April 16, 2021


News for Agilists

How to become an editor at Serious Scrum | by Maarten Dalmijn | Serious Scrum | Aug, 2020

Did you know every single post made to Serious Scrum gets reviewed, and checked to make sure it complies to our Definition of Done? We’re doing this with a small editorial team of volunteers, all fueled by passion, who are reviewing in their spare time. We’ve helped polish and publish more than 1000 posts over the last few years.

Serious Scrum keeps on growing, and the articles which are submitted just never seem to stop. We’d like to grow our editorial team without lowering the bar in quality. In the past, we approached people who we wanted to join our editorial team. This isn’t very inclusive, hence I’m writing this post to make more clear what you can do to join our editorial team.

First things first, you won’t get paid, you won’t be famous and we don’t have any groupies. Not a very attractive proposition perhaps, but we’re not in this for the money. Everybody is helping out because they love writing, and learning more about Scrum, Agile and Product Management.

The biggest benefit of reviewing is that you’ll learn a lot about writing and coaching others how to make their article better. If you’re a writer yourself, reviewing the work of others helps to improve your craft. It also helps deepening your Scrum knowledge, and seeing things from a different perspective.

What we’re looking for:

  • Passion. The activity of reviewing should bring you joy, otherwise how will you be able to keep it up?
  • Solid understanding of Scrum, together with a willingness to learn.
  • Ability to write and give constructive feedback on writings of others.

You need to have a Medium account to become an editor.

The other steps are:

  1. Become a member of our Serious Scrum Slack.
  2. Join the #writing channel.
  3. Check if new articles are posted, and leave your review comments in the Medium draft. Evaluate posted articles by following the review process.
  4. When you’re done reviewing, leave a comment in the article on Slack. It’s always good to say something positive.

If you help others to level up their articles regularly and diligently, then we’ll ask you to become a part of our editorial channel. If you’ve reviewed around 3-5 articles, feel free to drop us a line. If you include which articles you reviewed, then we’ll take a look at those to see whether there is a good fit.

I hope it’s now more clear how you can become an editor, and I hope to see more people join our editorial team!

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