Expert Scrum/Agile Practitioners Roundup

254 days ago 14 minute read
Expert Scrum/Agile Practitioners Roundup

What will you learn in this post?

You'll learn from industry experts the value of completing Scrum training and certification from highly experienced practitioners.

We asked the experts to share their thoughts, advice and opinions on two matters. Firstly, what they see as being the 'key benefits' of using Scrum, and secondly, we asked how becoming proficient with the Agile software development helped their career. If you're undecided on whether or not you should invest time and money on Scrum training then we hope that reading the opinion of these experienced practitioners will help you make that call!

Remember, we are always here to help you answer individual questions so please do not hesitate to contact us.

Quick overview of Scrum/Agile certifications

Scrum is a simple yet highly effective set of business principles and practices that help organizations deliver products (projects) in short cycles, enabling instant feedback, continual improvement, and rapid adaptation to change.

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What is the inspiration of this post and 'expert-roundup'?

We've trained thousands of students from a broad age-range and background in a variety of disciplines (such as Microsoft Office, Project Management, Business Communications, Adobe Photoshop and Finance), and a question we are often asked is, for example, 'Are Scrum/Agile certifications worth it'? So, rather than elaborate to each and every student the reason why we at GoSkills absolutely believe in the merit of industry-specific certifications, we thought we'd reach out to Scrum Industry Experts and ask them to lend their opinion on whether the time commitment and cost are 'worth it'!

Our hope is that this resource will give you a balanced and fair view of whether or not studying a Scrum/Agile certification is for you. If you have any specific questions on our courses or regarding our training methodology, please contact us.


Without further ado, here are the experts!

 

What do you see as being the key benefit(s) of using Scrum?

Getting twice the work done in half the time - the RIGHT work done - while having a blast with the team.

How did becoming proficient in Scrum help your career?

It is a valuable skill that I have used to build a successful independent consulting business - I love being my own boss.

Hubert Smits

Hubert Smits

What do you see as being the key benefit(s) of using Scrum?

More fun, more satisfaction for team members in creating products.

How did becoming proficient in Scrum help your career?

A new world opened, meeting many, many people and helping them to become better, happier people.

What do you see as being the key benefit(s) of using Scrum?

A key benefit of using Scrum is the quicker delivery and validation of the work being done. If we develop something that does not work, we can identify it and adjust more quickly by using shorter feedback loops. It makes the end product more about customer validation than business revenue, which in and of itself will make the business more revenue by having a more satisfied and validated customer.

How did becoming proficient in Scrum help your career?

Becoming proficient in Scrum helped my career by making the process more about the people. Deliverables are always important but Scrum puts the emphasis back on allowing and encouraging the team who is doing the work to determine the best way to execute it and arrive at the desired solution. Their collaboration directly ties into a better product for the user. Sharing and teaching the prior statement has helped to make me a better co-worker, collaborator, and coach, which has driven my career forward.

What do you see as being the key benefit(s) of using Scrum?

The ability to quickly (and cheaply) check if you are building a product that works, and that will delight your customers. If both answers are 'yes', you can then get them real valuable features in weeks rather than months, and have fun doing it.

How did becoming proficient in Scrum help your career?

It helped me to help other people and organisations be better at collaborating to build great products that delight their customers.

James Gifford is an industry respected Agile/Lean coach that has executed multiple enterprise level transformation during his 14 year technology career. James has effectively had a positive impact on over 80 teams in a variety of industries which facilitated amazing outcomes for companies and customers. With an intentional focus on building high performing teams geared towards cultures of trust and transparency, James’ coaching has optimized many teams’ flow and engagement, while also improving product quality and reducing cycle time. While most agile coaches excel in web or mobile product transformations, James has emerged as one of the few coaches internationally with proven success applying agile practices to ERP implementations. James has direct experience working with most common agile software tools and is a regular speaker at the most popular agile conferences.

What do you see as being the key benefit(s) of using Scrum?

Scrum helps reveal issues in your organization that are keeping you from optimal delivery. It also very simple to understand, and has frequent inspection and adaption built in. A key to success.

How did becoming proficient in Scrum help your career?

It has opened a lot of doors to a decent salary that fills my desire for problem solving.

Fabiola Eyholzer (SPC 4.0, CSPO) is an expert and thought leader in "Lean/Agile People Operations; the 21st century HR approach" – and CEO of Just Leading Solutions LLC, a New York based consultancy for Agile HR.

What do you see as being the key benefit(s) of using Scrum?

Scrum is among the top Agile practices, all based on a set of Agile values and principles. Being Agile and not only doing Agile has many benefits: Better quality, decreased time to market, higher customer satisfaction, and improved employee engagement.

But the important one for me is the way Agile allows us to embrace the new talent contract. We bring great people together to form interdisciplinary, collaborative, self-organizing teams. We trust and empower people to do their best work. We give them autonomy, mastery, and purpose. It is no wonder, Agile teams are more productive and innovative – and have more fun.

How did becoming proficient in Scrum help your career?

Scrum opened my eyes (and heart) to a new way of working and engaging with people. Experiencing the power of Scrum led me to embark on a new career in Agile HR. And I am proud to be part of a powerful community dedicated to help enterprises built amazing places of work.

This is just my story. But anyone who was ever part of a successful Scrum team can tell you about the strength of Agile. And once you catch the “Agile fever” there is no going back to the old way of doing business.

Paul Carter grew up on the central coast of California. He currently resides in the Kansas City metropolitan area where he has lived for the past 20 years. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from DeVry University in Computer Information Systems. He has a strong background in the financial services industry – Mutual Funds, Annuities, Life Insurance and Banking. Paul is an Agile Coach and Scrum Trainer for Commerce Bank. He is actively involved in multiple Agile user groups at work and in the Kansas City community. Paul is an Agile enthusiast with a passion for transforming teams and growing agility as a business strategy within the enterprise. He currently teaches the following workshops: Agile Scrum Boot Camp and Product Visioning and Story Mapping. He also provides agile consulting and training with AgileNow LLC. He holds the PMP, CSM, and CSP certifications. He is married with 6 children (a nice size scrum team with a 2 year old impediment) and enjoys roller coasters and water parks.

What do you see as being the key benefit(s) of using Scrum?

Use the power of collaborative, cross functional teams to deliver real customer value early and often. Twice the work in half the time can be reality... Not a myth!

How did becoming proficient in Scrum help your career?

Training and Hands on experience! User groups, conferences, seminars and then iterating my way to success with some great Agile Scrum Teams!

What do you see as being the key benefit(s) of using Scrum?

Faster results with more quality, while working with more fun in improving teams.

But the important one for me is the way Agile allows us to embrace the new talent contract. We bring great people together to form interdisciplinary, collaborative, self-organizing teams. We trust and empower people to do their best work. We give them autonomy, mastery, and purpose. It is no wonder, Agile teams are more productive and innovative – and have more fun.

How did becoming proficient in Scrum help your career?

It's now my career; for which I use elements from Scrum to plan it.


In summary

If you are here, you are very likely interested in learning more about how to get Scrum training so that you can get a certification to bolster your CV, and for that we'd like to congratulate you on your desire and drive to succeed! If you have any questions let us know, otherwise get yourself enrolled in a Project management course today and reap the benefits!

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We'd strongly recommend that you bookmark this page for future reference since we will be adding more experts to this page throughout the year. If you're a Scrum or Agile practitioner and consider yourself an expert and would like to get involved send us an email and we'll go ahead and include your 'two cents'.

Our overall synopsis from our experts' opinions is that they've all benefited from taking a Scrum certification and training. 

A big 'thank you' to our experts!

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