Archive for August, 2011

Claiming PMI PDUs for Your Scrum Training

August 9th, 2011

As you PMPs know, you need to continue to learn and progress to keep your PMP designation.  The good news is that your CSM and CSPO training probably qualify as PDUs with the PMI.  I say probably because it is the PMI that decides, not me!  ;>)

The process to claim your PDUs is pretty straightforward.

Go in into your PMI profile and go into claim PDUs
Use category 4
Select whatever areas of the PMBOK you think the ScrumMaster training covered – knowledge areas/industries/etc
Put in RippleRock, LLC as the provider

RippleRock address:

RippleRock, LLC
9465 Counselors Row
Suite 200
Indianapolis, IN 46240-6423
Phone – 863-949-4420

You can claim 14 PDUs for a 2 day class.

It will be reviewed by the PMI and approved – usually this happens in a day or two, sometimes immediately.

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The Application Process for Scrum Alliance Certified Scrum Developer

August 9th, 2011

So you have taken the required training for your Certified Scrum Developer from the Scrum Alliance and you are wondering how to actually get the certification.  Here is how it works today.

This certification requires 5 days of training.  The first two days could be a CSM class or a CSPO class.  RippleRock and others also offer other approved training that does not lead to a certification but is approved for CSD.  The other three days must come in the form of a Scrum Alliance approved engineering practices course.  Our Effective Scrum Developer course is the first such class that provides training on the .NET platform.  Our Scrum for Teams and Certified Scrum Developer Training Week programs are SA approved to provide all 5 days and if the instructor is a Certified Scrum Trainer, they also provide the CSM designation.

The next step is to get the application form.  You can download it from the SA site at .  The application includes the information about how to sumbit your application.  You will need the course names, dates and instructor for the qualified training.  This information is available in your Scrum Alliance profile on the SA site.

Once your application is reviewed and verified by the SA staff, you will recieve an email with a link to pay the $150 fee.  Once you complete this process you will be able to download and print your CSD certificate.

Currently there is no assessment for the CSD certification.  The instructor and class are approved by the SA and the instructor certifies that you attened, partcipated and learned.  This may change in the future.

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The Current Certified ScrumMaster Process

August 9th, 2011

I’m getting a lot of questions about how someone who has taken a Certified ScrumMaster class like my Certified ScrumMaster Workshop goes about actually securing their CSM.

The CST will upload the list of attendees for each class and pay the fee for your initial Scrum Alliance membership.  This associates you with the class you attened.  At this point the Scrum Alliance site sends an email to the address uploaded by the CST with a link for you to take the assessment.  If you did not recieve that email, please check your spam folder and then contact your CST and they can cause the SA site to resend the email.  Note that this is only done if you have never logged on to the SA site because this resend process also resets the member’s password.

Using the link in the email from the SA site you can take the assessment.  Currently this is just a personal assessment.  Everyone passes.  However you can use the results to see where further study or experince might be helpful.  Your CST cannot see your personal score, but we can see the average score for each class.

Once you take the assessment you will recieve another email from the SA and be able to print your CSM Certificate.

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