The Certified ScrumMaster and Scrum Product Owner courses at Bellevue College draw a diverse group of students. Some attendees are familiar with Scrum and know exactly what they are looking for in training, while others are unsure. Maybe they have heard of Scrum or know a little about it, but they are not certain they have the experience or abilities to get the most out of the class, and may even feel a bit intimidated.
Students are often surprised to learn that Scrum has application beyond traditional software development. You do not need to be a software developer, or even work in technology, to benefit from using the principles of agile practices like Scrum. Here are some surprising facts that may convince you that Scrum training would be beneficial to your career and your life:
- You don’t have to be a technical person to understand Scrum – early in class I always explain that, while you can certainly use Scrum to develop software, there are many other types of work that benefit from its empirical approach. If you do projects that are complex, have limited resources (such as time or budget) or have shifting priorities and requirements, Scrum can help.
- You don’t need any previous experience with Scrum to gain value from training – my classes draw a wide variety of students, some with little or no experience with Scrum. The curriculum is designed with this in mind and teaches you the principles of Scrum from the most basic concepts to complex advanced topics, such as working with distributed teams or scaling Scrum to larger projects.
- Certification can be a career-booster – like it or not, job opportunities often come with a checklist of degrees and certifications that employers require. One of the most common they seek is that of “Certified ScrumMaster.” This designation can be achieved only one way – by attending training delivered by a Certified Scrum Trainer. More than once someone has attended my course between a first and second interview because they received the feedback, “We like you but see you are not certified, so we can’t hire you.”
- Scrum can improve not just your work, but your life – the underlying principles of Scrum tend to create a mindset, and I’ve found the benefits of that mindset often improve people’s personal and work lives. Valuing communication and accountability, being able to time-box and understand that “done” is something that explicitly needs to be defined, are all examples of attitudes that can enrich every part of a person’s life.
- Training is convenient, close by and fun – at least a couple of times a month someone comes up to me about half-way through class and admits sheepishly, “I thought this class was going to be really boring but it’s so fun!” With nearly a third of the class being group exercises, the class time flies by. Our classes, which are held at Bellevue College’s North Campus, are usually scheduled on Fridays and Saturdays. Many students tell me the partial-weekend format was a key factor in them deciding to take my class.
So, as you can see, the principles of Scrum have application far beyond software development. Whether you are a software developer, a non-technical person, or someone who simply wants to enrich your communication toolset, Scrum training offers a wealth of techniques and practices that will benefit your work and your life. For more information and to register for the course, visit BCconted.com or call Customer Service at (425) 564-2263.
Instructor, Project Management
Last Updated January 24, 2017