Why Certified Scrum Master?
Scrum is growing very fast. Around 65% of IT enterprises have adopted scrum for their complex projects globally. In fact, companies are using scrum for Marketing, business development and operations as well. It’s a modern framework which suits the ever-changing business environment, the inspect and adapt coupled with the quick feedback cycle makes product delivery fast.
Scrum Masters has a very important role to play in a Scrum team. They live and abide by the scrum values and principles. Certified Scrum Master Training in Bangalore is based on the Scrum framework as approved by scrum alliance; we follow the scrum guide and 2017 CSM objective which is the latest syllabus for this certification.
By the end of two days of CSM workshop, you understand Scrum theory, practice, and rules and develop servant leadership skills to maximize the value of a scrum team.
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CSM Training by iZenbridge is different – here is how
Most CSM workshop focus on delivering the certificate. While we understand that the certificate is an end goal for every participant, learning to implement scrum is even more important for an enriching Scrum Career. Our CSM class follow Scrum guide and help you practice Scrum Core values – commitment, courage, focus, openness, and respect.
When you decide to go for a Scrum Master training, you are in one of the following stages –
You are already working as a member of Scrum team
You know Scrum already, you motive is to get the rule book understanding of Scrum and to become a Certified Scrum Master. Our CSM class is completely based on the scrum guide. We have an Elite panel of CSTs with more than 15 years of experience in coaching, mentoring and guiding scrum teams across the world.
Our class will address all practical issues related to Scrum Roles, Artefacts, events, Ceremonies in distributed and large teams. We Continue to groom you as a Servant leader while offering you lots of opportunities to blog, present at our conference, network with the peers and go for next level of agile certifications.
You are coming from traditional project management and want to align yourself to scrum –
Traditional waterfall model of software development is great, but it does not fit the ever-changing and complex business environment of the day. Agile is introduced everywhere, even latest version of PMBOK dedicated significant attention to Agile.
Adopting scrum requires a complete mindset change. The convention skills of project managers like task allocation, reporting, accountability, resource management are now jointly handled by the team. You need to transform from a taskmaster to a servant leader, our two days CSM workshop facilitate that change of mindset. We also offer you an online program on Agile mindset, which strengthens the concepts you learned in the class.
You are an IT/QA or Software Developer –
If you are someone with 2-3 years of Agile experience, planning to boost your career with Agile and Scrum. You will be a perfect fit in our CSM class. You will understand the fundamentals of Agile and how it can transform your world of work.
Besides, you will get a chance to connect with a large community of practicing Agile and Scrum professionals who can help you in shaping your career.
Deliverables from our Scrum Certification class –
- Earn 30 Scrum Education Units (SEUs)
- Assured CSM Certificate from Scrum Alliance.
- 2-year membership of Scrum Alliance
- Free eLearning material and Scrum Guide
- A hard copy of Learning material.
- Free Scrum Interview guide with answers (50 Questions)
Additional deliverables –
- Complimentary Program on Agile Mindset – A unique 5-hour Video program to help you understand the Agile Principle and mindset. You will get lifetime access to this content $39 Complimentary
- Complimentary Program on Kanban for Software development – Enterprises are using Kanban and Scrum both and as Scrumban for product development. This comprehensive $49 Program helps you start implementing Kanban at a team level.
- Enriching scrum experience beyond and after the training
- Network with scrum community with our webinars, Scrum User Group, Blogs, networking events
- Create your personal brand as a scrum professional in Bangalore
- Take your Scrum journey to the next level with advanced certificates like CSP and SAFe Agile, Agile Coaching, Kanban practitioners, etc.
Benefits of Scrum master Certification for IT professionals
- Validates your credentials as scrum professionals
- Helps you clear your doubts related to scrum concepts
- You can lead a team to scrum and agile transformation within your organization.
- CSM Certifications acts as recruiter magnet which can get you more interview calls and job opportunities.
- Scrum, if used properly, can have a tremendous positive impact on your professional and personal life, it improves your productivity and transparency at work.
