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).
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 …
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…