At the end of last month I was hunting around the Scrum Alliance website and noticed there was this group called “San Diego SCRUM User Group“. Obviously, this group is defunct since I have never heard of them and so I submitted an application to have Agile San Diego – one of the oldest Agile communities in the US – be recognized as an official Scrum Usergroup. As I researched more, it seems that what our group is about – sharing, community, excellence – is consistent with the usergroup guiding principles set out by the Scrum Alliance.
So what has changed for us? Today – not that much. We are still community powered and we are still Agile agnostic (well – except for XP because EVERYONE knows XP is the best Agile method). Being an official Scrum usergroup is an extra benefit for Agile San Diego members seeking to become a Certified Scrum Professionals and those people can earn up to 1 to 1.5 Category A SEU for attending an Agile San Diego meeting. If all of this is just Greek to you – you can ignore that.
For the rest of people not interested in CSP (nor the Scrum Alliance), what is your benefit? I suspect in the future we will begin to see more new people at our meetings. We may talk more Scrum, but June and I will work hard to make sure there is a good balance of topics.
Finally, this is our link to the official landing page on the Scrum Alliance website. If you are a member of the Scrum Alliance, please click the link at the bottom of this page to join our group and build our numbers. If you are a member of the old user group, please leave that group and join this new one!