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Agile Certification: Love it or hate it, but deal with it!

April 8, 2009 by Peter Stevens

Recently, Scrum and the Certified Scrum Master program in particular have come in the crosshairs of non-Scrum Agilistas and been condemned as a Bad Thing. Martin Fowler wrote about Flaccid Scrum. James Shore, author of The Art of Agile Development explained why he doesn't do agile certification. Certification is about mediocrity and agile is about striving for greatness.

If we believe that agile is eventually going to become the mainstream software development strategy — and I do — then this attitude misses the mark. In a time when every office worker gets told 'A Microsoft Office certification is good for your career,' it is clear that certification is part of the game. We may not like it, but we ignore this reality at our peril.

Secretaries Make the Best ScrumMasters

August 29, 2008 by mcottmeyer

Okay everyone. First I want to say that I am happy to be here writing for Agile Software Development. I appreciate Artem reaching out and giving me this opportunity. I really hope you guys enjoy what I've got to say. I promise, I am not short on opinions, and I am never content with the status quo. So… to get started, let's kick this thing off with a question… are you ready?

Do you believe the title of this post?

If you do, don't feel bad, you are not alone. I have been working in project management and around project managers for years. Over that time, I have worked in traditional environments and agile environments. I have worked with PMPs and CSMs. It consistently amazes me the number of people that are converted into project managers for the sole reason they are good at following people around and asking them when they are going to be done.

Value of Agile Certification

March 10, 2008 by Artem Marchenko

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Today in the evening I am leaving Finland for the Mike Cohn's Certified Product Owner (CPO) course in Norway. The last couple of years I was mainly focused on the in-team part of Scrum and after moving to product management I feel the need to refresh my knowledge about the external side of the process. Mike is an excellent trainer and is a very pleasant person himself. Every time I meet him I learn much from his talks about both the theory and the practical experience.

Agile certifications

It reminded me about a number of recent discussions on the value of certifications in the agile community. The proponents of the certification processes usually argue that both community and companies want to have means for distinguishing amateurs from the specialists.

Earth travel

March 13, 2007 by Artem Marchenko

Some "products" from the Scrum Master course by Bas Vodde.

Today we were building a poster for a Martian travel agency. Since the course is held in Helsinki, no surprise we decided to offer some tours over Finland.


That's what out first 8 minute sprint day ended with. Not really shippable, but if we had to release it next minute, we could probably deliver it.

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