My name is Joris and I am from The Netherlands. I've worked as a developer in a small web startup company that used XP. Later I joined a larger company with about 15 scrum teams. I am now a scrum master for two of those teams. I started out with one team a year ago, and I gained a second team a few months ago.
I am a somewhat confused beginner (Barry the Beginner). Our teams are very independent and have very different views on very basic concepts in our process. Although we use the name scrum master, we deviate from the scrum books in some ways, making us more scrumban or in worst case scrumbut.
Our company is distributed over three European countries, making collaboration quite a challenge. We try to solve this technically by splitting our monolith of an enterprise product into (micro)services. I think there is a social/communication side we are avoiding or not facing, but gut feelings are hard to trust when you are relatively new.
Because I am so new I sometimes feel I sometimes fall into the persona of Fred the Frustrated Practitioner, because things don't work as cleanly as they are represented in the books.
I am looking for information outside of our organization because I think it is easy to perceive your immediate surroundings as "The Way It Should Be Done". I am highly ambivalent about certifications, because I believe having outside coaching is very valuable, but I am really repulsed by the fact that the training market is so fractured.
I am an podcast listener that loves to catch up on new thoughts during my commute. The Meta-Cast was the first Agile podcast I listened to and it had a large influence on how I look at agile. Now I recently started listening to the Agile Uprising podcast and that led me here. There seems to be a lot to read here, and it is very daunting to take it all in, so my first plan is to basically try to keep up with the new things and search into the history later.
Hope to hear many different views and get some direction from the community.