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Scrum Alliance

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The Scrum Alliance is a non-profit organization focused on spreading and developing Agile and Scrum practices. Since its inception in 2001, the Scrum Alliance has supported the Agile movement through education, advocacy and research. It also provides a community for its members.

The organization offers certifications for various Scrum roles, such as Scrum Master and Product Owner and is led by Agile principles and values. Its headquarters is located in Colorado, USA.

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Difference between Scrum Alliance and Scrum.org

Scrum Alliance and Scrum.org are both prominent organizations in the world of Agile and Scrum but they have different approaches and focal points.

Scrum Alliance focuses on a broad, holistic approach to Scrum and Agile, including personal growth and coaching. It also offers a range of certifications and community events. Their programs include interactive workshops and more aspects of personal development.

Scrum.org, founded by Ken Schwaber, one of the co-creators of Scrum, focuses on uniformity and consistency in their educational programs and certification exams. It emphasizes a deep understanding of Scrum principles and practices, while giving less attention to personal development.

Both organizations serve the same goal of promoting Scrum but approach it with different education and certification strategies.

Notable details

One notable detail is that certifications from Scrum.org do not expire and are valid for life. This contrasts with Scrum Alliance certifications, which expire after a certain period (often two years) and must be renewed. Often through additional training or by earning Scrum Education Units (SEUs).

Another notable detail is that Ken Schwaber was initially involved with the Scrum Alliance. He later founded Scrum.org with the aim of offering a more standardized and consistent approach to Scrum training and certification. 

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