I have stepped out of my comfort zone on Thursday. I attended a Scrum training class presented by Rolling Rock er…. Ripple Rock. I hoped to continue to learn more about Agile, with a goal of becoming a certified scrum master.
As a practitioner of Waterfall SDLC, I have been doing research on what Agile is. My research has shown that I have actually been a trendsetter. Some of the techniques that we have been using over the years actually are included in the Agile methodology. We have used successfully daily scrum meetings, continuous integration, and unit testing for years.
The class was taught by Bob Sarni of Ripple Rock. Bob has a lot of experience, and used it to answer a lot of the tough questions. Topics included
1). The history of Agile and Scrum.
2). The components of the Scrum process.
3). Exercises simulating Scrum.
I have read several Agile books by Mike Cohn. Two days focused certainly reinforced the concepts and practices. I was not the only one who has struggled with Scrum vs. Waterfall. Several PM’s expressed confusion around the same topics that I have had. Bob handled the questions very well, though I am not sure he convinced the audience.
I really enjoyed the class, and would highly recommend the class to anybody interested in Scrum. Two days out of the office was great too.
Thanks for coming in today.