Organizations and teams must come to understand why they need agile before choosing a methodology or tool to implement it. A mandate alone will not work. It is the overarching goals, values and principles of Agile that must ultimately guide teams in the adoption and adaptation of its practices.
Many people associate Scrum with a complete methodology. However, Scrum is only a framework and as such does not provide the details found in other methodologies. It provides a basic definition of the roles, major activities, and basic artifacts around the ultimate goal of producing a “potentially shippable product increment” within a fixed time box called a Sprint. For example, Scrum does not tell you how to best develop a product backlog, it just tells you that you need a prioritized list of backlog items to determine what should go into each of the sprints.
As more and more organizations adopt Scrum, the need for competent coaches to guide them is growing. Find out why one new CSC took the time to become certified and why he hopes you will become a CSC yourself.