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Three ways to improve the current CST certification process

After achieving my CSM, CSPO, and CSP certifications, I had in mind that I would pursue my Certified Scrum Trainer certification at some point.  Reading through the requirements and process (best outlined here),  I set out to gather the required qualifications to submit my application.  This is a long process and one in which I am still going through at the moment.  However, as I proceed down this road, there are several ideas I had that I wanted to share with the world for how I think the Scrum Alliance can improve this process and better server their perspective CSTs in the future.  If these are the top of your certification ladder and these are the future leaders of the Scrum movement, it seems like it would make sense to offer just a bit more guidance to those who will be the most visible representation of your product to the world at large.

1. Charge a fee to enter the process.  - While there is already an application fee, there is nothing formal to enter the process of becoming …
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Certified Scrum Professional...Now what?

Recently, I was accepted by the Scrum Alliance as a Certified Scrum Professional or CSP.  After achieving either Certified Scrum Master (CSM) or Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), the Scrum Alliance directs their users to the CSP certification as the next step in your Scrum certifications.  At the time of this writing, there are 342,841 Certified Scrum Masters worldwide and there are only 3,940 CSPs.   That's a significant drop off which could warrant a posting all to itself to discuss the reasons why this is the case.

Obtaining the CSP certification isn't easy but the process is simple and fairly straight forward:

Users must already be a CSM, CSPO, or Certified Scrum Developer (CSD)Users must has 36 months experience with Scrum over the past 5 yearsUsers must gather and submit 70 Scrum Educational Units (SEU) over the past 3 years The Scrum Alliance makes the process easy as well in that they have an online application where you can fill out the needed information, record y…

IFTTT - programming the web

Computer programming is something that has grown leaps and bounds in my lifetime.  I remember still programming very basic graphic patterns in Junior High School using Pascal.  We were amazed we could input numbers and have it draw whatever we wanted.  Of course, I drew the Van Halen symbol.  
Now that we've come of age though, there seems to be a 'next level' needed for programming.  We've created all these useful programs that all do very useful things.  We've even had software talk to each other through APIs.  What we need is a way to build logic between those applications so that one app can trigger another completely separate app.  Enter IFTTT (If This, Than That). 
IFTTT is the most basic of programming concepts: If this happens, than do that.  You will find IF statements in any programming language.  It's the ABC's of programming.  The IFTTT site then takes that concept and applies it to web apps we've come to know and love.  Want to cross post a…

A "Youtube of Code?"

Do you think there needs to be a Youtube of Code? You're in luck. Just read this interesting article about a new site. Have you used sites that offer code snippets? Do you contribute to them? It will be interesting to see what the interest level is for this type of site.

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Cord Cutting: Do the Prep Work!

Over the past few months, I've been embarking on my own experiment - is it possible to cut cable TV out of my household without wailing and nashing of teeth?  While this is definately still a work in progress, I can see enough of the light at the end of the tunnel to say the answer is yes, it is possible.
After our cord cutting is finally, finally complete, I plan to post diagrams and specifics on my own personal setup.  I've learned enough to know that there is not one setup to rule them all.  The setup you might choose can be as individual as you are or your family.  You'll find lots of posts telling you THE way to setup your system.  However, I would strongly caution you that you'll save a lot of time and heartache by simply starting with what your needs are.
Make a hard inventory of what your household needs to be satisfied.  If possible, get everyone in your house to write down what they expect / need from your cordless system before you design it.  What does your…

Blogger gets some new views

It was clear at SXSWi this year that Google had placed a recent focus on Blogger.  Full disclosure, it's the blogging software I use for this here blog.  Today, Google announced some creative new HTML5 "views" of blogs on their platform.  I invite you to take a look using this blog by simply adding /view to the URL (ex: brianmilner.com/view).  

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Experiments with Tilt-Shift Photography

With my recent switch to Android and the Motorola Atrix, I've been having a great time testing out the apps that are now available to me.  One of the functions I wanted to try out was some sort of camera app that allowed tilt-shift photography with my little 5 mp camera on the phone.  The best one I found so far is called Vignette.

Tilt-shift photography is a simple process of focusing on the center of the frame while gradually blurring as it stretches towards the edge of the picture.  This creates the very cool effect of causing real life scenes to appear to be made up of children's toys.

Take a look at some of the shots here and let me know your experience.  Do you have a better app for this?  What is your favorite Android photography app?