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What Are Some the Benefits of the Agile Development Methodology?

The pandemic affected not just our health and our lives, but it upturned economies and the fortunes of organizations.  Companies that were operating on legacy systems and were slow to respond to the fast changes that were sweeping through markets and businesses were caught off-guard, and had to bear huge financial losses. On the other hand, organizations who had embraced the change and had overhauled their traditional systems and slow technologies to new and improved frameworks and methodologies, managed to stay afloat and thrive. What allows these organizations to be so nimble and respond so fast to changing markets, changing technologies, changing customer preferences and economies and successfully implement large projects? The one answer to all—Agile.  It is Agile that helped these organizations to innovate, inspect and adapt and stay unscathed despite the severe technological and economic disruptions that happened all over the world. 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They all follow incremental and adaptive methods during product development. There is an emphasis on creating teams that are small-sized, self-organized, collaborative, and transparent with a joint ownership, common alignment, and one-team culture. The different Agile methodologies include: Agile Scrum Methodology Lean Software Development Kanban Extreme Programming (XP) Crystal Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) Feature Driven Development (FDD) Benefits of Agile MethodologyBenefit 1: Rapid Delivery of Working Software: The iterative and incremental approach requires a large project to be split into shorter chunks. Each of these chunks will have a goal and the Agile team will work towards developing and delivering a fully working feature by the end of a short time frame called sprint.As the emphasis is on delivering fast, the customer does not have to wait too long to understand what is being developed. This quick delivery of products or features is a boon not just for the customers, but also for the Agile team themselves.  Benefit 2: Project Stability:  Markets are unstable and so are businesses. It may so happen that your customer may cut the project budget or reduce your funding. A traditional project methodology, with its inability to respond fast to change, would result in very costly rollbacks. Agile, on the other hand, allows a quick response to change and thus safeguards projects and organizations from a rollback. A project may also see instability when requirements change too often. This is likely to happen in the times we are living in when disruptions and technological advances are the norm. Agile again buffers a project from failure by helping teams assimilate the changes in requirements and provide it in the next sprints or releases.  Benefit 3: Early Feedback: Agile believes in ‘fail fast fail safe’ philosophy. The sooner you fail, the faster you correct yourself and get back on your feet. The short iterations of Agile or short sprints emphasize result in products or features being released at a faster rate. The faster the customer can see the product, the sooner they can give their feedback or inputs on any improvements they want to see in the product.These improvements are then incorporated in the future sprints, thus again giving the customer the acknowledgement that their opinion matters and is incorporated into the release. This quick feedback loops makes for satisfied customers who in a traditional project development would have had to wait till the development of the entire product was completed in order to look at the product and give feedback on it, which to get incorporated would again take a very long time.  Benefit 4: Improved Quality:  Testing in Agile is not an afterthought. Unlike traditional project management, where testing is done only after the development is complete, Agile incorporates testing simultaneously with development. There is emphasis on continued testing, small batch testing, and automated testing. Agile enforces the concept of releasing a fully tested and working product at the end of each sprint. Early and fast testing helps improve quality at each stage and what the customer finally gets is a product that is very high on quality.  Benefit 5: Enhanced Productivity:  Agile teams are small as they are cross-functional, transparent and with a high degree of collaboration and self-organization. Each team member has accountability which helps increase morale.At the same time, working in short sprints and focusing on small sized deliveries helps enhance productivity and quality. Measurable productivity metrics like velocity, lead time etc also help teams gauge how productive they are and make improvements in their ways of working.  Benefit 6: Reduced Risks:  A project can be subject to several risks. Budget risks, schedule risks, productivity risks, resource risks and so many more. Most risks come down to poor planning, an inability to respond to changes or be adaptive, or loss of critical resources. Agile, when implemented right, helps deal with risks by implementing a rolling wave plan and giving the right tools and techniques to provide accurately estimate schedules and costs. Quick adaptive processes and short iterations that allow changes to be incorporated, help to prevent risks that may be associated with productivity. By ensuring right planning, right allocation of tasks and resources and effective prediction techniques, Agile helps to reduce and mitigate risks to a great deal.  Benefit 7: Satisfied Customers:  What more can a customer want? Early releases, on track development, complete transparency and involvement with all things being done and frequent feedbacks. Agile customers are happy campers! They get their money’s worth and with the high degree of user engagement throughout the development process, they know that they are getting the best quality.  Benefit 8: Transparency:  Agile offers several tools and techniques that helps maintain maximum transparency throughout the development process. The customer has an ally in the Product Owner who represent the customer in all the day to day goings on of the project. Similarly, the Agile development team too ensures that the release or product developed at the end of each sprint is appropriately showcased to the customers to get their feedback. Transparency and trust is also established in the Agile team in the form of daily meetings (for example, Daily Scrum) where team members not just get to air out their grievances but also showcase their accomplishments, big and small, and deepen collaboration with team members.  Benefit 9: Better Response to Change/Uncertainty:  Agile does not avoid change and uncertainty but rather it is built to adapt and accept change. But what makes Agile adaptive? The fact that it helps develop products incrementally and iteratively. This allows for changes to be made in every iteration or sprint and in every increment. Teams that have to deal with frequent changing requirements are able to implement them in their Agile projects.  Benefit 10: Continuous Improvement:  Working at ways to continuously improve is one of the core principles of Agile. The iterative development helps in bringing in a cadence of improvement. Continuous feedback loops, frequent testing, automated testing, and the iterative and incremental method for product development helps to ensure continuous improvement, not just in projects but in the way teams work.  To Conclude…   The benefits of Agile are not limited to the IT sector. It has benefitted industries from across sectors and domains, including: Education Military Marketing Automotive Governments Infrastructure  If your organization has not yet adopted Agile, then there is no time better than now! 

