Scrum Alliance versus

Scrum Alliance versus

I’ve been hearing a lot about discussing the subject of Scrum Alliance versus, and, honestly, I find it amusing. πŸ€”

Why, you might ask?

Well, simply because I don’t see why it has to be an ‘either/or’ situation! πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ

Scrum Certification: It’s About Choice 🎯

Although it’s important to remember that the Scrum Alliance is the original Scrum certification body, and, while a newer entrant, is a valid alternative.

However, the critical point is that all certified instructors teach from the same Scrum Guide. This uniformity means you’re certified against the same body of Scrum knowledge, no matter which organisation you choose. πŸ“šπŸ’‘

So, why the divide? πŸŒ‰ Why can’t it be a ‘both/and’? If you’re taking my Certified Scrum Master (CSM) course and want to pursue the Professional Scrum Master (PSM) exam, then the choice for certification is yours. Isn’t that fantastic? πŸ‘

While I can’t certify you as a PSM, I cover the majority (if not all) of their learning objectives in my course. You’re free to take the exam with either organisation and honestly, I believe that competition and choice are beneficial for students. πŸš€πŸ†

In the Scrum world, we have great PSTs and equally impressive CSTs. We can all work together, driving growth and fostering understanding.

We all benefit from good competition, so let’s focus on collaboration over competition, shall we? πŸ‘₯πŸ’ͺ

Join me for my upcoming Agile and Scrum courses to learn more. Let’s navigate this Scrum journey together! πŸŽ“πŸŒ

Scrum Alliance is the original Scrum certification body and is not considered the new kid on the block either, but they’re an alternative. πŸš€

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John McFadyen Managing Partner
John McFadyen is an Executive and Enterprise Agile Coach with proven experience working on some of the UK and Europe’s largest, most complex Agile Transformations. As a Certified Scrum Trainer, John brings a wealth of experience as an Agile coach, Agile practitioner and software developer into each of the four core courses he provides. The war stories, the insights into successful Agile transformations and everything he has learned from coaching high-performance Agile teams combine to provide course delegates with a unique, compelling training experience that transforms as much as it empowers.

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