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What is Scrum and agile?

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 –

Framework

Characteristic

Scrum

  • Scrum is an iterative framework which uses short cycles of software development also known as Sprints. The focus is on delivering the increments on a regular basis and incorporating the feedback from customers.

Lean and Kanban Software Development

  • It takes lean manufacturing principles and applies them to the field of software development. It focuses on eliminating waste while accepting the change till last moment and delivering the product as soon as possible.

Extreme Programming (XP)

  • As the name suggests, extreme programming focuses on evolving customer requirements; it can quickly absorb feedback and embrace change.

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.

Scrumban

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.

What is the difference between agile and scrum?

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.

What is the difference between waterfall and agile?

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.

What does a certified scrum master do?

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.

What is Certified Scrum Master certification?

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 bodyCertificate name
Scrum AllianceCertified scrum master
Home of ScrumProfessional Scrum Master
Scale Agile AcademyAdvanced Scrum Master
Project Management InstituteAgile Certified Practitioner (PMI ACP )
Scrum StudyScrum Master Certified

 

Why Should I become a certified Scrum Master?

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.

How long does it take to become a certified Scrum Master?

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.

How much does it cost to become a scrum master?

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.

How much does a certified scrum master make?

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.

PMI–ACP® GENERAL FAQS

Which is the best scrum master certification?

The answer to this question depends on multiple factors. All scrum master certificates have a global appeal and recognition; there is no one certificate which we can recommend to anyone. It’s very subjective to select one and say this is the best agile certificate. Though there are few pointers which can help you take a decision

Certification/FeaturesCSMPSM ISASMPMI ACP
Community SupportYesYesNoNo
ValidityTwo yearsLifetimeOne yearThree years
CoverageOnly ScrumOnly ScrumScrum and scaling scrumScrum and other concepts
SpecializedYes, makes you specialize in the scrumYes, makes you specialize in the scrumNo, it talks about scrum and scrum of the scrum. More focused towards scaling agileGeneric certificate does not cover every concept in detail
International recognitionYesYesYesYes
Brand value of certifying bodyHigherMildMildHigher
Next Level of CertificatesYesYesNoNo

Which is the best CSM training in Bangalore?

A certified scrum trainer takes CSM training. The scrum alliance ensures that all CSTs go through a rigorous selection process; the class feedback is closely monitored by scrum alliance to ensure a consistent quality among all workshops.
CSM is basic training; there are some factors which goes beyond the class and would matter the most. While judging a class here are few factors you should look at–

  • Study material – What kind of study material the trainer provides you. Does it include the e-learning module as well?
  • Practical aspects – you should dig in more about this. What kind of exercises and simulations will be conducted in the class? How do you get a feel for scrum master role while being in a two days workshop? What ceremonies, events will be covered during two days. The exposure to the actual role is critical for your understanding.
  • Post training support – the Real value of a CSM workshop only comes when you can get a scrum role in your team. Does your training provider groom you for the next role?
  • Interview guide- A scrum master is a great facilitator, and it’s a skill which is earned by practice. Post training, you might have to face interviews, lead a discussion inside your organization, present scrum to your team or stakeholders, convince your clients to adopt Scrum. In all cases above, you would need great facilitation skills, deep understanding of scrum and ability to collaborate with the team. A great training provider will work closely with the Scrum community, will offer you support via a close network of scrum enthusiasts. In our case, we provide a free scrum interview guide (Your questions answered by experts), close community support (Facebook Group and scrum user group) and a clear path to become a successful scrum master.
  • Future certification – Scrum master is an elementary role. You would seek a training provider who can guide you beyond CSM workshop. What certifications you can do and why? Do you give you a clear roadmap?

With the help of these parameters, you can decide which training provider to go for.

What is the role of the scrum master?

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

How to get scrum master certification?

  • Attend a two days CSM workshop with a CST.
  • Get Registered with scrum alliance (CST will upload your data)
  • Study with Scrum Guide and material provided in class
  • Practice with the mock tests
  • Take actual exam on scrum alliance website.
  • Download the certification on successful submission of the exam.

How do you become a scrum master?

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.

How do I renew my Scrum Master certification?

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.

What is the Professional Scrum Master Certification?

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.

Is the scrum master a project manager?

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.

I am Working as project manager? Does it make sense to get CSM certification now?

