For the past couple of years I have been working on Scrum or scrum like development projects. In both my Bachelors and Masters programs we studied Scrum, so I thought I knew how the Scrum development worked. Wow was I wrong. During the past year I have worked with a team of developers who taught me the error of my ways. Since I realized my Scrumifation (copyright pending) was off a little bit I decided to get certified.
So where can you get certified?
At first I didn’t know where to start since there are a couple of organizations that offer Scrum Certification. After a lot of research I decided to go with the Scrum Alliance and get the Certified Scrum Master certification. The certification is 1 of 6 possible certified by the Scrum Alliance , which is the most widely accepted scrum certifying body. The Scrum Alliance has the following certifications:
- Certified Scrum Developer
- Certified ScrumMaster
- Certified Product Owner
- Certified Scrum Professional
- Certified Scrum Coach
- Certified Scrum Trainer
It was an easy choice for me when selecting a specific Scrum certification. I like communicating and helping others so a ScrumMaster would interest and it fit into my overall career path and interests.
How to get a Scrum Master Certification
Scrum Alliance requires 2 steps to become a Certified ScrumMaster:
Attend Certified Training Course
The Scrum Alliance website had a find your class resource to aid in finding a class close to your location. I went to a session held by BrainTrust Consulting in Nashville. This class was an intense 2 day session taking me through the Scrum process from a ScrumMaster’s role. ScrumMaster training is two days of intesnse learning but it is a lot of fun as well.Day 1 starts on a team of 5-6 people and you are given a project to complete before the end of day 2. The time working on the project is broken up by learning about Scrum then applying those steps on the project your team is working on. The class was really laid back and encouraged students to challenge the trainer to highlight areas where this wouldn’t work in the real world. As the class was ending on the second day I really found myself excited to get back to work and apply the lessons learned into our current project.
Take and Pass Exam
After attending the class you will be able to sit for the exam within 7 days of finishing the class. The test is 35 questions and you need only get 24 correct. I can’t tell you what is on the test but I can say with an awesome trainer you should be able to pass it easily. Checkout my trainer at BrainTrust. No time limit is placed on the test, but you do have to finish it in one session. The test took me under an hour. Also you want to take the exam while the content from the class is fresh.
Overall getting certified in Scrum was an easy process, but I had a good bit of experience and education before jumping into the certification. While no experience is necessary for going through the training it did seem to help me. The CSM certification helped me bring more value back to my team the first day after attending training.