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CSM, PSM, PMI certifications explained

In our agile work, we all hear acronyms about CSM, PSM, PMI certifications. What are these acronyms, do I need such a certification, how can I get it? A short and sweet post by Dimitris. There are two well-known Scrum Master Certifications in the Global Market + 1 and some smaller initiatives. Certified Scrum Master (CSM) by Scrum Alliance Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) by Scrum.org Project Management Insitute’s ACP (Agile Certified Practicioner) Lets see them in more detail: Certified Scrum Master (CSM)  by Scrum Alliance Prerequisites: Attendance of a CMS course by a certified Scrum Alliance partner Cost: Included in seminar cost, which is rather pricey (last course in Greece in 2014, cost 950 Euros) Certification test type: Online Passing score: 24/35 Questions (69%) Duration: No time limit Expiration: Two years from test Renewal prerequisites: None Renewal cost: 100$, for 2 years. Market perception: CSM was the first Scrum Master Certification on the market and had the ‘first mover’ advantage. Until March 2012, the certification was awarded to all course attendees regardless of score. The certification is still considered ‘very easy’ to obtain and, I believe, is perceived by the job market more as a ‘certificate of attendance’ of a Scrum Alliance course, and less as a professional certification. Nevertheless, it is by far the most popular. At the time this article was written, Dec 2015, 319.385  CSM certifications had been awarded. Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I) by Scrum.org Prerequisites: None Cost: 150 $ Certification test type: Online Passing score: 68/80 Questions (85%) Duration: 1 hour Expiration: Never Renewal prerequisites: N/A Renewal cost: N/A Market perception: PSM I was introduced... read more

Learning to See, Learning to Lead: The Vanguard Method with David Joyce

Systems designs put people at the heart of service delivery and the impact on culture and morale is palpable: culture change becomes free! The Vanguard Method starts with unlearning: through studying their services as systems, managers learn that much of what they believe to be ‘good’ management is anything but. Studying reveals the folly of scale; front-office / back-office designs drive costs up and worsen service. Studying reveals the damage caused by conventional arbitrary measures (targets, SLAs, standards etc). Studying reveals that ‘people management’ practices amount to working on the 5% (only 5% of performance can be attributed to the people). But, most of all, studying reveals the opportunities for improvement. It is to move from working on the 5% to working on the 95%. During the talk I will illustrate the method in action with case examples. You will see how service organisations have made extraordinary improvements through changing the system – the way work is designed and managed; you will understand what it means to work on the 95%. Those who use the method achieve extraordinary improvements in performance and morale. But following the method leads to abandoning much of what we consider to be normal. Therefore, prepare to be challenged and inspired. Rather than just nice words, here are some leaders of organisations talking about their own experiences, and the remarkable improvements they have achieved through using the Vanguard... read more

Μια μέρα στην χώρα του Kanban (a.k.a One day in Κanban land in Greek)

Ένα από τα πιο συνηθισμένα ερωτήματα πλέον στον χώρο του Agile είναι “Τι είναι το Kanban”. Ένας από τους καλύτερους σύντομους οδηγούς είναι το One day in kanban land από τον Henrik Kniberg. O Nίκος Μπατσιος, ενεργό μέλος της ομάδας του Agile Greece είχε την ευγενική διάθεση να κάνει την Ελληνική μετάφραση (σε ελεύθερη απόδοση 🙂 ) Είναι ένα πολύ ωραίο intro για το Kanban. ευχαριστούμε Νίκο. (Twitter / Linkedin). Άλλα ποστ για το Kanban: What is kanban? One of the most common questions around Agile. One of the best explainers though is from “One day in kanban land” of Henrik Kniberg. Nikos Batsios member of Agile Greece was kind to translate it in greek! This is a great visualized intro to understand how Kanban works! Nikos Batsios is Scrum Master at Intracom Telecom and organizer at Agile Greece... read more

Is your next meeting a discussion or a dialogue?

