Scrum Master Certification – Not the final answer

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.

Author: Terry Bunio

Terry Bunio is passionate about his work as the Manager of the Project Management Office at the University of Manitoba. Terry oversees the governance on Information Technology projects to make sure the most important projects are being worked on in a consistent and effective way. Terry also provides leadership on the customized Project Methodology that is followed. The Project Methodology is a equal mix of Prince2, Agile, Traditional, and Business Value. Terry strives to bring Brutal Visibility, Eliminating Information islands, Right Sizing Documentation, Promoting Collaboration and Role-Based Non-Consensus, and short Feedback Loops to Minimize Inventory to the Agile Project Management Office. As a fan of pragmatic Agile, Terry always tries to determine if we can deliver value as soon as possible through iterations. As a practical Project Manager, Terry is known to challenge assumptions and strive to strike the balance between the theoretical and real world approaches for both Traditional and Agile approaches. Terry is a fan of AWE (Agile With Estimates), the Green Bay Packers, Winnipeg Jets, and asking why?

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