It depends on your career objective. However, the project manager role in IT and information systems is diminishing thanks to the emerging collaborative approaches of software development. Most companies are moving to Agile, even Project management institute (PMI) introduced Agile in their project management framework. Learning Agile and scrum can help you make a right move in your career. Getting certified as scrum master would be first step in your agile journey, you can start applying servant leadership inside your project and move forward.

What is the role of an agile coach?

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.

How do you become an agile coach?

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.

What is Agile Certified Practitioner?

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.

What is the cost of scrum master certification in Bangalore?

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.

Which all cities do you provide CSM course?

We have regular Workshop for scrum master certification in Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai, Delhi NCR and Pune.

What is the cost of CSM program in various cities?

The cost of CSM workshop is almost same across India. Our range of cost is between 22500-26000 Depending on when you are enrolling (Early Bird or regular tickets). We maintain a policy of uniform pricing across all our batches.

How many people do CSM certification in Bangalore?

As per the latest scrum alliance data (March 2018), there are around 10000 certified scrum masters in Bangalore. Around .5 million people got certified as scrum masters till now. This is one of the globally accredited certificate for Agile and Scrum professionals

Who are the major providers of scrum certification?

This certificate is provided by scrum alliance; there are multiple registered education providers and the certified scrum trainers who would deliver this program in different cities of India. Here are different points of comparison

Provider/Comparison pointsiZenbridgeKnowledgehutSimplilearnStaragile
Agile specializationYesNoNoNo
Community supportYesNoNoNo
Career groomingYesNoNoNo
Expert online content on scrumYesNoNoNo
Guidance for future certificationsAt expert levelLimited to eBooks and blogsNoneLimited to in class discussion

You may copy this to an excel sheet and add your own additional points to create a good comparison chart.

Where do you conduct your CSM training in Bangalore?

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. Here is an overview of our various training venues –

Name of venueAddressDistance from IT hub
IBIS Novotel  Opp RMZ Ecospace Business Park, Sarjapur Outer Ring Road, Bengaluru, 560103 0.5 Km
OCTAVE HOTEL  No.14, Kaikonadanahalli Village Sarjapura Road, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560035 01 KM
Davanam Sarovar Portico SuitesHosur Main Road, Opp Madiwala Police station02 KM
Lemon Tree PremierUlsoor Lake, Bengaluru05 Km

How is your CSM Workshop different from Pete Deemer scrum training Bangalore?

Pete Deemer is one of the 100s Certified scrum trainers globally. The course coverage, content quality, and interaction would be similar in both the Workshops. Pete is an outstanding trainer with good facilitation skills. We also have an elite panel of certified scrum trainers who lead our workshops across India. In additional to classroom workshop, you get access to a very rich scrum community in Bangalore when you attend the iZenbridge workshop.

What other agile training do you provide?

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.

Which other agile scrum master certification do you offer?

We are a global registered education provider with following certification bodies and offer their courses in India.

Agile Certification bodyCertification nameOnline or classroom?
Scrum AllianceCertified Scrum MasterClassroom
Scrum.orgProfessional scrum masterOnline
Project management institutePMI ACPOnline and classroom both
Scaled Agile AcademySAFe Advanced Scrum Master, SAFe AgilistClassroom
ICAgile (International Consortium of Agile)Agile team facilitatorClassroom

Which companies are hiring scrum masters in Bangalore?

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.

What is the job prospectus in Bangalore after getting certified as a scrum master?

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.

Is it possible to do online scrum master training?

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.

Can I Do CSM certification online?

No, Certified scrum master certification can be earned by doing a two days’ workshop led by a Certified Scrum Trainer, you can learn scrum online by reading the scrum guide and other study material available online. To get certified a classroom program is mandatory. Since, it’s an interactive workshop, attending a workshop will also enhance your understanding of scrum and how it can deliver value to your product development process. Scrum Master is top 10 hottest jobs on LinkedIn in 2017; Bangalore has a huge demand, getting certified can help you move in your career quickly.

How is scrum alliance different from other certifying bodies?

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.

Does Scrum Alliance have office in Bangalore?

Scrum Alliance does not have a local office in India. They have registered education providers and certified scrum trainers who lead their training globally.

Which all cities do you offer scrum training?

We conduct training in Bangalore, Pune, Hyderabad, Chennai and Delhi NCR. Few sessions are also conducted in Kolkata and Mumbai.

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2 comments

  1. Hi Mithun,
    You can go for CSM or PMI-ACP depending on your current profile and career growth path.

    Thanks,
    Jyoti

  2. What’s next after PMP. Kindly suggest.

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