Scrum Alliance Newletter - June 2014

June 2014
In This Issue: CSP Retreat | New Expert Article | Agile Atlas | Tips/Perspectives

Letter From the Managing Director

Carol McEwan

Scrum Alliance is growing!  We welcome about 5,000 newly certified members every month to our community of more than 325,000 members worldwide. This continued growth in the community reflects the value both individuals and organizations find in Scrum. And as the Scrum Alliance community grows, your support team grows as well. I’d like to introduce you to the newest members of the team, who are here to support you along your Scrum journey.

Kelli Davis, CSM, joined the Community team, supporting membership services.

Jolene Sullivan, CSM, provides program administration on the Education team.

Deb Klein, CSM, joined the Community team, supporting gatherings and sponsorships.

Shawn Tretter, CSM, brings his SEO/SEM expertise to the Advocacy team, supporting our SEO/SEM strategy.

Heather Leigh will fulfill an important role as Director of Communications and Public Relations.

Bob Nedbal, CSM, brings non-profit association experience to the team as Director of Operations for Scrum Alliance.

Each Scrum Alliance staff member is happy to support you on your Scrum journey. So go ahead, ask for help, send a question, or make a suggestion by sending a message to You’ll get a response from the appropriate person as quickly as possible.

Carol McEwan
Managing Director
Scrum Alliance, Inc.


Why I Decided to Become a CSP

Scrum Alliance member and CSM/CSP Jon Jorgensen gives 9 great reasons for becoming a Certified Scrum Professional®. In his article "9 Reasons Why I Decided to Become a CSP" He describes a few of the reasons that drove him to obtain his CSP certification. In today's competitive job market, the Certified Scrum Professional® certification can set you apart as a more advanced and experienced Scrum practitioner. Read this article now! 

Scrum Coaching Retreat Follow-Up

On June 9-11, Scrum Alliance held its third Scrum Coaching Retreat. It took place in London at The Lensbury hotel. The 76 participants hit the ground running, passionately digging into team formation and topic refinement. The event showed that Scrum Coaching Retreats are beginning to evolve and grow now that we are establishing some consistency in planning and execution.

The outstanding organizing team included Mark Summers, Helen Meek, Benjamin Cooke, and Zia Malik. They provided a collaborative space with just enough structure to help attendees stay focused but enough freedom and latitude to openly explore ideas and thoughts. Read here for more information on this event and upcoming Coaching Retreats!

Scrum in Your Organization

Do you know managers who are tantalized by Scrum – but honestly don’t know if their organization is ready to take it on? It’s a good question, since effective Scrum practice requires a change in mind-set – a cultural change throughout the organization. Hear from the experts what makes an organization ready to take the plunge! Read Now

First CSP Retreat a Great Success

The first-ever CSP+ Retreat was held at the Regional Scrum Gathering in Shanghai, China, on June 6. All participants joined in great topic discussions, networking, and personal growth. More than 40 people attended the retreat, including 4 CSTs and 20+ CSPs (some local and some from overseas), plus a number of CSM, CSPO, and CSD holders who are interested in becoming CSPs. 

Great food and beer kicked off the retreat, and our speakers presented two terrific talks: Ken Rubin discussed "Anti-fragility" and Kiro Harada spoke about Kaizen. Conference facilitator Bill Li, a local CST, led multiple group discussions on how to help China develop more CSPs. The discussion results will help the community promote and advance the CSP certification in China.  

Read Our Expert Blog: Spotlight

Struggling with how to use physical task boards when your team isn’t colocated? Don’t miss this Spotlight article from Mike Cohn: Physical Task Boards & Virtual Team Members.

Find ideas in Spotlight from leading thinkers in the field, share your opinions, comment, and start (or continue) a conversation.

Agile Atlas

We need more articles for the Atlas! You have important experiences and ideas that are worth sharing with other Scrum practitioners. Hesitant about being ready to post? Not to worry, we will help you edit your article and post it on the site! Don't forget that hours spent writing for the Atlas can be claimed as Scrum Education Units when you apply to get or renew your CSP.

