Just a quick note to let everyone know that I am now a Certified Scrum Master.
(For those of you who don’t know … “Scrum” is a process for managing software development. It is part of the Agile methodologies. If you want to learn more, a good place to start is the Agile Manifesto).
A “scrum master” is a facilitator who works with a small software development team (the scrum team) to help with both the team’s internal dynamics, and the interactions between the team and various other stakeholders.
You might be wondering why I took this step, beside my geeky interest in creative group processes. Scrum is now very widely used, and I wanted to understand it better so that I could better serve my clients in the IT sector. With my Scrum Master training I have a good idea of the kinds of conflicts that can arise within a scrum team, the stumbling blocks they can encounter in wider organizations, and strategies for resolving both.
(If you’re interested in becoming certified yourself, or in transitioning an organization to Agile methodology, I can heartily recommend the folks at Berteig.)
About the image: A rugby scrum by Unknown – The Complete Rugby Footballer by D.Gallaher & W.J.Stead – 1906, Public Domain, Link