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How to Be a Great Scrum Master: Best Practices & Tips

So you spent two days on the Certified Scrum Master course and passed with flying colors. Congratulations.  For a project to be successful, it is important to set the right expectations. Now the real work begins.I would like to give you some pointers of things you can do to make your new role easier to manage.1. You and the Product Owner are joined at the hipHere, one can look at this relationship as being a new twist on the prisoner’s dilemma, albeit with a new twist. Defection is painful for everyone, so you need to find ways to cooperate.Look for the source of motivation for your team – A cross-functional team might be defined as a team of equals, but the Scrum Master is responsible for enabling the team to get the work done. Sometimes, this requires holding out a carrot (you get a goodie) or the stick (your work quality is unacceptable). Use both these tools wisely.2. Make it funLet’s be honest. 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A capable ScrumMaster may handle multiple projects, but successful projects are handled one at a time. 6. Increased team effectivenessScrum results are advantageous only as a team effort. In this approach, emphasizing on individual results becomes an impediment.7. Facilitating & not controlling It’s important to know that as an effective ScrumMaster, you should rely on the principles of self-management and not managing the team.8. Striking a work-life balanceTo ensure consistent performance, it’s vital that the work attributed to team members isn’t too much, requiring them to compromise their personal time that would lead to burnout, dissatisfaction, and poor output. 9. Updating team on work progressWhen a team member states that he has completed a task, how does one determine that it is done as expected? Here, it would help to have an auditable checklist so that the team can recognize what the real state is and strive to accomplish each activity based on definitions.10. MotivateLack of motivation reflects on ScrumMaster’s job. When the team works in unison, it means you can achieve desired results. However, if a team member is not motivated enough, it means the ScrumMaster is not doing his job well. Even if one team member is not in sync, it increases the project risk.11. Be a guideThe role of a ScrumMaster is similar to that of a tourist guide. He can guide you, but not control you. The ScrumMaster too is expected to make a difference but he can’t have any formal authority over the team members.12. Demonstrate ownershipWhile a good scrum master knows that he is responsible for ensuring the success of the team by removing all roadblocks that may hinder the progress, a great one rather takes the onus of driving the team on that road to Scrum success. Though a Scrum Master may lack authority to direct team, a great Scrum Master addresses the unspoken needs of the team to be able to comfortably work with each other. A great Scrum Master ensures that the team environment is conducive to discussion and collaboration which undisputedly the soul of any successful work.13. Show humilityA good Scrum Master relies on coordination to bring the team on the same page but a great Scrum Master rather understands the need to facilitate the scrum process. Any Scrum Master would know that glory for a Scrum Master truly lies in the success of the team rather than just for their own self. A great Scrum Master can identify and align the value that each member brings to the table and thus enhances the overall team potential. Also. the key ingredient here is to know that each team is different and each team may need a different approach. This mode of continuous learning keeps the humility alive in a great Scrum Master.14. Team culture is importantA great Scrum Master knows the importance of a collaborative culture for a successful team. The intent here is to establish collaboration, discussion, and debate to resolve any question, query or conflict among team members. A sense of gain in all the members on arriving at a useful conclusion is continuously reinforced by a great Scrum Master to develop a collaborative culture.15. Have dedicationSince Scrum Masters do not usually work in this role full time, great Scrum Master is someone who ensures commitment to the project through the sprints till the successful completion of the project. Usually, this requires a focus on removing all impediments as soon as possible to ensure that every sprint can achieve its desirable outcomes. All the roadblocks are timely addressed by all great Scrum Masters.16. Be influentialGarnering influence from the team is an essential trait to