Scrum Alliance Newsletter - September 2012


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Letter from the Managing Director


By Carol McEwan

Plenty of exciting things are happening for Scrum Alliance members as we head into September. Scrum Gathering® Barcelona: 2012 is just weeks away so if you haven't had a chance to register, I encourage you to view the program on our website. We have a fantastic lineup of keynotes, facilitators, and session speakers planned that is sure to engage Scrum practitioners at all levels. We are almost at capacity, so register today and don’t miss this great event!

September 1, 2012, Scrum Alliance successfully changed its Certified ScrumMaster designation process from an assessment to a pass/fail test taken after the completion of a two-day Certified ScrumMaster course. We believe this change enhances the significance of our Certified ScrumMaster certificate. Given the increasing expectations of students who are committed to Scrum as well as employers who hire Scrum practitioners, this change has been well received. I want to thank everyone who offered their input and assistance as we developed and implemented this new test.

Over the past several months, Ron Jeffries and Chet Hendrickson have been leading the effort to create the Agile Atlas with the support of several engaged and passionate Scrum Alliance members. Visit the Agile Atlas, take a look around, and be sure to join the forum or Google Group if you would like to provide your input for consideration.

Before I wrap up, I want to call your attention to an exciting new benefit we now offer to Scrum Alliance members. Last month, we announced our partnership with, a website devoted exclusively to your Agile employment needs. Get all the details in the article below titled, "Scrum Alliance Partnership with Offers Enhanced Member Benefits."

I look forward to meeting some of our members for the first time in Barcelona Spain next month and re-connecting with those I've met before. See you soon!

Carol McEwan
Managing Director
Scrum Alliance, Inc.

Progress Update on the Agile Atlas Project

By Ron Jeffries

Scrum Alliance plans that the core section of the Agile Atlas will serve as a reference for students preparing to take a CSM course, and subsequently, the new CSM test. This section has been reviewed and edited for consistency with the new CSM test. The overall idea is that the core should represent broad consensus. It should present the ideas of Scrum that "95%" of Scrum experts agree with. More controversial matters will go elsewhere.

The core consists of separate articles today, tied together by the map on the front page. We are in the process of changing that. The users need a single document about Scrum, one that they can print out and study at their leisure. Our original plan was to append all the existing articles together in some automated way, with perhaps some transitional material, to produce the integrated document.

That did not work. The articles we have do not tell a smoothly-flowing story, so we are in the process of creating the single document which we'll then index using the Agile Atlas front page. That means that, for review purposes, you should look at the single document which can be found at Make a note of that link because there is no public link to that file as yet.

There are two ways to contribute to the review: the Agile Atlas Forum, and an "Agile Atlas" Google group -- both require registration. Please identify yourself in your registration requests. We wish we knew everyone, but we do not.

If you want to help review the material, join the Google group or the Agile Atlas forum and offer constructive ideas in the threads. At this moment we don't know which will be more active but suspect that the mailing list may turn out to be the better place to be. We'll see.

To sign up for the forum, please go to, select the Forum button at the top, and register. You'll be asked a simple question whose answer you should probably know. If in doubt, try again or write After you are accepted by the registration process, and we have figured out that you're a legitimate member, we'll upgrade you to give you the ability to post. You'll then receive an email at the address you sign up with.

To sign up for the Google group, go to!forum/agileatlas and apply to join the group. You'll be approved as soon as we can get to it.

We're interested in all feedback. Here are the most important things we care about at this point:

  • Does the site say something about Scrum that is not true?
  • Is it missing some important fact about Scrum?
  • Does one part seem to contradict another?
  • Are there things that are unclear?

Other smaller matters are welcome also, so if you see a typo something unclear please enter it in the appropriate thread.

Thanks, and welcome!

Scrum Alliance Partnership with Offers Enhanced Member Benefits

It’s been an exciting past few months as we continue to enhance member benefits. Scrum Alliance is proud to partner with to bring you new opportunities related to staffing and career development. is the only careers website dedicated exclusively to the needs of the Agile community. This means that both Scrum Alliance employers and Scrum Alliance job seekers have access to a site where Agile-related careers, practitioners, and information come together. Our partnership provides you with some exciting benefits:

  • Scrum Alliance members looking for new Agile employees can post open positions on knowing that their postings will be viewed by Agile and Scrum enthusiasts worldwide.
  • Scrum Alliance members looking for new Agile career opportunities can easily identify and apply for potential positions with companies who want Agile and Scrum expertise in their organizations.

Our partnership was announced August 13th and you have responded with enthusiasm. Since our announcement, over 800 Scrum Alliance members have visited the site.

As you visited the site, you gave us great feedback, on which we’ve acted. To better meet the needs of Scrum Alliance members around the world, international job postings and resumes can now be posted in most languages.

Scrum Alliance members enjoy discounts for all job posting services on an ongoing basis. Through November 30th, in celebration of our new partnership, is offering unlimited free postings! So if you’re an employer who is a member of Scrum Alliance, now is a great time to get your jobs up on the site. Just log in at to get started.




Mark your calendar for the Scrum Gathering Barcelona 2012 – October 1 – 3, 2012 at the Fira-Palace, Barcelona, Spain.

Please join us in welcoming CSC Daniel Gullo as Chair of Scrum Gathering Las Vegas: 2013!

Scrum Gathering Paris: 2013

The event will be hosted at the luxurious Hotel Condorde La Fayette. Watch for registration information coming soon!

 Call for Chair OPEN! Want to get involved in a Scrum Gathering? Here’s your opportunity! Click here to download the Call for Program Chair information. Deadline to submit is October 12, 2012.

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