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Agile methodology is the trend of today, for companies big and small. Just like the word, resumes of today cannot simply stick to the usual form and expect easy recruitment. As the world changes, the demands change and so do the expectations. Embracing the new requires harnessing new skills to be ready for it.
When it comes to Agile, there is a tremendous demand for Scrum masters, and with good reason. There is a strong demand for good Scrum masters and opting for a training program in the same is a good choice. However, the future lies in looking at the big picture and seeing the entire symbiosis of product and business together. That’s where a product owner comes into play, and that is precisely why a CSPO certification is the key you would require to get there.
Here’s how being a CSPO is different from a CSM and the advantages that come along with it.
Let’s get the most obvious aspects out of the way. Most of us would opt for a certification in order to ramp up their resume skillset, which would help achieve a better salary in forthcoming propositions. The inclusion of a Scrum Product Owner certification is noteworthy enough to have your paygrade increase by nearly 10% than your peers who may not have the same.
A better career scope
While pay-scale is one aspect, the certification also makes you more adaptable to fit in a multitude of roles. Since you would be a product owner, shifting from one domain to another, or adapting to a different product altogether is a prized skill you would possess. This is especially relevant for companies that dabble in various areas and will pay good money for someone who can handle it all.
The bridge between business needs and technical expertise
Compared to the role played by a Scrum Master, a Scrum Product Owner tends to reside more on the outside. The Scrum Master focuses on ensuring the team sticks to the schedule and figures out solutions to achieve timely deliverables. A Scrum Product Owner does have to liaise with the team in that regard but also has to understand the relevance of the deliverables from a business point-of-view.
A solid knowledge of both domains helps in guiding the team towards achieving what’s necessary and providing insights when solving tough problems by making use of technical know-how. Similarly, while facing clients and customers, the Scrum Product Owner is able to guide the expectations and requirements to be in line with capabilities, as well as connect with any Agile personnel on the other end as well.
Planning timelines and deliverables
Using tools of Agile such as Jira gives you access to a ton of data that provides insightful information. One of the major ones in that regard is the velocity with which your team is able to achieve certain milestones and deliver on story points for a sprint.
These velocities are crucial when it comes to formulating a timeline for the project delivery, and is also a part of the certification course as well. Figuring out better ways to burn through the story points and avoid carryovers to the future sprints is where a Scrum product owner would excel.
Product development and backlog organization
The reason why Scrum Product Owners are prized employees is that they can achieve large-scale planning as well as smaller grassroots adjustments as well. With every product development process, understanding the significance of backlog items and assigning them to appropriate sprints is a key skillset to have.
A Scrum product owner is able to connect with the customers and achieve clarity on backlog items, keeping them in the loop and outlining their delivery. Similarly, those items can be expanded upon internally, allowing the team to pick them up in a more effective manner than can be thrust upon by a hard-to-meet deadline.
High-level project objective development
When a team is knee-deep in work and focused on developing and testing functionalities, it can get easy to lose sight of the big picture and understand the motivation behind doing what they are doing. Similarly, the customer may keep getting updates on what’s being developed, but fail to see how it is contributing to the product at large.
A Scrum Product Owner talks to them both in a language that helps them see the product coming to life. Developing a charter allows everyone to see what they are working towards and keeps both ends of the equation balanced at all times.
Reduced relevance of other qualifications
Are you worried that you didn’t graduate from a top-tier college? Were your marks on the average side in your college years? Have you been a great professional employee but faced trouble in interviews due to these reasons?
Fret not, because a lot of recruiters will pretty much disregard these aspects if you have a good Scrum Product Owner certification on your resume. That is the need of the hour and nobody is going to hold your past against you if your future holds great potential.
A Certified Scrum Product Owner training might seem like the answer you’re looking for, and it is! With an enrolment today, you are looking at a future version of yourself that has built a career in shaping products, and not just building them.
