SEARCH ISP Director Achieves ScrumMaster® Certification

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Andrew Owen
Managing complex software development projects is a challenging task—but SEARCH Information Sharing Programs Director Andrew Owen has learned a new, agile way to approach this challenge by becoming a Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM).

Scrum is a framework for effective team collaboration on complex projects. It uses a simple but powerful set of principles and practices that help teams deliver products in short cycles, enabling fast feedback, continual improvement, and rapid adaptation to change.

Scrum has predominantly been used for software development projects, but works well for any complex, innovative scope of work.

"Scrum focuses on teamwork and constantly pleasing the customer," said Mr. Owen. "I've learned useful techniques for managing backlogs, planning releases and iterations, and tracking and reporting progress. The Scrum approach will help the SEARCH Information Sharing team better serve and respond to our clients."

To achieve certification through the Scrum Alliance, Mr. Owen attended a 2-day training course and passed the ScrumMaster exam. He also learned how to effectively apply the principles of the Agile Manifesto, which guides Scrum.

Mr. Owen is the second SEARCH staff member to achieve ScrumMaster certification. SEARCH Executive Director Scott Came is also a CSM.