How to become a
How to become a Scrum Master
The Scrum framework is popular among project or product development teams as it allows for the efficient production of items. A Scrum Master helps lead teams to complete projects or develop products. The Scrum Master is responsible for ensuring the effectiveness of the Scrum Team. If you're considering this position, this article will explain what a Scrum Master is, their responsibilities, and the steps you can take to become one.
What is a Scrum Master?
A Scrum Master works in product development or project management and assists a team using the Scrum framework. The Scrum Master guides team members to be self-managed and multifunctional. Companies often use the Scrum framework as a management tool for product development, allowing them to develop software and technological products efficiently. This framework involves frequent daily meetings, retrospectives, and collaboration among teams.
The Scrum Master encourages and motivates the team during production, acting as a coach and facilitator, guiding the team to complete or create high-value increments for the customer. They are experts in the Scrum framework and principles and can guide team members regarding Scrum concepts. Scrum Masters work to ensure that the team achieves its objectives on time and adheres to the principles and values of Scrum, which include courage, focus, commitment, openness, and respect. They also ensure that all Scrum events are conducted positively, productively, and within the recommended timeframes.
Responsibilities of the Scrum Master
The responsibilities of a Scrum Master may include:
- Facilitating the Daily Scrum meeting, which is a 15-minute event with to inspect progress toward the Goal.
- Guiding team members on agile principles.
- Observing teams and identifying their strengths.
- Coaching team members to achieve goals and develop their skills.
- Leading communication among teams.
- Facilitating all elements of the Scrum framework
How to become a Scrum Master
If you're interested in becoming a Scrum Master, consider following these recommended steps to help you secure your first position:
- Practice the Scrum framework to reflect on responsibilities and interactions in projects, teams, and companies to understand their scope.
- Build your network of contacts, mentors, or coaches who can serve as consultants or references.
- Explore certification options for soft skills and those related to Scrum, such as the Scrum Master Professional Certificate, Scrum Product Owner, and Agile Coach.
- Prepare for the job search, actively search job portals like Indeed and Glassdoor in the United States, validate the requirements, and address identified gaps.
- Develop relevant skills to fulfill the role of a Scrum Master, including communication, interpersonal, collaboration, time management, active listening, coaching, conflict resolution, and knowledge of Scrum and Agile.
Salary and Career Outlook for the Scrum Master
A Scrum Master is similar to an IT project manager, and the average salary for an IT project manager is $98,308 per year (according to Indeed.com). This role typically includes other benefits such as health insurance, paid time off, and contributions to retirement funds. Salary may depend on different factors such as location, certifications, specialization, education, and the employer.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (https://www.bls.gov/) projects that the role of computer and information systems managers, including Scrum Masters, will grow by 16% until 2031, which is much faster than the national average for all occupations. These figures indicate that becoming a Scrum Master could provide you with a lucrative and secure career, even without prior experience.
Would you like to advance your career and become a Scrum Master?
We recommend two options for developing your skills in Scrum and obtaining your certification, which is vital for performing the role.