Braintrust’s own, John Miller was interviewed by InfoQ this week about his ongoing involvement in a project called Agile Schools.
Through this project, John is working to teach Scrum to high school students. The project is focused on how schools can use Scrum to help teams of students to learn more effectively and develop themselves in an enjoyable way. The self-organized student teams work in sprints to learn subjects and evolve the learning process. Results from the agile way of working are improved quality of education, higher grades and motivated students. The student teams and teachers used retrospectives to evaluate the learning processes, and improve the way that Scrum can be used for teaching.
Click here to check out the full InfoQ Article: http://www.infoq.com/articles/scrum-education
One of our Favorite Authors, Dan Pink agrees via Twitter that John’s project with Agile Schools is a brilliant model.
At Braintrust we love it when the community takes one of our ideas, applies it, adapts it, or improves it. Recently we were contacted by Jerry Rajamoney, Principal Program Manager and Agile Coach at EMC. Jerry had come across our ScrumMaster Maturity Model (SM^3) and applied it at work. He was able to adapt the model in order to help coach his ScrumMasters.
While Jerry was utilizing our model, he was also corresponding with company President Brian M. Rabon, CST, PMP. Their correspondence was centered around the results Jerry was seeing as well as recommendations on how to coach his ScrumMasters to higher levels of mastery.
Jerry did a great job of taking our ScrumMaster Maturity Model (SM^3), finding a practical application, and evolving the learning for the entire community. Don’t just take our word for it though, Jerry recently shared his findings with the Scrum Alliance who published a detailed article on his findings. Check out Jerry’s article by going here…
Only one questions remains in our mind… What will you do with the ScrumMaster Maturity Model (SM^3). Download it here and then let us know what you discover!
About Jerry Rajamoney:
Jerry Rajamoney, Principal Program Manager and Agile Coach at EMC
Industry seasoned Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) having 14+ Years of experience in the software industry with experience in managing and delivering projects in various development / Project Management life cycles. Expertise in delivering programs using Agile methodologies (Scrum) and Kanban. Good experience in the new areas like theory of constraints, Pomodoro technique, Systematic Problem Solving Technique and Value Stream Mapping.
Expertise in enabling Lean and Agile adaptation for Multi Billion USD companies at the Enterprise Level working across geographic locations.
Braintrust is proud to announce that we have another certification to add to our ever-growing list of professional credentials. In addition to being certified by the Scrum Alliance and Project Management Institute, this week Braintrust President, Brian M. Rabon, CST, PMP, was approved as a professional member of the National Speakers Association.
The National Speakers Association is the leading source for community, education and entrepreneurial business knowledge needed to be successful in the speaking profession. They have thousands of members including experts in a variety of industries and disciplines, who reach audiences as speakers, trainers, educators, humorists, motivators, consultants, authors and more. The National Speakers Association is also a member of the Global Speakers Federation (GSF), a global network dedicated to advancing the speaking profession worldwide.
As an already accomplished speaker who stands in front of classrooms full of professionals on a daily basis, you may wonder why Brian would go through the process and the effort to become approved by the National Speakers Association. Well, you may not know this, but in addition to being a charismatic Scrum instructor in the classroom environment, Brain Rabon is a world-class speaker. He has traveled the globe speaking about Agile and Scrum. He has spoken to groups including Agile 20XX, PMI Symposiums and Professional Development Days, and Scrum Alliance Scrum Gatherings. And, if you’ve met Brian, you probably know that from teaching Scrum to snow skiing, he is committed to continual improvement in all aspects of his life. He is a seeker of knowledge and is constantly looking for ways to learn and get better at everything that he does. And that’s why he went through the process of applying for the National Speakers Association.
Brian’s goal in joining the National Speakers Association is to continue to challenge himself and improve the service he delivers to Braintrust customers from classroom instruction to key note presentations.
Check back with us on this blog to hear more from Brian as he gets more involved in the Association and begins to learn from their vast resources.
#PMChat Friday, July 19, 11:00AM CST Coming up this Friday, Braintrust President, Brian Rabon will be leading a live Twitter discussion about Servant Leadership. You can join the conversation on Twitter by using the hashtag #PMChat.
Project Management Chat (#PMChat) is a weekly discussion hosted by Robert Kelly, Rob Prinzo, and Hala Saleh each Friday from 11am – 12pm (CST). The topics will focus on Project Management & Leaderships techniques, best practices, and so on. In addition to both Rob’s being named to the Top 10 Up & Coming Project Managers on Twitter, their partnership offers nearly 30 years of diverse experience to the #PMChat participants. To further add value to this platform, they will invite thought leaders from a range of project management and leadership arenas. Learn more at http://pmchat.net.
You are also invited to join us for the PMChat Pre-Game Show on Blog Talk Radio. The Pre-Game Show begins Friday at 10:30am. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/pmchat. You can even call in and be part of the discussion. Call in number is 646.652.4418.
You know what they say, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas”. In this case we are willing to share a little of what transpired while we were at the Las Vegas Scrum Gathering last week in Las Vegas, NV. As usual the Las Vegas Scrum Gathering was an amazing conference full of lots of learning and meeting new people. We had 4 Braintrust team members who co-presented/presented 3 separate sessions. Want to see what we presented? Click the links below to download our presentations.
- John Miller, CSP – Coach The Hand You Were Dealt – download here
- Kate Megaw, CSP & Lonnie Weaver-Johnson, CST – Metrics:How Will You Know If You Are Gambling With Scrum? – download here
- Brian Rabon, CST – ScrumMaster Maturity Model – download here
Did you miss us at the Las Vegas Scrum Gathering this year? Mark your calendar for and come visit with us at Agile 2013 in Nashville, TN
It’s symposium time again! Brain M. Rabon, CST, PMP, President of The Braintrust Consulting Group, will be facilitating 2 back-to-back workshops on Friday, April 12 at the PMI Central Florida 2013 Symposium.
Brian will be sharing information on “Raving Retrospectives” during the Friday morning workshop at the Hilton Orlando in Orlando, FL. Brian will teach workshop attendees how to spice up their lessons learned meetings with multiple new innovative techniques, games, and other creative methods.
In the afternoon Brian will be presenting Braintrust’s very own “ScrumMaster Maturity Model”. You will get to take an assessment to see where you fallout in the model, as well as learn tools and techniques to help you become a better ScrumMaster.
Brian will bring his passion for teaching to this workshop and you’ll walk away with something you can implement immediately. The techniques that Brian employs in his classroom workshops, as a Certified Scrum Trainer®, will be evident throughout the morning. Participants will be able to apply what they learn with activities interwoven throughout this workshop. Tired of the same old non-productive retrospective meetings? Then come spend the morning with Brian at the Central Florida Symposium this Friday, April 12, 2013.
The Braintrust Consulting Group is proud to be a sponsor of this event and looks forward to seeing you in Orlando this weekend!
Want more? Join us for one of our upcoming Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) or Certified Scrum Product (CSPO) classes in the Orlando area:
Would you like the slides from Brian’s workshops? You can download them Raving Retrospectives here and ScrumMaster Maturity Model here.
Want to see pictures from this workshop? Check out our Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/braintrustgroup.