Scrum Alliance Newsletter- July 2014

July 2014
In This Issue: Coaching Retreats | New Expert Articles | Agile Atlas | Tips/Perspectives

Letter from the Managing Director

Carol McEwan

The Regional Scrum Gathering® India 2014 took place last week in Hyderabad. I had the pleasure of attending this event and the honor of meeting so many Scrum enthusiasts. The passion, knowledge, and many ideas that were shared were nothing less than inspiring! With the theme of "Humane Scrum," the event featured case studies, workshops, and presentations about Scrum values and principles. The Open Space sessions and Scrum Coaching Clinic were very well attended. Among the participants were 426 delegates from 175 companies and 15 countries. More than 60 coaching clients met with 8 coaches at the Coaching Clinic.

Before the conference, 45 CSCs, CSTs, CSPs, and CSP candidates attended India's first CSP+ Retreat, which focused on spreading the value and benefits of CSP certifications in India.

A special thank-you goes to the organizing committee, team of volunteers, sponsors, and attendees. You were all an integral part in making this event extremely successful!

Global SCRUM GATHERING® Berlin is just around the corner – September 22-24, 2014. I look forward to meeting more members of our community there, where we will continue to share the passion, knowledge, and ideas of Scrum across the globe in our mission to “Transform the world of work.”

Carol McEwan
Managing Director
Scrum Alliance, Inc.


Five Things to Look for in a Scrum Certifying Organization

We know you have a lot of options when choosing a Scrum certifying organization, and you want to select the organization that provides the most value to you. After all, this is your career we’re talking about. To help you and your colleagues compare your options and decide on the best one for you, here are Five Things to Look for in a Scrum Certifying Organization

Scrum Alliance Sponsors New Event in Mexico

On June 19-20, Scrum Alliance sponsored the Scrum Adoption Clinic in Mexico City. Luis Carlos Jiménez, who ran this event, stated that attendees participated heavily and were enthusiastic about Scrum, and the evaluation results were extremely positive. Many useful aspects of Scrum were taught and shared, and this sparked a unique interest in certifications and the road map to earning these certifications. Learn more about events sponsored by Scrum Alliance.

Scrum Coaching Retreats

2014 has been, and continues to be, a breakthrough year for the Scrum Alliance-sponsored Coaching Retreats. Following on the success of last year's Phoenix retreat, the June London retreat exceeded expectations. Sold out with 80 participants across 12 countries, the London retreat featured a residential getaway location and provided a focused and highly collaborative event. It was all beautifully illustrated by Stuart Young. Check out the teams' deep-dive results.

The rest of 2014 includes two additional coaching retreats - in Raleigh, NC, on October 28-30 (SOLD OUT) and Pattaya, Thailand, on December 4-6 (OPEN REGISTRATION). Both events include pre/post-retreat coaching workshops, deep-dive team-based learning (using Scrum to learn as coaches), and Open Space collaboration. Whether you are a seasoned Agile coach seeking collaboration with others or an aspiring coach looking for opportunities to grow and learn, Scrum Coaching Retreats provide excellent venues.

Read Our Expert Blog: Spotlight

Follow our invited writers, below, as they post their latest thoughts about Scrum and the changing world of work. Don't miss these new expert articles:

Find ideas in Spotlight from leading thinkers in the field, share your opinions, comment, and start (or continue) a conversation.

Agile Atlas

New articles arrive in our mailboxes every month. Was yours one of them? If you haven't submitted an article to the Agile Atlas, you should! You have tips and information to share that others haven't heard before. Jot down a thousand words or so describing your experience with Scrum. A few good ideas, or a story about how you solved a problem, could help your peers and bring you everlasting fame. Also remember that time spent writing articles for the Atlas applies to your Scrum Education Units! Ready to write your own article? Contact us.
Reminder: The Core Scrum page, which is shared between the Atlas and the Scrum Alliance sites, is also now posted on the Scrum Alliance site, in conjunction with an update project that's going on right now.



