For the past couple of months a small group of interested Scrum Masters, Practitioners, Trainers and Product Owners have been meeting weekly to try and hammer out what a Scrum Coach is. From today’s announcement:
The Certified Scrum Coach Program, or CSC for short, is an experience and skills-based program designed to distinguish individuals who have aided organizations in successfully applying Scrum to improve their effectiveness.
The Scrum Alliance recognizes the benefits that organizations have received from dedicated, professional, experienced Scrum practitioners who have aided them in their adoption and transition to Scrum. Having a designation representing proven experience and skills would aid companies that are seeking professional guidance for their Scrum implementations.
A Scrum Coach has been trained as a Certified ScrumMaster, is an experienced Scrum practitioner, and has the skills required to transform a client (either as an external consultant or internal employee), helping them to reach their full potential through the use of Scrum.
We’re seeking feedback from the broad community to help. Please read Pete’s announcement and the Draft Proposal (an evil PDF – sorry). Please email comments to: email@example.com. For all the obvious reasons we’ve asked not to discuss this on the Scrum Development mailing list. However feel free to use the Agile Tangents list instead.