persuade the team to dedicate their team goals to the Scrum way. It also helps when a great Scrum Master is able to identify resources that the team may require but are not readily available. A great Scrum Master is able to proactively understand the needs of the team and use influence to make them accessible to the team when they may require it. Within the team also a great Scrum Master can convince team members to use new, better approaches and tools to solve their problems.17. Be knowledgeableThough every Scrum Master learns Scrum and improves their approach with every project, a great Scrum Master continuously learns and unlearns the details of what the team does as part of their scope. This helps the Scrum Master to be great because only with the knowledge are they able to understand the criticality of decisions that are taken through the process and can address issues that may be technical in nature. They are in turn more effective and are more successful at facilitating the team.18. Keep the team goal-orientedFor the development of a product and its management, the development team has certain predetermined goals that must be achieved within a limited time period. The deadlines keep the team oriented towards completing tasks. As a ScrumMaster, your duty would be to make deadlines and goals clearly visible to everyone involved in the team.19. Impend obstaclesYou need to remove any blocks and barriers that come in the team’s way to accomplish their objectives and provide matchless quality in performance. You will have to monitor your team’s execution and prevent distractions like unnecessary complexity in procedures, delay in resources, challenges pertaining to work environment and other factors, or even having too many office meetings that interfere with the workflow.20. Maintain a balanceMaintaining a balance between the product owner and development team tactfully is one of the major responsibilities of a ScrumMaster. Knowing the product owner’s requirements and conveying them to your team in a way that will yield apt and quick results is not as simple as it sounds. You will have to ensure your team delivers with maximum efficiency while rolling out a high quality product and meeting the client’s specifications.21. Teach the team scrum practicesEducate your team about Scrum practices to make the workflow better. Through these practices, you must be able to build self-organised teams, implement simple and adaptable techniques, create a smooth flow of information between team members and product owners or any other external groups, having a common vision for your team, product, and project, monitoring the project for smooth operation and giving timely feedback, and providing team flexibility without compromising on customer needs.22. Introduce techniques and toolsAs a ScrumMaster, you will need to ensure your team uses adaptable techniques and engineering tools for the enhancement of the project. Keep a simple design, provide a time-to-time review, reduce time and efforts with automated builds, provide a multi-level automated testing, improve the software quality, and adapt to the latest industry trends and procedures to make the project more efficient.23. Support collaborationsScrum-prescribed collaborations help you etch out a strong plan that enables faster and better results. So, encourage collaboration amongst your team by releasing planning sessions, iterating these sessions, conducting daily standup meetings, reviewing iterations, having demo sessions, and finally holding a retrospective session to reflect on the issues related to the project.24. Keep the learning process going Be it for yourself or for your team, learning should be a continual process. Learning new techniques and inculcating new methodologies will definitely help in the enhancement of the product. You can learn new ways of solving problems. It also gives you the benefit of knowing the ever-changing market and customer needs.As a ScrumMaster, you have many responsibilities. The good to great journey for a Scrum Master may not come easy. There are always roadblocks associated with managing team members, keeping the team focused and most importantly maintaining the momentum to achieve deliverables each sprint. Being mindful of following tacit aspects are cues to scaling that journey. Open communication, active contribution from team members and product owners, stressing on people over processes and customer value over extensive documentation, are some of the Scrum-based strategies that help in deriving effective outcomes and delivering complete customer satisfaction.
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How to Be a Great Scrum Master: Best Practices & Tips

