SEARCH ISP Director Achieves ScrumMaster® Certification
Managing complex software development projects is a challenging task—but SEARCH Information Sharing Programs Director Andrew Owen has learned a new, agile way to approach this challenge by becoming a Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM).
Scrum is a framework for effective team collaboration on complex projects. It uses a simple but powerful set of principles and practices that help teams deliver products in short cycles, enabling fast feedback, continual improvement, and rapid adaptation to change.
Scrum has predominantly been used for software development projects, but works well for any complex, innovative scope of work.
“Scrum focuses on teamwork and constantly pleasing the customer,” said Mr. Owen. “I’ve learned useful techniques for managing backlogs, planning releases and iterations, and tracking and reporting
progress. The Scrum approach will help the SEARCH Information Sharing team better serve and respond to our clients.”
To achieve certification through the Scrum Alliance, Mr. Owen attended a 2-day training course and passed the ScrumMaster exam. He also learned how to effectively apply the principles of the Agile Manifesto, which guides Scrum.
Mr. Owen is the second SEARCH staff member to achieve ScrumMaster certification. SEARCH Executive Director Scott Came is also a CSM.
Scrum is a framework for building a product, which is built incrementally over a series of short time periods called “sprints.” During each sprint, the Scrum team builds and delivers a product increment. Each increment is a recognizable, visibly improved, operating subset of the product, meeting understood acceptance criteria and built to a level of quality.
Scrum is also a team process that includes three roles: the product owner, the development team, and the ScrumMaster.
- The product owner is responsible for deciding what work will be done. It is typically an individual closest to the “business side” of the project who is expected to “get this product out” and satisfy stakeholders.
- The development team is made up of a cross-functional group of professionals who do the work of delivering the product increment.
- The ScrumMaster is a “servant leader” who coaches the Scrum team to help it execute the Scrum process, removes impediments to the team’s progress, and keeps the Scrum team on track, productive, and growing in ability.
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Contributor, Report of the National Focus Group on the Criminal Record Backgrounding of America
Co-author: Complete Criminal Histories—A Key Measure of Integration Success
Co-author, DNA Forensics: Expanding Uses and Information Sharing
Co-author, Guide to Conducting Privacy Impact Assessments for State and Local Information Sharing Initiatives
Co-author, Survey of State Criminal History Information Systems, 2003, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012
Organizer/Moderator: National conference, “Beyond the Technology: The Law & Policy Implications of Biometric Use,” 2002
Organizer/Moderator: national Criminal History Operations Workshop, 2004, 2006
Organizer/Moderator: Workshop on Expanding Access to Criminal History Information and Improving Criminal Record Backgrounding, 2007
Organizer/Moderator: National Instant Criminal Background Check System Improvement Amendments Act Conference, 2009
Presenter, National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Council, 2010–2014
Presenter, FBI CJIS Advisory Policy Board, 2012–2014
FBI CJIS Identification Services Coordinating Group Criminal Justice Rap Back Committee
National Crime Prevention and Privacy Compact Council Rap Back Task Force
FBI CJIS Division Disposition Reporting Task Force
FBI CMIS Advisory Policy Board Warrants Task Force
Joint Task Force on the Design and Utilization of an Interstate Criminal History Record
FBI work Group on the Implementation of the Brady Law
FBI National Fingerprint File Pilot Project Evaluation Group
National Focus Group on the Retention of Civil Fingerprints by Criminal Record Repositories
National Focus Group on Emergency Housing and Criminal Record Checks: The Hurricane Katrina Experience
National Task Force on Increasing the Utility of the Criminal History Record
Global Justice Information Sharing Initiative: Privacy and Information Quality Working Group, and Privacy and Technology Focus Group