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What does a Scrum Master do?
What skills does a Scrum Master need to have?
Formal Scrum Master qualifications are also a requirement. This means that you should train to be a Certified Scrum Master (CSM). Additional certification in any of the following will help you stand out:
- Agile Certified Practitioner
- Certified Agile Essentials accreditation
- SAFe Scaled Agilist
- Certified Enterprise Coach
- Certified Product Owner
Do not be concerned if you do not have specific technical skills as their requirement is dependent on both the role and size of the Scrum. In smaller sized Scrums, it is beneficial for a Scrum Master to possess technical knowledge as they may be required to play more of a hands-on role.
Scrum Master job responsibilities
- Lead their team in Agile ceremonies, practices, principles, and behaviours
- Establish an effective working environment by setting specific targets, prioritising workflow and clearing obstacles
- Help team achieve targets and deliverables by being an effective mentor, coach, behavioural role model and direct line of support
- Address team dynamics, allowing the team to focus on delivering across project iterations or “sprints” by minimising interruptions and distractions
- Use metrics to plan and refine delivery schedules, also known as “backlog grooming”, with the aim of sustaining high performance
- Provide Agile support to product owners and product managers
- Exceptional stakeholder and relationship management
Skills and experience employers are looking for
- Relationship Management
What type of employers hire a Scrum Master?
Thanks to technological advancement and a shift towards Agile operation, there has never been a better time to be a Certified Scrum Master (CSM). A growing number of industries are seeking the expertise of an Agile Scrum Master including:
Information Technology – The Scrum framework was first conceived as a Software Development Agile delivery methodology. A good Scrum Master on a software development project is an invaluable asset as they solve a myriad of problems while allowing skilled developers and other technical resources to carry out their responsibilities such as writing code and testing new features.
Manufacturing – Production errors can be extremely costly to investigate and rectify. Having a Scrum Master involved in the production process can help identify problems much earlier in the supply chain. This helps mitigate errors, streamline processes and improve commercial success. As a result, we have seen an increase in the amount of Scrum Master jobs in the manufacturing industry.
Financial Institutions – These organisations are constantly working to drive their competitive standing in the market. By releasing products and services via Scrum they increase their speed to market to achieve greater commercial success. Whether it be banking, trading or insurance, these institutions have long been heavily reliant on technology and are often at the forefront of new technology being developed across the country such as Machine Learning, Automation and Artificial Intelligence. A Certified Scrum Master with technical skills in this vertical will be in a very strong position.
Marketing – Scrum is increasingly popular among marketing and digital agencies. The biggest driver for this is the expanding nature of traditional and digital marketing and a growing reliance on technology for product development. This has resulted in an increase in the number of specialist teams within a marketing department. Consequently, it has created a requirement for cross-functional teams and amplified the threat of potential backlog. The presence of a Scrum Master enables a smoother operation and a stronger competitive offering to clients.
Public Administration – The public sector features across the board in IT roles and the Scrum Master is no exception, often working within Scaled Agile environments. Technology has been marked as a priority throughout the public sector with organisations across all levels looking to update their systems and digitise their services.
Other industries offering Scrum Master jobs include education, engineering, Ecommerce, consulting agencies, mining, and retail.
Tools and software Scrum Masters use
Communication Platforms: Email, Slack, Teams, Zoom, Google Meets etc
Other: Programming languages
How to become a Scrum Master in Australia?
- A bachelor’s degree in business administration, information systems or a related field.
- Experience is the key element to becoming a Scrum Master. Familiarise yourself with the fundamentals of Scrum and work relentlessly on your core soft skills. These include communication, facilitation, and stakeholder relationships.
- Become a Certified Scrum Master. There is a range of organisations that provide Scrum Master training and certification. We suggest undertaking the certification program with a reputable organisation who adhere to the peak industry body, Scrum Alliance.
- There is an abundance of additional training that can help broaden your skills. These include and are not limited to, Professional Scrum Master (PSM) and Certified Scaled Agile (SAFe). Expand your skill set, have it accredited, and add it to your resume.
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