What Are Some the Benefits of the Agile Development Methodology?

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What Are Some the Benefits of the Agile Development Methodology?

The pandemic affected not just our health and our lives, but it upturned economies and the fortunes of organizations.  

Companies that were operating on legacy systems and were slow to respond to the fast changes that were sweeping through markets and businesses were caught off-guard, and had to bear huge financial losses. On the other hand, organizations who had embraced the change and had overhauled their traditional systems and slow technologies to new and improved frameworks and methodologies, managed to stay afloat and thrive. 

What allows these organizations to be so nimble and respond so fast to changing markets, changing technologies, changing customer preferences and economies and successfully implement large projects? The one answer to all—Agile.  

It is Agile that helped these organizations to innovate, inspect and adapt and stay unscathed despite the severe technological and economic disruptions that happened all over the world. In this blog, we attempt to look at what are some the benefits of the agile development methodology and how they help organizations.

10 Key Benefits of Using the Agile Methodology

Waterfall vs Agile

Before looking at the benefits that Agile brings to the organization, let us look at what it is and how it works. 

Agile is an iterative approach to project management and software development that helps teams deliver value to their customers faster and with fewer headaches—Atlassian  

Agile, in a nutshell, is an incremental and adaptive approach to product development. Agile, on a deeper level, is not just about the way a product is developed, but it is a cultural change. It proposes a radical shift from the traditional method of software development and promotes a horizontal approach to project development rather than a top-down approach. 

The 14th Annual State of Agile Report states that 55% of the companies surveyed, plan to increase their agile adoption to promote faster time to market and improve areas that will reap long term benefits with agile adoption. Post the pandemic, several more organizations have realized the benefit of going Agile and gaining the significant benefits it brings in.  

Business Agility, according to the Agile Business Consortium is of top priority to most organizations which emphasizes: 

  • Adapting to changing business conditions 
  • Responding and implement customer requirements as quickly as possible 
  • Embracing change while ensuring that there is no compromise in product quality 
  • Continuously being at a competitive advantage 

Agile, as mentioned in the Agile Manifesto is based on four values and 12 principles.

The Four Values of the Agile Manifesto:

  1. Individuals and Interactions Over Processes and Tools 
  2. Working Software Over Comprehensive Documentation 
  3. Customer Collaboration Over Contract Negotiation  
  4. Responding to Change Over Following a Plan 

The Twelve Principles of the Agile Manifesto:

  1. Customer satisfaction through early and continuous software delivery 
  2. Accommodate changing requirements throughout the development process  
  3. Frequent delivery of working software  
  4. Collaboration between the business stakeholders and developers throughout the project  
  5. Support, trust, and motivate the people involved  
  6. Enable face-to-face interactions  
  7. Working software is the primary measure of progress  
  8. Agile processes to support a consistent development  
  9. Attention to technical detail and design enhances agility 
  10. Simplicity 
  11. Self-organizing teams encourage great architectures, requirements, and designs  
  12. Regular reflections on how to become more effective  

What are the Different Agile Methodologies?

