Thursday, June 12, 2014

Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) – What, why and How?

What is Certified Scrum Professional (CSP)?

CSP is a next level of certification by Scrum Alliance that helps professional in demonstrating their experience and knowledge in the art of Scrum. If you are CSM, CSPO or CSD and practicing Scrum then you are right fit for CSP. It’s elevate your career even further and helps in getting next level of job like agile coach or trainer. CSP is also needed when you are aiming for CST or CSC. 

Advantage of CSP
  • CSP validates that you are practicing Scrum
  • CSP increase your market value and gives an edge in competing job market 
  • Attract more recruiter with real job in Scrum either as agile consultant or coach 
  • CSP helps in continuous improvement through community 
  • Establish a gateway and milestone towards becoming CST or CSC 
  • You will gain access to online social networks and specially designed logo to highlight your credentials
How to become CSP

There is no exam for CSP and that’s the beauty of this credential. But no exam means more learning. You must satisfy below eligibility criteria to earn CSP credentials. 
  • You must be current holder of either CSD, CSM or CSPO 
  • You must have 36 months of demonstrable agile/Scrum work experience in last 5 years 
  • Collect 70 SEUs (Scrum Education Units) from past 3 years
If you have all above then fill online form and submit along with $100 for review. Once your application approved then pay $150 to get credential that will valid for next 2 years.

How to earn 70 SEUs for CSP

Scrum alliance has 6 different categories through which you can earn SEUs and these categories also have some limitation.

Category “A”/Scrum Alliance Scrum Gathering – You can earn maximum 45 SEUs in this category. One SEU per hour of participation in scrum alliance global, regional or user group scrum gatherings as well as Scrum alliance affiliated user group.
You can earn these SEUs either through presenting, coaching and attending sessions. For example you can earn SEUs through attending Regional Scrum Gathering India event or event through user group like Play Scrum and Agile Software Developers Network.  

Scrum Alliance Guideline - 
Attended Global Scrum Alliance Gathering
Attended Regional Scrum Alliance Gathering
Attended Scrum Alliance User Group Activity
Attended Scrum Alliance-Sponsored Event
Attended Scrum Coaching Retreat 
Attended Scrum Coaching Retreat Pre-Workshop

Category “B”/Scrum Alliance Course – There is no limit for this category. CSM and CSPO certification is eligible for 16 SEUs, CSD is eligible for 24 SEUs. You can also earn through attending training course provided by REP or CST. Training by Scrum Alliance CST and REP must follow below guidelines.

If you are CSM or CSPO then attend 3 days CSD engineering training to get additional 24 SEUs. You not only get 24 additional SEUs but also additional certificate - CSD

You can also earn additional SEUs through attending various training deliver by CST and REP like Leanpitch. These training includes TDD, BDD, Writing USer Stories, Scaling Scrum and Continuous Integration.

Scrum Alliance Guideline - 
Received CSM Training
Received CSPO Training
Received CSD Training
Received Training from a CST (including video training)
Received Training from a REP (only approved courses and trainers)
Received Coaching by a CSC

Category “C”/Outside Events – Up to 15 SEUs in this category through attending Scrum conferences like AgileNCR or training on agile topics provided by someone who is not a REP or CST. Attending 2 days PMI-ACP training will help you in getting 15 SEUs.

Category “D”/Volunteer Service - Up to 15 SEUs may be earned by providing non-compensated, Scrum professional services to an organization or group other than your employer. You can earn these SEUs even through helping REP or CST in organizing and delivering seminars.

Category “E”/Asynchronous Learning – Up to 15 SEUs may be earned through various independent learning activities, such as preparing presentations, authoring relevant books or reading some books deeply and then describe benefits.

Category “F”/ Synchronous Learning – Up to 15 SEUs may be earned through a variety of other learning activities that doesn't fit in above category like working as co-trainer with more experience trainer.

How to earn SEU for CSP. How to become CSP.

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