The CSP is in demand…
We have a problem in Scrum.
First, we do well to call it an opportunity rather than a problem. We have more opportunity sitting on the table that we have not yet grabbed. Scrum, in general, can help us get a LOT more improvement than we have gotten.
There are many root causes behind this problem /opportunity.
Also many possible solutions.
I think the best solution is more education (maybe more coaching is next).
By more education, I mean the whole man, or the whole team. Not just explicit knowledge, but tacit knowledge. Not just of rational things but also of more squishy things (that’s the technical term for them (smile)). More discussion of how Scrum practices really work (eg, correcting Scrum-Butt). More discussion of the lean-agile-scrum values and principles underlying the practices. More learning about other things that must be added to Scrum to make it work in your environment.
Which leads me to discussing the new SEU path to the CSP. SEU means Scrum Educational Units. CSP means Certified Scrum Professional.
So, I am a big advocate of a well-rounded education in general. Scrum education is what I am talking right now.
The SEU path to the CSP allows you to tailor the ‘education’ to your specific needs. It requires significant related experience that indicates you have attained, via education and action, a ‘professional’ level in Scrum.
My specific contribution (more to come) is a Scrum 201 course. This 2-day course plus the 1 day workshop gives you 22 SEUs towards the CSP certification. More importantly, I think the Scrum 201 gives essential information that will take your Scrum to the next level.
Today: I just received a request from a headhunter for a CSP person in Charlotte. A scrum-agile coach, and they want the person to be ‘good’, so they are asking for that person to have a CSP. Ummm. Start of a trend, I think.
What is really important? Well, results. Real results for real people. What is next most important? The ability to regularly achieve results. (And, down the list, …does the person have a meaningful certification — and in the process, might have improved his abilities.)