Many of our past students express an interest in the Certified Scrum Professional (CSP) qualification, and so recently we sent an email to them all providing further information about requirements – some useful reference information in order to help them acquire those illusive 70 Scrum Education Units (SEUs) and support their CSP application.
A copy of the email is shared below. We will follow up this first email, in a series, with supplementary emails with additional advice so do get in touch if you would like to be added to the mailing list (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We would also like to recommend one of our upcoming courses which is eligible for Category B SEUs. Our Agile Workshop Facilitation course, taking place on 25-26 April, is one of two Scrum Alliance-approved Advanced Agile courses (the other being the Agile Analysis and Story Writing course) and, our April course coming up will be the last taught by our wonderfully experienced Agile trainer, coach and facilitator, Julia Godwin. We’ve worked with Julia for over 20 years now and she is a passionate Agilist with a wealth of experience. She will be retiring this year and so her course later this month will be her last course with us and your last chance to learn from her.
The Agile Workshop Facilitation course is taught as a small class (5-8 delegates max) so that everyone has the opportunity to facilitate sessions more than once over the two days. Feedback from the course is regularly excellent:
“I wanted to thank Julia for the inspiring course last week. As I told her I’ve been a teacher for 10 years and was looking to combine those skills with facilitating. The course helped me to revive my creativity and look further than project management. I’ve enjoyed the course very much – too bad Julia doesn’t do a follow up“
The Agile Workshop Facilitation course costs £750 + VAT, however we are offering a discount of to all agil8 past students and may have further discounts available to the unemployed, contractors and those working in the charity sector. Please enquire with our friendly team regarding available discount codes (0207 796 9903).
At the end of the 2-day course you should be able to:
- Plan, prepare and facilitate Agile workshops
- Generate ideas
- Solve problems
- Prioritise issues arising
- Facilitate decision making
- Create agreed action plans
If you are working towards your CSP qualification then this course will also provide you with 14 Category B SEUs which can be counted towards your next certification. See here for more information.
70 SEUs – what do the categories mean?
You can earn your 70 SEUs in a variety of ways – but it’s not necessarily clear where they can come from. You will have received 15 for your Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) or Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) course (or 30 for both) – but where else can you find SEUs? What is the recommended way to do so?
The Scrum Alliance lays out the various categories for the SEUs here. There are six categories – A to F. Some categories have an upper limit for number of SEUs (typically 15), while others don’t.
The recommendation is that you gather SEUs (equivalent to 1 hour per SEU) across as wide a range of the categories as possible. In our experience, it’s easiest to identify opportunities for learning in Category A (Scrum Alliance approved events), Category B (Scrum Alliance approved training) and Category E (Independent Learning).
I’d like to look at Category A first and make some recommendations for where to acquire SEUs relating to events, MeetUps, and gatherings.
CSP – Category A – Scrum Alliance MeetUps and other Events
There are a wealth of Agile MeetUps that are taking place around the country that have been approved by the Scrum Alliance and are eligible for Cat A SEUs. It’s not necessarily easy to find those that are approved though. The full list should be available from the community section of the Scrum Alliance – but is not ordered in a way that enables you to find them easily! I have reviewed the list and below are the UK-based MeetUps that I understand are approved and actively run events:
- Agile Coaching Exchange
- Agile Connexions
- Agile Derby
- Agile Northants
- Agile Northeast
- Bath Scrum User Group
- London Agile Discussion Group
- London Agile Practitioners
- London Scrum User Group
- Scrum Event
- South Wales Agile Group
- Swindon Agile Practitioners
Other, longer events may be Scrum Alliance approved too. Those coming up in the UK/Ireland this year include:
The Scrum Gathering, in particular, is a great event, and one which the agil8 team attend regularly. This year the gathering is in Dublin and, if you attend, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from some world class speakers, attend a large variety of smaller breakout sessions, mix with many Agile folk from around Europe, and learn from Agile coaches by attending free Agile coaching sessions that run throughout the event. And you’ll earn up to 24 SEUs!
Get along to an evening MeetUp (or a few) or register for one of the longer events – and you’ll have the chance to learn from experts, mix with other local Agile workers, and to earn SEUs.