What do Scrum Masters do?
Scrum Masters are important within Project Management teams who use “Scrum” frameworks when they’re working on complex projects that can change a lot during their progress (e.g. Agile Software Development). Scrum Masters manage communications between team members and departments, provide focus and clarity, and remove obstacles and distractions to ensure plans stay on track through appropriate collaboration and organisation.
If you have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, along with mentoring and management know-how, and you’re looking for a job that will be varied and challenging, then a career as a Scrum Master could highly rewarding.
- Knowledge of Scrum theory, practices, rules, and values, as well as Agile methodology
- Strong communication skills with the ability to bring people together
- Effective coach and trainer helping new and existing team members adapt to new projects and developments
- Great at problem-solving using creative and critical thinking to bring the best solution
- High levels of organisation, time management and excellent reporting skills
- Determine the projects goals and timelines
- Split up projects into “Sprints”, providing teams with short timeframes for specific jobs and goals to be achieved
- Ensure the accurate and up to date flow of information between the client, project managers, developers and other team members by organising regular scrum events (meetings)
- Providing training and coaching as needed
- Helping to solve problems or conflicts within teams and motivating those who are stuck
- Buffering teams from interference and distractions during sprints, helping to ensure they meet their goals and targets
- Responsible for carrying out tool maintenance (e.g. Jira software) and regular reporting
Lifestyle Impact: Medium
- There are Part Time opportunities for Scrum Masters, although it may be as part of a full time role within an organisation.
- Scrum Masters salary (average) $140,000* per year (Source: com.au) *based on full time work. Salaries vary between locations, field, and level of experience
- Future career growth: Stable with a projected job growth of 1.2% over the next 4 years (Source: seek.com.au)
- As a Scrum Master you’ll do most of your work within regular business hours, but there’s a high probability that you may have to work overtime in order to overcome problems and meet tight deadlines. This job could be stressful as you’ll be dealing with the challenges associated with team dynamics, project hiccups, timelines and client needs. If you love thinking on your feet and work well under pressure though, a career as a Scrum Master could be exciting every day.
Scrum Masters are most in demand in these locations:
There is most demand in New South Wales, followed by Victoria and the ACT.
How to become a Scrum Master in Australia
There are no formal qualification requirements to become a Scrum Master, however without sufficient, relevant work experience and some form of recognised certification, you might find it hard to be successful applying for these roles.
Step 1 – Completing Year 12 with English and Maths could be useful, as well as business and IT subjects
Step 2 – Work in a business environment as e.g. a Coder, Tester, Developer, Software Architect or Product Owner. Gain lots of relevant work experience and insight into project management.
Step 3 – Complete a relevant qualification e.g.:
Step 4 – Complete workshops, short courses and certified training as a Scrum Master or in Agile Delivery. E.g.:
Step 5 – After some work experience as a Scrum Master, you could specialise and become a business coach, mentor, product owner, or manager. Or you might choose to remain a Scrum Master and apply for jobs in more challenging (and even better paid) positions.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)
What is Scrum?
Scrum is the name for a business framework or methodology that organisations use if they work on complex projects that could benefit from a flexible and adaptable approach to problem solving.
Do I need to go to university to become a Scrum Master?
Not necessarily, but some employers might specify that they’d like specific qualifications that may include a degree. However, it’s not essential to go to university. If you’re prepared to work at entry level positions, work hard, get lots of experience and network, you could work as a Scrum Master without a degree.
What does a Scrum Master do?
Simply put, a Scrum Master manages the processes of a project and communications between teams. That is to say they don’t get involved in decision making about products or technicalities, but they work to streamline how the end product or goals are achieved, mediating between teams, working out timelines and phases of jobs.
Where do Scrum Masters work?
Scrum Masters can work in lots of different industries from Retail and Construction, to Financial and IT. Roles are generally office based as you’ll need to be around to meet with people and be on hand to help out at all times.
What are 3 things I can do right now to help me become a Scrum Master?
If you’re at high school and you think a career as a Scrum Master would be perfect for you, here’s a few things you could start doing right now:
- Volunteer as a mentor and get involved with any coaching and training opportunities. You’ll develop your interpersonal and communication skills, as well as develop an awareness of your own mentoring style.
- Get IT savvy – learn to use lots of different project management tools, software and apps.
- Read up about what Scrum Masters do, watch videos about the processes they manage and if possible, get some work experience in a project management setting.