Having your day packed with meetings is a common scenario in business today. Most likely, many of these meetings, are unproductive, for many – if not all – of the attendees. There is a lot of bibliography of tips and tricks you can do, in order to improve the quality of your meetings and these will not be provided in this article. Instead the different aspects of conversation types will be analyzed, as a structural element of meetings. Discussion is the act of people talking in order to reach a decision. When discussing, people defend their position trying to convince the group for the direction that should be taken. In a discussion, the position or title of the members within the organization, affects the gravity of their arguments. Towards the end of the meeting decisions have been taken and the team proceeds accordingly. Dialogue (greek διάλογος, δια: through, λόγος: speech, reason) is a free flow of meaning that comes through the words being spoken. When dialoguing the group has left their positions/titles outside the meeting room. What is being said is important, not who said it. At the end of a dialogue session the group has identified the deeper causes of why a system reacts the way it does. Therefore the group has gained more insight to improve predictability and take more solid decisions later. A meeting can switch between dialogue and discussion. An example of such a meeting in Scrum is the Sprint Retrospective, an event that occurs at the end of each Sprint that aims to improve the way the Scrum Team works together. This event is... read more

Interview with Andy Hiles – Water-Scrum-Fall, Unicorns and Rainbows

Andy comes from a proud name of the computing industry, IBM. Andy has experienced full software lifecycles in both an Agile and project management driven context, and has spent the last seven years managing and facilitating multi-discipline teams within Agile environments. He is Lead Agile Concultant for IBM and is driving Agile transformation. This September at Agile Greece Summit we will have the chance to hear him speak about: “Water-Scrum-Fall, Unicorns and Rainbows“. Here is his small interview. Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? Hi , I am Andy, I’ve been working with software development teams for 15 years. I am Agile process coach specialising in teams and organisational flow. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? Why this topic? My talk will be about my experience of an Agile transformation opportunity which didn’t go the way I expected. Its important to understand what didn’t go well and why as opposed to the glamorous success stories that dominate our practice. Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? Though provoking with humour. I hope that by coming along and getting a feel for the pain I had, attendees will get some good thought provoking topics. Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organizations that are transitioning to agile? Pick your path carefully, but invest in the change. Once you start to notice the pain don’t turn around and go back. Good things will come from the transition. Q: How do you see the evolution of Agile in the future? I hope by its nature it will evolve and new frameworks and practices... read more

Interview with Ralph Jocham – Scaling Scrum, the Swiss Postal Services case

I met Ralph in one of our meetups, where he presented Scrum. He is one of the best trainers I know, with expert knowledge on anything Agile. This September at Agile Greece Summit we will have the chance to hear him speak about: “10 Months, 7 Teams, 18 Apps – Scaled Scrum at Swiss Postal Services“. Here is his small interview. Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? I started my career with ISO GmbH 1997 in Germany where I worked as a programming consultant for START in Frankurt and Siemens Medizintechnik in Erlangen. In 1998 I joined Oracle Corp. in Reading, United Kingdom working on JDeveloper. Two years later I moved to the USA and consulted in downtown Manhattan for Spherion Technologies. I later relocated to Silicon Valley to help Applied Biosystems (now Thermo Fischer, before Life), a leading biotech life science company to transition to Agile. Early in 2007 I joined ThoughtWorks in San Francicso, a worldwide leading agile consulting company as an agile coach. During my time at ThoughtWorks his clients included, The Gap, Inveneo, LinkedIn, Google and Roche Pharmaceuticals. In late 2009, I moved to Bern, Switzerland and joined Zühlke Engineering to help kickstart their agile offerings. In 2011 I founded Effective Agile[1] to walk my own talk – to see if my ideas will work. I am a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Bern, where I teach an agile living case in the medical technology department. This autumn I will start teaching introduction to software engineering at the University of Applied Sciences FHNW Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic?... read more

Interview with Ben Linders – Agile Retrospectives

We are really happy to have Ben Linders in Agile Greece Summit 2015 (did you get your ticket? NO??? get it now!). Ben is an active member of networks on Agile, Lean and Quality, and a frequent speaker and writer. He shares his experience in a bilingual blog (Dutch and English), as an editor for Agile at InfoQ [1] and as an expert on TechTarget[2]. He is also tweeting a lot and you may find him as @BenLinders. Ben is the author of Getting Value out of Agile Retrospectives, Waardevolle Agile Retrospectives & What Drives Quality. So, we are very excited to have him talk about “The Why, What and How of Agile Retrospectives“. He is also facilitating two workshops (more on this later)[1]. Here is his small interview. Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? I work as an Independent Consultant in Agile, Lean, Quality and Continuous Improvement. I live in The Netherlands and I love to write and blog. As an adviser, coach and trainer I help organizations by deploying effective software development and management practices. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? In my opinion, you can only get real benefits from if teams work intensively together with stakeholders and customers, and continuously look for ways to improve themselves. Agile retrospectives are crucial to do this. Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? Well, there are actually three sessions, much learnings in all of them 🙂 Attending my sessions helps people to pick and deploy agile practices, do agile retrospectives more effectively, and increase their agility and the value... read more

