This is to CSMs. What's your next step?

April 13, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway

I was there when the first Scrum Master certifications were given out. In the early days only Ken Schwaber led them. He didn't talk about what Scrum was at all during the course. All of us had already been coaching Scrum for 2-3 years. It was about how to _be_ a Scrum Master, not what Scrum was. It changed me as a coach forever.

Fast forward to today. The CSM class today is really "An Introduction to Scrum." It is a good class. It teaches the basics of what Scrum is. But it does not make anybody a master.

Many people are now caught in the certification trap. They are supposed to apply what they've learned and hopefully get the next level of certification mostly on their own. But the next step requires more support, not mere validation. This requires:

  1. a support system to guide you
  2. presentation of new concepts, principles and practices in small, consumable chunks
  3. frequent contact with a person experienced in coaching Scrum Masters

All of this while you are doing your day job.

We have both a free support system and a follow up coaching course. Look in the first comment for info on both.

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About the author | Al Shalloway

Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With 45 years of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in these areas.



        

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