Scrum Alliance


The Scrum Alliance is a non-profit organization committed to delivering facilities, stories, courses, and other materials that will help Scrum users be successful.

Founded by Ken Schwaber, Mike Cohn, and Esther Derby, the Scrum Alliance's mission is to promote increased awareness and understanding of Scrum, provide resources to individuals and organizations using Scrum, and support the iterative improvement of the software development profession.

Certfied ScrumMaster and Scrum Product Owner

Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) and Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) are achieved through participation in a certified course. CSMs and CSPOs have been taught the skills necessary to function in their Scrum roles, by a Certified Scrum Trainer.

Certified Scrum Trainer

A Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) is CSP who is certified to teach ScrumMaster Certification courses. A CST is a person who not only has guide-level experience with Scrum, but has proven excellence as a classroom instructor/trainer.

The guide level of certification (CSC and CST) is offered to those CSPs who have substantial experience in not only the use of Scrum but also in assisting others in being successful with Scrum. Becoming a guide is intentionally difficult because guides can play significant roles in helping both projects and organization transition to the successful use of Scrum.

Scrum Alliance Certified Training at Skills Matter

In the UK, Skills Matter offers Scrum related courses and events through its close working relationship with Scrum Alliance Certified Trainers Martine Devos, Craig Larman and Roman Pichler.

Skills Matter further supports the Agile and Scrum community through the organisation of Skills Matter eXchanges and In-the-Brain sessions on Agile, Scrum, XP, Lean Software Development and other related best practices and methods.