Interview with Niels Pflaeging – Organize for Complexity

“Organizations do not and cannot manage chaos, or complexity. Saying that is like claiming that crash test dummies manage impact.” This is a quote from Niels Pflaeging one of our Keynotes. Niels is an acclaimed public speaker and combines two roles in his client work. On one hand, he is a world-class speaker. On the other hand, he helps organizations internationally with triggering, mapping and leading profound and robust change initiatives as a highly effective advisor. Therefore, Niels will speak about “Organize for Complexity: How our organizations will become agile, radically decentralized and networked. Sooner than you think.” Here is his small interview. Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? I started being part of the Beyond Budgeting movement in 2003, when I became a director of the Beyond Budgeting Round Table. Since then, my work has been completely focused on supporting organizational transformation – acting as an influencer, speaker, advisor and consultant. I wrote two books on Beyond Budgeting, and then three more on leadership and organizational transformation. My passion is helping organizations of all kinds, and internationally, to leave “management”, or the command-and-control model of the industrial age behind, and move towards an organizational model that is fit for complexity and also fit for human beings. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? My last book is called “Organize for Complexity – and that is also the title of my keynote session at the Agile Summit. I believe the main reason why so few companies have ultimately overcome the social technology that we call “management“ is that most of us actually don´t know the alternative... read more

Interview with Jürgen Dittmar – Management 3.0

In 2011, Jurgen Appelo published “Management 3.0“, concentrating the main ideas of a modern leadership approach. Since then there is a whole series of official management 3.0 Coaches and one such coach is Jurgen Dittmar. We are glad that Jurgen accepted our invitation to speak to Agile Greece Summit 2015. Jurgen has more than 20 years of broad experience in IT and IT Management and is known as the most established management 3.0 trainer in Germany. Therefore, Jurgen will speak about “Management 3.0 – the essential perspective and toolset for agile managers“. He is also going to facilitate a full 2-day Management 3.0 Course, in Athens! Here is his small interview.     Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? My Name is Jürgen Dittmar. I’m living in Munich, I’m 52 years old, married, managed to raise 3 daughters, proud grandfather of already 4+ grandchildren. Based on more than 25 years of experience in IT and IT management I focus of the on the “human factor” and psychological aspects in agile and non-agile projects and organizations. Based on my master degrees in Geography I started my IT-carrier as a developer for Geographical Information Systems. With a increasing focus on “Peopleware” I completed an education as “Systemic Coach and Consultant” as well as a masters in “Industrial and Organizational Psychology” Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? In agile transformations the new responsibilities of management are addressed too late and often remain unclear. But without clear perspective and responsibility especially middle Management often is sidelined and rather seen and acting as an obstacle or impediment. My talk... read more

Interview with Gunther Verheyen – Scaled Professional Scrum

We are very happy to hosting Gunther Verheyen from Scrum.org. Gunther will talk about Scaling Scrum, “Scaled Professional Scrum, it takes two to scale“. Gunther partners with Ken Schwaber and directs the Professional series at Scrum.org. He represents Ken and Scrum.org in Europe. He is creative with the right touch of anarchy. It helps to transcend mediocrity and strive for excellence. Gunther is author of the highly acclaimed book Scrum – A Pocket Guide (A Smart Travel Companion). Here is his small interview. Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? Hi, I’m Gunther Verheyen, a seasoned Scrum professional. I partner with Ken Schwaber, specifically targetting Europe, and shepherd the Professional series at Scrum.org. Q: What will your talk be about, exactly? Why this topic? I will introduce “Scaled Professional Scrum (SPS)“, the framework by Scrum.org that describes how to implement Scrum at scale. At the heart of SPS is the Nexus, an exo-skeleton that connects 3-9 Scrum Teams creating one product. Q: What do you think could be the main gain for participants in your session? Participants will learn how to scale product development through Scrum, while respecting and even re-enforcing the principles and foundations of Scrum. Q: Can you give some advice to teams/organizations that are transitioning to agile? In my session, I start by defining Scaled Scrum as any implementation of Scrum that employs multiple Scrum Teams creating one or multiple (related) products. The organization surrounding such scaled implementation of Scrum is bound to be impacted by this. Scrum’s principles and empiricism can be employed to lead such change, as defined by Scrum.org in the “Agility Path” framework, but it is... read more

Scrum Guide (in Greek)

Agile Greece has translated the official "Scrum Guide" in Greek and this is the result. Hope you like it. Any comments or additions are welcome.
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Ο Οδηγός του Scrum

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