Scrum Mastery book OUT NOW
I am excited to say that my first book Scrum Mastery: From Good to Great Servant-Leadership has been released. In over ten years of working with numerous teams and organisations I have identified the patterns that separate good ScrumMasters and great ScrumMasters. This book illustrates these patterns through stories of my own experience and those of the many Scrum teams I have worked with and also offers practical guidance to you on your own path to greatness.
Alternatively you can buy it here
Comments on the book
Mike Cohn, in his foreword for the book, said:
"Most books rehash well-trod territory and I don’t finish them any wiser. I am positive I will be referring back to this book for many years"
Roman Pichler said:
"I am thoroughly impressed with how comprehensive and well-written the book is. It will be indispensable for many people"
Why Inspect and Adapt?
Inspect & Adapt was established in 2006 by Geoff Watts.
Geoff was the first UK Certified Scrum Trainer and is one of the most experienced Scrum practitioners and coaches in the UK. Being the first Certified Scrum Coach in the UK, he has proven his ability to guide organisations in their journey of adopting agile.
With a portfolio of clients across industries including telecoms, financial services, publishing and education in 3 continents, regularly writing articles and speaking at conferences, user groups and universities, Geoff is a thought leader in the world of Scrum.
As well as public offerings, Geoff offers a wide range of in-house services to help teams and organisations who are looking to become more agile. His upcoming courses are listed on the left of this page.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to take an exam to become "certified"?
In order to become a Certified ScrumMaster, you are required to both attend a CSM class and then take, and pass, an exam provided by the Scrum Alliance. To become a Certified Scrum Product Owner you must attend a class being run by a Certified Scrum Trainer and, in the opinion of the trainer, understand your role well enough to be able to play that role effectively on a Scrum project. There is no exam element to the CSPO certification
Can I become a Certified ScrumMaster and Certified Scrum Product Owner?
Yes but not in the same course. Scrum Alliance rules state that you must attend a separate course to achieve each credential.
Can I become "certified" without attending a class?
At the moment the answer is no although there might be the possibility for alternative paths to certification in the future. Keep an eye on the Scrum Alliance website for more information on this.
What makes a Certified Scrum Trainer different to another Scrum trainer?
Certified Scrum Trainers have been approved by the Scrum Alliance. Their courses have been verified and their quality and integrity have been checked.
What is the Certified Scrum Coach designation and what does it mean?
Certified Scrum Coaches are highly experienced at helping Scrum teams and organisations make the transition to Scrum outside of the classroom. The process to become a Certified Scrum Coach is tough and this is reflected by the relatively low number of people who hold this certification. For example, they must have at least 1,500 hours of direct coaching experience in the last 5 years. If you engage with a Certified Scrum Coach you are engaging someone who has been there, done it and has been proven to have helped many others apply Scrum. Certified Scrum Coaches are still in touch with the practice of Scrum outside of the classroom. Geoff was the first person to obtain the CSC qualification in the UK.
Do you run one-off sessions or workshops as well as formal training courses?
Yes. I offer facilitation for planning sessions, retrospectives, organisational rollout planning as well as more general introduction courses. I also offer agile assessment workshops that can provide a health-check as well as help establish metrics for progress tracking.
How many people do you accept on a course?
I recommend somewhere between 8 and 20, with the sweetspot being 16. Larger classes can be accommodated although I prefer to keep class sizes relatively small in order to allow for more focussed discussion and attendee participation.
Could you do a presentation to our management on the benefits of Scrum?
I often do short presentations or workshops focussed at a particular part of an organisation - product management, project office, operations, management etc. Please contact me and we can discuss options.
Do you offer bespoke on-site training?
Yes. I can offer any of my publicly-available courses for internal training. I am also happy to work with you to develop a tailored syllabus for your specific needs