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“A rising tide lifts all boats.” - Someone a lot smarter than I’ll ever be.


Late in 2013 I decided that I wanted to become a Certified Scrum Trainer. Why? Well, first off I love to train. Second, well… I love to train. I mean, if I’m really honest that’s my main goal. I love seeing that light go off in student’s eyes when they get it. When they really take in what I’ve been teaching. And since then I’ve been working very hard to set myself up for success in gaining one of the ScrumAlliance’s highest certifications.

Well, last Monday I was at my client’s sitting in on a meeting when I heard my phone beep, indicating that I had a new piece of email. Normally I don’t check emails during meetings but this one was going slow and the other participants were doing their thing without my intervention. Hey, don’t judge, we’ve all been there. So I opened my phone.

When I checked it I found that I had an email from ScrumAlliance announcing two things of import: 1) The Phoenix Gathering (which I’ll be at) will have a CST Applicant Workshop (HOLY COW!) and 2) They had twenty seats available. Whoa. I think I sprained a thumb trying to hammer out the fastest response I could possibly write and firing that sucker off! Nothing like getting your foot in the door the very second that its opened a crack, right?

In less than 24 hours they had over seventy responses asking to be involved and ScrumAlliance did the right thing by re-organizing the Workshop to hold 60 people. Good job! Yes, I got one of the coveted 60 seats and I’m insanely interested in what they have to teach us.

But that got me to thinking…

There aren’t a lot of resources to assist an up-and-coming CST-wannabe. I’m going to figure it out. I mean, sooner or later there will be a piece of paper hanging proudly on my wall that says Certified Scrum Trainer on one line and my name on another. It’s gonna happen. But while I’m figuring this out, why not help everyone else?

One of the requirements for successfully gaining your CST is “A CST must be actively involved in the Scrum community.” Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m NOT a CST at this point in time. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t start to collect wisdom from other CST applicants and socialize that, does it? It doesn’t mean that I can’t organize… something, anything to help take the applicant pool to the next level, right?

The teaser to this article completely and wholly explains my thinking here: A rising tide lifts all boats. And that’s my goal, to pump up the tide and get us all better prepared, better organized. To that end I’m going to start utilizing the hashtag #CSTQuest to mark my posts that talk about my chase for the CST. I encourage other applicants to join in and help out. You can join the LinkedIn group that I've put together and if anyone can think of any other way to contribute please let's talk it out! After all, the bay is huge and tide is rising.



I've decided to rescope this effort to include ALL Agile certifications. I mean, the CST certainly isn't the end of the journey for me. Why should these efforts be restricted to JUST that one certification? Going forward the hashtag we'll use is #CertQuest and it will potentially cover ALL Agile certifications. Enjoy!

Author Bio:
Lee Allison
Author: Lee AllisonWebsite: http://www.allisonagile.com
Agile Coach
Lee is an experienced Agilist and IT professional who loves the people-centric nature of Agile practices. He and his awesome family live in Austin, TX where they watch the Cowboys, brew beer, laugh and wish the weather weren't so damn hot!