Agile Interview – Crystal Watson

Agile Interview – Crystal Watson

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Welcome to the Agile Interview Series.  As part of this series, we ask agile practitioners 7 questions, focused around agile and agile related certifications.  Our goal with this series is to give you multiple perspectives from a variety of practitioners within the agile space.

How did you get into the agile space?

I was a Business Analyst and was asked to work on the first Scrum team our company was running. I soon became the Scrum Master and have been hooked ever since.

What is your focus area/area of expertise related to agile?

Scrum Master. The area I really like to focus on is retrospectives. They are a chance to be creative and draw people out.

What is your view on certifications?  Should people get them or not?

I would say that experience by far out-weighs certificates. Certification do give employers an idea that you are serious and have some training. Certifications can get you in the door, but your passion and experience is what will get you the job.

What certifications do you have and why?

Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Certified Product Owner (CSPO), and ICAgile Certified Professional—Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC). I think the CSM is good to have as a Scrum Master. The CSPO I have because I attended the class when they gave it at our company. I am interested in coaching and took the IC Agile Professional Coaching Class.

What is your favorite agile related book?

Coaching Agile Team by Lyssa Adkins

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Agile Retrospectives: Making Good Teams Great, by Esther Derby, Diana Larsen and Ken Schwaber

Agile Retrospectives Making Good Teams Great

Any final thoughts for other agile practitioners?

Keep an open mind and continue to grow. There are great resources out there to further your knowledge regardless of certifications.

How can people contact you if they have specific questions?

The best way to contact me is by e-mailing me at clwatson (at) live (dot).com