I’ve recently received my Scrum Master Certification and I must admit that the certification was certainly valuable in ensuring I have knowledge of all the aspects of Scrum. Even though I have been doing different aspects of Scrum for many years, I did not have knowledge of all of the areas to the level required to receive a Scrum Certification. So it did require additional study and knowledge acquisition.
So what does this Certification mean?
- Does it mean that I will now start referring to project teams as Pigs and Chickens? No.
- Will I rename my Project Iterations to Sprints? No.
- Will I adopt the new terminology religiously? No.
So why did I pursue the certification? To explain that I need to explain my vision for how projects should be run.
My Vision is:
To have projects executed in a manner that adheres first and foremost to the principles of Lean to deliver maximum value to the client. This is done by then following the principles of the Agile Manifesto and by leveraging the practices of
- Agile – for Estimating, Requirements Definition, Client Interaction, Test Automation, and Iterative Delivery Practices
- Extreme Programming – For Technical Practices
- Scrum – For co-ordination, Communication, Scope management, and Iterative Delivery Practices
- Waterfall – For Risk Awareness, Issue Tracking, and addressing needs of more traditional clients.
- I’ve left out a multitude of other principles and practices to conserve space. But other methodologies and practices like TDD, BDD, DSDM, Crystal Clear, FDD, and others are also incorporated.
This Certification is just another tool in the arsenal that will help to ensure the projects use the appropriate principles and practices and mixes of principles and practices for the given context to deliver the maximum value for the client. I believe that by segmenting industry into isolated houses of ideology does not advance the industry. No one set of principles and practices can be optimized to address all clients, projects, and problems.
At Protegra we have created our own methodology called Lean LifeCycle which incorporates the aspects of all these different principles and practices. This has proved to be of exceptional value for clients and projects over the last 10 years.
It also allowed me to finally use the radar graph in Excel. 😉
I’d greatly encourage people to find the right mix of principles and practices for their clients and company. The culture of both will determine the right mix. Finding that correct mix is extremely powerful and rewarding.