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Letter from the Managing Director
By Carol McEwan
I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who took part in the Scrum Global Gathering: London 2011 held in October. Twenty-two countries and 185 organizations were represented by 254 attendees. Nigel Baker did an outstanding job putting together a program of events that received fantastic feedback and the team from Elastic Communication and Events kept everything moving like a well oiled machine!
Jill Paul and I enjoyed speaking to everyone who stopped by the Scrum Alliance table and meeting so many Scrum enthusiasts. Congratulations to Stephen Forbes, who won the drawing for a complimentary registration to the next Scrum Gathering Atlanta 2011 being held in Atlanta, Georgia, May 7-9, 2012. If you weren't able to attend the Gathering, be sure to check out the presentation and session materials available on our website.
The Scrum Alliance thanks everyone who responded to the call for program chair for the Scrum Gathering Atlanta 2011 and we are pleased to announce that Peter Borsella and James Smith have been selected to co-chair the event. Save the date, it is sure to be an exciting event!
I would like to introduce another team member this month, our very own Lisa Reeder. Lisa joined the Scrum Alliance Membership Support team in August 2011, and has since helped resolve a variety of member service questions and issues. She will continue to contribute to the membership support team by focusing on process improvements as well as optimal customer service. Please contact Lisa at email@example.com and she will be happy to assist you.
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Scrum Gathering Atlanta – Co-Chairs Announced & REGISTRATION OPEN!
Scrum Alliance is excited to announce the Co-Chairs for the Scrum Gathering Atlanta 2011, Peter Borsella and James Smith of Winnow Management. "We are very pleased with the opportunity afforded us by the Scrum Alliance to be the co-chairs for our next US Scrum Gathering on May 7-9, 2012. Our vision for this year’s event is related to the hosting city of Atlanta, home of the world’s busiest airport. We see many analogies between the activities surrounding air travel and the activities surrounding a healthy Scrum implementation," says the pair.
Early Bird Registration is now OPEN!
Join Scrum community members from around the world as they gather together in Atlanta for Scrum Gathering Atlanta 2012 at the Marriott Atlanta Buckhead. You'll find plenty of ways to participate as you share experiences, exchange information, and collaborate with fellow Scrum users.
CSP Beta Program: What's Next?
By Dr. Vicki Hancock, Certification Manager
Congratulations to the 200+ Scrum Alliance members who participated in the CSP Beta exam during the month of October. Here's what to expect next:
* Our testing partner, Castle Worldwide, will conduct meetings with subject-matter experts to examine the results of all CSP beta exams to determine the passing point using a statistical method called Modified Angoff.
* Castle will analyze the exam items to determine how effectively each one discriminates between a test-taker who knows Scrum and one who guessed at the answers. This is an important process in the beta-testing process because it helps to establish validity and reliability of the test forms. Those who took the beta version of the CSP exam not only tested their knowledge of Scrum processes, they helped Scrum Alliance and Castle to "test the test," helping to determine what items best distinguish those who understand and use Scrum processes in the workplace from those who are less experienced and may guess on the exam.
* Beta candidates will be notified of their test results via email approximately three weeks after the close of the exam window, no later than the week of the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday.
If you have questions or comments about the CSP beta exam, please direct them to CSPBeta@scrumalliance.org.
Building a Collaboratively-Authored Base of Scrum Information: An Update
By Ron Jeffries
As Carol mentioned in the October newsletter, Chet Hendrickson and I have been working with the Scrum Alliance to build on the background materials of the Agile Skills Project to provide a collaboratively-authored, broad and growing base of information on Scrum as it is, and should be done. Here's a report on current accomplishments and immediate plans.
Chet and I have convened a few local experts to work with, Laura Fisher, Adrienne Janney, and Bill Tozier. They bring a combination of expertise in web design, information architecture, and publishing to the party. Bill and Laura are familiar with our Agile approach: Adrienne is new to the specifics and is learning rapidly. Baptism by fire, when you work with Chet and me.
We have decided on Expression Engine as the basis for the site, based on its flexibility and power. We expect that it can provide all we need in the area of article formatting, conversational sections, even a wiki if we want one, and we believe that we probably do. We expect to have the basic site up around mid-November.
We have recruited more than a dozen people to write versions of the "Scrum Primer" for us, which will be the center of the site and the first bit published. Expect it to grow rapidly and feel free to provide feedback on how we're doing. Please recognize that we're building this in official Scrum/Agile fashion, with frequent releases. We expect that each release will be as done as we can make it, and that there will be things to learn.
There will be a section where we'll report our backlog and progress. There will be a private "staging area" for authors to create articles, and a "production" or "release" area where we publish things that are ready. We anticipate an area for discussion and conversation. All these areas will require authorization. We plan to be quite free with authorization.We'll keep people posted here and will provide a pointer to the site as soon as we can. Advice and assistance are welcome.
Congratulations New Certified Scrum Trainers!
Please join us in welcoming our newest CSTs:
Lasse Koskela works as a coach, trainer, consultant and programmer, spending his days helping clients and colleagues at Reaktor create successful software products. He has trenched in a variety of software projects ranging from enterprise applications to middleware products developed for an equally wide range of domains.
Henning Wolf is CEO of it-agile GmbH in Hamburg, Germany. He worked in agile projects since the late nineties as developer, ScrumMaster, Product Owner and Coach. He speaks at conferences and publishes about his experiences (in German). His last books were "Software entwickeln mit eXtreme Programming“, "Agile Softwareentwicklung" and "Die Kraft von Scrum".
Angela Johnson is a Trainer and Coach providing education consulting services to clients across the United States adopting Scrum and Agile. Angela has successfully implemented Scrum and Agile principles in a variety of projects from web-based applications to enterprise level retail and
financial projects. As a Trainer, Angela provides students with foundational knowledge and tools needed to begin adopting Scrum, Agile, Kanban, etc. As a Coach, Angela mentors clients at all levels in their transformation working with teams, managers, stakeholders and executives.
A graduate of Hamline University (B.A.) and the University of St. Thomas (M.B.C.), Angela has presented at university sponsored events as well as at the Project Management Institute (PMI) Minnesota chapter events and to the Twin Cities Quality Assurance Association. Angela is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST). Angela facilitates the PMI Minnesota Agile Local Interest Group and is also an active member of the Scrum Alliance, and Agile Alliance.
Congratulations on completing your coursework! We look forward to seeing you around the community.
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SAVE THE DATE: May 7th – 9th for the SCRUM GATHERING, ATLANTA 2012 GLOBAL EVENT!
The Scrum Alliance is excited to announce the Scrum Gathering Atlanta 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center.
A special rate of $149.00 + tax is being offered to all attendees of Scrum Alliance Global Gathering: Atlanta.
Why stay at the conference hotel?
This is where the action is! Networking opportunities are around every corner and in every elevator. Save time getting to and from breakouts and sessions, and enjoy the convenience of going back to your room between events to make phone calls and check emails. We appreciate you making your reservation at the conference hotel where we have negotiated contracts to give you the best value and service. Your reservation also helps ensure we meet our contractual obligations with the hotel.
To make your reservations at the Atlanta Marriott Buckhead Hotel & Conference Center call 1-800-228-9290 or click here. Use code “SGGSGGA” or simply mention that you're attending an event hosted by Scrum Alliance.
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November 12, 2011
December 7-9, 2011