By Siddhi Jain
The author who named the book after her twin sons -- Puhor and Niyor -- is a parent who has seen and heard the tales of ridicule and discrimination suffered by many in India and beyond. She says the book is an artistic illustration for kids that details how different families can live and coexist. Whether it's children with two dads or two moms, children with a single dad or single mom, and even multiracial family units, Borthakur's book teaches love, understanding, and compassion towards unconventional families.
Beyond race, gender, color, and ethnicity which have formed the bases for discrimination since the beginning of time, this book aims to bring to light a largely ignored issue. For so long, single parents have been treated like a taboo without any attempt to understand their situations; no one really cares how or why one's marriage ended but just wants to treat single parents as villains simply for choosing happiness and loving their children.
Homosexual parents, a relatively new family system, is another form that has suffered hate and discrimination for many years. Pritisha emphasizes the need to understand that diversity in people and family is what makes the world beautiful and colourful. 'Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories' is a firm but compassionate statement against all forms of discrimination on the bases of sexual identity, gender, race, and even differences in background
'Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories' is a firm but compassionate statement against all forms of discrimination on the bases of sexual identity, gender, race and even differences in background. | Photo by Ben Wicks on Unsplash
Written for a global audience, the book is targeted at kids between the ages of five and 10, the reason it is embellished with colourful images of families of different types is to appeal to children's sense of sight and drive home the message at the same time. Borthakur believes children are the best place to start because the ages between five and 10 are the most formative, where little ones pick up habits, beliefs and perceptions.
The Guwahati-born author says, "With this book, I'm not trying to take away the job of parents in forming habits, I simply want to do my part as a parent. It is important that we impart the right values in our kids in a bid to build a better, more inclusive and tolerant global society that is fair to everyone." The author's first attempt at a book was an Assamese poetry 'Anubhav', published in 2010.
Set to be published under the label of Author's Channel, the book is like an adventure; a journey into uncharted territories, untouched subjects and matters long ignored. In her words. "The book takes a critical stand in defense of people in society who have had to undergo severe emotional torture for no cause of theirs. It is a terrible conception to think such people any less of a human just for being different," says publisher Aruna Naidu. By September 30, this title, priced at Rs 299, will be available online and in offline bookstores. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Book, children, Guwahati, Puhor and Niyor's Mural of Family Stories, moral, story, kids, discrimination, equality
If you feel that clean and well-groomed hands are just an essential prerequisite for women, you might like to think twice. Men should equally pay attention to their hands because our hand houses 1,500 bacteria living on each square centimeter of its skin. You can easily assume what havoc it can create in our body because in India we have the culture of eating with our hands and spaces beneath nails can become breeding heaven for germs. Moreover, clean and maintained hands boost confidence in their daily life activities. Therefore, it's important to keep your hands clean irrespective of your gender by washing or sanitizing at regular intervals. And, to keep them groomed, you don't have to visit a salon.
Rajesh U Pandya, Managing Director, KAI India, gives easy and completely doable tips to follow at home:
* Refrain from harsh soaps: You should be mindful of the soap you are using to wash your hands. Your soap can have a moisturizing element in it like aloe vera or shea butter. Ensure that you're washing your hands with normal water as hot water can make your hand's skin dry and scaly.
You should be mindful of the soap you are using to wash your hands. | Photo by Aurélia Dubois on Unsplash
* Clip your nails regularly: Make use of your personal nail clipper to cut your nails. After cutting your nails at a comfortable length also file them using a nail filer. Never share your nail care clipper as the germs can get transferred to your loved ones. Also, don't forget to use grime remover to remove hidden germs in corners and beneath nails. Also, you may like to file your nails to have a smooth finish.
* Good quality Nail Clipper: Do not use a rusted or chromium coated nail clipper as it might be harmful to skin and might cause dangerous bacterial infections.
