Scrum MasterJob Description, Salary, Career Path, and Trends
The Scrum master helps manage software and product development cycles while adhering to Agile best practices and Scrum framework values. These leaders monitor progress and provide process improvements by reducing inefficiencies and offering guidance. They also handle the administrative tasks of day-to-day management within the chosen department.
While these managers train and recruit staff, they also handle risk, scheduling, and facilitation of events and processes. They’re responsible for organizing product testing and demonstrations and creating timelines for project milestones and deliverables.
While a degree isn’t strictly necessary, having a Scrum certification, and working knowledge of the agile methodology and frameworks is vital to succeeding in this position. Additionally, the candidate should possess excellent interpersonal skills, along with developed time and project management skills. Scrum masters should also have strong analytical and problem-solving abilities as ideal candidates.
Sample job description #1
We support teamwork, thinking big, and taking risks in a blame-free environment. We promote self-direction to work on relevant projects while building an environment that provides the support and mentorship needed to learn and grow. We’re excited to see what you’ll bring to our team.
Works with the Product owner to align team with the product vision, sprint goals, and other necessary information
Creates an environment of collaboration within the teams that allows for open dialogue and productive solutions for resolving conflicts
Champions continuous improvement activities to reduce waste and increase productivity
Coaches teams to conduct continuous improvement events
Seeks opportunities for improvement to the overall effectiveness of teams and the organization
Communicates organizational impediments to leadership and clears impediments for the team
Embraces the concept of continuous learning in your own journey and instills the same in the team(s) you coach
This role requires a wide variety of strengths and capabilities, including
BS/BA degree or equivalent experience
Strong familiarity and adherence to core Agile values and principles
Experience as a practicing Scrum Master on a team
Exposure to modern engineering practices like Unit Test-Driven Development, Acceptance Test-Driven Development, and Continuous Integration
A mindset of servant leadership
An Agile mindset
Expert with Agile and Scrum framework and its application in Product Development and delivery organization
Ability to coach and mentor
Ability to collaborate with and influence people at various levels
Sound understanding of Scaling framework such as LeSS
Leverage skills from coaching, facilitation, conflict resolution, and more to serve the team(s)
Sample job description #2
The Scrum Master must have strong knowledge in Agile methodology and has the ability to educate others. They provide a path for resolving impediments and help keep the team focused and achieve the goals. They also coordinate all aspects of releases from versioning to production deployment
Coordinating and managing scrum ceremonies including Sprint Planning, Stand Ups, Refinement, Sprint Review, and Retrospective
Removing impediments or guiding the team to remove impediments through coordination and creative thinking
Analyzing sprint data to determine potential risks of meeting sprint goals
Assisting with internal communication, improving transparency, and radiating information
Facilitating discussion, decision making, and conflict resolution
Contributing to the advancement and improvement of Agile practices within the organization
Coordinating and managing application releases/versioning processes
4 years minimum of relevant work experience
Experience in playing the Scrum Master role for at least two years for a software development team
Excellent communication, facilitation, and coaching skills
Good data analytical skills
Scrum Master Certification
Experience working during an organization Agile transformation
Knowledge of other Agile approaches: XP, Kanban, etc.
Awareness and experience with widely successful Agile techniques including User Stories, Continuous Integration, Pairing, Automated Testing, Agile Games
Sample job description #3
The Scrum Master is responsible for empowering delivery teams to effectively deliver business results. A scrum expert, the scrum master leads the team to understand and apply the scrum framework to the work that they do and aids the team in eliminating, reducing or avoiding challenges that may prevent effectiveness. Scrum masters work closely with the Product Owner, Delivery teams, Program Manager, and other Scrum masters and Support teams.
Champion and drive the Lean Agile mindset, helping the team embrace core values, principles, and agile processes/practices
Remove and manage team impediments to enable the team to deliver value
Be a voice and advocate for the team so the team can focus on delivering value
Bring visibility to the work, impediments, risks, and other areas of importance
Foster a healthy flow of work that eliminates waste as the team moves through the delivery cycle
Responsible for ensuring that the Scrum Team adheres to Scrum values, practices, tools and rules
Assists Product Owner with planning, change management, risk management, and product backlog maintenance
Monitors Scrum Team execution against iteration plan
Work with teams to coordinate cross team dependencies and risks
Enables the team to execute iteration planning, iteration demonstrations and retrospectives, and making certain each results in productive output for the team and project
Ensures Scrum Team is leveraging standard tools
Actively participates in product planning sessions, risk management processes and change management/communication
Tracks team burn-down throughout Sprint execution and works with team to maximize efficiency
Partners with shared service Scrum Masters, Delivery Managers, and other like roles
Ensure dependent teams are delivering end to end solutions
Ensure Transparency to Teams via Jira and executive status reporting
Ensure that all representatives have an environment conducive to openly and honestly sharing information
Be a trusted advisor to New York Life Direct clients for project delivery
Facilitate project activities; be a voice of reason and authority, while enabling the delivery team to self-organize and innovate
Highly collaborative with good conflict resolution skills
Excellent team player
Strong leadership skill
Ability to work directly with technical and product teams
Strong command of Scrum framework, Kanban framework, and Agile values and principles
Experience with end to end software development and delivery process
Knowledge of modern Agile development techniques such as Dev Ops, test driven development, and test automation
Sound problem solving skills
Understanding of SDLC/TDLC type practices
Strong work ethic to help team meet commitments
Demonstrated willingness to be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities
Effective communication skills, with ability to flex style and interaction across diverse stakeholder groups
Energetic, enthusiastic and a proven ability to work and lead in a team-based environment
Experience with agile methodologies (Scrum, Kanban, etc.)
CSM, SSM or PSM certification required
SPC or other advanced certification preferred
Bachelor’s degree in a technical field or equivalent professional experience but not required
Prior experience in software development as an analyst, tester, developer, or project manager
Average salary and compensation
The average salary for a Scrum master is $105,800 per year in the United States, with many companies offering an annual bonus. Salary will vary depending based on geography, company size, and years of experience.
Los Angeles, California
New York City, New York
Sample interview questions
What is the difference between Agile and Scrum?
What makes a good team?
What would you do if your team didn’t like your idea and suggested a new one?
What is the best way to communicate with a product owner?
Should the development team be involved in the early phases of planning?
What’s the structure of a user story?
How do you prioritize your team’s efforts?
How do you assess the value of a story?
Which Agile frameworks are you familiar with?
What metrics do you employ when measuring a project’s success?
Have you written reports for your Scrum projects?
How do you give feedback to your team?
How would you ensure that the Scrum process is being applied?
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