There are many methodologies that come under the wider umbrella of Agile and are based on its principles and values. They all follow incremental and adaptive methods during product development. There is an emphasis on creating teams that are small-sized, self-organized, collaborative, and transparent with joint ownership, common alignment, and one-team culture. 

The different Agile methodologies include: 

  • Agile Scrum Methodology 
  • Lean Software Development 
  • Kanban 
  • Extreme Programming (XP) 
  • Crystal 
  • Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM) 
  • Feature Driven Development (FDD) 

10 Key Benefits of Agile Methodology

Benefits of Agile Methodology

  • Benefit 1: Rapid Delivery of Working Software: 

The iterative and incremental approach requires a large project to be split into shorter chunks. Each of these chunks will have a goal and the Agile team will work towards developing and delivering a fully working feature by the end of a short time frame called sprint.

As the emphasis is on delivering fast, the customer does not have to wait too long to understand what is being developed. This quick delivery of products or features is a boon not just for the customers, but also for the Agile team themselves.  

  • Benefit 2: Project Stability:  

Markets are unstable and so are businesses. It may so happen that your customer may cut the project budget or reduce your funding. A traditional project methodology, with its inability to respond fast to change, would result in very costly rollbacks. 

Agile, on the other hand, allows a quick response to change and thus safeguards projects and organizations from a rollback. A project may also see instability when requirements change too often. This is likely to happen in the times we are living in when disruptions and technological advances are the norm. Agile again buffers a project from failure by helping teams assimilate the changes in requirements and provide it in the next sprints or releases.  

  • Benefit 3: Early Feedback: 

Agile believes in ‘fail fast fail safe’ philosophy. The sooner you fail, the faster you correct yourself and get back on your feet. The short iterations of Agile or short sprints emphasize result in products or features being released at a faster rate. The faster the customer can see the product, the sooner they can give their feedback or inputs on any improvements they want to see in the product.

These improvements are then incorporated in the future sprints, thus again giving the customer the acknowledgement that their opinion matters and is incorporated into the release. This quick feedback loops makes for satisfied customers who in a traditional project development would have had to wait till the development of the entire product was completed in order to look at the product and give feedback on it, which to get incorporated would again take a very long time.  

  • Benefit 4: Improved Quality:  

Testing in Agile is not an afterthought. Unlike traditional project management, where testing is done only after the development is complete, Agile incorporates testing simultaneously with development. There is emphasis on continued testing, small batch testing, and automated testing. Agile enforces the concept of releasing a fully tested and working product at the end of each sprint. Early and fast testing helps improve quality at each stage and what the customer finally gets is a product that is very high on quality.  

  • Benefit 5: Enhanced Productivity:  

Agile teams are small as they are cross-functional, transparent and with a high degree of collaboration and self-organization. Each team member has accountability which helps increase morale.

At the same time, working in short sprints and focusing on small sized deliveries helps enhance productivity and quality. Measurable productivity metrics like velocity, lead time etc also help teams gauge how productive they are and make improvements in their ways of working.  

  • Benefit 6: Reduced Risks:  

project can be subject to several risks. Budget risks, schedule risks, productivity risks, resource risks and so many more. Most risks come down to poor planning, an inability to respond to changes or be adaptive, or loss of critical resources. 

Agile, when implemented right, helps deal with risks by implementing a rolling wave plan and giving the right tools and techniques to provide accurately estimate schedules and costs. Quick adaptive processes and short iterations that allow changes to be incorporated, help to prevent risks that may be associated with productivity. By ensuring right planning, right allocation of tasks and resources and effective prediction techniques, Agile helps to reduce and mitigate risks to a great deal.  

  • Benefit 7: Satisfied Customers:  

What more can a customer want? Early releases, on track development, complete transparency and involvement with all things being done and frequent feedbacks. Agile customers are happy campers! They get their money’s worth and with the high degree of user engagement throughout the development process, they know that they are getting the best quality.  

  • Benefit 8: Transparency:  

Agile offers several tools and techniques that helps maintain maximum transparency throughout the development process. The customer has an ally in the Product Owner who represent the customer in all the day to day goings on of the project. Similarly, the Agile development team too ensures that the release or product developed at the end of each sprint is appropriately showcased to the customers to get their feedback. Transparency and trust is also established in the Agile team in the form of daily meetings (for example, Daily Scrum) where team members not just get to air out their grievances but also showcase their accomplishments, big and small, and deepen collaboration with team members.  

