Agile is a methodology for organizing large projects, particularly in the technology field. TechTarget points out that an agile project embodies flexibility and innovation while applying “a level of pragmatism into the delivery of a finished project.” Agile is particularly suited for software development, where many small pieces come together to create one digital product.
Within the Agile framework resides the scrum master who runs the project. A scrum helps teams organize themselves in a way that innovative changes can happen more efficiently during product development. Interestingly, scrum is also a term used in rugby, where the team huddles as part of the game. Agile also has a huddle, or stand-up, where development team and scrum master organize their work. The scrum master has a powerful role in the process, helping teams build consensus, move forward, and stay productive.
How to Become a Scrum Master
To become a Certified Scrum Master (CSM), you must learn the tenets of product delivery, fast feedback, constant improvement, and rapid change management. There are three steps necessary to becoming a CSM:
- Study the tenets of Scrum and Agile and complete the pre-requisites for a CSM course of study.
- Attend a CSM course taught by a Certified Scrum Trainer.
- Pass the CSM exam by answering at least 74 percent of the 50 test questions correctly. Note it is a one-hour timed test.
To get started, visit the Scrum Alliance website, where you’ll find a series of eLearning tools. Click here for the 14-part free training series. You’ll learn about the roles within Scrum, Scrum Theory, Events and Artifacts. Here are two additional tools:
When you’re ready, it’s time to take the CSM course. CSM certification is an in-person two-day class. It’s a necessary step before the testing process. This 16-hour course will help prepare you for supporting an Agile Scrum Team. After completing the course, you have 90 days to complete your CSM exam.
The final step is the CSM exam. Click here to find one in your area. The test is 50 questions, which are not easy, and based on a variety of scenarios you will have to respond to. You can take some of the free mock tests on Scrum Source before taking the CSM exam.
Why Become a CSM?
In addition to learning new skills for managing an Agile project, here are some benefits for becoming a CSM:
- It will show employers you’re continually learning new skills. It takes motivation to accomplish your CSM, and that’s a skill employers look for.
- Improves team efficiency by following Agile’s innovative methodology for project management.
- Staying current by strategically building knowledge in your chosen field.
Achieving the title of scrum master means you are qualified to lead and nurture teams of developers or other employees during the development of a large, multifaceted project. Employers are eager to talk with scrum masters because they have skills that can cross over into change and project management in other areas of a business. Contact Blackstone Talent Group, we have jobs for scrum-certified professionals.