So you spent two days on the Certified Scrum Master course and passed with flying colors. Congratulations.  For a project to be successful, it is important to set the right expectations. Now the real work begins.

I would like to give you some pointers of things you can do to make your new role easier to manage.

1. You and the Product Owner are joined at the hip

Here, one can look at this relationship as being a new twist on the prisoner’s dilemma, albeit with a new twist. Defection is painful for everyone, so you need to find ways to cooperate.

Look for the source of motivation for your team – A cross-functional team might be defined as a team of equals, but the Scrum Master is responsible for enabling the team to get the work done. Sometimes, this requires holding out a carrot (you get a goodie) or the stick (your work quality is unacceptable). Use both these tools wisely.

2. Make it fun

Let’s be honest. It’s extremely difficult to motivate people if work is a drudge, so make it lively.

Join a support group – Sometimes, it’s lonely being a Scrum Master. Nobody understands your situation, and you have no one to turn to. It’s good to know that there are others out there who understand your plight, so reach out to your fellow Scrum Masters and feel good about consoling yourselves.

3. Live in reality

Remember, both you and your team can only do what you can do. That’s what Agile is all about, but such an attitude is difficult for an overachiever.

4. From beginning to end

Traceability is a technique worth treasuring. Going from top to bottom…and then reverse. Does it still make sense? Don’t be surprised if you found some gaps. After all, we’re only human.

5. Focus on one project at a time

 If you handle more than one project, it truly means you are partially committed to the project and are not able to give your 100% to it. A capable ScrumMaster may handle multiple projects, but successful projects are handled one at a time. 

6. Increased team effectiveness

Scrum results are advantageous only as a team effort. In this approach, emphasizing on individual results becomes an impediment.

7. Facilitating & not controlling

 It’s important to know that as an effective ScrumMaster, you should rely on the principles of self-management and not managing the team.

8. Striking a work-life balance

To ensure consistent performance, it’s vital that the work attributed to team members isn’t too much, requiring them to compromise their personal time that would lead to burnout, dissatisfaction, and poor output. 

9. Updating team on work progress

When a team member states that he has completed a task, how does one determine that it is done as expected? Here, it would help to have an auditable checklist so that the team can recognize what the real state is and strive to accomplish each activity based on definitions.

10. Motivate

Lack of motivation reflects on ScrumMaster’s job. When the team works in unison, it means you can achieve desired results. However, if a team member is not motivated enough, it means the ScrumMaster is not doing his job well. Even if one team member is not in sync, it increases the project risk.

11. Be a guide

The role of a ScrumMaster is similar to that of a tourist guide. He can guide you, but not control you. The ScrumMaster too is expected to make a difference but he can’t have any formal authority over the team members.

12. Demonstrate ownership

While a good scrum master knows that he is responsible for ensuring the success of the team by removing all roadblocks that may hinder the progress, a great one rather takes the onus of driving the team on that road to Scrum success. Though a Scrum Master may lack authority to direct team, a great Scrum Master addresses the unspoken needs of the team to be able to comfortably work with each other. A great Scrum Master ensures that the team environment is conducive to discussion and collaboration which undisputedly the soul of any successful work.

13. Show humility

A good Scrum Master relies on coordination to bring the team on the same page but a great Scrum Master rather understands the need to facilitate the scrum process. Any Scrum Master would know that glory for a Scrum Master truly lies in the success of the team rather than just for their own self. A great Scrum Master can identify and align the value that each member brings to the table and thus enhances the overall team potential. Also. the key ingredient here is to know that each team is different and each team may need a different approach. This mode of continuous learning keeps the humility alive in a great Scrum Master.

14. Team culture is important

A great Scrum Master knows the importance of a collaborative culture for a successful team. The intent here is to establish collaboration, discussion, and debate to resolve any question, query or conflict among team members. A sense of gain in all the members on arriving at a useful conclusion is continuously reinforced by a great Scrum Master to develop a collaborative culture.

15. Have dedication

Since Scrum Masters do not usually work in this role full time, great Scrum Master is someone who ensures commitment to the project through the sprints till the successful completion of the project. Usually, this requires a focus on removing all impediments as soon as possible to ensure that every sprint can achieve its desirable outcomes. All the roadblocks are timely addressed by all great Scrum Masters.

16. Be influential

Garnering influence from the team is an essential trait to persuade the team to dedicate their team goals to the Scrum way. It also helps when a great Scrum Master is able to identify resources that the team may require but are not readily available. A great Scrum Master is able to proactively understand the needs of the team and use influence to make them accessible to the team when they may require it. Within the team also a great Scrum Master can convince team members to use new, better approaches and tools to solve their problems.

