Want to know the simple steps in becoming an SM? Start with goal definition and the why-question of becoming an SM. Then move on to research job roles, scope, payouts, recruiting companies and so on. The next step is doing the training and certification to get skill-equipped through experiential learning. And then, of course, practice Scrum-like hell to get to be a Scrum veteran. There is no happy ending. Each day is a Scrum beginning!
The Effective SM
An effective SM is one who
- Enables others to achieve common objectives
- Is always neutral in opinions and doesn’t take sides
- Is supportive of all in putting forth their best
- Promotes contribution and collaboration between team members to synchronise the common goals
- Provides authority stemming of Scrum Values
Scrum Master Certification Exam
There are two certifications to enable you to become an SM. The PSM has three qualifying levels namely the PSM I, II and III. The three PSM, I, II and III level certifications, are earned by scoring a minimum passing score in an online test. Another certification one can attain is the CSM certification.
No essential qualifications or experience is needed for both courses, and you can start from scratch. The CSM exam requires a qualifying score of 69% in it and the 8PDUs/ SEUs earned for certification. The PSM needs a score of 85% and 16 PDUs/SEUs. The PSM exams have three levels with different formats, and one has to prove their ability at each level of Scrum mastery. The CSM is an objective type of test and is an easier exam to take. On completion of the CSM course, the academy conducts these exams and awards the certification. PSM-I does not require course training but mandates comprehensive implementation of Scrum knowledge.
Certified Scrum Master Salary
The demand for PSM certified professionals is rising exponentially with nearly every enterprise aspiring to transition and become Scrum Agile. The Forbes Magazine reports that in the US the PSM/CSM certified IT professionals earn average salaries of an amazing 17,000$ more per annum compared to the median salary of other certified IT professionals. In India the salaries range from Rs 1,50,000/annum to 7,80,000/annum at Infosys,2000 Euros/month at Accenture and Rs 1,600,000/ annum at IBM according to Glassdoor.com.
That’s the present scenario. Having researched briefly on the topic get to the next stage and enrol on your pathway to becoming an effective Scrum Master.