What to make of Scrum Master certification?

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Let me start out by saying that I think Scrum is an extremely valuable framework for development projects and that my intent is not to be disparaging to the Scrum Master or Agile Coach roles. Quite the contrary. We all know that certifications make us more marketable and increase our earning potential, these are the main drivers for pursing the path for any certification. At issue is the designation and process for Scrum Master certification. The training is beneficial but as a certification it is lacking in both depth and prestige when compared to other professional certifications. If I can quote Ken Scwaber, one of the founders of Scrum and The Scrum Alliance, “Scrum is easy to use but difficult to master”.  The Scrum Master certification is a starting point and while often compared at a parallel level to the Project Management Professional designation of PMP, they are very different levels. Grant it the roles are very different, with one being “part of the team” (Scrum Master) and the other “directing the team” (Project Manager). We’ll look at the certification and requirements for both.

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Yoda as an Agile Coach

As a current Executive Coaching program student, and as a business owner, project management office leader and project management professional, I struggle with how to make it all fit. I’ve cultivated over 30 years experience in the industry, and obtained pertinent certifications to back that up. On the one hand, there is the experience and knowledge, yet, executive coaches don’t advise! I found my muse, Yoda. Yes, that Yoda. Let me explain…

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