Scrum is a methodology in line with agile principles used for managing complex knowledge work allowing a team to self-organise and make changes quickly and easily. It is used to allow a development team (or scrum team) to set goals and deadlines for their deliverables in interactive cycles. The scrum master manages those process for how knowledge is exchanged, and parts of the overall project are delivered. The scrum master oversees the process of improving the interactions between the scrum team and the organisation in order to facilitate the smooth running of projects. The scrum master provides training and support for the scrum team with scrum methods. They are also responsible for arranging and the scrum team’s meetings and training sessions.
What Kind of Skills do Scrum Masters Need?
A scrum master needs to bridge the gap between the scrum team and the organisation and as such needs a to have an in-depth knowledge of Scrum methodologies combined with soft skills for stakeholder and team management. Typically, they are expected to have at least a bachelor’s degree in computer science of a related field along with some experience as an agile software developer. There is a lot of debate about whether scrum masters need to have technical knowledge and a prescribed set of hard skills. Most people agree that with the right level of soft skills and Scrum understanding, a scrum master can perform their role well without specific hard skills. There are also a variety of certifications they can get to help them perform the role well.
Scrum Master Soft Skills
Typically, scrum masters are expected to have the following soft skills:
Good written and verbal communication
Strong team management skills
Ability to problem solve
Ability to multitask
Strong leadership skills
Scrum Master Certifications
Although a scrum master certification is not always necessary, there are many available. These include becoming a Certified ScrumMaster or a Professional Scrum Master I (PSM I).
What are the Different Scrum Master Roles?
There are many related roles that also use Scrum methodologies, these include but are not limited to:
Scrum Product Owner
The scrum product owner is usually a project’s key stakeholder. They are responsible for conveying their idea for the end product to the scrum team.
A scrum developer fully understands the Scrum framework and works on ways to effectively utilise it for any given software project.
Scrum trainers are professional trainers licensed by Scrum.org to teach the principles of Scrum agile software.
Scrum Master Salaries UK
Scrum masters typically earn between £45,000 – £55,000 with 2+ years of experience but can earn up to £80,000 with 10+ years of experience.
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