Scrum Alliance Newsletter- January 2014
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January 2014
In This Issue:  Top Articles | Coaching Retreats | Agile Atlas | Sponsored Events | Tips/Perspectives

Letter from the Managing Director

2013 may have come and gone; however, the efforts of this community and the impact you have had on the growth of this organization have not gone unnoticed. In fact, Certified Scrum Trainers (CSTs) trained, on average, more than 6,000 students per month. In addition to this significant growth, it is apparent that Scrum practitioners around the world are meeting and sharing their experiences. There were more than 30 new Scrum Alliance-sponsored User Groups started in 2013, for a total of 244 User Groups spanning 73 countries in more than 230 cities, reaching every continent. Scrum Gatherings and other Scrum Alliance-sponsored events around the world saw record attendance in 2013, and we believe 2014 will be no different.
Our mission is to encourage and support the widespread and effective practice of Scrum by providing Advocacy, Community, and Education with Operation Excellence, and to “Transform the World of Work.” In 2013, we focused on enhancing our member experience and program offerings in a few key areas:

The Scrum Alliance Website - We redesigned the website to give both visitors and members a site that is easier to navigate, offers more current content, and provides a place where people can go to learn and talk about Scrum. We will continue to bring you new features in 2014. Visit the Scrum Alliance website.

The 2013 State of Scrum Report - Scrum Alliance took a deep dive into the many changes within Agile and Scrum over the last few years and shared with you a report that reveals who is practicing Scrum, why they are practicing Scrum, and the outlook for Scrum. Read the report.

Scrum Education Units (SEUs) introduced - Scrum Education Units are points that members can collect in different categories, such as approved training, community involvement, etc. We believe that Scrum is a journey, and to be effective, it requires a commitment of ongoing training and experience. 2013 marked the beginning of the SEU program with a pilot program, whereby members can apply for their Certified Scrum Professional® (CSP) certificate with the appropriate amount of experience, coupled with a certain number of Scrum Education Units (SEUs). SEUs will soon be required for certification renewal of all levels.

New Scrum Alliance branding and Certification logos - Last year we focused on updating and refreshing the Scrum Alliance brand. This included a new logo for the organization, as well as new logos for our members to showcase their certification achievements.

As we continue to make strides in transforming the world of work, we know we couldn't do it without the dedication and support of all of our members, trainers, coaches, and staff. We thank you and look forward to making 2014 another successful year!

Carol McEwan

Managing Director
Scrum Alliance, Inc.


Top 10 Articles of 2013

Thanks to all Scrum Alliance members who submit their articles to the website, and to those of you who read and comment on them. You've created a vibrant community of writers and readers and started lots of great conversations about everything from the philosophical underpinnings of Scrum to the practical how-to's of implementation. Here we're recognizing the articles that created the most "buzz" in 2013 – those that brought in the highest numbers of comments (from those other than the writer). Check out our top 10 "Most Discussed" articles of 2013, listed below (in order of appearance).
Don't see your favorite article on this list? View Articles, rate them, give your feedback, and join the discussion. Who knows, maybe one of your stories will end up featured in a newsletter or on a list like this one.

2014 Scrum Coaching Retreats

We are excited to announce three Scrum Coaching Retreats in 2014 in England, the U.S., and Singapore. Coaching Retreats provide Agile coaches the opportunity to engage purposefully with their peers, dive deeply into their practices, enhance their skills, and broaden their perspectives to better serve their client organizations. The word "retreat" was specifically chosen to represent a time away for deep connection, learning, and growth. Retreats are "un-conference" events where experienced and developing Agile coaches work in teams and share in open space to improve their practice. The England Retreat is June 9-11, 2014. The U.S. Retreat will be held in Raleigh, NC, on October 28-30, 2014, and the Singapore Retreat will be in December 2014. Visit the growing  Scrum Coaches Retreat page for more details and registration.

Agile Atlas

2013 has been a good year for the Scrum Alliance Agile Atlas. We have articles from many authors in many different countries. The Atlas is beginning to have the richness and variety we had in mind, going well beyond just the details of Scrum. We have articles about how to fit Scrum in with other practices, how to handle problems implementing Scrum, and how to “scale” Scrum into larger organizations. We even have some articles showing how Lean ideas fit with Scrum.
We only have a handful of articles tagged as “controversial,” so we’d like to see a bit more of that type of content. Learning and discovery happen around the edges of an idea, so we’re particularly interested in hearing from people exploring and pushing the boundaries.
Finally, we have no real horror stories, stories of teams that got in trouble. Those are especially interesting when they manage to get out. So if you have an exciting story to tell, we’d love to hear from you.
Did you resolve to do more writing in the new year? Check the Call for Authors link and we’ll help you get that done! Thanks!


Scrum Tips

Retrospective: The Fun Way
Retrospection is the most valuable and most important Scrum ceremony. Unfortunately, it is often neglected, and it can become a monotonous and boring ceremony. However, retrospectives can be made enjoyable. Read More...

What Do I Do if the Big Boss Doesn't Like Scrum?
Let's face it, it's much harder to implement Scrum without the support of senior management. If they are not just skeptical but even reluctant, then, yes, you're going to struggle. This being said, I would like to share the following pieces of advice with you.

Presenting Scrum with Passion

As Scrum coaches and trainers, we are often called to make presentations and speeches. I know many Scrum presenters who are constantly working on updating the content for their presentations. But then they disregard the most important part of the speech: its delivery. Read More...


Believing in Scrum
I'd like to share my perspective on starting to believe that Scrum is the right thing to do in order to deliver high-quality products in a fast-paced environment. It happened some time ago, when I was still a developer. Read More...


Wet Scrum
Many companies tag themselves "Agile" as they execute software development projects. Scrum is the most commonly followed Agile way of working these days. Generally, organizations use a blended version to suit their needs. . . . So, why are companies moving to Agile? Read More...


Resume for Agile Professionals
Years ago I came across a developer's resume published via Y Combinator's Hacker News, and I was intrigued. . . . I looked up the original resume by Leonardo da Vinci and found that one even more bristling with self-confidence. Ever since then, I have wanted to write a similar resume for Agile project managers. So here it is. Read More...



Global SCRUM GATHERING® New Orleans 2014
Keynote announced! Visit Global SCRUM GATHERING® New Orleans for more information. Thank you to all who submitted sessions, the program team is working to finalize a great #SGNOLA program. Registration is OPEN for the Global SCRUM GATHERING® New Orleans May 5-7, 2014.

A big thank-you to our sponsors: Geocent, Agile Learning Labs, CollabNet, RippleRock, Platinum Edge, Artisan Software Consulting.

Global SCRUM GATHERING® Berlin 2014
We are excited to announce our Global SCRUM GATHERING® Berlin Co-Chairs: Marion Eickmann and Dave Sharrock from Agile42! Thank you to all who applied for the Call for Chair.

Thank you to our Berlin sponsors: Agile42, Boris Gloger, it-agile, CollabNet, RippleRock, Platinum Edge, and improuv.

Global SCRUM GATHERING® Phoenix 2015
Mark your dates on the calendar for the Global SCRUM GATHERING® 2015 that will be held in Phoenix, Arizona, May 4-6, 2015. We hope to see you there.

Upcoming Global

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

Upcoming Sponsored Events

Agile Practitioners Israel - 2014
Ramat-Gan, Israel
January 28-29, 2014
Learn More...

Agile India - 2014
Bangalore, India
February 26-March 1, 2014
Learn More...

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.


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