17. Be knowledgeable

Though every Scrum Master learns Scrum and improves their approach with every project, a great Scrum Master continuously learns and unlearns the details of what the team does as part of their scope. This helps the Scrum Master to be great because only with the knowledge are they able to understand the criticality of decisions that are taken through the process and can address issues that may be technical in nature. They are in turn more effective and are more successful at facilitating the team.

18. Keep the team goal-oriented

For the development of a product and its management, the development team has certain predetermined goals that must be achieved within a limited time period. The deadlines keep the team oriented towards completing tasks. As a ScrumMaster, your duty would be to make deadlines and goals clearly visible to everyone involved in the team.

19. Impend obstacles

You need to remove any blocks and barriers that come in the team’s way to accomplish their objectives and provide matchless quality in performance. You will have to monitor your team’s execution and prevent distractions like unnecessary complexity in procedures, delay in resources, challenges pertaining to work environment and other factors, or even having too many office meetings that interfere with the workflow.

20. Maintain a balance

Maintaining a balance between the product owner and development team tactfully is one of the major responsibilities of a ScrumMaster. Knowing the product owner’s requirements and conveying them to your team in a way that will yield apt and quick results is not as simple as it sounds. You will have to ensure your team delivers with maximum efficiency while rolling out a high quality product and meeting the client’s specifications.

21. Teach the team scrum practices

Educate your team about Scrum practices to make the workflow better. Through these practices, you must be able to build self-organised teams, implement simple and adaptable techniques, create a smooth flow of information between team members and product owners or any other external groups, having a common vision for your team, product, and project, monitoring the project for smooth operation and giving timely feedback, and providing team flexibility without compromising on customer needs.

22. Introduce techniques and tools

As a ScrumMaster, you will need to ensure your team uses adaptable techniques and engineering tools for the enhancement of the project. Keep a simple design, provide a time-to-time review, reduce time and efforts with automated builds, provide a multi-level automated testing, improve the software quality, and adapt to the latest industry trends and procedures to make the project more efficient.

23. Support collaborations

Scrum-prescribed collaborations help you etch out a strong plan that enables faster and better results. So, encourage collaboration amongst your team by releasing planning sessions, iterating these sessions, conducting daily standup meetings, reviewing iterations, having demo sessions, and finally holding a retrospective session to reflect on the issues related to the project.

24. Keep the learning process going 

Be it for yourself or for your team, learning should be a continual process. Learning new techniques and inculcating new methodologies will definitely help in the enhancement of the product. You can learn new ways of solving problems. It also gives you the benefit of knowing the ever-changing market and customer needs.

As a ScrumMaster, you have many responsibilities. The good to great journey for a Scrum Master may not come easy. There are always roadblocks associated with managing team members, keeping the team focused and most importantly maintaining the momentum to achieve deliverables each sprint. Being mindful of following tacit aspects are cues to scaling that journey. Open communication, active contribution from team members and product owners, stressing on people over processes and customer value over extensive documentation, are some of the Scrum-based strategies that help in deriving effective outcomes and delivering complete customer satisfaction.

