Scrum Master Certifications

Are you a new or an experienced scrum master looking to either have your knowledge formally recognized or simply have a certification to improve your chances with your next job?

You then have the following 3 choices to choose from

  • Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM) from Scrum Alliance
  • PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)® from PMI
  • Professional Scrum Master (PSM) I and II assessments from

CSM is the most recognized followed by PMI-ACP but PSM has started to gain more acceptance owing to its lack of requirement for mandatory training which, in my opinion, is a waste of your hard earned money especially if you are an experienced scrum master.

If you have your company sponsoring the training, then I would recommend taking either CSM or PMI-ACP else I would recommend PSM I which you should be able to get in 3 weeks if you work hard and practice a lot.

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Godavari Maha Pushkaram 2159 – How would it be?

Godavari Maha Pushakaram 2015 is on right now and going by the number of pilgrims taking the holy dip one can easily and safely say that this year’s Maha Pushakaram must be the largest ever (consider the size of our population since the last one in 1871). This makes me wonder what will the Godavari Maha Pushkaram 2159 be like? How big would India be? Would we still believe in the holy dips? Would these festivals end before we even enter the 22nd century? Would these holy rivers run dry or would they much cleaner and much fuller?

What do you think? Feel free to share your views…

A little background on the Godavaru Pushkaram :-

The Godavari Pushkaram occurs once in every 12 years on the auspicious occasion of the transit of Bruhaspati into Simha Rasi (Leo zodiac sign). This is an important Religious Festival in Andhra Pradesh paramount to Kumbh Mela of the North. Its grandeur begins amid pomp and gaiety in the month of Aashadam on Chaturdasi Day.

The Godavari Pushkaram occurring this year is a Maha Pushkaram. It is not an ordinary pushkaram. The Maha Pushkaram comes once for every 12 regular pushkarams. Or, simply once in every 144 years. Hence it is named Godavari Maha Pushkaram 2015. The next Godavari Maha Pushkaram will commence in the year 2159.

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A really little book that could help you beat the Market

I was visiting a friend a couple of weeks ago and we were having our usual discussions about investing and stock picking and he mentioned about a blog that rates the stocks in the Sensex and Nifty based on a ‘Magic formula’. Of course the words ‘Magic formula’ got me curious and who wouldn’t be? So I came back home and looked up this blog and found that this formula is actually from a book that the blogger had read in the past.

The title was “The Little Book That Beats the Market” and I almost screamed aloud “what the ****!!”

Rest of the blog post can be found here

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Warren Buffet’s funny and sensible quote

Warren Buffet is supposed to have quoted the following during an interview on US economic recovery

“You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.”

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Whats new in EJB 3.1

Few interesting new features are being added in EJB 3.1, the main ones are listed below. Asynchronous invocation is definitely a BIG plus.

1. no-interface session beans
2. Singleton session beans
3. Asynchronous invocation of Session beans
4. Global jndi names
5. TimerService enhancements
6. EJB Lite
7. Packaging enterprise beans within a WAR
8. Embeddable EJB containers

More details at

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Did you know? New things I learned about Servlets

I learnt few new things about Servlets recently

1. SingleThreadModel has been deprecated since 2.4 specification

2. Servlet’s init method should throw UnavailableException if it cannot complete its initialization

Smart and funny ways to save money during recession

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Loading Files using Java in a location independent way

Location independent access to Java Resources is a nice tutorial if you would like to know how to load files in java without specifying absolute paths. In a nutshell its done by using methods getResource and getResourceAsStream method in class Class. There is another set of methods in ClassLoader for loading system resources.

Smart and funny ways to save money during recession

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