Tools for Building Your Scrum Expertize

I’m asked every week about my best tools and resources to use for Scrum, building teams, technical practices and more, so I decided to put this list together.

Did you know that there are over 6 different organizations offering agile certifications?

A peek at Chapter 2, Agile Certifications.

A peek at Chapter 2, Agile Certifications.

Do you know what those organisations are, or the pros and cons of the different certifications? And, what certification is right for you?

Improving Agility: Agile Certifications is an overview of the major organizations offering agile certifications. Agile certifications are controversial and create much debate in the agile community. Both sides have valid points, and rather than repeat the different arguments I want to state that agile certifications are here to stay. This is driven by large trends in the software industry and that’s where the e-book starts. I then cover the six most popular certifying bodies, and the different programs that they offer.

I believe certification is an individual choice with many factors to consider including education, career opportunity, personal growth, time and money. You are the only one who fully understands the intricacies of your career and whether certification would be a potential benefit to what you want to achieve. As a result, you are the best person to make the decision about certification.

But how do you make that decision? Do you simply choose the nearest available Agile course and hope of the best?

What if someone spent the time to collect all the information from the leading agile organizations and wrote an e-book? Would you be interested?

Purchase the “Improving Agility: Agile Certifications” e-book here.

What you’ll get

In this 50 page e-book, you’ll read about:

A peek at Chapter 2, Agile Certifications.

A peek at Chapter 2, Agile Certifications.

  • The origins of certification in the Agile community, and some of the large trends driving the agile community (Chapter 2).
  • An overview of the current leading Agile certifying bodies and the certifications they offer, including the Scrum Alliance, Scrum.org, the PMI, the DSDM consortium, and others (Chapters 3 through 8).
  • Some consideration to keep in mind when making a decision about whether certification is right for you. This section is intended to help as a guide to choosing the right certification for you (Chapter 9).
  • And finally, a summary table I created while researching material for this book (Appendix C).

You can download the first two chapter for free:  Improving Agility – Agile Certifications (Ch1 & Ch2) and you can purchase the full “Improving Agility: Agile Certifications” e-book here.

Where do you start learning about Scrum? Are there any good free introductions?

A scene from the Product Burndown video.

A scene from the Product Burndown video.

Scrum101.com is an intensive online course to familiarise you with the vocabulary, ideas and approaches used in the Scrum community, so that when you use Scrum (or take a course) those ideas are clearly understood and allow you to take it to the next level.

When you signup for Scrum101.com , you’ll receive and email every day for 10 working days. The reason I use email is because it’s the only reliable way that I can prompt you on a daily basis.

Everyday you’re receive an email that discusses a different Scrum topic, and a link to a video on that topic. The email provides you with some initial context, and the video explains the topic. There is material within the email that is not fully discussed in the video (and vice versa) so the two are complimentary. Each of the videos is only short and less than 5 minutes [except the final video which is just under 15 minutes in duration.]

When you signup you’ll be exposed to a two-week online course on Scrum and each day you’ll be prompted to spend 10 minutes (or less) familiarizing yourself with a topic in Scrum. The topics discussed include:

  • And intro to the Scrum process,
  • Scrum roles and responsibilities,
  • Sprint burndown charts,
  • Product burndown charts,
  • Taskboards,
  • The Product Backlog, and more.

Scrum 101 is now live and you can signup by entering your email address in the box below.


Scrum Addendum

What do you do with advanced Scrum material that’s doesn’t get included in a Scrum course? Topics that touch on difficult subjects such as performance reviews in Scrum, or technical topics such as Acceptance Test Driven Development, and Continuous Deployment.

These topics are important to understand both for the organisation and for experienced Scrum practitioners.

To help Scrum practitioners continue to improve their Scrum expertise I created The Scrum Addendum; A 15 week course delivered as an email newsletter. It covers a wide variety of subjects … some of them technical, some organisational and some behavioural.

A Team at work

A Team at work

When you signup to The Scrum Addendum you’ll also receive two free white papers; “A Roadmap to Agile Development“, and “The Top 13 Organization Challenges of Agile Development“. Both over these white papers are based on my experiences working with large companies and observing how they successfully rolled out Agile programmes across the organisation … and some the the pit falls they experienced.

The Scrum Addendum has already been taken by over 2,000 people and I regularly get rave reviews without even asking for endorsements. You can signup for The Scrum Addendum below:

Presentations

I regularly speak at conferences and user groups. I’ve put some of my presentations on slideshare, including the following:

You can see all of my presentations on SlideShare here: http://www.slideshare.net/scrumology