Scrum Alliance Newsletter- May 2013

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JUNE 2013
In This Issue: Education and Certification Updates | Agile Atlas Update | Tips / Perspectives

Letter from the Managing Director

Carol McEwan

I am excited to announce that later this month, you will see a new look and feel on the Scrum Alliance website. As soon as you hit the home page, you'll find a site that's more modern and vibrant. But the new look and feel is just the beginning. We now have the framework in place to deliver more features and functionality for you along your Agile journey, and as you explore the site, you will enjoy more user-friendly navigation and enhanced search capabilities.

The new Scrum Alliance home page

We want Scrum Alliance to be "THE place to talk and learn about Scrum" and to provide the resources you need to be successful. In support of this, we're working through our product backlog on additional features, including:

  • Success stories, with valuable insights that will prepare you to write stories of your own
  • Online forums hosted to encourage collaboration among members
  • Enhanced user group functionality and support to promote meetings and share content
  • A virtual Coaches Clinic, offering one-on-one support and guidance
  • A multilingual site

We welcome your feedback and suggestions. Simply click on the feedback form at the bottom of the site and provide your thoughts. We'll evaluate your comments for our product backlog and subsequent sprint planning.

Thanks to our Scrum coaches, Brad Swanson and Manny Seggara, for working with us on this project. They've helped us improve our knowledge and application of Scrum, and we'll continue using Scrum to enhance the site and support your needs.

Carol McEwan
Managing Director
Scrum Alliance, Inc.

Scrum Alliance Education and Certification Updates
Get the latest on our new certification programs

Not everyone learns the same way, and we recognize the education you need for Scrum proficiency can come in various forms. That's why earlier this year, in response to our global members' needs, we developed new provisional paths for two Scrum certifications: CST and CSP. Here's an update on our progress to date and how it affects you.

Provisional CST Program

We continue to make iterative improvements to the Provisional CST program to enhance the applicant experience and ensure that all CSTs are well prepared and of the highest quality.

Learn about the improvements...







CSP: Scrum Education Unit Pilot Program

Find out how to successfully get your Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) certificate through Scrum Education Units (SEUs). We've made some great improvements to the pilot already – and these changes will make getting your CSP certification through SEUs even more efficient and effective.

Read about the pilot changes...

Agile Atlas Update
The newest content and functionality

Agile Atlas has improved again this month. We now have a Russian translation of the Core Scrum page and a new layout for the GASPs page, showing articles by topic. There's also a new author page that features all articles for each author, with an area for the author to briefly tell us about him- or herself (more on that later). We have a few articles promised to us, and room for many more.

See the details...

Scrum tips

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Global Scrum
Gathering news

Co-chairs named for Global Scrum Gathering New Orleans

We're pleased to announce that Anita Canafax and Michelle Russo have been selected to co-chair our Global Scrum Gathering New Orleans, which will be held May 5-7, 2014.

Anita and Michelle both work at Geocent in New Orleans. We look forward to working with them to bring you another fantastic Global Gathering experience.

Thanks to all of the strong, creative, and dedicated candidates who responded to our "Call for Chair" for the Gathering. The decision was a difficult one. We're fortunate to have such talented and passionate members in our Scrum Alliance community.

Global Scrum Gathering Paris
The Global Scrum Gathering Paris program has been released. Check the Global Scrum Gathering Paris website for more details on the official program. Early bird registration is now OPEN.

Global Scrum Gathering Phoenix
We're happy to announce the Global Scrum Gathering 2015 will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, May 4-6, 2015. We hope to see you there.

Upcoming Global
Scrum Gatherings

Paris 2013
23 - 25 Sept. 2013
Paris, France
New Orleans, LA 2014
5 - 7 May 2014
New Orleans, USA
Berlin 2014
22 - 24 Sept. 2014
Berlin, Germany
Phoenix, AZ 2015
4 - 6 May 2015
Phoenix, USA

Sponsor an
upcoming Gathering

Sponsor one or more Scrum Gatherings in 2013-2015 and showcase your company. For more information on sponsor opportunities, please download the sponsorship package or contact Yvonne at or (905) 281-0555, ext. 111.

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