Get Your Hands Dirty After a CSM Certification

What's Next, After the CSM Certificate?

4 October 2013



It's a great feeling to attain a CSM certification. My two-day class was full of new learnings, practical scenarios, best practices, and even Scrum-buts on how to work with Scrum teams. After the class, I read through some material and practiced on some of the free mock exams available online. Then I took and passed the certification test on the Scrum Alliance website to attain the ScrumMaster certification.

Many of us have gone through that enriching experience. Some of us go back to our organizations and work with Scrum teams to apply what we've learned. Some of us go back to managing non-Scrum projects. If you fall into that second category, it is easy to fall back into the routine, and your new learnings become dormant until you get a chance to apply them. The question is: Is there a way to use the knowledge attained as a base and then build upon it, even if you are managing non-Scrum projects? I will briefly outline some pointers, and I encourage you to add to them.

  1. Make some noise within your organization.
    1. Teach Scrum to your peers in your organization. Share this knowledge with your teams and management. This way your organization will become more competent in executing Scrum projects. It will also lead to discussions and new learnings for everyone.
    2. Look for opportunities within your existing project to implement what you've learned. This way you can be more successful with your projects, and these small successes can become case studies for wider adoption of Scrum in the organization.
    3. Talk to your manager and look for opportunities for Scrum projects within the organization.
  2. Make some noise on the Web.
    1. Put your experiences and thoughts into an article and post it on the Scrum Alliance website.
    2. Read articles posted on the Scrum Alliance site. You will find something new every day. Post your thoughts about what you're reading.
  3. Learn something new every day.
    1. Join and participate in a local Scrum group. It's a great way to learn and meet like-minded people.


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Comments

Prabhu Missier, CSM, 10/4/2013 7:58:37 PM
Nice article! Very relevant to me.
Lydia McPherson, CSM, 10/13/2013 8:32:04 AM
Enjoyed this article!
Nandita Krishnaraj, CSM, 10/16/2013 6:59:34 AM
Good article...for ppl working in non-Scrum projects.
Ganesh Subramanian, CSM, 11/21/2013 3:52:09 AM
Very well said, Suresh!. These tips would really help a person who is associated with a Non-Scrum project currently but who intends to keep the learning and understanding from Scrum teachings alive. Thanks for sharing this!. Regards, Ganesh.
Carl Gilbert, CSM, 11/21/2013 3:56:20 AM
I would recommend reading 'Succeeding with Agile: Software Development Using Scrum' by Mike Cohn. It contains some useful chapters on transitioning teams to adopt scrum and how to identify suitable first projects for adopting scrum (among other topics).

For example Mike talks about not selecting a project too simple that it could be easily dismissed that Scrum made no difference whilst not selecting a project too complex that the inexperienced scrum team might fail resulting in reduced team confidence and skepticism of Scrum in general. There are many factors around the projects, team, individuals, and organisation which are covered in this book making it a valuable read.

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