Ten years ago I co-trained with Ken Schwaber, in London – UK, to become a CST. He was the trainer and it was a real “Ken” experience: being lectured in front of the class on the importance of time-boxes. That didn’t stop me from becoming a CST though, and in May of the same year I ran my first classes in Bangalore, India.
I became a Scrum trainer after I spent many years doing Scrum. I got introduced to it in the early 2000’s. I helped create if.com, a Scottish internet bank. It went into production in just 10 months! We didn’t even know the word scrum, but that’s what we were doing. In our project, with hundreds of developers, we went live every month, we built every night (oh those were the days!), we had daily meetings and daily project manager meetings. All aspects of Scrum were there.
I started looking for like-minded people. I found a few then-unknown guys, like this guy Ken Schwaber and another one named Mike Cohn. The Agile Alliance was emerging. Mike asked me to help with one of the programs. Ah. The rest is history! You can read more about it here: Scrum Before It was a Thing.
Now, I train students to learn and use scrum in their agile practice. I designed my scrum classes through the Scrum Alliance and this also allows my students to take the tests for the Certified Scrum Master and the Certified Scrum Product Owner. I’m proud to say that most of my students (98%) pass the test! They are smart to begin with, but my material helps them prepare for the test and my stories and the exercises we do in the class, help to prepare them for Scrum at work!
I’ve received many generous recommendations. I have a very short post on this here: LinkedIn Recommendations
The ten years have been a journey, learning all the time from students, from projects and from co-trainers. I hope the journey never stops, it was and is an exciting trip.