* Stop the habit of nail chewing: Sometimes anxiety or extreme boredom can lead to chewing of nails. This habit only makes your nails uneven and ugly. Sometimes, our unclean nail folds give rise to viral, bacterial or fungal infections, which in turn can make us sick if we chew our nails.
Make use of your personal nail clipper to cut your nails. | Pixabay
* Exfoliate your hands: Similar to the way you exfoliate your face; your hands also need it. It helps to keep the dry skin at bay and keep your hands soft. You can buy a scrub or make one at home using brown sugar and olive oil. After scrubbing, you need to massage your hands with moisturizer.
Similar to the way you exfoliate your face; your hands also need it. It helps to keep the dry skin at bay and keep your hands soft. | Wikipedia
* Don't use your nails as tools: Always keep in mind that your nails are like jewels. Never use them to pry things open such as pop cans, removing keys from the ring, opening letters, or scraping off labels. This results in unnecessary breakage of nails, making your hands look dirty.
Never use your nails to pry things open such as pop cans, removing keys from the ring, opening letters or scraping off labels. | Photo by Sammy Williams on Unsplash
* Be aware of nail or cuticle inflammation or redness: If there are any signs of infection, disinfect the skin as soon as possible with an anti-bacterial or anti-fungal ointment.
(Article originally written by N.Lothungbeni Humtsoe) (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: Nails, groom, hand, exfoliate, chew, nail clipper, bite, cuticle
Bitcoin has become an essential crypto asset in modern portfolios and investment funds. The confidence generated in this cryptocurrency will depend a lot on the diversification that companies make in their balance sheets in Bitcoin and the increase of institutional investors that allocate a percentage of their funds in this crypto. American fund manager Cathie Wood makes some interesting predictions, both in the rise that the Bitcoin price will experience in the next 5 years, suggesting these institutional investors allocate 5% of their funds; this will help leverage the Bitcoin market.
Bitcoin will grow by a tenfold
Bitcoin is projected to grow by 10 times its current value in five years, i.e., it could reach $500,000. Of course, this will require companies to invest in cryptocurrencies. This makes it necessary to increase the weight of Bitcoin on balance sheets through investments. One of the investment gurus who supports this prediction is Catherine Wood. Contrarily, Ray Dalio, despite being clear that relying on cash is not a good strategy, views Bitcoin with suspicion, although he calls for its investment. This behavior is due to the actions of governments against the cryptocurrency market.
If something is undoubted is the vertiginous increase that cryptocurrencies have had in general, they have risen more than 60% so far this year. So, even when some governments are trying to regulate cryptocurrencies, they will fail. This attempt to regulate will end up triggering even more cryptos, especially Bitcoin, which is the oldest and most solid of that market.
Bitcoin, is the oldest and most solid of the market. | Photo by Executium on Unsplash
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The current Bitcoin price means is time to buy:
The current price of bitcoin invites you to buy, and perhaps it would be foolhardy not to. In either case, bitcoin will always represent money. Maybe some external factors generate some misgivings, but if you refuse to invest in cryptocurrencies, you are basically denying the near future, it would be as if you didn't have a cell phone or internet.
In India, more and more people are becoming convinced of the benefits of holding some Bitcoin. This can be clearly seen in the rapid increase in the number of new accounts at crypto exchanges such as WazirX and CoinDCX.
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Bitcoin, despite its fluctuations, represents an excellent financial strategy. The support users give is significant. The same cannot be said of the FIAT currencies, which have lost value and support, showing how fragile they are, being subjected to a constant devaluation. As long as confidence in cryptos grows, the foundations will continue to be laid to maintain their rise and to be able to continue making transactions. We know this by previous experience, as has happened with Ether, thanks mainly to the growing activity of Defi and NFT, i.e. decentralized finance and non-fungible tokens.
Remember that when you invest in Bitcoin, you can do it by buying or trading. When you want to make these transactions do it in a secure Exchange, study your finances to invest, manage the risk, and learn to manage your portfolio efficiently.