  • Benefit 9: Better Response to Change/Uncertainty 

Agile does not avoid change and uncertainty but rather it is built to adapt and accept change. But what makes Agile adaptive? The fact that it helps develop products incrementally and iteratively. This allows for changes to be made in every iteration or sprint and in every increment. Teams that have to deal with frequent changing requirements are able to implement them in their Agile projects.  

  • Benefit 10: Continuous Improvement 

Working at ways to continuously improve is one of the core principles of Agile. The iterative development helps in bringing in a cadence of improvement. Continuous feedback loops, frequent testing, automated testing, and the iterative and incremental method for product development helps to ensure continuous improvement, not just in projects but in the way teams work.  

To Conclude…   

The benefits of Agile are not limited to the IT sector. It has benefitted industries from across sectors and domains, including: 

  • Education 
  • Military 
  • Marketing 
  • Automotive 
  • Governments 
  • Infrastructure  

If your organization has not yet adopted Agile, then there is no time better than now! 

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You will receive your SAFe®️ 5 Product Owner / Product Manager PDF Certificate and Digital Badge within 5-7 working days.Course fee for SAFe POPM certificationThe course fee depends on the training provider and differs from region to region.In India: INR 55999  U.S.: USD 1099Canada: CAD 1395Exam fee for SAFe POPM: First exam attempt is included as part of the course registration fee if the exam is taken within 30 days of course completion.SAFe POPM Exam DetailsExam Type: Closed book Format: Multiple choice, multiple response Difficulty: Intermediate Time limit: 1.5 hours Number of Questions: 45 Passing score: POPM4 = 35 out of 45 (77%); POPM5 = 33 out of 45 (73%)Retake fee for SAFe POPM Exam: Each retake costs $50Renewal for SAFe POPM certification: SAFe POPM needs to be renewed each year by paying a $100 fee and earning a minimum of 10 continuing education/outreach hours (PDUs).SummaryProduct Owners are the rock stars of an Agile team—confident, articulate, sharp, great communicators and problem solvers! A solid Product Owner certification along with these qualities can give your career a total makeover and make you a team favourite. 
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What is the Cost of Top Scrum Certifications in 2022?

