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

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