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Scrum Master FAQ’s

What are SEUs?

SEUs are Scrum Education Units. They were created by the Scrum Alliance to foster continuous learnin…

Should I do the CSM or the CSPO course?

Ideally, you would do both. To summarise, if you have anything to do with product development or pro…

Is there a recommended reading list for Scrum Masters?

There isn’t an official reading list from the Scrum Alliance or Scrum organisation, but I have creat…

I’m a project manager, is the CSM a good fit for me?

Yes, it is. It can be challenging for project managers though. Why? Because a project manager tradit…

How do I progress as a Scrum Master?

In the role of a developer, you would progress from a junior developer to a senior developer, and fr…

I have experience as a Scrum Master. Do I need to do the CSM before doing the ACSM course?

If certification is important to you, then yes, you will need to do the CSM course before doing the …

Can a Scrum Master also be a line manager?

The answer is yes, they can. There is nothing in Scrum that speaks to line management but there is n…

What is my earning potential as a Scrum Master?

It depends on your level of experience and the application, for example, whether you are a contracte…

What can I do with a CSM credential?

The Certified Scrum Master (CSM) credential is an internationally recognised and respected certifica…

Is there an exam I need to pass to become a CSM?

Yes, there is. The Scrum Alliance have created an online international examination that consists of …

Is there an alumni group for CSMs?

Officially, the Scrum Alliance acts as both the certification body and the active community of Certi…

Is the CSM course theoretical or practical?

I can only speak to my own course, and that is a combination of both theoretical as well as practica…

How long is the CSM course and how is it configured?

Traditionally, the Certified Scrum Master course is 2 full days. From 9:30am to 5:30am. Our online d…

Do companies invest in the CSM course?

We do have companies who approach us to provide a private Certified Scrum Master course for anywhere…

Are there different Scrum Master certifications and how do they differ?

Yes, there are. There are several Scrum Master courses available on the market, certified and uncert…

Will I be able to lead a Scrum Team after doing a CSM course?

Yes. A Certified Scrum Master course gives you the confidence to set up good scrum within a small Sc…

What will you learn on a CSM course?

You are going to learn Scrum. The Certified Scrum Master course introduces you to the scrum environm…

What is a good certification path for a Scrum Master?

A natural progression from a Scrum Master role is to evolve into Agile coaching. There are, however,…

What is a Certified Scrum Master?

A Certified Scrum Master is a person who has completed the 2-day Certified Scrum Master course and s…

What do I need to know before signing up for a CSM course?

A lot of people think that they need to have technical expertise or previous experience with Scrum t…

How well recognised and respected is the CSM course?

There are about 1 million Certified Scrum Masters in the world today. It is by far the biggest, most…

How well does a CSM course prepare you to be a Scrum Master?

It prepares you very well. Doing a Certified Scrum Master course is like doing your driving license …

Do you get course materials and textbooks on the CSM Course?

Yes, you do get course materials. At the end of the course, I will share the course presentation PDF…

What is a daily scrum and do Scrum Masters lead them?

A daily scrum is a short, sharp meeting that includes members of the Scrum Team. Ideally, they are s…

What do Scrum Masters do?

When I was training to become a coach, my coach at the time, Jen Corburn, said something that answer…

What are career opportunities for a Scrum Master?

In the spheres of project management, a project manager would move from practitioner to manager and …

Must you be an expert in Scrum to become a Scrum Master?

It depends on how you define ‘expert’. There are different stages of career development and deep, ex…

How will I know if the Scrum Master role is a good fit for me?

One of the hardest parts for Project Managers who transition into a Scrum Master role is the lack of…

Do I need to be a developer to be a Scrum Master for a Software Development team?

The answer is no. You don’t need to be a software developer to be a great Scrum Master for a softwar…

Can you create a Scrum environment in a company that isn’t Agile?

Yes, you can. In fact, if it were not for people who did create Scrum pilot projects within companie…

Are there different levels of seniority amongst scrum masters
Are there different levels of seniority amongst Scrum Masters?

This is a bit of a loaded question because of the tension between the Scrum Guide’s definition of a …

What are 3 traits of a Good Scrum Master

A good Scrum Master is a servant leader of the Scrum team and works collaboratively with others to c…

What is a Scrum Team?

A Scrum Team is a complex problem-solving unit comprised of three roles. Scrum Master Product Owner …

What is the Agile Manifesto?

In February 2001, seventeen (17) individuals – considered to be some of the brightest minds in…

What is the difference between a Scrum Master and a Product Owner?

The difference between a Scrum Master and a Product Owner really boils down to their focus. A produc…

Is a Scrum Master a member of the development team?

They can be. There is nothing in the Scrum guide or framework that prevents a software developer fro…

How does a Scrum Master differ from a Project Manager?

A Scrum Master differs from a Project Manager in so many ways. Project Managers are traditionally in…

Do you need project management experience to become a Scrum Master?

In short, no, you don’t need project management experience to become a Scrum Master. Project Manager…

Do Scrum Masters work outside of Software Engineering Environments?

Yes, they do. Whilst Scrum and the Agile Manifesto were initially created by software engineers to h…

What is Scrum
What is Scrum?

Scrum is an Agile framework co-created by Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber after years of working wi…