Scrum is a powerful framework for implementing agile processes in software development and other projects. This highly adopted framework uses brief work iterations, called sprints , and daily meetings, called scrums, to address discrete parts of a project in succession until the project is complete. There are three key roles within Scrum: the Scrum Master, the product owner, and Scrum team members.
What is a Scrum Master?
As the leader of a Scrum team , it sponsors a project, provides guidance to the team and owner of the product, and ensures that all practices are followed by team members. It not only addresses all facets of the agile development process, but also serves the business, product owner, team and individuals in the following ways:
In the business environment, it creates a creative, safe, productive and supportive development environment and allows multidirectional collaboration.
At the product owner level , it facilitates planning and helps owners understand and adhere to scrum techniques and practices.
At the team level , it provides guidance, training, support and facilitation, and helps eliminate any obstacles that teams may encounter along the way.
At the individual level , it supports individual efforts, tackles any problems that arise, and removes obstacles to help people focus and be productive.
Scrum Master Training and Certifications
Two well-known organizations, the Scrum Alliance and Scrum.org, offer training and Scrum certifications .
Established in 2001, it is one of the most influential organizations in the agile community. It is a non-profit association with over 500,000 certified professionals worldwide. Scrum Allianceoffers the following Scrum certifications :
Certified ScrumMaster (CSM): The CSMs “act as” servant leaders “, helping the rest of the Scrum team work together and learn the Scrum framework.”
Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO): CSPO are “the people closest to the ‘commercial side’ of the project.
Certified Scrum Developer (CSD): CSD certification “teaches students the most important tools and techniques that need to be applied to build good software in the iterative and incremental way that Scrum requires.”
Certified Scrum Professional (CSP): A CSP “challenges Scrum teams to improve how Scrum and other Agile methods are implemented for each project.”
Scrum.org was founded in 2009 as a “global organization dedicated to improving the software delivery profession by reducing gaps, so work and work products are reliable.”
Scrum.org offers Master Scrum Professional (PSM) certifications at three levels:
PSM I: PSM I certificate holders “demonstrate that they understand Scrum as described in the Scrum guide and the concepts of applying it”.
PSM II : PSMII certificate holders “demonstrate that they have an understanding of the underlying principles of Scrum and can effectively implement Scrum in complex real-world situations.”
PSM III: PSMIII certificate holders “have a deep understanding of the application and practices of Scrum and Scrum Values in a variety of complex organizational and team situations.”
Scrum Master Salaries
Based on the Project Management Institute’s “Power Gain: Project Wage Survey, Ninth Edition” report, working in Agile / interactive / incremental / Scrum earn between $ 105,000 and $ 188,000 a year.
Scrum Master jobs
Since Scrum can be applied to virtually any organization, Scrum Masters are in high demand as companies continue to look for ways to complete their projects and products faster. In fact, according to LinkedIn are among the “most promising jobs of 2017” with a growth of 104%.