January 17th, 2013
The Scrum Alliance have just announced a revamp to the Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) program to focus it more on a deeper experience of Scrum and extended education. This is good news in my opinion. Rather than an exam-based assessment, the Scrum Alliance is now valuing real experience in the field over at least 3 years and also recognising some of the great training courses that are out there helping people work out how to actually implement Scrum effectively.
Our own Advanced ScrumMaster class has had fantastic reviews from those who have attended it and people tell us how it has increased their awareness, understanding and ability to be effective ScrumMasters to their teams. In the past, however, we have had been told many times that "it's great but our organisation won't pay for it because it doesn't specifically help towards a formal qualification". Hopefully this development from the Scrum Alliance will enable more people to justify attending the courses they want and need rather than the few that come with a badge themselves. In my opinion this will open up a great menu of training choices to more people and encourage their further exploration and understanding of Scrum, which should in turn increase the effectiveness with which Scrum is applied within organisations.
Therefore, with immediate effect all of our non-certified courses (including the Advanced ScrumMaster class) are eligible for 15 Scrum Education Units (SEU's) which are similar to Professional Development Units (PDU's) and these can be put towards the CSP qualification.
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