From the PMdistilled PMP preparatory program at Singapore

Congratulations Narendran Karumathil PMP

Hi Abrachan,
I did the course with knowledgeworks at Bangalore during last June. On 22-Jan-10 I appeared for the examination and got a PASS.
My PMI ID is 1537049
 
Thank you very much for your able guidance.
 
Regards,
Narendran Karumathil,
General Manager,
Integra Micro Software Services (P) Ltd.,
Bangalore 560 064
Email: narendrank@integramicro.com

Is ‘first things first’ a ghost word now !

A ‘ghost word’ is a word recorded in a dictionary or other reference work, which is not actually used.

One of  the biggest challenges I am facing today is the inability to judge whether an activity iam performing is a valuable one or a junk one, hence unable to even prioritize. For example, I dont really know the benefit to me, of updating this blog regularly. Is it just a ‘nice to do activity’, which I just enjoy. May be yes. Very often I get surprised when people get back to me after reading some posts in this blog, and sometimes it ends up in business transactions which are mutually beneficial. That way, the time spent on this blog is valuable as well. So the dilema is in the inability to classify an activity as a useful / useless activity…becuase some of the ‘useless activities’ brings in tangible benefits in the longer run.

The unsung project heros….

Whenever someone complains about their lack of motivation at work, the image of these workers looms large in my mind. Very often we all sit in air conditioned cubicles, dealing with computers, highly educated colleagues, decent food….and then we complain….we are not happy with what we are doing. Look at these people. They toil in not so conducive work environment for peanut salaries (10 dollars / day), yet not complaining. So whenever you get demotivated at work, think about these not so previleged workers, who are the real unsung heros of the projects.

Ken Schwaber’s reply to my five questions – courtesy scumdevelopment at yahoo groups

— In scrumdevelopment@yahoogroups.com, “pabrachan” <abrachan@…> wrote:

1) As per SCRUM alliance web site (www.scrumalliance. org), you are a founder
member of scrum alliance, why cant you take initiative to clear the confusion
created by floating multiple versions of scrum guide?
*** Jeff and I have taken the initiative. We are updating and maintaining the
current version of the Scrum Guide on scrum.org as well as developing solid
pass/fail assessments.

2) As one of the founders of SCRUM, do you endorse certifications like CSM, CSP,
CSC, CST?. Do you see value in these certifications? .
*** The value of any certification is in how reliably it conveys the knowledge
or experience that it purports to represent. The most valuable certifications
have rigorous standards that are clearly defined, and objective measures by
which to evaluate certification seekers. You must decide for yourself how
valuable these (or any) certifications are.

3) Do you have any control on the training content, exams of these
certifications?
*** No.

4) I heard (dont know the validity) that scrum alliance (noe there there is
scrum.org as well), is working closely with PMI and SEI. If it is true, what is
the objective?
*** You would have to ask the Scrum Alliance what its intention is regarding any
relationships they have with other organizations. Personally, I wonder what
value any partnerships would bring, besides dilution.

5) Now there are SCRUM alliance, SCRUM.org (something new to me), agile alliance
etc. As a genuine SCRUM enthusiast, which one should I follow?
*** You should follow whichever provide you with the most value. I am
dedicating my time to Scrum.org.

Answers to these from one of the founders of SCRUM will help the SCRUM user
community with more clarity. Otherwise I suspect either chicken inavsion or
pig’s over enthusiasm to spoil the simplicity of SCRUM, and make it equivalent
to all other rules driven stuff which is plenty around us.
*** Yes, there are those dangers. That is exactly why Jeff and I are continuing
to update and maintain a clean and pure definition of Scrum and are devoting our
time to Scrum.org.

Please consider this as an SOS 🙂
*** May your souls and ships remain safe.

Thank you in advance

Abrachan Pudussery CSP

Five questions to Ken Schwaber…by Me..:-)

1) As per SCRUM alliance web site (www.scrumalliance.org), you are a founder member of scrum alliance, why cant you take initiative to clear the confusion created by floating multiple versions of scrum guide?.

2) As one of the founders of SCRUM, do you endorse certifications like CSM, CSP, CSC, CST?. Do you see value in these certifications?.

3) Do you have any control on the training content, exams of these certifications?.

4) I heard (dont know the validity) that scrum alliance (noe there there is scrum.org as well), is working closely with PMI and SEI. If it is true, what is the objective?.

5) Now there are SCRUM alliance, SCRUM.org (something new to me), agile alliance etc. As a genuine SCRUM enthusiast, which one should I follow?. Answers to these from one of the founders of SCRUM will help the SCRUM user community with more clarity. Otherwise I suspect either chicken inavsion or pig’s over enthusiasm to spoil the simplicity of SCRUM, and make it equivalent to all other rules driven stuff which is plenty around us. Please consider this as an SOS 🙂 Thank you in advance Abrachan Pudussery CSP

From the PMdistilled PMP preparatory program at Kochi

We had 3 wonderful days at the PMdistilled PMP preparatory program conducted at ‘Abad Plaza’, Kochi, Kerala. The complete PMBOK (project management body of knowledge) was explained using real life examples followed by exam practice. The ‘Kerala Lunch’ at Anad Plaza was delicious. It was 3 days spent well with lot of learning, networking and good food 🙂

I personally thank all those who made this possible, and wish all the participants all success in their future endeavours.

Ken Schwabers post at SCRUM development group…interesting :-)

Scrum has been very successful, passing waterfall in usage during 2008. Some of that is the simplicity of Scrum. Some of that is the desire to escape waterfall. Regardless, I want to thank everyone who has learned and made the effort to use Scrum. Happy New Year, and best wishes.

There are now two definitions of Scrum. One is maintained and sustained by Jeff Sutherland and myself at www.scrum.org. Another is an old copy that is posted at www.scrumalliance.org, by the ScrumAlliance.

Jeff Sutherland and I posited Scrum in the early 1990’s,and first published at OOPSLA’05. The most complete stand-alone definition (of Scrum, not how to use it) was in an appendix of my book, “Agile Project Management with Scrum” 2004. I published the first Scrum guide in February 2007. The first guide published by the Scrum Alliance was based on my April, 2009 Scrum Guide.

Since that time, Jeff and I have been maintaining and sustaining the Scrum Guide, which is now housed at www.scrum.org.

During the years, I have often seen Scrum get mixed up with techniques that can be used with it. Such techniques include lean, kanban, tqm, extreme programming, etc. That causes confusion about what is and isn’t Scrum. The purpose of Jeff and myself maintaining the Scrum Guide is to retain the integrity of Scrum. Yet, there are many ways to use it and augment it. However, Scrum itself – the simple framework – is defined in our Scrum Guide.

We have been concerned for several months about the Scrum Alliance posting an older version of the Scrum Guide. We haven’t done anything about this until I saw the Chinese Scrum Guide posted, with a Scrum Alliance statement that it owned the Chinese version of the Scrum Guide. Any of you familiar with copyright law know that a derivative of the original is still owned by the original copyright holder.

My concerns for you are several:
1. People inadvertently looking at the ScrumAlliance post of the Scrum Guide in any language are going to be working from incorrect materials
2. If the exam is based on the ScrumAlliance Scrum Guide, the answers are incorrect and the results are not controlled.
3. People without the knowledge or history of Scrum and why it is organized and structured as it is starting to modify it while still calling it Scrum.

I strongly recommend that you refer to the Scrum Guide created and sustained by the authors of Scrum, Jeff and myself.

Happy New Year, and it is my pleasure to work with you to improve our profession.
Ken