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Sep 14, 2012 (04:09 PM EDT)

BURLINGTON, Mass., Sept. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- today announced plans for further global expansion of its hallmark Professional Scrum Developer (PSD) program. After two years of successfully helping teams build software, will host its next PSD Java train-the-trainer event in Zurich, Switzerland November 19-23, 2012. This will mean even greater access to Scrum Development Team training around the world.


"The [PSD] program was created to teach developers how to work together as a team to deliver working software in the short iterations that Scrum requires," says Ken Schwaber, the co-founder of Scrum. "Companies are finally beginning to realize that it isn't individuals, tools, or practices that create software; it is the seamless integration of all three of those things that allows teams to channel their creativity to create amazing things. This is exactly what the PSD program teaches."

"The PSD program has seen growth of 73% over the past 12 months, with no hints of slowing down," remarked Alex Armstrong, Vice President and Director of Programs. With 94% of students responding to surveys stating that they would recommend it to others, this is no surprise. "To continue that growth we need practitioners to partner with us who have the unique mix of experience in training, Scrum, and Java that is required to effectively teach others how to deliver working software in short iterations," Armstrong continued.

The program is truly global, with courses having been offered in 22 countries around the world and counting. "We have structured the program in such a way that it is incredibly accessible, even in emerging markets," says Armstrong. "There is a long list of markets that we look forward to serving in the coming year."

The largest benefits of the PSD program can be realized as part of larger Agile transformations. Working with Professional Scrum Trainer Ralph Jocham, a Swiss manufacturer of very high precision products initiated a large scale agile transition with the PSD program. "The PSD training created an environment that provided for a much faster transition to higher quality, more predictable, releases," said Jocham.

Trainers for the PSD program are some of the most qualified software development professionals in the world. Many have been developing software, and teaching others how to develop software, for more than a decade. "They are practitioners first, and trainers second," responded Armstrong when asked about the profile of the ideal candidate. "Some continue to enjoy working as members of real development teams building software. They stay fresh because they truly want to improve software development."

If you are interested in becoming a trainer, you can get more information about the process and the upcoming events by visiting

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