By Dele Oluwole, CSP, CSM, MSc
When Air Florida Flight 90 smashed into a frozen lake in the middle of a snowstorm, all but six passengers were killed. Some 20 minutes later, a helicopter arrived to rescue the survivors. After getting one man to safety, the helicopter threw a life-ring to Arland Williams… who immediately gave it to the passenger next to him. When the helicopter came back for a third time, he did the same thing again. And again. When the helicopter came back a final time, Arland was dead. He’d used his last ounce of strength to save a complete stranger.
The Ken Schwaber’s breakaway
Sometime in 2009 the Scrum Alliance announced that Scrum co-creator Ken Schwaber resigned as President and Chair of the Board of Directors. Ken Schwaber was replaced on October 5 by Mike Cohn. It is obvious that Ken left a non profit organisation that he headed, where he could have used his wealth of experience to pilot a prestigious certificate awarding organisation to start a profit driven scrum.org
Consequence for us all
Today, there are two organizations providing Certified Scrum Master certifications: Scrum Alliance and Scrum.org. A lot of people are not able to figure out which one of these is more widely recognized or accepted. The PMI and BCS that a singular scrum body could have carpeted also offers agile-based certifications that are now becoming very popular
In course-iq.com recent post, titled “An Agile Predicament: Scrum Alliance versus Scrum.org”, they wrote that
the two teams have been interlocked in this scrum saga since 2009. And you’ve been torn in terms of which route to pursue for your company and teams. But the battle does not need to be brought within your organisation and into your decision making process
Even though very pertinent, I am not going to apportion blame, but while posterity stares us in the face let us poke at some questions – who knows, we might find an Arland Williams for Scrum someday.
Why would Schwaber brake away from his very own organisation and vision of Scrum Alliance (whose mission statement is Transforming the world of work), to start Scrum.org (Improving the profession of software development.)?
Ken Schwaber said that to accomplish his goal of improving Scrum knowledge, training, and implementations he would need to break away from the vested interests that had come to dominate the Scrum Alliance. Is this reason why Ken left Scrum Alliance good enough for a ScrumMaster or a programmer to desert a Scrum Team?
I wish theorists could believe what they postulate and pastors what they preach. I’ll like to end this article with a William Shakespeare’s quote
“I like not fair terms and a villain’s mind”. -