Scrum.org & Scrum Alliance

Scrum.org & Scrum Alliance Compared

There are 2 recognised Scrum training organisations: Scrum.org & Scrum Alliance. Scrum Alliance is a little bigger, Scrum.org is a lot better. I am of course biased being a Professional Scrum Trainer with Scrum.org.

Scrum.org is run by Ken Schwaber who co-created the Scrum framework back in the 1990’s. The big advantages of Scrum.org are:

  • Consistent – Professional Scrum Trainers (PSTs) bring their own style and experiences with a consistent delivery of Scrum.org training around the world. You can be assured that each course we teach is aligned with Scrum, and all of your team are learning from the same message.
  • Quality – Scrum.org Professional Scrum Trainers go through extensive peer reviews, testing, training, and interviews prior to being accepted as a PST, certifying each individual who can teach.
  • Forever – Scrum.org Professional Scrum certifications are yours for life with no renewal costs to retain them.

A More Detailed Comparison

Scrum.orgScrum Alliance
Mission“Improving the profession of software delivery.”“Transforming the world of work.”
LeadershipFounded and lead by Ken Schwaber, co creator of Scrum.Governed by a board of directors.
Scrum Master
Certification
Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I)
Professional Scrum Master II
Professional Scrum Master III
Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)
Training2 day PSM Course2 day CSM Course
CoursewareCollaboratively maintained courseware from all Trainers, ensuring a consistent high quality learning experience, globally. Overseen by Ken SchwaberCreated by individual trainers, so content, quality and learning experience varies per trainer.
CertificationMust pass a rigorous assessment associated with the course content. No requirement to attend a course.Must attend 2 days of training. Assessment is almost impossible to fail
CostAssessment cost included in the training. $150 without training. No renewal fee.First two years of certification included in training, then $100 per 2 years.
Other
Training
Professional Scrum Foundations
Professional Scrum Product Owner
Professional Scrum Developer
Scaled Professional Scrum
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Certified Scrum Developer
Other
Certifications
Professional Scrum Product Owner I
Professional Scrum Product Owner II
Professional Scrum Developer
Scaled Professional Scrum
Certified Scrum Professional
Certified Scrum Product Owner
Certified Scrum Developer
More
Information
www.scrum.orgwww.scrumalliance.org
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The Scrum Master is Simon Kneafsey. Simon is a Professional Scrum Trainer with Scrum.org, the home of Scrum run by Scrum co-creator, Ken Schwaber. Simon offers Professional Scrum Certification training courses globally and works with clients to introduce Scrum to their organisations.

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