Who is Scrum Alliance
Scrum Alliance is a membership organization that encourages and supports the widespread adoption and effective practice of Scrum. Learn more about Scrum.
We’re a nonprofit, which means we care about you, not about making a certain income for owners or shareholders. Our revenue goes right back into the association in the form of member Advocacy, Community, and Education.
Advocacy: Need a hand with your Scrum career? We advocate for our members, helping employers understand the value of making certified Scrum practitioners core members of their companies. And our members advocate for each other, helping one another succeed using Scrum throughout the world.
Community: With an organization of over 300,000 members around the world, and more people joining every day, you always have peers ready to connect and collaborate. Join us in person and virtually – at Global and Regional Gatherings, local user groups, and online communities.
Education: Professional certificates are proof that you’ve got the knowledge, skill, and experience to apply Scrum effectively. Pursue your Certified Scrum certificates in one place with a progressive path of education from Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) to Certified Scrum Coach® (CSC) and Certified Scrum Trainer® (CST).
Become part of something bigger than you alone. Scrum Alliance brings you together with like-minded people who are passionate about Scrum. Join us and succeed with Scrum!
Who’s Serving the Community?
No. Think of us as something like the National Association of Realtors. Their business isn't about selling real estate, it's about promoting the importance of hiring a realtor to help sell your home or workspace, and it provides a one-stop shop for international real estate listings. Similarly, we don't offer training ourselves but, instead, certify that certain trainers or certain courses meet our strict standards. Then, as a service to the CSTs, REPs, and to the Scrum community, we host their course listings on our website.
We do so much more than just list courses, though! We also help support local user groups, subsidize events, host Gatherings, and do what we can to further the advancement of Scrum throughout the world.
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Who's serving the community?
Board of Directors
Scrum Alliance is governed by a Board of Directors: Chair Harvey Wheaton, Assistant Chair Bob Hartman, Treasurer Mitch Lacey, Assistant Treasurer Eugene Bounds, Secretary Steve Fram, Board Members: Chris Guzikowski, Pete Deemer, Steve Forte, and Steve Denning.
The day-to-day work is performed by a staff that are spread throughout the globe. Some of the key contacts you are likely to meet and speak to include:
Managing Director: Carol McEwan, CSM
Public Relations & Communications Director: Heather Leigh
ScrumMaster: Lisa Reeder, CSM
Product Owner- Advocacy: Carol McEwan, CSM
Product Owner- Community: Jill Paul, CSM, CSPO
Product Owner- Education: Nazarena Garron Ciberay, CSM, CSPO
Product Owner- Systems: Renee Mzyk, CSM, CSPO
Product Owner- Operations: Dodie Kammerer, CSM, CSPO
Membership and Certification Support: Dodie Kammerer, CSM, CSPO, Kris McKinney, CSM, Lisa Reeder, CSM, and Siri Crider, CSM
Accounting and Finance: Angie Stecovich, CSM
Marketing: Liz Crider, CSM, Shawn Tretter, CSM
Editor: Mary VanClay
Developers: Aaron Brosey, CSD, CSM, and Rob Biedenharn (Agile Consulting), CSD, CSM.
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Some of our larger Gatherings extend a call for presentations while others are designed for invited speakers and open space. Anyone attending the conference can facilitate a session during open space. Our events page is the best place for detailed information about upcoming Gatherings.
Becoming a member
Membership in Scrum Alliance is offered to graduates of our CSM and CSPO courses, Certified Scrum Developers, Certified Scrum Professionals, Certified Scrum Coaches, and Certified Scrum Trainers. For CSM and CSPO courses, membership fees are paid by your trainer for the first two years,* but renewal and advanced certification fees are your responsibility.
We also offer a basic membership level for individuals who aren't Scrum certified access to sections of our website that aren't available to the general public, including an expanded profile, case studies, and the ability to read articles and participate in their discussions. Learn more about all of our membership levels here.
Where do those fees go? Since 2008, Scrum Alliance has been a tax-exempt organization under IRS code 501(c)(6) as a business league/professional association. As such, we do not profit from your membership fees. Instead, they go toward hosting Gatherings, creating this website, supporting local user groups, and funding outreach and education throughout the world.
* Course attendees must be approved for certification by the instructor to be eligible for certified membership privileges.
Scrum Alliance is facing new opportunities and challenges from within as well as outside the Agile community. Many other certifying bodies are beginning to catch on to what we’ve known for some time — Scrum certification is valuable, in demand, and of growing importance to the software industry and beyond.
Read the complete strategic plan here.
Scrum Alliance Code of Ethics