How to become a certified Scrum Master?

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Eshna Verma

Published on February 20, 2015


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Anyone can become a certified Scrum Master, irrespective of their background or industry, provided they receive proper training in recognized institutions. 


So, who is a Scrum Master?

Before looking at what is expected of a Scrum Master, one should first understand the concept of the scrum framework. Scrum is a lightweight agile management framework primarily used for software development tasks, including developing complete software packages or some components of larger systems. It describes an iterative and incremental approach for project work that allows it to remain flexible enough to change in a controlled manner without extra expenses and risks of destroying large sections of previous work.

The scrum framework implements the cornerstones defined by the agile methodology, namely: individuals and interactions over tools and processes; customer collaboration over contract negotiation; working software over comprehensive documentation; and response to change over following a plan. It is a highly successful framework with multiple benefits, such as increased productivity, better product quality, higher customer satisfaction, reduced or stable project costs, and increased employee motivation and satisfaction. 

 

Preparing to become a Scrum Master? Take this test to know where you stand!


A Scrum Master is one of the three components of a scrum framework. The other two are the scrum product owner and the scrum team. Scrum teams are characterized by the lack of a project manager. They operate based on self-organization and communication within the team, where the Scrum Master and scrum product owner share responsibilities. The Scrum Master is actually a part of the scrum team, and is required to assume
the roles of both servant and leader for the team. 

The Scrum Master is supposed to manage how the team communicates by asking questions such as what did you accomplish yesterday? What did you accomplish today? and what were the impediments, if any? The Scrum Master protects the team from external distractions and helps to keep them focused, eliminates obstacles that may hinder the team’s progress, and helps the team to reach consensus in a timely manner. This makes the whole scrum team responsible for all outcomes.


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Why should you be interested in becoming a Scrum Master?

As the person leading the implementation of scrum methodologies or guiding scrum teams in software development projects, the Scrum Master earns an annual salary of between $70,000 and $100,000 on average, depending on their capacity: team leader, consultant, or product manager. One’s employment and career opportunities increase dramatically by obtaining certification. 


How to become a certified Scrum Master

Individuals interested in becoming Scrum Masters must take a 2-day course that costs around $1,000. After completing the course, students have 30 to 90 days to take the Scrum Master Accredited Certificate Program, a multi-choice online examination that you can participate from your desktop from any part of the world. The test has 50 questions that you should attempt within 60 minutes. To pass the examination and be accredited as a certified Scrum Master, you must answer at least 60 percent of the questions correctly. This should not worry you, as the success rate is 98%. The overall certification process is as follows:

Step 1: Attend a 2-day Scrum Master course or seminar 
Step 2: In 30 to 90 days, register online for the Scrum Master Accredited Certification Program 
Step 3: Upon successful registration, you will receive your Exam Access Code instantly online 
Step 4: Take the online test anywhere, anytime, and answer the 50 multiple-choice questions 
Step 5: Get your lifetime and international valid Scrum Master Accredited Certification Document instantly online – in pdf format. 


Cost and Topics covered in the certification exam 

The exam and certification cost a total of $29, and there are no hidden costs or fees involved. Topics covered in the test include:
  • Scrum roles
  • Scrum history and basics 
  • Product backlogs
  • Sprints 
  • Planning releases and sprints 
  • Problems that can arise while implementing scrum methods 
  • Scrum scalability
  • Conducting meetings, including the daily scrum 
  • Creating tasks and reports 
  • Team organization and building
Upon the successful completion of the course, and passing the Scrum Master examination, students are eligible to receive a Scrum Master Accredited Certification via the Scrum Alliance. The certification serves as a standard that the individual has the expertise required to leverage agile project management principles in Scrum projects. 


Important things to note about the course and exam 

While the Scrum Master Certification exam can be done online, all applicants must attend the in-class course, because the program requires students to interact with one another in a live format. The physical interaction is also necessary for students to learn how to manage projects in a natural environment, without any interference from internet interactivity. So, participants should choose a certification program carefully, taking into consideration the reputation of the training institution; the cost and scheduling; and the number of participants who have passed from previous classes. 
Simplilearn offers best-in-class training in Scrum to help you build a solid foundation and pass the exam in the first attempt. 
There are many different programs that you can choose to attend in order to become a certified Scrum Master, including working directly with Scrum Alliance, which provides participants with study materials and organizes training seminars for their students. 


Is scrum training and certification really necessary? 

Yes. Scrum training is beneficial to everyone on the team, because it gives them the tools they need to immediately accelerate team-building as they master the art and science of incremental delivery. As such, students receive training that is geared towards helping them discover the essential roles and practices that define Scrum, and are used by numerous successful agile teams across the globe. Through the training, participants should become well versed in the practical steps they need to take to form a high-performance team, as well as how to successfully evade the pitfalls that new agile teams often encounter. 

Scrum Master accredited certifications are beneficial to employers, employees, and freelancers for more or less the same reasons. For employees and freelancers, it serves as proof of competence and boosts their employability and career opportunities, while it helps employers to improve the efficiency of their work teams and processes, as well as the quality of their deliverables and customer satisfaction. 


Who is best suited to become a certified Scrum Master?

Scrum Master training is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in Scrum, as well as the necessary people skills to make it successful in organizations. As such, all stakeholders can benefit from learning about its implementation for program or project management, including team leads, team members, developers, architects, analysts and testers, product managers, development managers, and project managers.
 

About the Author

Eshna is a writer at Simplilearn. She has done Masters in Journalism and Mass Communication and is a Gold Medalist in the same. A voracious reader, she has penned several articles in leading national newspapers like TOI, HT and The Telegraph. She loves traveling and photography.


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