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As a Scrum Master, if you are capable of building and gaining trust among the team members, you should be able to represent them in their success or failure.Acknowledgment and appreciation: Genuine leadership entails valuing your colleague's efforts and enabling them to advance their performance. This is one of the top qualities of a Scrum Master, who happens to be a servant leader as well.Good leader, not a ruler A Scrum Master should not follow a command-and-control leadership. Instead, he should adhere to the principles of servant leadership, wherein decisions are made only after discussion with the team members instead of being directly imposed.Multitasker: As a Scrum Master, you should be able to juggle parallel tasks and manage important scrum events within defined timeframes. Assuming an ideal Scrum team of 6-9 members, you are responsible for managing today’s tasks and planning for tomorrow’s tasks along with arranging the Scrum events for the team members to resolve their queries, planning for the next Sprint, and release. Multitasking, in fact, is one of the top qualities of a Scrum Master.Resolve the obstacles and keep the team on track: The Scrum Master always focuses on keeping the team on track and resolving the obstacles that are blocking their way to deliver a quality product. These obstacles may include unwanted meetings, unwanted procedural complexity, work environment or any other challenge. He/She ensures that the team is away from the distractions that are hindering the project success.Encourage collaboration: A Scrum Master has to look into the daily activities of the team members. Also, the Scrum Master can share his/her experiences through seminars. conferences, and meetings with the team members. A good Scrum Master should encourage collaboration with the help of planning sessions, daily stand-ups, sprint planning, and sprint review meeting sessions.  Initiating latest technologies: A Scrum Master can use automated builds, simple designs, multi-level testing, automated development, and pair programming to reduce time and efforts while developing the project. He/she can also make use of the latest technologies and best practices that can help you in the early completion of the project.   Good coach for the team: A successful Scrum Master should understand the different phases that his/her team is undergoing and the importance of team building. The Scrum Master coaches the team members by building self-organizing teams, tracking the project, implementing simple methodology rules, and by creating project vision. Other than being a coach to the team to explain Scrum processes clearly and enforcing the practice for Agile, the Scrum Master should have basic technical and project management knowledge.Effective collaboration with the Product Owner: This is regarded as one of the key qualities of a Scrum Master. An effective Scrum Master should be able to collaborate with the Product Owner. While the role of a PO is to convey the user requirement to the Scrum team and push the team towards it, a Scrum Master facilitates a seamless execution of the processes. Together, the Scrum Master and Product Owner build a strong relationship with the team to provide the best results.Empathy: A Scrum Master develops many skills while working with team members. He/She builds his/her skills to develop emotions and to learn what the team members feel. This way, (s)he builds a strong connection with the team and understands their problems while also suggesting effective solutions.  A strong understanding of servant leadership and facilitation:The role of the Scrum Master is not to assign the tasks to the team, it is all about supporting the team members in achieving the project goals. Servant leadership, which is one of the fundamental qualities of a Scrum Master plays a key role here. By serving and encouraging the team in every way possible, a good scrum master always helps the team members attain their full potential. Needless to say, this has a direct positive impact on the business value they create as a team.A relentless approach to continuous delivery:A successful Scrum Master always tries to improve the way a team works. The best way to do this is to arrange the retrospective, where each team member identifies what went well and what went wrong in the initial Sprint. The team members learn from the mistakes and this leads to continuous improvement.A good relationship with the team:A Scrum Master may act as a team leader, but he/she doesn’t have the authority of a true manager. Eventually, a Scrum Master has to be cordial with the team members, if he/she wants to influence specific actions.Product, market, and domain knowledge:A Scrum Master need not have end-to-end technical knowledge and domain skills. However, a fundamental understanding of the product, markets, and software development processes, makes it easier for them to address challenges in project delivery.Encourage a self-organizing team:A scrum master should know when to express his views and should mostly allow the team to be self-organizing. That said, he should be actively listening to the team members’ inputs and learning points and guide the team to perform better in subsequent sprints.What are the essential