The value of certification only becomes evident in the test of practice. In the ideal situation certfication should be granted as a result of an endless loop of feedback between theory and practice. The curriculum should repeatedly be aimed at both.
And what is often gladly forgotten: in the environment of an organization certification should not just have value for the individual, but also must help the organization as a whole. I don’t see this being achieved with the present form of certification because the individuals as well as the organization are left to fend for themselves halfway to their goal and they mainly follow the interests of the certifying umbrella organization. Therefore I have decided to follow a new path with bor!sgloger.
What was it that I once wanted to achieve with the Scrum Alliance? I became the first Certified ScrumTrainer, because I wanted to improve the world a little with Scrum. I wanted to show people that there are many better ways of working, and that there are projects that can be fun. I tried to show Ken Schwaber in 2004 that I could help him to achieve his goal by professionalizing software development. He created with certification the necessary framework and market, that made it possible, to attract many people. For years I explained to everyone, that certification is a necessary evil to create a market. But the goal was never to certify people in Scrum, but to show them how super ingenious Scrum is.
I defined my job as: spread Scrum and show organizations, how to do Scrum.
Therefore I have been traveling around for years. After 2004 I brought Scrum to Germany, then to Scandinavia, Austria, Brazil and South Africa. My goal has always been to motivate people to use Scrum and to perfect it. I always knew, that I alone could not excite enough people. That is why I liked Ken’s idea: there need to be a lot of trainers and I trained one trainer after the other using this role model. I wrote a book with the goal of showing people why Scrum has to work and at the same time founded a consulting organization.
The practice determines what is needed. That all led to me not only having a responsibility to my employees but above all to my clients. I must maintain a standard of quality, that I established with others: extremely good workshops and Scrum implementations, that do what we promise. The demands on those of us who are Scrum consultants and trainers have changed. The simple basic training that the Scrum Alliance now sells as CSM is no longer adequate. For us consulting today means advising companies to change their organizational structure.
- We need programs that help people do their job correctly, that help them to further develop their abilities and that make their careers successful.
- We need systems that help organizations to give their employees more room to create, so that these organizations can compete globally.
What does the Scrum Alliance offer us?
- The representatives (CSTs) offer exactly two (2) trainining workshops: the Certified ScrumMaster und the Certified Product Owner Training. With the result that the participants experience first hand a little about Scrum.
- The Scrum Alliance grants two more levels of certification: the Certified Scrum Professional, the Certified Scrum Coach and parallel to that the Certified Scrum Trainer.
These certifications do not help our clients. They are only for the individual consultant, the individual free lancer. This makes sense for those trying to compete with their competitors in the consulting market.
Unfortunately a company that wants to work with one of these consultants or free lancers is never entirely sure if the bearer of this seal can actually perform well. Neither the status of CSC nor CST are achieved by completing standardized training programs, but are bestowed without a fair testing procedure.
The newest certification is that of Certified Scrum Developer. Only training companies can apply for this, when they send in their curriculum. This procedure also does not meet sufficient qualification criteria for verification in my opinion.
What does Scrum.org offer?
In principle exactly the same as the Scrum Alliance. They just simply call the CSM the Professional ScrumMaster and the CSD the Professional Scrum Developer, because the Scrum Alliance owns the rights to both C designations. They allow everyone through an online procedure to become Professional ScrumMaster.
bor!sgloger wants change. And it begins in 2011.
None of these programs fulfill my stated demands: to offer help and support, so that an individual can do his job correctly and in doing so improve his own career in an ever changing world of industry and successfully develop his abilities. These programs are not intended to help organizations persist in global competition.
Both of my demands can in my opinion not be fulfilled by a trainer interest association. I also don’t know how they would want to manage this. Because the goal of such an association must be to preserve the status quo. The change can only be afforded by companies, who accept this challenge and can go new ways.
We the bor!sgloger team with three central competencies: Training, Consulting and Scrum Talent Search want to become such a company. Like a few years ago we again want to be among the first who dare to take this step – to give up something in order to achieve the freedom to serve our clients with good, high-quality products.
Consulting products (bor!sgloger consulting, Baden Baden)
Our Consulting Organization offers our clients today the additional value of turning their teams in a few weeks into highly productive entities. 2011 we will commit to an even stronger development of the entire Scrum organization and add to it an aspect of measurement. We want as the first Scrum Consulting Company to acquit ourselves of something we all want: measurable success.
Training products (bor!sgloger trainings, Vienna)
From ScrumMaster to Scrum ChangeManager: Starting in 2011 I, Boris Gloger, will offer training sessions very similar to ScrumMaster Training. This training will explain Scrum for ScrumMasters like before. But in addition it will lead to a qualification as Scrum ChangeManager.
We were the first to develop this series of training sessions, that convey the skills that ScrumMasters need in order to successfully do their job as ScrumMaster: Team Development with Scrum, Change Management with Scrum and Meeting Facilitation with Scrum.
We also will redefine the Scrum Product Owner in 2011: Boris Gloger will show the workshop participants how to actually and verifiably develop products successfully. This workshop will be a unique, worldwide offer.
With this unparalleled Training Portfolio in the German speaking world, we offer you as an individual, as well as the organization the chance to be even more successful with Scrum.
How will bor!sgloger certification look starting in 2011?
The basic question about the Certification of the Scrum Alliance is: What is the value of certification for an organization that rejects the founder of the organization because he wants to follow new ideas that should improve Scrum?
If you still want to obtain Scrum Alliance Certification
- My (BG) Training sessions still comply with the guidelines of the Scrum Alliance, that like in the past are the prerequisites for taking the online test for certification.
- This approval was always bound above all to my status (the brand license).
- Correspondingly I recommend: If certification by the Scrum Alliance is a concern of yours, apply for approval for certification with my certificate of participation. My training sessions will prepare you (as in the past) with the appropriate content, learning goals and qualifications to qualify you for this certificate.
- Will you receive this approval? I think the chances are not good.
Certification of Scrum.org
Or you join the alternative with Ken Schwaber and us. We will refund the testing fees at Scrum.org, if you have completed our ScrumMaster Training. In this way you will become a Professional ScrumMaster. This designation has also already been recognized by many companies.
Certification from bor!sgloger
If you do not want to show that you have acquired a piece of paper, we offer you an honorable alternative: You will receive a certificate of participation from us. A participation certificate that shows that you are a ScrumMaster certified by bor!sgloger, as long as there is no independent entity to bestow European certification on ScrumMasters. We guarantee that we will accompany you along your career path, if you want. We will help you to fulfill your career dreams. This European certification will be modeled according to industrial norms in the next 12 to 18 months and will lead to certification as Scrum ChangeManager certified by bor!sgloger.
What is a Scrum ChangeManager?
Why isn’t ScrumMaster Certification enough, we have explained above – but which Scrum title then is worthy of striving for and why? We believe that proof of theoretical knowledge alone is not enough to prove that someone is a good ScrumMaster, Product Owner or Scrum trained developer. The basic training is followed by in depth courses and proof of practical, successful implementation. Afterwards you have someone who with a clear conscience and true self confidence can represent and implement Scrum for himself and for an organization. This person is a Scrum ChangeManager.
This is just a start- We will be there for our clients and be the place to go for Scrum in Europe. New products will come and we along with other Scrum enthusiasts will make Scrum into a new way of working in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
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