I mentioned that I was attempting to attain being a Certified Scrum Trainer earlier in the year.  Today was my interview day and I…wait for it…PASSED!

As much as I didn’t find the documentation process endearing, I found this stage to be challenging yet encouraging.

What I did to prepare:

    • I met with several people who have been through the process.  I appreciate the words of wisdom and support from each one. Well minus, Richard Cheng trying to tempt me into a late evening of drinking the night before 😉
    • I reviewed by CSM course.
    • I reviewed the Scrum Guide.
    • I reviewed the Learning Objectives.
    • I reviewed the topics that the Scrum Alliance listed in their preparation email.
    • I attempted to get a good night’s sleep and somewhat did with sleeping from 10-1:30 and 4:30-9:30. I was wide awake in the middle of the night…good thing my interview was scheduled for 1!
    • Right before I walked in – I made myself reach for the sky (thanks to Henry Dittmer) and then anchored myself (thanks to Bernie Maloney) and walked into the room as a peer.

What happened:

    • The first 20 minutes were Q&A – and really anything was game.  Why this community? Why now? What would I want my working agreement for this to be? Questions about my course? My strengths? I was extremely comfortable with this part and the time flew by.
    • Then I stepped out for them to select a topic:  Where does Scrum not fit? Now this topic is not covered in the scrum guide but is a question that comes up in a course. This is also a contextual, opinion-based question with a variety of answers. Because I’ve had this conversation with several people over the years in a variety of situations, the topic didn’t concern me nor did my stance. Turning this specific topic into a 20 min training module within 10 mins was the interesting part.
    • I decided that I wanted to highlight several key aspects regarding scrum while covering this topic (to demonstrate knowledge), such as Defined vs Empirical.
    • I also decided to not adhere to the TBR model and did more of a connection exercise, concept and conclusion.
    • I also decided to challenge myself with a little imagery and topic connection with Cynefin.
    • I’m pretty happen with the results. My big what-if was I added a second pair-share exercise before the conclusion and it wasn’t done smoothly (instructions) plus it repeated what I started with as an exercise…turns out getting rid of practice didn’t feel natural and even in the moment, I tried to incorporate it but it could have gone better.  My highlight was my presence, stories and ultimately the connection I could develop even in 20 minutes.  My ah-ha was it felt very odd to cover a formal training topic of this nature with no prior relationship.  I would never start a class with this topic and yet starting with this topic and building relationships was tricky.  I noticed it the minute I started the connection exercise and realized how much I leverage the build within my courses.
    • Then they discussed as a committee and brought me back in…I PASSED!!!. They asked for my notes above and then provided feedback to me as well.
    • We ended with hugs, handshakes and taking a photo.

I didn’t do this alone by any means. My Agile For All teammates challenged me to consider what I could give back by becoming a CST.  Numerous people texted, called, emailed me to wish me luck today.  I felt so supported and am grateful beyond words.

With all this said, by far the best part was having an opportunity to hang out with my friend, Emily. I met Emily at college orientation (let’s just say several years ago). This trip was perfect in so many ways!


No question today. Simply, WOOT!!!

Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick

Tricia Broderick is a leadership and organizational advisor. Her transformational leadership at all levels of an organization, ignites growth of leaders and high performing teams to deliver quality outcomes. Tricia has more than twenty years of experience in the software development industry. She is a highly-rated trainer, coach, facilitator and motivational keynote speaker. Beyond her extensive knowledge and skills, her biggest offering is inspiring people to believe anything is possible.

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