Who Should do CSM Training?
A scrum certification would be useful for anyone who wishes to transform their world of work with this new methodology. The use of scrum is not just limited to software development project, in fact, this is the best fit for any complex environment, where you need an inspect and adapt approach.
Our last two years of delivering scrum workshops indicate that this certification is popular among project managers, traditional project managers, IT managers, delivery managers and heads, QA and testing professionals, Software developers, team, and module leads.
Opportunities for Scrum masters in Bangalore
Bangalore is the IT capital of the world. All major IT companies have development centers in Bangalore and are looking for experienced scrum masters. Additionally, the happening tech start-up environment in Bangalore is looking for lean and Agile experienced IT professionals. Around 100+ people get certified as Scrum master every month, and the demand is ever growing. Major companies like HCL, TCS, Infosys, Cognizant, Wipro, Capgemini, IBM are regularly hiring scrum professionals at different levels.
We have an active scrum user group in Bangalore which is part of our initiative to provide a healthy learning and networking platform for IT Professionals. You get a chance to network with people from the Agile community, present your thoughts and also write a blog/articles sharing your personal experience of working with Scrum. These activities help you boost your personal brand as a scrum master.
Future of Scrum –
Scrum is here to stay; its adoption is increasing year of year. As per the scrum report of 2017, around 65% companies prefer agile for their complex systems; around 85% of Agile adopters went from a scrum in 2017. its a welcome indicator for scrum professionals and practitioners. Its even adopted by teams which are facing similar challenges like that in marketing, business development, and operations.
Q. What is Scrum and agile?
A. Agile is a time-boxed, iterative approach to software development. There are some frameworks inside agile which enterprises are using for developing complex systems. The table below describes various agile frameworks and their unique characteristics –
Lean and Kanban Software Development
Extreme Programming (XP)
Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM)
|This framework focuses on business needs, timely delivery and can be effective for both IT and Non-IT solutions. Its based on 8 Principles which revolves around customer-first approach.|
Feature-Driven Development (FDD)
|As the name suggests, this model focuses on features; it starts by building a model and a list of features and then focusing on delivering one at a time.|
Test Driven Development
|Test-driven development is an automated testing approach; here the developer would write an automated test case which can validate the new changes and then write the minimum code which can pass the test case, once the process is complete the new code is integrated into the system.|
|An emerging framework which mixes principles of Scrum and Kanban to create a unique approach which enhances productivity improves transparency and productivity within the team.|
Q. What is the difference between agile and scrum?
A. Agile is methodology which broadly defines the principles of software development. It has multiple frameworks which lists down the detailed process. Scrum is one of the many agile methodologies, which we discussed in the last question.
Q. What is the difference between waterfall and agile?
A. The primary difference is in approach. Waterfall focuses on gathering and understanding the complete requirements before heading towards software development, while Agile focuses on discovering the requirements as we move forward. The waterfall is suitable for a simple system where the scope of requirement change is minimal, while agile is suitable for an iterative development in a complex environment where requirements are not clear.
Q. What does a certified scrum master do?
A. A certified scrum master is a servant leader whose primary role is to ensure that the scrum principles are followed while developing the software, he/she facilitates meetings, ceremonies and work closely with various stakeholders to remove impediments for a smoother software development cycles. A Scrum master also coordinates between various team members and product owner.
Q. What is Certified Scrum Master certification?
A. A scrum master is entrusted to lead a scrum implementation inside their organization. Their primary role is to ensure that the Scrum framework is followed by the team, they remove impediments, create a culture of trust, transparency, and self-organization. Here is a list of certification bodies which offer certifications for scrum masters.
|Certification body||Certificate name|
|Scrum Alliance||Certified scrum master|
|Home of Scrum||Professional Scrum Master|
|Scale Agile Academy||Advanced Scrum Master|
|Project Management Institute||Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI ACP )|
|Scrum Study||Scrum Master Certified|
Q. How is scrum alliance different from other certifying bodies?
A. Scrum alliance stresses the need to get in-person interaction to grow as a scrum master, the post-training mentoring and grooming is supported by the scrum communities which has a local presence in the form of scrum user group. Our scrum user group is known as Discuss Agile Network, and we keep conducting lots of offline events and conferences in all major cities of India.
