Friday, September 18, 2009

Ken Schwaber Steps Down as Chairman of the Scrum Alliance

Certification testing for CSM starting in October after all-

There have been a few guarded comments on twitter for a day or two, but now I found an article on Xing: Ken Schwaber has stepped down as President and Chairman of the Board of the Scrum Alliance, effective Tuesday, September 15, 2009. CEO Jim Cundiff also stepped down effective Tuesday. Tom Mellor will take over Ken's role until the end of his term.

Furthermore, the Alliance has reconsidered its position on the CSM test. Apparently the test will be introduced on October 1 after all.

As I write this, the Scrum alliance news page is empty nor has there been no discussion on the scrumdevelopment newsgroup, so it's hard to say if this is the full story, or if other developments are still pending.

Personally, I think Ken Schwaber, Scrum, and the CSM program have been instrumental in the widespread acceptance of agile practices and values beyond the circle of XP-early adopters. I hope the Alliance gets over its turbulent times quickly and re-focuses on its mission of 'Changing the World of Work'.