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How could you tell if a Scrum Master is not doing their job well?

That’s a tricky one because Scrum Master’s don’t have tangible output. The product delivered at the end of each sprint cycle isn’t on the scrum master, it’s on the development team that created it. So…

What are some of the biggest challenges a Scrum Master faces?

The biggest challenge you will face as a Scrum Master is justifying why you are on the team and why you are earning the salary that you do. The role of a Scrum Master includes coaching teams to become…

How do I stand out as a scrum master?

That’s a common question and an interesting question because it implies that you must do more than be a great scrum master to receive recognition and/or rewards. The idea that you must do something be…

What is the most important responsibility for a scrum master?

When I ask this question in my Certified Scrum Master and Advanced Certified Scrum Master courses, the answer is invariably, ‘to remove impediments’. Whilst removing impediments is an important role f…

How do scrum masters help improve decision making?

A good scrum master will have taken the time and effort to learn about coaching. The art of asking questions and helping both individuals and teams to understand their own line of reasoning, their thi…

What are the key elements of a great sprint retrospective?

The purpose of a retrospective is to facilitate an event that gives you a concrete element that your team can take to be better. The key is that the improvement is around process and not product. Inex…

What is WIP and how do effective scrum masters manage this?

WIP is an acronym for ‘work in progress’ and refers to the work which the scrum team are working on during the current sprint. It refers to the sprint backlog items the team are working on as well as …

How do burndown charts work and who facilitates them?

In a Scrum team, burndown charts are a tool you can use to track progress throughout the sprint and use as a benchmark, over time, to forecast potential productivity on future sprints. It can be facil…

Why is a Scrum Master a critical element of the Scrum Team?

In an environment where people don’t have a great scrum master, there can be a little confusion around why a Scrum Master is such a critical element of the Scrum Team. Let me answer this question with…

What are the key elements of a great personal review?

What are the key elements of a great personal review? For those who know Scrum, there will be no surprises with this one. Scrum is built on the concept of inspect and adapt, affording you the opportun…

How would you conduct an annual review?

How would you conduct an annual review? I think we need to unpack what you mean by an annual review before I can answer that question. Is it an annual review on your own performance? Is it something y…

What are three key elements of a great sprint review?

So, a sprint review is not only a demonstration of the work that has been achieved by the team over the period of the sprint, but also a celebration of the great work that the team have produced and a…

Meetup: ‘Co creating Great Employee Experience’ with Natal Dank

Online event, hosting Natal Dank – who heads up learning, coaching, and community at PXO Culture and is seen as a pioneer in the Agile HR movement. Overview of the event In a disruptive world, i…

What are SEUs?

SEUs are Scrum Education Units. They were created by the Scrum Alliance to foster continuous learning and reward Scrum Alliance members with benefits for investing in their self-development and profes…

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 product management, then the Certified Scrum Product Owner course would be a great fit for you. If you …

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 created a recommended reading list for Scrum Masters at each stage of their career development. Scrum was…

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 traditionally thrives within structured and ordered environments. Their training and experience are built …

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 from there onto a role in management. In traditional project management, it is much the same. You woul…

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 ACSM course. There is nothing preventing you from joining the ACSM course, however, we simply cannot…

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 no reason why a Scrum Master could not also be a line manager. I would, however, recommend that the S…

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 contracted Scrum Master on a daily rate or an employed Scrum Master on a full-time rate. According to Glass D…

What can I do with a CSM credential?

The Certified Scrum Master (CSM) credential is an internationally recognised and respected certification awarded by the Scrum Alliance. It is a valued credential for entry-level Scrum Masters who are …

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 50 questions. To pass the examination, you require a minimum of 74%, which translates into getting 3…

Is there an alumni group for CSMs?

Officially, the Scrum Alliance acts as both the certification body and the active community of Certified Scrum Masters around the world. There are currently a little over 1 million Certified Scrum Mas…

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 practical. As the Scrum Guide says, Scrum is relatively easy to learn but incredibly difficult to master. Th…

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 delivery has also experimented with 4 half days to accommodate people who are not able to take 2 full…

Do companies invest in the CSM course?

We do have companies who approach us to provide a private Certified Scrum Master course for anywhere between 12 and 24 people within the company. In these circumstances, we tailor the course to their …

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 uncertified, with varying degrees of credibility. Scrum Certification In my opinion, there are only 2 cred…

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 Scrum team environment and gives you a solid foundation from which to build. The CSM course does not f…

What will you learn on a CSM course?

You are going to learn Scrum. The Certified Scrum Master course introduces you to the scrum environment. You will learn about the different roles within the scrum team, and you will learn about the sc…

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, also many people who love being a Scrum Master and push to become the most influential, knowledgeab…

What is a Certified Scrum Master?

A Certified Scrum Master is a person who has completed the 2-day Certified Scrum Master course and successfully passed the international CSM examination. The CSM credential is awarded by the Scrum All…

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 to sign up for the Certified Scrum Master course but that isn’t the case. The Certified Scrum Master …

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 widely recognized Scrum Master credential in the world today. The credential is awarded by the Scru…

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 for a car. When you first learn to drive, you are learning how the car operates as well as the rules…

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 with you and if you are at an in-person Certified Scrum Master course, you will receive a print ver…

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 stand up meetings to ensure that they do not exceed 15 minutes and that each member of the team is fo…

Meetup: ‘The 6 Enablers of Business Agility’ with Karim Harbott

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Meetup: ‘Business Agility: Pivot or Perish’ with Richard Cheng

Live, online Agile Leadership & Business Agility Meetup hosting Richard Cheng – Vice President of Training & Chief Product Owner at NextUp Solutions and Certified Scrum Trainer. Overview…

What do Scrum Masters do?

When I was training to become a coach, my coach at the time, Jen Corburn, said something that answers this question beautifully. She said, “Coaches don’t do things. Coaches help other people to do thi…

What are career opportunities for a Scrum Master?

In the spheres of project management, a project manager would move from practitioner to manager and from manager to director level over the course of a career. In scrum, it works a little differently.…

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, expert level knowledge of Scrum comes only with time and experience. You cannot build mastery in a 2-d…

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 recognition for a job well done. The second hardest part is the lack of authority they command in c…

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 software engineering team. There are upsides to being a developer. If you are or were a software developer,…

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 companies that do not embrace Business Agility, the Scrum framework would never have grown as advanced and p…

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 Scrum Master and the tendency for organisations to give titles of seniority to people who have excel…

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 create an environment where others can excel. It is an extremely rewarding role, but it does require …

What is a Scrum Team?

A Scrum Team is a complex problem-solving unit comprised of three roles. Scrum Master Product Owner Development Team A few people. Ideally 5 to 7 people but it can be as high as 10 people on the upper…

What is the Agile Manifesto?

In February 2001, seventeen (17) individuals – considered to be some of the brightest minds in software engineering and product development – met at a ski resort known as Snowbird in Utah,…

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 product owner thinks about the customer, represents the customer, and makes sure that the customer’s probl…

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 from being a Scrum Master and a member of the development team, but it can be exceedingly difficult for…

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 interested in delivery. They build plans. They assign work. They ensure that work is done, tracked and…

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 Managers have great skill sets and work well in environments where the vast majority of variables are known…

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 help their teams build and deliver better quality software within shorter time frames, the frameworks…

What is Scrum
What is Scrum?

Scrum is an Agile framework co-created by Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber after years of working with teams in software engineering environments. From 1993 to 1995, they co-developed the Scrum framew…

SWARMing across Strategies with Graeme H

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Leading SAFe with Jon Spruce

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