Continuous learning and always mentoring scores above once in a lifetime opportunity to learn something. Scrum Alliance has outlined a clear path for the future growth in a scrum with the help of certification, knowledge sharing, and community support. This kind of network and community is rare in the IT domain.
Q. Why Should I become a certified Scrum Master?
A. This choice should come from your career needs; scrum is the most followed agile methodology globally. There are around a million people who have done some level of certification in a scrum with different bodies. The certification has some of the following distinct benefits.
- It validates your understanding of scrum
- It helps you establish credibility as a scrum professional
- It works a recruiter magnet.
- You get access to the community of people who are doing similar things.
Q. How long does it take to become a certified Scrum Master?
A. It does not take much time. You need to go through a two days CSM workshop. Post-workshop there would be an online certification exam. The exam is on 60 minutes and consist of 35 objective type questions. The certificate is instantly available for download once you have completed and submitted the exam.
Q. How much does it cost to become a scrum master?
A. The CSM Cost varies according to the location. In Indian cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi, Pune and Chennai, etc, the cost is around INR 25000 Excluding the Tax. The above cost is including everything. The price varies between providers and the time when you are enrolling.
Q. How much does a certified scrum master make?
A. A scrum master salary varies between 10-15 lakh depending on the experience. The salary varies according to the profile, employer, experience, and your negotiation skills. Two data points below shows that the median salary is INR 10 lakh while the upper side is up to 16-17 Lakhs in the experience range of 5-7 years.
Q. Is the scrum master a project manager?
A. No, there is no concept of project management in the scrum, the accountability for the delivery is decided at the team level. The responsibility to maintain the product backlog lies with the product owner; usual project management tasks like, task allocation, time reporting, reports, etc are handled at the team level. Scrum Does not promote extensive documentation.
Q. What is the role of the scrum master?
A. Scrum master’s role is including but not limited to following –
- Ensuring scrum values and principles are followed.
- Being a servant leader and removing impediments.
- Creating an environment of trust and transparency
- Coordinating between the team and the product owner
- Coordinating with other stakeholders and the team
- Facilitating scrum ceremonies and daily stand ups
- Adherence to the scrum process.
- Motivating the team for a better and quicker delivery
Q. What is the Professional Scrum Master?
A. It’s the name of certification provided by the home of scrum (Scrum.org), there are multiple levels of professional scrum master certification PSM I PSM II PSM III.
Q. How do I renew my Scrum Master certification?
A. Once completed, the certified scrum master certification would be valid for two years starting on the day one of your certified scrum master class. You can renew the certification by paying the fee of USD 100 for another two years. Alternatively, if you go for the higher level of certificates like CSPO, CSP, etc., your CSM will be renewed automatically.
Q. What is the role of an agile coach?
A. The agile coach facilitates scrum teams and the scrum master to adopt scrum values and principles and guide them in fixing the common change management issues. The role of an agile coach is to empower and groom the team members so that they can adopt the scrum and become successful in scrum implementation.
Q. How do you become an agile coach?
A. An agile coach is an experienced scrum professional with the skills of a coach. To become an agile coach, first, you should practice agile and scrum by playing different roles like scrum master, scrum product owner, scrum developer, team member etc. The exposure to different roles in scrum ensures that you understand the overall scrum framework in practical. The second aspect of an agile coach is the actual coaching skills which come with the practice, the coach is not a trainer or a mentor with a quick fix to all problems, rather he/she grooms the team and creates an environment where the team is empowered enough to take their own decision and implement it.
Q. What is Agile Certified Practitioner?
A. There is on the exact certificate in this name provided by any certification body. However, professionals who are certified in agile and scrum and are using it in their life can use this as a title.
