSM: You know the concepts and materials
CSP: You have applied the concepts and materials for over a year
What else do I know about this space?
M Kevin McHugh