Being a Scrum Master is a demanding job. There’s a lot you need to know about the Scrum framework and even today, most organizations don’t really understand the role of the Scrum Master. As a result, many organizations implement Scrum and Agile as a software development or project management process. But it really isn't!
Here, on this page, you’ll find everything you need to know to become a Scrum Master and then elevate your skills to become an amazing Scrum Master!
If you look in the Scrum Guide, you’ll find that the basic definition of the Scrum Master says that "the Scrum Master is responsible for promoting and supporting Scrum as defined in the Scrum Guide. Scrum Masters do this by helping everyone understand Scrum theory, practices, rules, and values.”
The Scrum Guide further explains that the Scrum Master
The Scrum Master Learning Path presented here is organized using the learning objectives for the Certified Scrum Master (CSM), and Advanced Certified Scrum Master (A-CSM) and Certified Scrum Professional - Scrum Master (CSP-SM) levels as defined by the Scrum Alliance. We’ll walk you through all the steps, starting with someone who is absolutely new to Scrum and has just been given the assignment of Scrum Master.
Artisan certification training courses are taught by a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST). The information provided on this page follow the learning objectives as defined by the Scrum Alliance, but also includes additional information than typically provided in the Scrum Alliance courses. Of course, we are constantly adding more information to this page to help you grow and succeed as a Scrum Master!
Surprise! You’re a Scrum Master. Now What?
OK. Don’t panic. You don’t have to know everything. You only have to know enough about the Scrum framework to get started. Let’s start by looking at these documents (each one will open in a different window when you click on it so that you can close the window when done and come right back here). These documents will thoroughly describe the foundations of Scrum.
Why Scrum Works - The Values Behind the Scrum Framework Once you have the basics of Scrum understood (see all that material in the previous section), you’re ready to move into some deeper stuff. When we talk about “values,” a lot of folks lose interest in the conversation. “Values?” they say, “Why should I care about values? Just show me what to do!” Well, it doesn’t work that way. You see, Scrum is a framework, not a process or methodology. If you do’t understand the values that make Scrum tick, two things are going to happen:
If you try to use the Scrum framework as a methodology, you WILL fail. The Scrum framework represents a mindset as well as practice. If you don’t get the mindset, nothing else will happen they way you want it to.
So, the values behind the Scrum framework are:
How Scrum Works - Empiricism
Scrum is a very simple framework based on the principle of empiricism. Essentially, “empiricism” means that we learn through experience. When it comes to building a product, the concept of empiricism means that we will consistently do the following:
Scrum looks at empiricism as having “three pillars” on which the concept of empiricism is based (see image in gallery above). The concept of empiricism, while simple, is far too often ignored by many Scrum teams.
Empiricism is so important that every Scrum event is based on it. For example, if the Sprint Review is not done properly, the product will not be properly inspected and what the team builds next will probably be more based on what had been planned than what actually makes the most sense.
The Certified Scrum Master (CSM) TrainingNow that you have the basics understood, it’s time to find an Artisan CSM training course taught by a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) and learn the rest of the information from a trainer who has learned Scrum inside and out and is ready to help you take the next step in becoming an amazing Scrum Master and give you the tools you need to start inspiring yourteam.
Next Steps: More Advanced Materials
Now that you’ve completed the CSM certification and learned a lot more about the Scrum framework, it’s time to start taking things to the next level. For starters, the clock is now running. With the CSM and one year of experience, you’ll be ready to take another huge leap in your understanding of being a Scrum Master by attempting the Advanced Certified Scrum Master training.
So, let’s start getting ready!
Getting More Advanced: Creating a LEAN Team
By now you’ve been a ScrumMaster for at least nine or ten months. You’ve got the Scrum events working perfectly, your development team has gone through a few problems which you’ve worked your way through. They’ve even gotten a little better at what they do (in other words, their velocity has increased). Let’s take the next step and start applying some lean concepts to your team and ramp up their ability to get stuff done even more!
What we’re trying to do in the above points is SIMPLIFY. An Agile principle and one of our most favorite, “simplify” means to reduce waste, complexity, cost, and time. While all of the items above CAN be difficult to do, each and every one of them will create better and better performance on your team.
The Advanced Certified Scrum Master (A-CSM) Training
By now you’ve been a Scrum Master for at least a year (make sure you take this next step before your CSM expires). It’s time to take the next step in your career as a ScrumMaster. It’s time to find an Artisan A-CSM training course taught by a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST).
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The Certified Scrum Professional - Scrum Master (CSP-SM) Training