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How do you progress as a Scrum Master?

In the role of a developer, you would progress from a junior developer to a senior developer, and from there onto a role in management.

In traditional project management, it is much the same.

You would progress from a junior project manager to a senior project manager and from there onto a project director or programme director.

In Scrum, it works a little differently.

A junior and a senior don’t differ in terms of titles, only in terms of experience and expertise.

A is a regardless of how many years they have been in the role.

A good will be actively involved in mentoring and coaching entry-level s and a great will be helping experienced s on their journey.

Scrum has a flat structure and progression is recognised in terms of capabilities and expertise, not titles.

Progression works pretty much the same as it does in any field.

You get better with practice. You get better by reading books, blogs and articles from respected publishers and authors. You get better through coaching and mentoring.

In terms of the Scrum Alliance, there are a few more courses and certifications along the way.

After approximately 1 year as a , you are invited to enroll in the Advanced Certified course which awards you the ACSM certification upon completion.

It is a course that helps experienced s reach the next level of their career development.

The ACSM course recognises how the role of a involves a great deal of coaching and assisting others and helps you to develop those skills. It is also the first stepping-stone in your progression from to Agile coach.

After an additional year as an Advanced , Scrum Alliance offer the Certified Scrum Professional course and certification.

Again, this very much affords you a strong stepping-stone into the world of Agile coaching and helps you develop the skills you need to work at both the team as well as the enterprise level.

More importantly, it helps you develop as a at the professional, expert level.

In addition to the course material and experience, you will also have access to a network of other ACSMs and CSP-SMs. The alumni group offers you the opportunity to grow professionally and tap into the experience of others as you continue your journey into y.

So, in short, progression as a evolves into Professional, Expert-level as a practice or it involves progression into the world of Agile coaching.

There are courses, vlogs, articles, books and heaps of resources to help you along the way.

If you would like to become a , visit our Certified course page. Visit Advanced Certified and Certified Scrum Professional course pages for an idea of the progression.

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John McFadyen Managing Partner
John McFadyen is an Executive and Enterprise Agile Coach with proven experience working on some of the UK and Europe’s largest, most complex Agile Transformations. As a Certified Scrum Trainer, John brings a wealth of experience as an Agile coach, Agile practitioner and software developer into each of the four core courses he provides. The war stories, the insights into successful Agile transformations and everything he has learned from coaching high-performance Agile teams combine to provide course delegates with a unique, compelling training experience that transforms as much as it empowers.

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