skills of a Scrum Master?Though the Scrum Master role is complex and challenging, a diverse skill set allows them to become a great Scrum Master. Here are the Scrum Master competencies that help him/her succeed in the project:1. Organizing the teamKnowing the rules of the ScrumCommunicating internally and externallyReporting the status of the team membersCollecting the team members in the Sprint PlanningGuiding clearlyResolving the impedimentsEfficient facilitationImplementing collaborative engagement tools and techniques2. Improving the teamForming a good teamManaging the technical debtImproving team members’ activities by providing feedback and motivationImplemented continuous validated learningResponsible for making a change3. Establishing a self-organising teamDisplaying a servant leadershipExecuting the Scrum valuesDecide according to Agile methodologyOwing to the team members’ responsibilitiesInvolving every team member in planning4. Planning bigDiscussing with the team membersFinding and fixing the cross-team problemsImproving the cross-team technical practicesRoles and Responsibilities of a Scrum MasterThe Scrum Master’s role is pivotal to the success of a team. He/she is a process leader who helps the team understand Scrum values, principles, and practices. Some organizations practice rotation of Scrum Master roles among the team members; this is, once again, up to each Scrum Team.However, the roles of the Scrum Master include:The Agile framework custodian and process owner for the team.A facilitator and Servant Leader who never discourages but encourages and expects self-organization from the Agile development team.Build close collaboration across roles and functions in the organization, works on matters collectively and is not individualistic.Protect the team from distractions which include both external and internal.Remove impediments, so the team can focus on the development of work and tasks.Scrum Master is not typically a manager or lead, but he/she is an influential leader who does not do direct command and control.Scrum Master is a coach and advisor to the team and discussed issues encountered.Scrum Master should be equipped with basic technical and project management know-how, this is so that he/she understands the problems and is able to provide proper guidance and advice to the team.With Scrum gaining widespread attention in just about every sector, top industry majors like Microsoft, Honeywell, Ericsson, Bank of America, Cox Automotive, KPMG, etc. are focusing on the integration of Scrum into their existing frameworks. This trend has prompted more industries to invest in Agile and Scrum training.  Let’s see some more benefits of having a certified Scrum Master on a project.Why should you be interested in getting a Scrum Master Certification?Scrum has become the finest choice of organizations to deliver more value to the customers. In State of Scrum 2018 survey, 85 percent of the respondents say Scrum continues to improve the quality of work life. At the same time, 81% of Scrum Masters who received certification agreed that it has significantly helped improve their practice.Listed below are the reasons and benefits of having a Scrum Master certification (CSM).1. In-depth knowledge of Scrum:If you have not implemented Scrum before, earning the certification will help you to learn the Scrum skills effectively. With this certification, you can level-up your knowledge with the basics of Scrum and you will be able to:Make customers happy and satisfiedDeliver better quality product in less timeMaintain team collaborationLesser defectsFlexible working strategyTake a quick decision on an issue2. A number of companies moving to Agile:Nowadays, organizations are required to speed up their product development process to deliver fast according to the changing needs of the customers. This helps organizations to stay viable. Scrum produces in iterations and its self-organizing teams deliver products of maximum value. Due to this reason, a number of companies are shifting to Agile.      3. New career opportunities on the go:A CSM certification will bring more new career opportunities as more companies are migrating to the Agile approach and they need a professional who will guide a team to follow the Scrum approach. Being a certified Scrum Master, your chances of getting hired by the top employers with fair salary are more.    4. Increases collaboration:When it comes to working on a complex project, it needs collaboration among the team members. As a certified professional on a team, you can build and reinforce the basic understanding of Scrum to produce a value.  5. Switch to the Agile mindset:You need to develop an Agile mindset if you have to work with Agile methodologies. As a certified person on a team, you need to start thinking in an Agile way that will avoid differences in opinions and lead to successful projects with better team collaboration.    7. Organizations yield more:It is tough for any organization to accept new processes easily as it affects the complete structure of the organization. It affects processes, management, people, and clients. In this regard, you need a knowledgeable person in your team who will make the adoption a smooth process. Being a certified Scrum Master, you will be facilitating the tasks for the team members.  