We're changing our name! FMFA inc. is now SiliconValleyScrum. We're making this change to acknowledge our evolving mission in the world of the Scrum Framework.
For the past three years we've been exploring and developing a new approach to Scrum training and certification. The is turning into a definite "Silicon Valley" flavor extension to the Scrum training paradigm.
We're applyng empiricism to the training process itself with our "learn by doing" approach. An empirical mindset asserts that nothing is real and measureable until it has happened. Likewise, we believe Scrum knowledge and expertise is not real until it has been used successfully in a real context with real results that can be measured.
We're in the process of expanding our unique training model that combines classroom work with real software projects. Watch this space for more updates and details.
SiliconValleyScrum is proud to announce the beta version of its online Scrum Practice Test web site. Practice tests for Scrum certification examinations will be made available there for both practice and study purposes.
The first test that has been made available is a 45 minute open exam covering material for the "Journeyman Scrum Master (JSM)" certification exam, which is intended to be roughly as difficlt as the Scrum.org "Professional Scrum Master level I (PSM I)" assessment. Future practice examinations will include tests fot the Journeyman Scrum Product Owner(JSPO),the Journeyman Scrum Developer (JSD) and the advanced Master of the Scrum Framework (MSF) certifications.
Click on http://exams.SiliconValleyScrum.com to access the testing site.
If you want to learn the Scrum Framework, the Jira Project Tracking tool or both...
We have a unique training program for Scrum Master and Scrum Product Owner beginners that combines comprehensive classroom training, certification preparation and hands on experience developing real software.
We also have the only available training program specifically geared towards preparing for 2nd level Scrum assessments, such as the Professional Scrum Master II (PSM II) administered by Scrum.org.
We also offer beginning and advanced Jira courses, along with Product Management training.
Wherever possible, we are developing Live Online versions of our courses so that students who do not live near Silicon Valley can also learn with us.
are available for unemployed students.
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for more information.
If you represent a not-for-profit organization...
We wish to give our students experience creating real software for real customers. Therefore, we are constantly on the lookout for projects we can do pro-bono for worthy causes! During the past two years we've undertaken software projects to help children with cancer, environmental activism, a large medical center in San jose, Ca., an organization benefiting foster children, and many others.
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to submit a project for us to work on.
If you have technical software development skills and you wish to volunteer for a worthy cause...
We primarily teach Scrum Masters and Scrum Product Owners. We usually rely on volunteers to make up the Scrum teams they lead. The volunteers get valuable work experience that can be shown on a resume, job references, and the personal satisfaction that comes from helping a worthy cause in a unique way. Many developers volunteer over and over to work on project after project.
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to learn more and (hopefully) sign up!.
If you represent an agency helping the long term unemployed (ie. a WIOA)...
We teach several courses in conjunctiion with the Silicon Valley Polytechnic Institute. These courses appear on the California EDD's Eligible Training Provider List (ETPL) and are eligible for EDD training funding. Our track record for preparing students for the work force is good: we exceed the 70% requirement for post training employment,
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to learn how to arrange for training for your clients.
If you are or represent an Employer...
Our goal is not just to prepare our students to take and pass tests. We throw them into the "deep end" by having them work through the hardest part of any Scrum Team's life. They are given a novel project and a team of developers who have never worked together before. Their job is to make sense of the situation and build up teamwork fast enough to deliver working software in only 4-6 weeks. During this baptism of fire they deal with real-world problems such as personality conflicts, unrealistic expectations, clients changing their minds and having to figure out how to deliver real value.
Graduates of this program have more than just a piece of paper saying they are "certified". They have knowledge and judgement that can only come from having done
Scrum rather than simply hearing lectures about it. ,
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to find out how to take advantage of the Scrum talent our list of graduates contains.