What is a Scrum Master?
Taking on the role of Scrum Master is a rewarding and valuable opportunity to play a key role in a Scrum Team’s application of the Scrum Framework. The Development Team and Product Owner will look to you to help them apply the Scrum Framework so that they can leverage important feedback and the adaptive nature of Scrum. The Scrum Master ensures that Scrum is understood and enacted so that the Scrum Team achieves the greatest benefit from adhering to the theory, practices and rules of Scrum. The Scrum Master also works with those outside of the team to improve interactions with groups unfamiliar with how a Scrum Team operates to maximize the value to the whole organization of the Scrum team’s efforts.
Why Become a Scrum Master?
Being a Scrum Master is an opportunity to help teams and your organization better deliver value. Product and software development teams today need to be able to adapt quickly to changing business needs. To do this, teams need new approaches that can accommodate changing priorities and constraints without losing momentum and progress. Scrum delivers this with a straight-forward empirical framework for building products for the world today. Traditional and predictive approaches to creating innovative software are not able to keep up with the pace of change. The Scrum Master plays a pivotal role in making the transition to this dynamic and adaptive way of working. As a Scrum Master you will provide leadership and guidance on effectively applying Scrum to Scrum Teams and the organization. What you will learn?
What does a Scrum Master know?
- Scrum Theory – How Scrum works, its core principles and how these are different from those of more traditional software development approaches.
- The Scrum Framework – How Scrum theory is implemented using time-boxed events, roles, rules, and artifacts. Scrum Masters know how these can be used most effectively and how to recognize when they are degrading.
- Scrum and Change – How to best adopt Scrum given the change that is expected?
- Scrum and Total Cost of Ownership – A system isn’t just developed, it is also sustained, maintained and enhanced. A Scrum Master knows how the Total Cost of Ownership of our systems and products can be measured and optimized.
- Scrum Teams – Teams are self-organizing and cross-functional; this is different from traditional development groups. Scrum Masters understand this and how to work with Scrum teams to ensure their success.
- Predictability & Risk Management –Scrum is empirical and therefore based on strong feedback loops that help a team make decisions on known and clear facts. Scrum Masters know how to help a team make better predictions, control risk and track progress using Scrum.
- Scaling Scrum – Scrum works great with one team. It can also work for projects or product releases that involve hundreds or thousands of globally dispersed. Scrum Masters know how to scaling is best accomplished using Scrum.
Who can be a Scrum Master?
A Scrum Master can be anyone who is capable of assuming the responsibility for the successful use and/or rollout of Scrum for a project team or an organization. The Scrum Master can be a Developer, Team lead, Analyst, QA, Development Manager or any other role that supports the development of new products and software. The Scrum Master can also be part of the Development Team but should not also be the Product Owner.
How do I get there?
You can get your Scrum Master Certification in Calgary. Quadrus offers the Professional Scrum Master (PSM) certification course where you will learn the Scrum Framework and how to focus and leverage the empirical nature of Scrum to help your team deliver successfully. We recommend that you read the Scrum Guide prior to taking the course to get the most value from your training.
After this, we suggest that you the take the PSM I Assessment. Once you complete the assessment, you will then have your Professional Scrum Master (PSM) certification. You will need to study for this exam and the preparation involved will help further reinforce what you have learned in class.
Next, practice applying the Scrum Framework with Scrum Teams and in your organization. We recommend that the training course precede this step as the rules of Scrum need to be well understood by a Scrum Master so that they can ensure their teams derive the greatest benefit from the correct application of Scrum.
After you have applied your skills on the ground and are comfortable with your knowledge on the application of Scrum, we recommend that you take the PSM II Assessment to further strengthen you understanding and distinguish yourself as a highly effective Scrum Master.