Scrum Fundamentals Certified from SCRUMstudy USD $0
Product Name: Scrum Fundamentals Certified
Product Description: Scrum Fundamentals Certified (SFC) certification is tailored to help anyone interested in learning the basics of Scrum. This course is included as a part of a Primary lifetime membership. The purpose of the Scrum Fundamentals Certified (SFC) certification exam is to confirm participants have a fundamental understanding of the Scrum methodology.
Review by Anthony C Mersino on February 10, 2020
The Scrum Fundamentals Certified (SFC) is an introductory level certification provided by SCRUMstudy. This introductory certification is applicable to all roles.
The certification is obtained by passing a 40-question, online assessment. Unlike other SCRUMstudy assessments, the SFC assessment is not proctored. There are no experience requirements and you don’t even have to take a training class if you already understand Scrum according to the ScrumBok. More about that document in a moment.
Applicable Role: Any Role
Prerequisites: Like PMI and Scrum.org, SCRUMstudy does not require a training class to prepare for the assessment. No experience is required to qualify to take the SFC assessment.
SCRUMstudy does offer free training which I took advantage of. I received an offer from SCRUMstudy and signed up for the free 1-hour webinar followed by a 4-hour training class.
Training is Highly Recommended: Though no training course is required, unless you are very familiar with the ScrumBOK, you will find the assessment really tough.
I started off the training weakly by missing the webinar due to a calendar snafu on my part. But then I joined the online training and started following along. The instructor was pretty good and faithfully followed the sections of the SBOK.
For each topic area, the instructor would walk through a few slides, then there was often a short video followed by a pop quiz. There was a chat feature but there was virtually no interaction between the students and instructor. In fact, I couldn’t even tell how many other students participated with me. And there were a few technical glitches and the instructor had at least 4 annoying occasions of “sorry I was talking on mute”. But overall, I would rate the experience of online training as passable.
ScrumBok: If you liked the PMBOK, you are going to love the Scrum Body of Knowledge. This is a unique SCRUMstudy creation and I have to say I was not at all prepared for it. Imagine that you took the Scrum Guide and injected it with steroids to try and make it look like the PMBOK.
What is weird about this document is that if you are familiar with the Scrum Guide, there are just enough things renamed to make your head explode. The Product Backlog is the Prioritized Product Backlog, the Sprint Retrospective is the Retrospect Sprint Meeting, and on and on. Never heard of the Scrum Principles before? Well, here they are.
Worse, there are detailed phases and process guides added in here to give the document its 403 page heft. Brevity and guidance out, specificity and top-down direction is in.
Taking the Assessment: After the training, I decided that even though I was barely conversant with the unique SBOK flavor of Scrum, I would take the online exam. As noted above, the exam consisted of 40 questions and there was no proctor. So I just went ahead and jumped in. After all, I had just invested 4 hours of my time in the online training.
The assessment would be straightforward IF you memorized the ScrumBok which I think they expect you to do. (I actually thought it would be easier for people coming from a PMBOK or SAFe background to appreciate the ScrumBOK than those who knew the Scrum Guide.)
The assessment is 40 questions. Questions were challenging – I’d sometimes find I could eliminate one or two answers but just as frequently I’d find that one or two answers would be WTF?
Some of the questions were weirdly specific. What are the 3 aspects of collaboration in Scrum? I am sure that all of you Scrum practitioners know that they are awareness, articulation, and appropriation. Or that one of the non-core roles in Scrum that is responsible for Scrum Guidelines is the Scrum Guidance Body. And certainly, any experienced Scrum practitioner can name the following 6 Scrum Principles, right?
- Empirical Process Control
- Value-based Prioritization
- Iterative Development
Cost: The Scrum Fundamentals Certified assessment is free.
Popularity / Recognition: It is hard to determine how many people have the SFC credential. The SCRUMstudy site claims that they have”trained/certified more than 325,000 delegates in delivering successful projects”. A search for “Scrum Fundamentals Certified (SFC)” on LinkedIn yields about 23,000 hits which is significant.
Bottom Line: If you are new to Agile and Scrum and looking for free training and a certification to add to your resume and LinkedIn page, this may be a fit for you. If you already know the Scrum Framework as described in the Scrum Guide then I don’t think there is value in the investment you will need to make to learn a new vocabulary.
- No class training required, simply take the assessment
- Online training is provided
- Online training include practice tests
- Directory to look up certifications
- You need a firm understanding of the ScrumBOK
- There are no published statistics on how many people have it
- Not consistent with the Scrum Framework as described in the Scrum Guide
SCRUMstudy Profile and Contact Information
|Description from Website||SCRUMstudy is the global accreditation body for Scrum and Agile certifications. It has authored the SBOK® Guide as a comprehensive guide to deliver successful projects using Scrum. SCRUMstudy works through its large global partner network of Authorized Training Providers to deliver trainings and certifications. Important certifications provided by SCRUMstudy include Scrum Fundamentals Certified (SFC), Scrum Developer Certified (SDC), Scrum Master Certified (SMC), Scaled Scrum Master Certified (SSMC), SCRUMstudy Agile Master Certified (SAMC), Scrum Product Owner Certified (SPOC), Scaled Scrum Product Owner Certified (SSPOC) and Expert Scrum Master Certified (ESMC).|
|Thought Leadership||Tridibesh Satpathy is the founder of VMEdu and is the lead author of the SBOK Guide with support from the following coauthors and SMEs:
Abdelnaser Dwaikat, Ahmed Touseefullah Siddiqui, Ajey Grandhem, Anu Ravi, Barbara Siefken, Bobbie Green, Bryan Lee Perez, Buddy Peacock, Charles J. Quansah, Chrys Thorsen, Corey T. Bailey, Deepak R, Deepak Ramaswamy, Dusan Kamenov, Elizabeth Lynne Warren, Frances Mary, Jo Tessler, Frank Quinteros, Gaurav Garg, Gaynell Malone, Girish Kulkarni, Ian Glenister, J. Drew Nations, Jaimie M. Rush, James Pruitt, Jo Pereira, Joe Schofield, Jose Nunez, Karen Lyncook, Lachlan McGurk, Madhuresh Kumar Mishra, Magaline D. Harvey, Meena Elangovan, Mehul Doshi, Melissa Lauro, Melvin Wofford Jr., Michael Rauch, Mike Tomaszewski, Mimi LaRaque, Morris Feigel, Nadra Rafee, Neha Mishra, Nikhil Bhargava, Obi Nwaojigba, Olumide Idowu, Prof. Dr. Akram Hassan, Quincy D. Jordan, R-A Alves, Ravneet Kaur, Richard Mather, Robert Lamb, Ron Villmow, Ruth Kim, Sandra A. Strech, Saurabh Gupta, Sayan Guha, Simon Robertson, Sohini Banerjee, Srinivas Reddy Kandi, Syed Ashraf, Tommie L. Sherrill, Vinay Jagannath, Vince Belanger, Vinod Kumar, Winfried Hackmann, Yogaraj Mudalgi
|Mailing Address||VMEdu Inc., 410 N. 44th Street, Suite 240 Phoenix, AZ 85008|
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