Over the past few years, the job market has witnessed an exponential growth in the demand for Scrum Master professionals.  LinkedIN listed Scrum Master as among the top 10 most promising careers in 2019. Two years on, the popularity for Scrum and Agile related roles is at an all-time high.  Getting a certification to demonstrate your capabilities will help you reach milestones in your Scrum Master career. As a certified professional, you can increase your employability, rise up the career ladder and earn high remunerations.There are a number of Scrum Master certifications available from world renowned accreditation bodies. These certifications are accepted all over the world and give you the unique benefits associated with holding an acclaimed credential.As a certified Scrum Master, you will be able to:Validate your commitment to continued excellence and quality in Scrum,  Demonstrate proficiency in Scrum values, principles, and tools,Advance your career in Scrum with confidence,  Stand out at interviews and leverage on career growth opportunities,  Earn higher than experienced non-certified peers,Become part of the global Scrum and Agile community,Network with industry leaders and Scrum professionals, and  Advance your Scrum journey with each certification.To help you understand the Scrum Master certification cost and other details, we bring you a compilation of the most popular Scrum Master certifications that are available.The following table lists different certifications with their cost and renewal cost.Sr. No.CertificationScrum Master certification CostRenewal Cost1.CSM2-day CSM training cost: INR 24999 in India, USD 1295 in US and CAD 1495 in Canada, includes examination feeRetake at no cost for the first 2 attempts within 90 days after you receive your welcome email.  You will be charged a minimum of $25 each from the third attempt or after completing 90 days post training.$100 and 20 SEUs, every two years2.PSMTraining cost: INR 25999 in India, USD 1299 in US and CAD 1899 in Canada, includes examination fee$150, if opting for the examination without trainingNot required, has lifetime validity.3.SAFe® Scrum MasterTraining cost: INR 55999 in India, USD 1099 in US and CAD 1395 in Canada. Includes examination fee.Each retake after the first attempt costs $50.Not required, has lifetime validity.4.A-CSMTraining cost: INR 41999 in India, USD 1299 in US and CAD 1499 in Canada. Includes certification fee.$175 and 30 SEUs, every two years5.Disciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM)Training costs will be updated shortlyCourse fee covers one exam attemptRetake costs US$150.$50 USD annual renewal fee and 7 hours of professional development (minimum 5 Disciplined Agile hours) are required each year for maintaining the credential6.Scrum Inc. Scrum Master™ CertificationTraining costs will be updated shortly$100, every year.Read along to know more on the Scrum Master certifications listed above in the table. The main objective of the same is to provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the various Scrum Master Certification costs as well as their renewal costs.1. Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®)Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) is the most widely acknowledged Scrum Master certification. This entry level credential is a great way to start and maintain your career in Scrum. To gain the Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) certification, you will be required to attend a 2-day classroom training, following which you will have to take an online test.Certified ScrumMaster Certification CostDepending on where you choose to get your training from, the 2-day Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) course costs around $1295. This cost covers the following:A 2-day instructor led live training / 16-hour instructor-led online courseFirst two years of certification  Two attempts to take the exam (within 90 days of attending the course)  Course materials will be provided by the instructor in the class  Two-year membership to the Scrum Alliance communityCertified ScrumMaster (CSM) Renewal costEvery two years, you need to renew your CSM credentials by paying a renewal fee of $100 and earning 20 Scrum Educational Units (SEUs). This renewal fee includes the Scrum Alliance membership fee, which has a validity of two years.CertificationCost of CertificationRenewal CostCSM2-day Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) course costs around $1295 (costs can vary) depending on the region you train from$100 and 20 SEUs, every two years2. Professional Scrum Master™ (PSM)Offered by Scrum.org, Professional Scrum Master™ certification is highly sought after by Scrum Masters who want to lead more efficient and effective teams. This 2-day course covers the principles and processes of the Scrum framework, and helps aspirants understand the advanced thinking behind servant leadership and empiricism. The Professional Scrum Master™ assessment is available for anyone who wishes to exhibit their fundamental level of Scrum mastery.Professional Scrum Master™ Certification CostIf you feel that you have good knowledge of Scrum, understand the Scrum Guide and know how to apply Scrum within Scrum Teams, then taking the course is optional. You can take the PSM I assessment directly, which costs $150 per attempt.But if you choose to attend the 2-day training, then the exam fee will be included in the course fee, which costs around $1299, depending on the training provider. You’ll have two attempts to clear the exam if you choose to attend the training, as opposed to the one chance that you will get when attempting the exam without any training.Professional