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Will I be able to lead a Scrum Team after doing a CSM Course?


A Certified Scrum Master course gives you the confidence to set up good scrum within a small Scrum team environment and gives you a solid foundation from which to build.

The CSM course does not focus on leadership in the same way that a Certified Agile Leadership course does, but it will give you an insight into how an effective Scrum Master can create a team environment in which others can excel.

A CSM course introduces you to good Scrum.

It demonstrates how each role, from the product owner through to members of the development team, play a critical part in solving complex problems and developing new products.

You understand that as a Scrum Master you have a critical role to play in the team’s success, but it isn’t all on you in the same way that it is for a project manager.

It doesn’t start and end with you. It starts and ends with the team.

Your role is to work with members of the development team as well as the product owner to create an environment where the team can excel. You work with members outside of the scrum team to help remove impediments to progress and empower the scrum team to succeed.

The Scrum Master role thrives with a coaching and partnership driven approach to team success.

A project manager carries a great deal of authority and is primarily responsible for the success or failure of a project, regardless of who is involved in that project.

A Scrum Master carries no authority but leads through coaching and influence to help the team thrive and continuously improve with each sprint.

So, yes, you are empowered to lead a Scrum Team after completing the CSM course, but it would be the start of your Scrum Master journey and you would build a great deal from there through study, practice and experimentation.

Your CSM course prepares you to be a Scrum Master and provides you with a solid foundation from which to grow, but it takes years of practice in the environment to truly become an effective Scrum Master.

There are courses that can help you in that development, for example, the Advanced Certified Scrum Master and Certified Scrum Professional Scrum Master courses, and you would also benefit a great deal from coaching and mentoring from experienced Scrum Masters and Agile coaches.

Agile Centre have also created the ing Academy to help grow the next generation of Scrum Masters and es. Visit the ing Academy course page for more information.

If you are thinking of becoming a Scrum Master, visit our Certified Scrum Master course page.

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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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