Newly certified Scrum Masters and Scrum Product owners are often cpnfronted by a paradox. It is difficult for them to find work in their field because they lack experience. At the same time, they cannot gain experience without finding work in the first place.
Starting in 2016, SiliconValleyScrum.com pioneered a solution for this problem. Working with the Silicon Valley Polytechnic Institute and the State of California, we offered a 6 week course for Scrum Masters and Scrum Product Owners that included two Sprints of actual software development work. We worked with not-for-profit agencies to identify software needs we could fill for them. The agencies got free software they otherwise could not afford. Our students got real-world experience they otherwise could not obtain. Everyone benefitted. The students were all unemployed when they began the training. 70% of them found work within 6 months of completing their course.
SiliconValleyScrum.com is now making this training available to anyone who wishes to gain real-world Scrum experience. In June, 2019 we signed our first agreement with a local not-for-profit organization to provide free software in exchange for letting our students gain valuable experience.
We're not just making this training available to anyone. We're making it available to anyone, anywhere. In the current software world the norm is for distributed teams to do the work of creating software products. The developers, Scrum Product Owners and Scrum Masters work together without necessarily ever being in the same room. They use online communication and collaboration tools to coordinate and manage their activities. They can be anywhere in the world.
SiliconValleyScrum.com provides actual clients who have needs that can be filled with software. We also provide access to the online communication and collaboration tools needed for distributed teams to work together effectively.
We are also doing away with the 2 Sprint limit. Once a student is on a Scrum Team, they may continue with it indefinitely. They may participate in program until they decide to leave (usually because they have found work).
It is important to understand that this training program is not meant for people who know nothing about the Scrum framework. It is for newly certified Scrum Masters, Scrum Product Owners and Developers who need a way to practice what they have learned.
Applicants will be given a SiliconValleyScrum.com technical interview, which they must take. Scrum Master applicants will be given the Scrum Master Technical Interview. Scrum Product Owner applicants will be given the Scrum Product Owner technical interview. Scrum Developer applicants will be given the Scrum Developer technical interview. Scrum Masters and Product Owners will be qualified if they achieve a rating of "Advanced" or better. Developers will be qualified if they achieve a rating of "Basic" or better.
Applicants who fail to achieve the necessary ratings will not be allowed to apply again until they have eearned a Scrum Certification from SiliconValleyScrum.com. Scrum Masters and Product Owners will be required to earn the Advanced Scrum Master and Advanced Scrum Product Owner certifications, respectively. Developers will be required to earn the Basic Scrum Developer certification before they may apply again.
Qualified applicants will be given the chance to apply for open "slots" on Scrum Teams working for not-for-profit organizations. Product owners must interview with and be accepted by the not-for-profit clients. Developers must be accepted by the other Developers. The Scrum Master must be accepted by everyone else.
While the work is underway, students will receive daily coaching from either Fred Fowler or another qualified coach.
Every applicant must take one of the SiliconValleyScrum.com technical interviews. here are instructions for taking this interviews:
All applicants will be notified and informed whether they have qualified or not. Qualified applicants will be given further instructions via e-mail
Scrum Masters and Scrum Product Owners pay a setup fee of $199.95 when they begin work. Scrum Developers pay a setup fee of $95.00 when they join a team.
Tuition for the training program can be paid in either of two ways:
Developers may participate at no charge after paying the setup fee.