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5 Reasons Why You Should Become a Scrum Master

Scrum Masters are an important part of an agile team as they are responsible for mentoring, teaching, coaching, and facilitating teams on how to be high performing and self-organizing by applying Scrum practices, values, and principles. As the name implies, they are the master of the “Scrum” but not a master of the team or a project.    

While the role may sound simple, it’s very complex and in order to be successful and effective, the person requires a nice balance of soft and technical skills.   

There is a high demand for Scrum Masters in many different industries and along with the high demand, many people are becoming Scrum Masters making this a competitive career.   

However, should you really become a Scrum Master? The career can be rewarding if you have the right skills for the role but if you don’t, you may find yourself not only at a disadvantage, but also very unhappy.   

Before you draft up your next resume, take a moment to consider our top 5 reasons why you should become a Scrum Master.   

1. You Are Intrigued by Human Behavior

Most may not understand that Scrum is a human-centric approach. Sure, it’s a framework with a few rules that need to be followed, but at the core of it, are people. People are complex and the interactions between team members are even more complex.  

Being a Scrum Master doesn’t mean you need to be an expert in Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs or Bruce Tuckman’s Stages of Development, but you probably have read more about various human behavior theories than your best friend’s sister.  

You understand how to recognize and resolve conflict, what motivates people and how to build high performing teams.  

2. You Prefer a Flexible and Fluid Career Path

Being a Scrum Masters can be a long-term rewarding career but if you are attracted to the types of roles that provide different career choices, a Scrum Master role could be the perfect choice.  

A good Scrum Master possess a well-rounded set of technical and soft skills which already provides a good foundation for various career paths.  

Scrum Masters typically interact with various leaders ranging from C-Suite executives such as Chief Technology Officers (CTO) or Chief Information Organization (CIO), Agile Coaches, and various levels of management.  

In fact, you may be responsible for teaching and coaching some of these people which means the exposure provides a chance to learn from them, as well.  

Tactec Insider Tip #1: Some organizations may not have a formal career path defined for a Scrum Masters because Scrum Masters can move into various roles that may not fall within the same “job family”. Some people prefer a clearly defined career path, but others may embrace the ambiguity.  

3. You Love to Learn

Scrum Masters never truly master anything other than “continuous learning”.  

Being part of a Scrum Master community provides many opportunities for learning and regardless of how many “Scrum” books you may have read or if you have the latest version of the Scrum Guide memorized, you can never learn enough about building high performing teams!  

If you enjoy learning, you should become a Scrum Master.  

4. You Want Job Security & Stability

Companies, of all kinds, are adopting agile mindsets and frameworks to help deliver better solutions to their customers, faster than their competitors.  

Even companies that have been on an agile journey for a while are never really “done”. Whether a company is just starting out or is continuously evolving, you’ll typically find a plethora of Scrum Master opportunities.  

Many of these opportunities are also listed under various consulting firms as well since the role of a Scrum Master sometimes falls within a “professional services” role.  

Tactec Insider Tip #2: Whether you are a seasoned Scrum Master or a new one, working within a consulting firm is a great way to experience multiple types of industries. The only downside is you may only be with teams on a short-term basis.  

5. You Like to Challenge Status Quo

When someone says, “I can’t do that because… (insert lame excuse)” or “we’ve always done it this way so why change?”, you accept the challenge.  

 After all, the role of a Scrum Master is primarily a change agent, meaning you are actively seeking better ways to work and are teaching your team to do adopt the same growth mindset.    

If you believe that doing the same things over and over is the definition of insanity and you like to challenge status quo to help improve just about everything, you should become a Scrum Master.  

Drop us a comment below and help us expand our list of reasons! We’d love to hear from you! 

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Mr. James, Ronald, Maverick holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology at The University of Texas, San Antonio.

Mr. Maverick or JR as many call him is a “slick” but warm and friendly character in our upcoming book on the DevOps Mindset. Mr. Maverick cares about his IT team very much and could charm the socks off a Texas Longhorn. JR is liked by many in his organization; however, he is not as well trusted by the Overlords as he used to be. Mr. Maverick has a group of loyal staff, including Mr. Barker a bit of an opposite to JR. Of course, Mr. Barker would never call him JR; he would only call him Mr. Maverick because well, Mr. Maverick is his boss. Mr. Maverick has held many IT positions in the past, including starting as a Sales Professional for HP and IBM mini and mainframe computers. Over the years he has risen through the ranks to hold this senior position by delivering using high-paid consultants and Big name firms. He also received his promotion from outsourcing to a foreign country where he was able to reduce his IT spend significantly. Recently he has discovered (actually this was made painfully aware to him by the Overlords) that both the Offshore roadmap and use of external consultants was not giving him the value and velocity for his IT department, and he was probably paying more than he bargained for

So, after hearing a talk at a DevOps event by the Agents of Chaos, JR decided to enlist them to help with their digital transformation roadmap and help improve the value, focus and velocity of his department. However, MR. Maverick has a few ideas about agile and DevOps, something he has heard about for a while and read in various CIO magazines; he thinks of these as Marketing terms and something that can be bought. While Mr. Maverick has held on for many years to traditional IT ways of working he has come to the end of his tenure if he doesn’t do something fast and get DevOps working quickly as he has promised to the Overlords providing him with a little more rope to get the transformation completed more quickly as they view his IT department ageing, procrastinators who are not able to keep up with business demands. JR says in his mind, “I will get it done, they don’t call me Maverick for nothing!“