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cert: scrum vs scrum alliance vs scrum study

 
Sandra Greg
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Hi Jeanne and Joe,

I am pondering over getting a scrum master certification as we use scrum in our projects org wide. However, I can find at least 3 similar such certifications from scrum org, scrum allliance and scrumstudy? which one is the best and on what parameters to evaluate these courses? Advice please.
 
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Sandra,
Welcome to CodeRanch!

The Scrum Alliance one is the actual certification. I found the Scrum.org open assessment to be a good learning tool. ScrumStudy looks they are one (of many) training providers that prepare you to take the Scrum Alliance certification.
 
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Jeanne, ScrumStudy is a certification body in Scrum offering certifications through training providers registered with them. Please find the link to the Scrum Master Certification they offer below.
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Rahul Raju wrote:Jeanne, ScrumStudy is a certification body in Scrum offering certifications through training providers registered with them. Please find the link to the Scrum Master Certification they offer below.

What is the advantage of that exam vs the official one?
 
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Rahul,

ScrumStudy is a company - a subsidiary of VMEdu, just like PMStudy is.

I wrote a long, detailed account of how it appears VMEdu is simply trying to capitalize on the popularity of Scrum with yet another certification that borders, if not violates, trademark.

Read all about it at http://scottdunn.blogspot.com/2014/03/newcomers-bad-ethics-in-agile-community.html
 
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Did you check out the Scrum Body of Knowledge (SBOK - 340 pages) from Scrumstudy? Scrumstudy offers it for free to all users to download. And this is by far the best resource for Scrum that I have read. http://www.scrumstudy.com/SBOKGuide-vs-otherScrumBooks.asp (link is external)

Also, Scrumstudy provides several free resources including great high quality videos, free case studies and phone apps; it also gives provides a free "Introduction to Scrum" course on its website. Link to some of their great videos: http://www.scrumstudy.com/scrum-free-videos.asp (link is external)

Scrumstudy has the biggest partner network of ATPs to deliver trainings (120 ATPs) http://www.scrumstudy.com/list-of-atp.asp (link is external) ; this is a bigger partner network to deliver Scrum trainings as compared with any other Scrum Training provider.

Moreover, students from leading Fortune 500 companies have taken the trainings from Scrumstudy including Apple, IBM, HP, Lockheed Martin, BoA, Amex and several other Fortune 500 companies. http://www.scrumstudy.com/corporate-testimonials.asp (link is external)

Please check this out. Anyways, the SBOK is a free download

EOD, students can decide from which company they want to do their Scrum Training and Scrum Certification.

James
 
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James Hartd wrote:Did you check out the Scrum Body of Knowledge (SBOK - 340 pages) from Scrumstudy? Scrumstudy offers it for free to all users to download. And this is by far the best resource for Scrum that I have read.

EOD, students can decide from which company they want to do their Scrum Training and Scrum Certification.

James

The problem is reconciling the difference between real scrum as it is practiced, and what VMEdu/SCRUMstudy has done with it's SBOK and course which follows it. Clearly their view is that scrum is a methodology, complete with PMP-lite style complexity and structure.

Just as clearly, Sutherland, Schwaber, and many others have repudiated this view of the framework (not methodology) they call scrum.

I've taken the SCRUMstudy course and passed the exam, and in my view, about 30% of the course original material is relevant and applicable. This translates to less than 10% of the SBOK, because that "freebie" is so replete with puffery, redundancy, procedure and protocol (mostly created out of thin air) that to claim it as a useful scrum resource is ludicrous. SBOK simply misses the point of scrum, and worse, is the antithesis of the intended "light weight" approach to complex development. The opinion I've arrived at is that SCRUMstudy, while not a scam, is, however little more than opportunism without relevant substance, and certainly without any experienced practitioners, their inflated claims to the contrary not withstanding. You still can't even get a list of instructors to vet for the certification course; it appears to me there aren't any qualified practitioners involved with SCRUMstudy, and the instructor for the course I took was both inept (reading all day, every day from the printed material) and inexperienced.

my 2 cents: forget SCRUMstudy, they bring no value to the table and while there may be many with the SMC certification (like mine) its value in the market is nil. I'm going for PSM I, II then CSM.
 
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I have been doing a lot of research on the best Scrum Master Certification in the market currently and came across this wonderful certification ASM(Agile Scrum Master) which Simplilearn is providing in partnership with EXIN, a reputed name for certifications such as PRINCE2 and ITIL. It offers a lot of advantages over all of these old certifications and is the most suitable in today’s competitive environment where just the knowledge of scrum would not take you long and you need to have good knowledge of Agile as well. The Agile Scrum Master training is delivered online, making it accessible to learners across the globe whereas in CSM and PSM, learners need to attend offline workshops at the trainer’s location, making remote training impossible. The ASM course was developed with the needs of geographically-dispersed Scrum teams in mind. Teams that are co-located but coordinate online also stand to benefit. Other certifications are not designed to meet the flexibility that modern-day Scrum teams demand. In keeping with the latest trend, the ASM course incorporate elements of Agile training, with Agile modules preceding the Scrum training. The CSM and PSM courses focuses only on Scrum and include no Agile modules. The bar for clearing the ASM certification is higher, making it more valuable for professionals. However, the course content developed by Simplilearn is so exhaustive that anyone taking the course can clear it with ease. Although more comprehensive and valuable than the Scrum Master certification, the ASM delivers better ROI. The ASM course is currently the only training on the market that supplants training sessions with e-learning content fully aligned to the workshop, with game-based learning and scenarios. Other courses do not come with e-learning content. This makes revision of key concepts difficult as there are no means to revisit what was learned. Moreover, with Flexi Pass feature of Simplilearn learners may attend multiple, repeat sessions with having to pay only once. Last but not the least, ASM training is delivered by high-profile thought leaders and is standardized across batches whereas CSM and PSM trainings vary from trainer to trainer leading to different learning outcomes. You can find the Simplilearn course link here: http://www.simplilearn.com/agile-and-scrum/agile-scrum-master-certification-training
 
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