First, let’s talk about what Scrum is…and isn’t.
What Scrum is
Scrum is an Agile framework that values results over rules. Self-organizing, cross-functional teams fully engage all team members to create the right solution to every challenge.
Scrum is nimble. Inflexible plans created at the start of a project rob an endeavor of responsiveness and creativity. With a Scrum framework, teams react quickly to changes anytime they need to.
Scrum is people-focused and member-empowering. Scrum emphasizes continuous collaboration between team members and constant feedback from stakeholders. That way, the organization responds quickly and efficiently to changing demands or environmental factors.
Scrum is iterative. Rather than planning the entire process from the start, Scrum emphasizes iterative solution-building. Whether in software or other industries, participants work together in sprints to create functional solutions that can be scaled or modified to solve larger problems.
Scrum is commitment to continuous improvement. Although an initial CSM course is a great start, professionals grounded in Scrum continue to grow. They improve themselves and their organizations, often becoming parts of communities that share best practices and applications.
Scrum is one of the most valuable IT certifications offered today. There’s no better way to accelerate your career. The CSM certification makes you more marketable – and can open you up to new positions and higher pay.
What Scrum isn’t
Scrum isn’t a framework ONLY for software development. Practitioners have successfully applied the tools of Scrum in a wide variety of non-software industries – including manufacturing, construction, finance and many others.
Scrum isn’t an overnight problem solver. According to the Scrum Guide, Scrum is both simple to understand and difficult to master. Organizations that employ Scrum have powerful techniques at their disposal…but training, engaging and empowering their members unleashes the group’s true potential. Organizations can further sharpen their skills through Scrum coaching.
Scrum isn’t just book learning. Books and online instruction can be good resources, but a solid Scrum foundation comes from a certified course facilitated by a seasoned instructor. A two-day class not only allows participants to focus without distraction, it also enhances learning and retention through engaging, fun activities and interaction with fellow learners from varied backgrounds.
If your organization is ready to move from slow bureaucracies and rigid rules to flexibility, autonomy, creativity and speed…Scrum training is the logical next step.