Scrum Tips

What Do You Do on Your First Day as a ScrumMaster?
Doesn't matter how many times you have done it -- you are always anxious on your first day with the team as a Coach/ScrumMaster. Here are some tips you might find useful.



Lean Agile Process: Making the Agile Process Still More Lean
The core idea of lean is to eliminate/reduce non-value-added activities and thus increase customer value. I am sharing a couple of Agile best practices adopted by many teams to make the Agile process extra lean.

Scrum and Kanban at the Enterprise and Team Levels
This post describes two practical examples of how, by combining Scrum and Kanban processes, improvements can be achieved at two levels: the individual team level and the enterprise level.




Can a Team Fit to a Bell Curve Be Self-Organized?
In many service based-companies, bell curve appraisals have been practiced for years. Now we are dealing with an undesirable reality: The team needs to adopt Scrum, but meanwhile a bell curve is imposed on the same team, even though that is not a Scrum practice.



Do Organizations Fully Leverage Agile Coaches?
While Agile coaches come on board with significant experience and a broad knowledge base, there are organizations that are bad at leveraging Agile coach capabilities. Based on my experience, here are few areas where in-house Agile coaches are grossly misused.



Why Acceptance Criteria Are Needed Before User Stories Can Be Relatively Sized
For me, user stories are not "done" until proper acceptance criteria are in place. I can't overemphasize just how crucial it is to have proper acceptance criteria in place before user stories are relatively sized using story points.




Global SCRUM GATHERING® Berlin 2014
We have officially announced the #SGBER Program - Visit Global SCRUM GATHERING® Berlin to view the full program. Registration is OPEN for the Global SCRUM GATHERING® Berlin 2014 – register today to secure your spot in Berlin!
Thank you to our Berlin sponsors: Agile42, Boris Gloger, it-agile, CollabNet, RippleRock, Platinum Edge, improuv, radtac, Kegon AG, Emendare, Target Process, Hood, and VersionOne.

Global SCRUM GATHERING® Phoenix 2015
Call for Chair is now OPEN for the Global SCRUM GATHERING® Phoenix 2015. Submit your proposal before July 31, 2014 @ 11PM EST. Visit Global SCRUM GATHERING® Phoenix 2015 for more information.

Thank you to our first sponsor, Axosoft. Stop by and see them in Phoenix. 

Global SCRUM GATHERING® Prague 2015
We are excited to announce Prague for our Fall 2015 Gathering. Showcase your company to your target market for the next year! Sponsor today to receive over a year of promotion as we lead up to the Global SCRUM GATHERING® Prague 2015.

Upcoming Global

Berlin Gathering Berlin 2014
Sept. 22-24, 2014
Berlin, Germany
Phoenix Gathering Phoenix 2015
May 4-6, 2015
Phoenix, AZ, USA
Prague Gathering Prague 2015
Nov. 16-18, 2015
Prague, Czech Republic

Sponsor an Upcoming Gathering

Interested in sponsoring a Global SCRUM GATHERING® to showcase your company? If you sponsor two or more, you will save 10 to 25 percent. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please download the sponsorship package or contact Yvonne at or (905) 281-0555, ext. 111



Regional - Rio 2014
September 4-6, 2014
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Regional - South Africa 2014
October 20-21, 2014
Cape Town, South Africa

Regional - Australia 2014
October 21-22, 2014
Sydney, Australia

2014 Scrum Coaching Retreats

Are you a current or aspiring Agile coach? Scrum Alliance is sponsoring three Scrum Coaching Retreats in 2014 in Europe, the U.S., and Southeast Asia. The London retreat was a big success. Don't miss these upcoming retreats:

Raleigh, North Carolina
October 28-30, 2014

December 4-6, 2014

Upcoming Sponsored Events

Scrum Alliance sponsors a range of events, from workshops to conferences. These events are about Agile, Scrum, and more!
View all events here►



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