Skip to main content

The Transition from ScrumBut to Scrum

Last post 03:26 am March 2, 2020 by Anthony Amos
No replies yet
03:26 am March 2, 2020

I have performed as a self-trained Scrum Master, Product Owner and Developer in 3 organizations for over 7 years. They have all been "ScrumBut" organizations, so they didn't actually implement real Scrum. But I invested time learning on my own, so I've been aware of what Scrum should be. I've also been quite frustrated by the false Scrum practices imposed by so many companies. So a month ago I decided to go for certification. I also wanted to pick a challenging certification, not just attend a class where you understand a few concepts, and "ta-daa" your certified!

So I came to I followed the recommendations and read everything in the Scrum Master Learning Path. My most difficult challenge was to ignore my experience from working on teams that claimed to Agile but were not. Although I'm aware of the differences between right and wrong Scrum, I still had to break learned habits for the assessment. So even though all the material in the Learning Path are not covered on the assessments, I read them anyway because they were very helpful when it came to reinforcing my understanding of the topics. I knew I'd have to over-prepare in order to cancel out habitual thinking that could knock me off course.

My next step was to take every practice test I could find repeatedly until I scored 100% on all of them. I am happy with the results. I scored 98.8% on the PSM I, then kept hitting more practice tests for another week and scored 100% on PSM II. I am more motivated than ever to be selective and not waste anymore time in organizations that pretend to be Agile. My perception is, in the United States, that the number of companies that practice "ScrumBut" outnumber the companies that practice Scrum. Hopefully I'm wrong.

By posting on our forums you are agreeing to our Terms of Use.

Please note that the first and last name from your member profile will be displayed next to any topic or comment you post on the forums. For privacy concerns, we cannot allow you to post email addresses. All user-submitted content on our Forums may be subject to deletion if it is found to be in violation of our Terms of Use. does not endorse user-submitted content or the content of links to any third-party websites.

Terms of Use may, at its discretion, remove any post that it deems unsuitable for these forums. Unsuitable post content includes, but is not limited to, Professional-level assessment questions and answers, profanity, insults, racism or sexually explicit content. Using our forum as a platform for the marketing and solicitation of products or services is also prohibited. Forum members who post content deemed unsuitable by may have their access revoked at any time, without warning. may, but is not obliged to, monitor submissions.