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Scrum Master

Scrum -  
Scrum is Agile Framework within which you can develop software with teamwork. Scrum is not a process or a technique for building products; rather, it is a framework within which you can have various processes and techniques.

Scrum Master - Scrum master is a person who helps other people to understand the project requirements. Scrum master is often considered a coach for the team,

He ensures that the Scrum adoption is successful in an organisation.

Scrum Master plays a very different role in any project  and helps to remove any obstacles that teams may encounter along the way.

Responsibilities -

  • Scrum Master ensure that team meets its business requirements

  • Scrum master does the planning, backlog grooming, sprint demo, sprint retrospective.

  • Guides about Scrum processes to everyone and helps to maintain integrity of Scrum values

  • Making sure that every stakeholder and required Team member should be present at the meeting at the given time

  • Conducting feasibility studies,

  • Writing & validating specifications.


Skills -

The Scrum master is not a project manager and he is neither responsible for any technical decision. He is very important person in any Agile process. He should have multiple skills like technical, scrum process and soft skills.

Scrum Master should have expertise in Agile and he must know different techniques and practices to give presentations and to manage self-organizing teams.

Characteristics -

  • Implementation of Scrum Process - Scrum Master ensures the entire team supports to implement Scrum process. The daily Scrum should be planned at a time that suits all team members

  • Communication - Scrum Master should be a good listener, good speaker, good observer and should be a good writer

  • Roles and Responsibilities - Scrum Master should knows his or her role is on the team. Without a solid understanding of the agile principles, every implemented practice is basically useless

  • Teamwork Skills - Scrum is all about working together as a team. Scrum Master keep the team together and on track. He is the team’s guide to the process so they need to be able to execute that role. He should have fantastic teamwork skills. He should know how to motivate and lead others from the sidelines and the front when they need to.

Best Practice -

  • Scrum master should listen carefully to all the queries of developers, project manager, and owner to understand their issues

  • He should give respect to all team member and listen to everyone's perspective.

  • Show genuine appreciation to whole team for their successful achievements


Certification -

To become a professional Scrum Master, you need to clear Certified Scrum Master exam known as CSM. This certification will help the candidate to understand Scrum values, practices, applications and provides a level of knowledge and expertise.

Benefits of Certification -

  • To Adopt a new methodology is a great decision for any business houses because it affects the whole organisation - processes, employees, clients and management.

  • Scrum is a simple framework that emphasises in any organisation for teamwork, communications and speed across the complex projects.

  • Scrum Master certification is beneficial for your organisation to achieve goals in an competitive environment

  • Influence your company or organisation to adopt an Agile Process

  • You can join a community of Scrum experts

  • You can get a badge of honour

  • It can makes you more relevant and marketable in your field

  • During the Daily Standup Meetings Team member can interact with Team members and help each other for finishing the assigned tasks.

Course objectives -

  • Scrum basics and core values

  • How to start using Scrum

  • Learn when to implement Scrum

  • Learn Scrum meetings, Sprint Retrospective, Sprint Review, and Release Planning.

  • Scrum artifacts like Product & sprint Backlog and Burndown Charts

Scrum is not a methodology even Scrum is a process. Scrum is a framework of rules, roles and principles.

Core values -

  • Whole team focuses on the work and the goals of the Scrum Team.

  • Scrum Team members respect each other.

  • Scrum Team members have a great courage to work efficiently.

  • People commit personally to achieving the goals of the Scrum Team to make process better



How to Start using Scrum -

  • Go through the Scrum Framework, Scrum Principles, Scrum Values, Definition of Artifacts, Scrum Roles & Events.

  • Understand the responsibilities of Scrum Master, Product Owner and Dev Team.


When to Implement Scrum -

  • Scrum is an Agile process framework used for managing software development.

  • Scrum should be implemented when below given elements will work

- Meetings - Sprint Planning, Daily Scrum, Retrospective

- Artifacts - Product Backlog, Sprint Backlog, Burndown chart

Steps to clear Certified Scrum Master Certification -

  • Training

  • Scrum Master Certifications

After completing Training and Scrum Master Certification Candidate should have to follow below steps

  • Candidate needs to complete online evaluation exam. This exam will cover below topics :

- Scrum Technology

- Practices

- Principles

  • After successful completion of the exam he will receive certification of Certified Scrum Master from Scrum Alliance.

  • After getting Scrum Certification he will become an official member of Scrum Alliance and he can work as Professional Scrum Master.


Scrum Master Career Path 

  • Scrum Master

  • Senior Scrum Master

  • Agile Coach

Scrum Master -

After completion of Scrum Master Certification It is the first rank. He needs to work on this position for at least 1 year to 5 years. In this duration he have to perform all the assigned role of Scrum Master. Scrum Master is completely responsible for promoting and supporting Scrum

Senior Scrum Master -

After Scrum Master you progress to Senior Scrum Master.  To become a Senior Scrum Master, He should get the advanced knowledge of best practices and also get to know how to implement them in Teams.

Agile Coach -

After the rank of Senior Scrum Master you progress to Agile Coach. To become an Agile Coach he should have 5 years + knowledge as a Scrum Master and minimum 1 year of experience of mentoring and coaching to the Team.

Summary -

  • Scrum is an Agile Development Framework for managing Product Development.

  • Scrum Master is a person who involves helping other people to understand Scrum process and also helps the team by removing obstacles in their work.

  • Scrum Master involves in the planning, team backlog grooming, sprint demo and sprint retrospective.

  • Scrum Master should have the skills of arranging meetings in such a way that it does not affect the priority work of the team.

  • Certified Scrum Master is an exam to become a professional Scrum Master.

  • There are many career opportunities for growth like Scrum Master, Senior Scrum Master and Agile Coach.

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