Missed any articles on the Agile Atlas? Check them out here! Ready to write your own article? Contact us. We look forward to seeing you as a reader or, better yet, as a contributor!


Scrum Tips

VRoy Scrum in Disguise
We have come long way in Agile and Scrum. There are many organizations that have adopted Agile -- but are they really following it? Read More ►





What a Traditional PM Should Unlearn to Play a ScrumMaster Role
IT leadership tends to believe that, with some training in Agile methods, a traditional project manager (PM) would naturally transition into a ScrumMaster. This is not always true. Here are some key changes to make and help you be successful. Read More ►

Singh The Agile Golden Triangle
The Iron Triangle was very rigid during the Waterfall era. . . . Let me introduce another triangle, the "Golden Triangle" of Agile. Read More ►




How Technical Debt Threatens Your Brain Capital
Technical debt succinctly and metaphorically sums up the obligation we incur when we cut corners during software development. Most articles focus on the direct association between "debt" and its financial implications. Read More ►



Self-Managed Team Challenges
There are many challenges for self-managed teams. What I have learned is from my experience in development. Teams are mainly like this. . . . Read More ►



Can the Principal Software Engineer Assume the Product Owner Role on a Scrum Team?
Last week, I got the question in this story title from an ex-colleague whose organization has recently started implementing Scrum. . . . Read More ►




Global SCRUM GATHERING® Berlin 2014
Reviewers are working hard reviewing all 300 sessions submitted to the Global SCRUM GATHERING® Berlin. Stay tuned for the program announcement in July! Registration is OPEN for the Global SCRUM GATHERING® Berlin 2014.

Thank you to our Berlin sponsors: Agile42, Boris Gloger, it-agile, CollabNet, RippleRock, Platinum Edge, improuv, radtac, Kegon AG, Emendare, Target Process, Hood, and VersionOne.

Global SCRUM GATHERING® Phoenix 2015
Call for Chair is now OPEN for the Global SCRUM GATHERING® Phoenix 2015. Submit your proposal before July 31, 2014 @ 11PM EST. Visit Global SCRUM GATHERING® Phoenix 2015 for more information.

Thank you to our first sponsor, Axosoft. Stop by and see them in Phoenix. 

Global SCRUM GATHERING® Prague 2015
We are excited to announce Prague for our Fall 2015 Gathering. Showcase your company to your target market for the next year! Sponsor today to receive over a year of promotion as we lead up to the Global SCRUM GATHERING® Prague 2015.

Upcoming Global

Berlin Gathering Berlin 2014
Sept. 22-24, 2014
Berlin, Germany
Phoenix Gathering Phoenix 2015
May 4-6, 2015
Phoenix, AZ, USA
Prague Gathering Prague 2015
Nov. 16-18, 2015
Prague, Czech Republic


Regional - India 2014
July 10-12, 2014
Hyderabad, India

Regional - Rio 2014
September 4-6, 2014
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Regional - Australia 2014
October 21-22, 2014
Sydney, Australia


2014 Scrum Coaching Retreats

Are you a current or aspiring Agile coach? Scrum Alliance is sponsoring three Scrum Coaching Retreats in 2014 in Europe, the U.S., and Southeast Asia. The London retreat was a big success. Don't miss these upcoming retreats:

Raleigh, North Carolina
October 28-30, 2014

December 4-6, 2014

Upcoming Sponsored Events

Scrum Alliance sponsors a range of events, from workshops to conferences. These events are about Agile, Scrum, and more!
View all events here►

Sponsor an Upcoming Gathering

Interested in sponsoring a Global SCRUM GATHERING® to showcase your company? If you sponsor two or more, you will save 10 to 25 percent. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, please download the sponsorship package or contact Yvonne at or (905) 281-0555, ext. 111



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