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Provide continuous delivery of new features, bug fixes, and updates. By splitting the development process into regular sprints, the Scrum team is able to focus on specific functionalities and release them regularly.
Build your product based on actual customer voice, not only predictions. One of the main ideas behind Scrum management is to regularly look at the feedback from users and tailor the product to their needs.
Satisfy your stakeholders with regular updates and answers to their requirements. Thanks to the regularity of Scrum sprints, they can be adjusted to include the newest recommendations and feedback from your partners.
Answer to the market needs and deliver a product that sells. With the help of professional Scrum Master and Product Owner you can be sure that your product backlog is managed well and the right features prioritized.
Scrum is the most popular follow-up to agile project management — it's used by more than 60% of professional developers, according to the Stack Overflow 2018 Developer Survey. All of its principles are aligned with the ones of agile, but Scrum makes agile ideas feel less vague, more specific.
The work of a Scrum team is based on the so-called sprints, regular iterations (usually 1-4 week long) in which specific features or products must be delivered. Sprints are accompanied by sprint reviews (showcasing work of the team to a broader public, e.g. the whole company) and sprint retrospectives (internal team discussions on what was achieved in the last sprint). Additionally, every day of a Scrum team starts with a standup, during which each team member answers usually the 3 basic questions:
All this creates a system that guarantees an adaptable, feedback-based, and clear development process.
Scrum team always consists of one bigger group of people and two individuals: developers, Product Owner, and Scrum Master. Today, we’ll talk about the last one — how and actually why should one hire a Scrum Master? We answer these questions below.
What does a professional Scrum Master actually do in a team?
According to a report by Scrum.org, 45% of Scrum Masters were the people responsible for kicking off the agile transition in their organizations. This highlights the crucial value of a professional Scrum Master and the answer to the question of why should one hire a Scrum Master — they are simply the necessary people in conducting a company’s transition to modern standards of tech project management.
Differentiation between an Agile Coach and a Scrum Master is sometimes problematic, especially for people who have not experienced working with both of these specialists. It is quite understandable, as, at first sight, Agile Coach and Scrum Master indeed seem to have a lot in common: they both make sure that specific agile methodologies are implemented in the development process, they both serve as coaches and trainers, they both provide feedback and review the feedback given to them.
There is, however, a crucial difference to consider when thinking of the Agile Coach vs Scrum Master — the level they are operating on. Agile Coach operates on the level of the whole company, providing training for all teams and individuals. Scrum Master, on the other hand, is bound with one specific development team. They are an integral part of the Scrum team triangle which, besides a professional Scrum Master, includes also a Product Owner and developers.
Deep technical knowledge isn’t necessary for a Scrum Master — the person in this role, in the end, has to focus on the people, not on the tech. However, there are great advantages coming from hiring a technical Scrum Master.
Such an SM is able to understand better the scope of the project as well as the difficulties standing in the way of developers. A technical Scrum Master has also more possibilities of helping out both the Product Owner as well as the dev team, for example by running additional tests, locating bugs, pointing developers in the right direction.
Finally, a technical Scrum Master provides another layer for discussion during sprint reviews and retrospectives. Their knowledge powers the emergence of new ideas in the team as well as allows them to provide an alternative perspective on the steps recommended by the Product Owner.
What can be included in such a recommended technical skillset of a Scrum Master?
What’s even more important than hard skills? Scrum Master’s ability to communicate well with others in order to train them on the principles of Scrum. Because of this, the SM should possess a specific set of soft skills, including:
There are multiple certifications you should remember about when hiring Scrum Master. If your candidate owns at least one of them, it most likely means they possess a good knowledge both of the methodology itself as well as the best ways to promote it throughout the team and the company.
Some of the most popular Scrum Master certificates are:
The more tailored to your company your new Scrum Master is, the easier it will be for them to blend in and the bigger positive impact they will have on your whole Scrum team.
When hiring Scrum Master, you should especially consider the three following areas of company fit:
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