Scrum Master™ Renewal CostCertifications provided by Scrum.org hold a lifetime validity. Hence, PSM certification does not require any additional payment or renewal.CertificationCost of CertificationRenewal CostPSM$1299, depending on the training provider$150, if opting for the examinationNot required, has lifetime validity.3. SAFe® Scrum MasterSAFe ®  is a framework that helps scale agile to the enterprise. The SAFe® Scrum Master credential is a validation of the holder’s ability to be an effective Scrum Master in the SAFe environment. By attending the 2-day course, you can master the responsibilities of a Scrum Master in a SAFe® environment, learn ways to execute the Program Increment successfully and learn proven approaches to become a servant leader and coach in order to build high performing Agile teams.The SAFe® Scrum Master certification is accredited by Scaled Agile, Inc.SAFe® Scrum Master Certification CostThe course registration fee includes the first attempt of the exam, provided the exam is taken within 30 days of completion of the course, after which each retake attempt costs $50.The certification costs around $1099, which includes the mandatory course fee as well.SAFe® Scrum Master Renewal CostSAFe® certifications are valid for one year. After completion of the first year, you will have to get your certification renewed by paying a renewal fee of $100.CertificationCost of CertificationRenewal CostSAFe® Scrum Master$1099, depending on the region you train fromEach retake after the first attempt costs $50.Not required, has lifetime validity.4. A-CSMThe Advanced Certified ScrumMaster℠ (A-CSM℠), is the next step after the CSM in your evolution as a Scrum Master. While the CSM is a great entry level certificate, the A-CSM is an advanced level credential that displays your proficiency in scaling Scrum, coaching Agile teams and being an exceptional Scrum Master/servant leader.A-CSM Certification CostThe A-CSM workshop fee which includes your certification fee costs around $1099 and includes:2 Days Live Instructor-Led Online Training16 PDUs and 16 SEUs2-year Scrum Alliance MembershipYou have to attend a 2-day workshop conducted by a Scrum Alliance REP or Certified Scrum Trainer and complete all the learning objectives in order to gain the A-CSM credential.A-CSM Renewal costsEvery two years, you are required to log in 30 SEUs and pay a renewal fee of $175 to keep your certification in good standing.CertificationCost of CertificationRenewal CostA-CSM2-day A-CSM course costs around $1299 depending on the region you train from$175 and 30 SEUs, every two years5. Disciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM)Offered by the globally recognized PMI®, the DASM is a perfect certification for those who want to be efficient Scrum Masters, improve processes and drive results with the help of the Disciplined Agile toolkit. Ensure business outcomes and gain a reputation in your organization by successfully meeting goals and bringing together enterprise architecture, portfolio management, vendor management and finance together.DASM Certification CostThe course fee for DASM certification includes the exam fee. Your training should be conducted by an Authorized Training Partner (ATP) of PMI®.DASM Renewal costTo keep your DASM credential active, you are required to pay the annual renewal fee of $50 and log in a minimum of 7 PDUs.CertificationCost of CertificationRenewal CostDisciplined Agile Scrum Master (DASM)Training fee will be updated shortly$50 USD annual renewal fee and 7 hours of professional development (minimum 5 Disciplined Agile hours) are required each year for maintaining the credential6. Scrum Inc. Scrum Master™ CertificationThis course and subsequent credential approved by Dr. Jeff Sutherland, the co-creator of Scrum and inventor of Scrum@Scale, is among the most respected credentials in the Scrum world. It helps you understand Scrum principles, techniques and processes of creating high performing teams and make a mark for yourself in your team and organization as an exceptional Scrum Master.Scrum Inc. Scrum Master™ Certification CostThe designation is offered by Scrum Inc.™ to practitioners who successfully complete training by an authorized training provider and demonstrate their understanding by passing the exam. The training fee includes the cost of the examination, and training material approved by Dr. Jeff Sutherland. Participants need to successfully complete the course and pass the exam to gain the credential.Scrum Inc. Scrum Master™ Certification Renewal CostCredential holders must renew their Scrum Inc. Scrum Master™ certificate annually within one month from the expiration date. The renewal fee for Scrum Inc. Scrum Master™ certification costs $100 (USD).CertificationCost of CertificationRenewal CostScrum Inc. Scrum Master™ CertificationTraining fee will be updated shortly  $100, every year.What’s Your Next Step?In this article, we’ve introduced you to the most popular Scrum certifications in the industry, and compared the costs of getting certified as a Scrum Master to help you make an informed decision.  While the cost certainly is an important consideration, you should also keep in mind your primary objectives for getting certified before you make your choice. Which is the certification that will add value to your resume and help to take your career places? Or, which is the certification that is most prized by your organization? What are the skills that you’re looking to gain, and what outcomes do you hope to accomplish?  Choose wisely, and take the right steps in your Scrum Master journey!
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Best Career Paths of Successful Scrum Masters in 2022