Q. How do you become a scrum master?
A. When a scrum team is formed, someone from the team is chosen to play the role of a scrum master; there are no specific set of skills that you would need to perform this role. However, good facilitation and problem-solving skills make it easy for you to perform this role.
Q. What is the cost of scrum master certification in Bangalore?
A. The cost of certified scrum master varies according to the provider and the location. Some other factors are quality of trainer and the competition. As on March 2018, the price range for a CSM certification is between 23000-28000 excluding the service tax.
Q. How many people do CSM certification in Bangalore?
A. As per the latest scrum alliance data (March 2018), there are around 10000 certified scrum masters in Bangalore.
Q. Where do you conduct your CSM training in Bangalore?
A. All izenbridge workshops are conducted in a comfortable learning environment which is accessible to people from various parts of Bangalore. Currently, our training are conducted in IBIS Novotel hotel which is within 10-15 KM proximity to all major IT parks of Bangalore.
Q. What other agile training do you provide?
A. iZenbridge provides a series of Agile courses to help you move up in the Agile ladder. CSM is the starting point; we help you gain knowledge and certification on Scaled Agile Framework, CSPO, Enterprise Agile coach, Kanban Management professionals among others.
Q. Which companies are hiring scrum masters in India?
A. Bangalore is the IT capital of India, A quick heads up to any job portal and there would be 100+ open scrum master position at any point in time. The major paymaster for the scrum profile is SAP India, Infosys, Wipro, JPMorgan Chase, Sungard, Hewitt Packard, Cognizant, etc.
Q. What is the job prospectus after getting certified as a scrum master?
A. The scrum master is among top 10 hot jobs of 2017 as per the recruitment statistics released by Linkedin. 2017 scrum report suggests that the teams outside IT domain, such as marketing and business development are adopting the Scrum framework thanks to its simplicity and minimalistic approach.
Q. Is it possible to do online scrum master training?
A. Different certifications bodies have their own rules and regulations regarding the online training option. Scurm.org does not mandate any training; even if you have not attended any training, you can purchase an assessment on their website and get certified upon clearing the exam.
Scrum Alliance has a clear rule; they give preference to an in-person knowledge experience. Hence any online interaction does not qualify you to take a Certified scrum master test. To get certified, you must attend 16-hour in-person training with a CST.
Q. Which all cities do you offer scrum training?
A. We conduct training in Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai and Delhi NCR. Few sessions are also conducted in Kolkata and Mumbai.
Do you want to validate how much do you understand scrum? If yes, here is your chance, either you are preparing for the next interview or taking on the CSM exam, these free quizzes are what experts have prepared for you.
It helps you enhance your knowledge of scrum, clear your misconception and doubts and also help you score better in a CSM exam. A Good score always boosts the confidence of the participant.
CSM Free Practice Test
Practice of CSM questions can make your exam preparation complete, in our three step study plan we give good importance to practice step
Here are the 10 free questions which can strengthen your preparation and can help in identification of weak areas.
- It’s a free test.
- No time constraints for completing the test
- Check your scores and explanations directly after test
Scrum Interview guide –
Scrum Interview guide is an effort to rationalize the interview and selection process for scrum masters. Its not an attempt to offer you a readymade answer to few questions thereby sabotaging the entire interview process. This is rather a process of clearing some common doubts and misconceptions which stops a sincere ScrumMasters from getting that valued role with a valued organization. Download the interview guide; these are all practical questions shared by the Scrum practitioners.
Some of the popular scrum interview Questions Answered in this guide -
- How Is Scrum Master Role Different From Project Manager?
- How do you measure the maturity of your scrum process?
- What metrics do you collect and why?
- Share the retrospective action you have taken and what was the outcome?
- How do story points work?
- How would you introduce scrum to senior executives?
- What would you do if your team is not interested in scrum ceremonies?
CST , CEC, SPC4, PMP and PMI-ACP
Sekhar is a technocrat, management consultant and an Enterprise Agile Transformation Coach has over 16+ years of using methodologies from Agile to Waterfall.