Profile of a Scrum Trainer in Numbers.

The Scrum Alliance maintains a wealth of data about it members. This includes information about the activities of the Scrum Trainers. I recently downloaded my data and found that the charts generated from this data created a profile of my activities over the last few years. Here’s a summary of the total number of students trained in each year from 2006 to 2010:

I because a Certified Scrum Trainer in March of 2006. I had been an Agile coach (with ThoughtWorks and Danube Technologies) for a number of years by this point and becoming a trainer was a natural compliment to my coaching work.

I started lecturing and training in 2006, and I started very slowly. I only trained 34 people in 2006. You’ll also notice there was very little activity between June and August of that year. My daughter was born in July of 2006.

2007 was a busy year in part because I toured Europe. The most students I have ever trained in a single month was in February 2007 when I trained a total of 70 people. My training activities slowed to a more sustainable pace in 2008, and again you can see there was a lull in activity between May and July of 2008. My son was born in June of that year.

I was more active in the third quarter, but activity dropped off after October and didn’t resume until early 2009. During this period I left Danube Technologies, my employer in the US to become an independent trainer in Australia. The start of 2009 was relatively slow year, but activities picked up towards the end of the year. Still, 2009 was my slowest year apart from 2006. 2010 was a busy year especially after June, and has been my busiest yet.

I have trained in 15 different countries on four different continents; 50% of all the students that I have trained are from two countries … Australia and New Zealand. The other 50% consists of students from China, North American and Europe.

Interestingly, 65% of my students go on to become active in the Scrum Alliance. And equally interesting, a full 28% of course participants never log into the Scrum Alliance … I don’t know why but I would speculate that for these people certification is not materially important.

So now you have an overview of my life over the last 4-5 years. I began this project to convert my Scrum Alliance data into graphs for personal curiosity, and because I love graphs. I had no idea that it would reveal the patterns and rhythm of my life so well, and I hope you find it as interesting as I have.

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