Nominated for the Scrum Alliance Board of Directors for 2013

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I am pleased to announced I have been nominated to the Scrum Alliance Board of Directors again. This is a three year term, spanning 2013 through 2015.

I am a long way from the position. Today I submitted my summary position statement, listed below. It will be reviewed by the nominating committee to see if it is a fit, and if it is accepted, I will be one of six people on the slate for members to vote on in November. Even if I don't make it again, it is a great honor.

Once you read this, please add your thoughts to the comments. I'd like to hear what you think. Thank you all for your support.

Summary Statement

In June, 2012, the Scrum Alliance revised its vision (, which is now “to provide Education, Community, and Advocacy to anyone interested in Scrum.” As a Scrum author and practitioner, I share this vision and have been actively working in my own community to realize it.

Over the last five years, I have been working with the University of Washington on visioning, building, teaching and refining their Agile Certificate program. This is a program that went through some rough patches as we worked out how to solve instructor retention, course content, UW employee turnover, and class attendance issues. The program in place for 2012-2013 is the best yet, and enrollment is at an all-time high. Students range in backgrounds from software to embedded systems to physical hardware.

This program was born out of a passion and vision that I had, one that brings agile, Scrum especially, to universities both in an extended education format and also as part of the curriculum for undergraduates. Coincidentally, it also ties into the number one item in the newly revised Scrum Alliance vision, Education.

As a community-elected Scrum Alliance Board Member, I would work to expand the UW offering, using it as a template to help bring Scrum to more universities throughout the world, starting with the United States and other countries where we have a strong academic following. Doing so would further strength the reputation of the Scrum Alliance as the worldwide leader in helping everyone to learn about Scrum.

My focus on university-based education would also help the Scrum Alliance with its second vision item, Community. By investing in education, we would build community, expanding it beyond Scrum Gatherings. Plus, what I learned as the conference chair for Agile2012 would also help us improve our existing Gatherings. By expanding education and improving Gatherings, we would create an opportunity for people from all industries to share, learn from, and educate each other.

Last, the expansion of university-based agile education would also help the Scrum Alliance with its third and last vision item, Advocacy. By bringing together people from a variety of industries and backgrounds, we would create opportunities for people to connect, grow, and help their companies adopt Scrum. Not only would the execution of such an endeavor help students, it would also further validate Scrum as the leading framework for executing work in a variety of industries.

About Mitch – I was one of two Community-elected Scrum Alliance Board Members in 2010. My term ended in December 2011. I have institutional knowledge that will make me more effective starting on day one as I am familiar with the issues. In my time on the board, I never participated in a vote or advocated a position that would benefit me professionally, often arguing, out of principle, in favor of decisions that were disadvantages to me. I also served on the board of the Agile Alliance and was the conference chair for Agile2012, experience that would benefit the Scrum Alliance in terms of Scrum Gatherings.