8. Enter the Scrum experts community:After taking a Certified ScrumMaster certification, an individual will get a chance to be a part of the Scrum experts community of Scrum Alliance. This community offers knowledge in a way to stay updated, find the events, and provide instructions to the certified members.Scrum Master vs. Project ManagerOnce we enter the industries, we often come across the term Project Manager along with the Scrum Master. These two roles are distinct from each other though they contribute to the projects. This creates confusion between the Scrum Master and Project Manager roles when an organization is undergoing an Agile transformation.A Scrum Master works on the Agile project associated with Scrum project management principles whereas a Project Manager’s work is based on the traditional disciplined project management principles. Let’s see the differences between a Scrum Master and Project Manager. Also, if you are serving as a Project Manager and willing to become a Scrum Master or vice versa, this information will help you to take a stand on this. Before going further, let's see the roles of the Scrum Master and Project Manager in brief.1. Scrum Master duties:Scrum Master responsibilities to the Product Owner (PO)-Helps the PO in managing the product backlogHelps the PO to convey the product requirement clearly to the team members  Facilitate Scrum events to the POScrum Master responsibilities towards the development team-Guiding and coaching the teams to follow Scrum rulesRemoves roadblocks that are inhibiting the project’s progressHelps to maintain team dynamics and high-value resultFacilitate the Scrum events and arrange Scrum meetingsDirecting the team in Scrum implementationMentor the team members who are new to Scrum adoption2. Project Manager roles:The Project Manager is responsible for:Delivering the product according to the project’s requirementsDefining the project scope and planning the project activities accordinglyEnsuring that the responsibilities assigned to team members are according to their skills and expertiseReporting the progress of the project to the stakeholdersTracking the project performance against the timelines and ensuring an effective project qualityMaking sure that the project documentation is properPlanning the tasks for the team members and ensuring that the team understands their roles in the projectPreparing a project budget and getting it approved from the senior managementManaging the StakeholdersMonitoring and controlling the risks in the projectDelivering the project on time with the project constraints like scope, the budget, time, and efficient resourcesLet’s figure out the major differences between a Scrum Master and Project ManagerScrum MasterAttributesProject ManagerMakes sure that the team members are well trained to follow Agile practices appropriately. Also, SM coaches the Scrum teams and mentions the timeline to finish the projectGoalsHas defined goals like-Completing the project on time, planned a budget, and scopeSM assures the quality and knows the importance of quality.Quality AssurancePM also knows the importance of quality, but doesn’t know how to achieve it. A consultant is usually hired to fix the errorsScrum Master always tries to keep things smaller. They like to work in small teams irrespective of budget.Team SizeProject Managers like to make things large. PM works with more people and a huge budget. In this way, they improve to Program ManagerThe average salary of a Certified ScrumMaster® is $116,659 per year.Average SalaryThe average salary of a Project Manager is $75,474 per yearCertified Scrum Master (CSM)®Advanced-Certified Scrum Master (A-CSM)®Certified Scrum Professional- Scrum Master (CSP-SM)®Professional Scrum Master (PSM I, PSM II, PSM III)Agile Scrum Master (ASM)Scrum Master Certified (SMC)SAFe® Scrum Master (SSM)SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master (SASM)CertificationsAgile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®Project Management Professional (PMP)®Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®Certified Project Manager (IAPM)CompTIA Project+Certified Scrum Master (CSM)- Scrum AllianceAdvanced-Certified Scrum Master (A-CSM)- Scrum AllianceCertified Scrum Professional- Scrum Master (CSP-SM)- Scrum AllianceProfessional Scrum Master (PSM I, PSM II, PSM III)- Scrum.orgAgile Scrum Master (ASM)- EXINScrum Master Certified (SMC)- SCRUMstudySAFe® Scrum Master (SSM)- Scaled Agile Inc (SAI)SAFe® Advanced Scrum Master (SASM)- Scaled Agile Inc (SAI)Accreditation bodiesAgile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP)®- PMIProject Management Professional (PMP)®- PMICertified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)®- PMICertified Project Manager (IAPM)- International Association of Project ManagersCompTIA Project+- CompTIAEfficient Scrum Master = Great OrganizationThe role of a Scrum Master may vary from one project to another or one organization to another but the importance of Scrum Master in a team will always be the same. The role of the Scrum Master in general is very challenging. It goes without saying that hiring a Scrum Master is the wisest decision for an organization undergoing a real transition to Agile!  
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