Certified Scrum Trainer (CST®), Mentor/Coach
Mike has presented on Agile at numerous industry events including PMI-Minnesota’s Professional Development Days, the Minneapolis-St. Paul Chapter of IIBA, and Agile Development West.
Prior to founding AgilityIRL, Mike founded another agile consultancy – 3 Plus 1 Consulting. Mike has also worked for Savigent Software as an Engagement Manager, Medtronic in a number of IT Leadership roles, Data Recognition Corporation as a Business Analyst and for Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) as a Staff Consultant.
He has undergraduate degrees in International Management and Japanese from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MBA from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.
Mike lives in Andover, MN with his wife, Erin, and his sons, Joe, Ray and Will. When not spending time with his family, Mike enjoys watching sports and reading.
Beginning with the history of agile development and moving through the disciplines promoted by Scrum, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of the Scrum methodology while specifically reviewing the behaviors expected of a ScrumMaster.
In order for us to understand the benefits of Scrum and the nuances behind its framework, we begin with the history of agile methods and how relatively new thoughts in software development have brought us to Scrum.
The ScrumMaster Explored
It’s easy to read about the role of the ScrumMaster and gain a better understanding of their responsibilities. The difficulty comes in the actual implementation. Being a ScrumMaster is a hard job, and we’ll talk about the characteristics of a good ScrumMaster that go beyond the overly simplistic and incorrect comparison to a project manager
Who are the different players in the Scrum game? Understanding roles and responsibilities are key to transforming project management into product delivery.
The Scrum Team Explored
Since the ScrumMaster is looking to protect the productivity of the team, we must investigate team behaviors so we can be prepared for the various behaviors exhibited by teams of different compositions. We’ll also take a look at some Scrum Team variants.
How do I become a Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO®)?Below is the process to become a CSPO®: 1. Register for a CSPO course conducted by a CST( Certified Scrum Trainer ), the course should be 14 hours of live online or 16 hours of in-person training with your CST 2. Upon successful completion of the course, CST will send you a link to create login on ScrumAlliance. 3. After you create your login on Scrum Alliance, you will need to accept the License Agreement and you will receive CSPO designation & a 2-year membership from Scrum Alliance 4. The certification in order to stay active needs to be renewed once every two years.
What is Scrum ?Scrum is a lightweight yet incredibly powerful set of values, principles and practices. Scrum relies on cross-functional teams to deliver products and services in short cycles, enabling: 1. Fast feedback 2. Continuous improvement 3. Rapid adaptation to change 4. Accelerated delivery
What are the benefits of using Scrum ?Scrum can transform the world of work. Scrum and other agile frameworks have the power to transform project management across every industry in every business. Companies that have adopted an agile framework like Scrum report the following benefits: 1. Increased ability to manage changing priorities 2. Better visibility into projects 3. More alignment between business and IT 4. Faster time to market So whether you’re working on the a software app, managing logistics for a store, or planning a charity event, you should take a closer look at using Scrum.
What are the Roles and Responsiblities of Product Owner ?Below are the Roles and Responsibilities of Product Owner: 1. Defining the product features 2. Prioritizing the product features 3. Adjusting the features and priority after each sprint as required 4. Rejecting or accepting work results 5. Keeping customers updated about status and getting their feedback
Can I take the CSPO® test without attending an in-person or online Certified Scrum Product Owner® course?Those who aspire to earn a Certified Scrum Product Owner® (CSPO®) certification are required to take an either an in-person, two-day 16 hour CSPO course or a live-online 14 hour CSM course with one of our certified trainers and/or coaches. Upon successfully completing the training, you will receive a certification.
Does Scrum Alliance offer Virtual/Online Classes ?With the continued spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), Scrum Alliance is temporarily allowing all of the courses to be in an online format.
After working as CSPO for 1 year, what are the next steps?"After earning your CSM certification and a year of experience working as a Product Owner on a Scrum Team , you become eligible to get Advanced Certified Product Owner (A-CSPO℠) certification.
What is the Validity of CSPO certification?The CSPO certification is valid for 2 years after your attend the course. You have to submit a predetermined number of Scrum Education Units (SEUs) along with a renewal fee, in order to maintain the certification after a period of two years.
After Scrum certification , will new job placement opportunities increase ?"Our Scrum certifications will give you edge in your job search and help you getting noticed. Moreover you are connected with Scrum Alliance community which will you help you continously update and hone your skills in Scrum.