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The New Certified Scrum Developer Program

As a Scrum Alliance Registered Education Provider (REP), Artisan Agility was one of the first companies to offer the Certified Scrum Developer (CSD) training program when the certification was originally created several years ago. We offered it a few times in 2012 and 2013 and then abandoned the program because the value proposition just wasn’t there. Apparently, the Scrum Alliance agreed, deciding not long ago to revamp the CSD.

The rewriting of the CSD program is partially complete. The NEW Certified Scrum Developer program is now a two-day course (instead of five days) that focus on what it means to be on a Scrum team as well as the particular skills important to the typical team member. Developers can then go on to earn the new Advanced Certified Scrum Developer (A-CSD) by adding three more days of new skills and techniques that will make the developer more and more valuable to their Scrum team.

Most existing CSD certification holders will see their certifications upgraded to the new Advanced CSD (A-CSD).

Artisan Agility plans to begin offering the new CSD and A-CSD training programs beginning in late 2021.

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Recovery from COVID-19

As COVID-19 vaccinations become more available, we are seeing the initial signs of a strong recovery. January and February 2021 certifications have risen to nearly the same level as the preceding January and February 2020 – before the COVID lockdown began. This shows a real intention on the part of individuals and companies to get back to work – no matter what work looks like in 2021. Artisan Agility has responded by scheduling an unprecedented number of training opportunities for our alumni as well as new students. We are now offering regular CSM, A-CSM, and CSPO classes. We will be adding CSP-SM, CSD and A-CSD classes to our schedule in July AND we will open limited opportunities for our new leadership training program, The Leadership Edge, to begin in September 2021.

Return to in-person training?

We really want to get back in the classroom! While Zoom is nice, nothing beats the person-to-person interaction of sitting in a classroom. Right now, while we are considering November 2021 for our return to the classroom, a lot depends on the certification requirements as defined by the Scrum Alliance. As we learn more, we’ll provide updates.

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