Quick: what does pretending you are in a café in France have to do with becoming a Scrum Master?
Answer: Motivating Vision!
Setting a SMART goal is the first step to becoming a Certified Scrum Master. S.M.A.R.T. stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.
My initial goal was to:
S: Pass an internationally recognized Scrum Master exam.
M: You pass or fail. Yoda: “Do or do not, there is no try”
A: Read a book, watch videos, memorize things, take a test.
R: Certificate must match demands of local job market
T: Sixty days of self study, start to finish
MARKET RESEARCH: The ScrumAlliance.org directory shows current certificate holders for any geographic area. NOTE: if you don’t pay your semi-annual renewals you are dropped. Search-directory In Boise where I live, there are 135 active certified Scrum Masters. In places I would like to work, like London there are 4,751, and All of Alaska has 4. So you can do this!
Now, make a plan. (mine is below) Turn off your TV, YouTube, Facebook, & Twitter. Decide you don’t care what Trump or the NFL or anyone’s cat or kids do. You’re going to advance your career, and none of that stuff will do you a bit of good ten days from now.
By the way, I don’t get a dime from any of the below links.
MY ZERO COST LIST
– Download a free PDF copy of SBOK Scrum Book of Knowledge
– Subscribe to some good scrum/agile newsletters
– Join a local scrum/agile user group and attend some meetings
– Get a www.trello.com account and set up a Kanban board
– Commit to 30-60 minutes reading / videos per day
– Watch a bunch of youtube videos explaining Scrum
– Search for sales and discounts on examinations
– Install a free Scrum Master app on your phone/tablet
– Get first free certificate: Scrum Fundamentals Certified Online
MY ALMOST FREE LIST
– Order a dead tree version of SBOK (find on sale)
– Buy a couple Scrum Master quiz apps and install on my phone
My “Big bucks” list
– sign up for an online exam via an internationally recognized organization (found one on sale under $400 with discount coupons — more details later)
– I commit to reading a chapter a day or watching Scrum/Agile videos every day. With one day off a week.
– I fill 3×5 cards with notes every day from books and videos.
– I run through a quiz each night on my tablet, puts me to sleep.
– I fantasize about my ideal digital nomad job. I pour a copy of coffee or ice tea and sit on my patio. I pretend I am working remotely from a café on the Champs-Elysees. I am living the dream, and learning this chapter becomes part of my dream job.