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Teaching Scrum and raising money for Cancer Research

You will never know what it is like to live with cancer, until it strikes.  Most of us are lucky to never know what it is like to live with, or to lose someone due to cancer.  Please help the American Cancer Society find cures and treatments for all types of cancer.

In 2018, Rick discovered he was living with Stage 3 Colon Cancer.  Later that year, while undergoing chemotherapy, his wife was diagnosed with Bladder Cancer.

In 2018, Anil’s nephew was diagnosed with terminal Brain Cancer DIPG (Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma).  An avid marathoner, he was not able to win the race against cancer, and passed on at a very young age 0f 30 years.

Anil and Rick have collaborated to deliver life changing scrum classes but never like this.      

Between September 30th and October 3rd 2019, Anil and Rick taught two Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) classes in Jersey City, and raised $5300 for the American Cancer Society in the process. The two classes were delivered with drawings and interactivity that energized the participants.  The enthusiasm and the energy the participants put in to become members of the world-wide Scrum Community, as well as help to transform the world of work, showed in everything they did in the class!

More than fifty (53 to be exact) new members to the Scrum Alliance® community will be able to knowledgeably use Scrum in their daily lives (at work as well as at home), and know that their efforts in becoming part of that community will continue to help others for a long time. 

Brain Science was used effectively to design the class so that the participants could share their unique perspectives and experience with everyone else. The visuals created by both trainers on flip charts provided a strong metaphor that will live with the participants beyond the certification.

The trainers used an unique combination of techniques from Innovation Games, Training from the BACK of the Room and Liberating Structures to bring the CSM learning objectives to life. The trainers did not use any powerpoint but instead focused on their drawing skills to share powerful visuals.

Sharing some of the wonderful moments we captured during the class in the video. If you are interested in pursuing your Certified Scrum Master certification reach out to Rick Waters at Wisecrum