There’s been a lot of great posts around the ‘net since my last post on Certification. Some notable ones include Ron Jeffries, George Dinwiddie’s and Chet Hendrickson. In Chet’s post, he asks the following question:
The CSD is not a panacea; it is one more arrow in our quiver.
When you get done mocking it, tell me what you are doing to raise awareness among the Wallys of the world. Something that isn’t just preaching to the choir.
The first place to start is the Agile Skills Inventory (and the associated mailing list). This is a great effort to catalog all of the skills that are needed by developers working in agile methods. It spawned out of the initial CSD movement and has gotten some even better traction over the past couple of weeks.
But in the comments to my post, and to the blog posts that came after, one sentiment was common: The CSD is the only thing we’ve got for helping people become agile. In fact, this echoed my sentiment to Uncle Bob a couple of weeks ago when I talked to him in Chicago. Namely, if we’re going to reject the CSD program as a community, what are we going to offer in its place?
I’ve decided to help change that.
Over the next 8-12 weeks I, with the help of others who have already volunteered to help, will be creating 24 60-minute videos complete with hands-on exercises and labs. The goal is a 3-day class worth of material that will cover everything needed to get started with agile development, including all of the material covered in the CSD program. All of the videos, materials and labs will be posted for free. It’s not a substitute for hands-on training, but for the Wally’s of the world who may not even be able to get to go to training, it’s a way to raise awareness that doesn’t require shelling out $2000.
If you would be interested in helping out with this effort, and perhaps recording one of the videos, please let me know.
I already have the entire course outline draft complete, and we’re currently in the stages of getting feedback and putting together the first videos, so I hope to launch the first series within a week. I’ll do another blog post once everything is in place.
I vehemently disagree that Certification is necessary to help the Wallys of the world (and in Ron’s latest post, he asks the Scrum Alliance to “Drop the C”). I think that putting together clear paths to gaining context that doesn’t require paying a premium for a worthless piece of paper is a much better way, and I hope through this effort to prove that the community can offer something even stronger.