In this post pandemic world, more than ever before, organizations have realized the benefits of adopting agile. There’s a huge demand for Scrum Masters who can help departments go agile, increase the efficiency of teams, and help organizations respond to rapidly changing market conditions.  Having Scrum Masters on-board means better products, shorter time to market, satisfied customers and a happier workforce. As a Scrum Master, you will be sure of a career trajectory that is long and successful.  Let’s look at the best career paths for Scrum Master for 2022. Scrum master role:A Scrum Master is an indispensable part of a Scrum team because of the responsibilities that they undertake.  These include:Servant leadership:   Foremost, a Scrum Master is a servant leader and is involved in performance planning, coaching, self- organization, removing obstacles, resolving conflicts and serving the team. As a servant leader, the Scrum Master is the man Friday for the team and makes sure that development never stops and innovation continues.     Helping team members with Scrum:   The team looks up to the Scrum Master for guidance in implementing Scrum processes. If the development team is following the Scrum principles and values, then the Scrum Master needs to guide them and ensure that development is being carried out strictly in adherence to Scrum. Creates an environment conducive to innovation:Happy teams translate to better developed products; which in turn lead to satisfied customers. The Scrum Master creates an environment that helps teams work free of distractions. In such an environment, the team is more empowered to innovation and research. The Scrum Master makes sure that such an environment is provided to the team.  Daily stand-up meetings An essential part of Scrum projects are the daily stand-up meetings where issues are addressed and goals are discussed. These sprints keep the team updated and help to bring to the fore any problems that members may be facing. The Scrum Master arranges meetings and makes sure everything is on track.  Assists the Product Owner The Scrum Master helps the Product Owner in the effective management of the product backlog. This involves facilitating Scrum events, identifying backlog items and product planning.   Coaching and mentoring A scrum master will always be passionate about promoting scrum in the enterprise. Being a change leader and working towards Scrum adoption is a huge part of the Scrum Master’s responsibility. Scrum Masters mentor and coach not just teams on the principles and processes of Agile and Scrum, but departments and organizations.  Scrum Master SalaryThe role a Scrum Master in an Agile organization is irreplaceable. This all-important role is what keep development teams motivated and gives them direction in Scrum and delivering value.  The need for certified and knowledgeable Scrum Masters has driven their market value as a result of which Scrum Masters earn lucrative salaries. Let’s look at Scrum Master salaries. Average salary in USD: $92,298/ year. Entry level Scrum Masters earn $68k/year; mid-career Scrum Masters earn $100k/year while experienced Scrum Masters earn $115k/year.Job roles after Scrum MasterThe career progression of a Scrum Master can be satisfying, enriching and lucrative. 1. Product OwnerScrum Masters who are interested in the business side of the product become great product owners.  2. Senior Scrum MasterIf you are a Scrum Master committed to delivering the best value, helping an organization reach business objectives and leading multiple teams through critical resource intensive projects, then continuing on the Scrum Master journey in order to become a senior scrum master will be apt for you. Senior Scrum Masters earn huge salaries and benefits.  3. Agile Coach: A skilled Agile coach can steer the organization through the spectrum of challenges it faces and help to maximize the ROI through the different aspects of Enterprise coaching. Becoming an agile coach is among the most popular aspirations of Scrum Masters who like to motivate, teach and nurture Agile adoption in an enterprise.  Agile coaches are change leaders who promote quality improvement, increase productivity and aid in adoption of enterprise-wide agility.  4. Project ManagerThough a Scrum Master is different from a Project Manager, he or she can play the role of a project manager in non-Agile projects. These are different roles with different ways of working but a Scrum Master can transition into the role of a project manager with seniority and experience.  5. Chief Information OfficerA good Scrum Master brings out the best in the team, the project and the organization. Scrum Masters with a wealth of experience make great CIOs as they have the passion and commitment to excel, improve relentlessly and bring out the best in others.  Future of Scrum MasterLike all roles associated with Agile and Scrum, the future for the Scrum Master role is also bright and full of opportunities. From being listed as one of the top emerging jobs in product development by the World Economic Forum, and LinkedIn to being labelled as the this century’s most lucrative job roles in the 2019 Scrum Master Trends, the Scrum Master’s role is here to stay.  Scrum Master roles have transcended the IT industry and are now available in finance and insurance, consulting and professional services, engineering and technology, telecommunications transportation, healthcare, manufacturing, media, defence and more.  According to the  2019 Scrum Master Trends by Scrum.org, in organizations with 10,000 employees and less, Scrum Masters made up 18% of the total employee count.  All these statistics indicate the importance that Scrum Masters play in agile transition and in removing impediments to enable organizational growth and value. Their importance in an organization directly translates to number of jobs. On a daily basis, there are hundreds of new job listings for Scrum Master and related roles all over the world.  The acceleration of Agile adoption across organizations has increased the demand for Scrum Masters and this trend is likely to continue in the near future.How Certifications Can Help There are several certification paths that can help you on your Scrum Master journey. For example, the Scrum Alliance certification path offers certifications at every pitstop of your Scrum Master journey starting from a Certified ScrumMaster to a Certified Scrum Trainer to Certified Agile Leader credentials meant for the C-suite.    Conclusion A Scrum Master is to an Agile project what a project manager is to a waterfall project. They drive innovation, team harmony, productivity and the establishment of the Agile culture.  The Scrum Master role does not need to be static—it is evolutionary, and Scrum Masters can go on to don several hats based on their experience and expertise. While some choose to be in the thick of it all leading projects and engaging with stakeholders; some prefer to drive change in human habits by coaching team members in the adoption of Agile, culture change and transformation. As a Scrum master, your options are limitless. You have the power to drive success and aid in value creation.  
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