Skip to main content

Starting as Scrum Master

Last post 01:41 pm May 18, 2015 by tim muttitt
3 replies
05:09 pm April 29, 2015

Hi All,

I need some expert advice.

I want to start my career as Scrum Master. I have done Scrum Master certification and come from HR background.

How can one gain practical experience in Scrum and start as Scrum Master?


12:58 pm May 11, 2015


Good to know about your interest in Scrum. I have found it very effective for software and non-software projects.

I understand that you've done SM certification - that's a good starting point and as you are inquiring - working as a team member in a Scrum team is the most effective way to learn.

If there is an opportunity in your organization where Scrum projects are executed, jump in!

Yes, jump in, start pulling the problems in a Scrum team and solving them. While this is an informal way to get an entry in a Scrum team, your senior management will look at it as your leadership quality.

I am sharing this advice because I did so way back in 2008 when I did not even have a Scrum Master certification - and management of my organization recognized it as a good leadership quality and helped me in gaining practical experience using Scrum. Eventually, I took the certification but I must say that the earlier practical experience I had contributed a lot.

Also, to be successful as a Scrum team member, you must be ready to lose your individual title and start working as a servant leader who solves the problem. I wrote this piece of article in 2012 which might be helpful to you:…
(there are lot of comments and criticism on the article and you'll see different point of views there)

To me, Scrum is entrepreneurial by nature. If it is an employment and the senior management does not see value in it and does not buy into Scrum as a concept, it is difficult to succeed as a ScrumMaster. In those cases, you might look for organizations where Scrum practices are welcomed.

06:31 am May 12, 2015

could anyone suggest the best book/course material for preparing PSM -I. I have just completed foundation level certification.

01:41 pm May 18, 2015

Read the Scrum Guide, over and over again. At least 15-20 times.
Take the Open assessment tests - all that are available!
Read blogs - Ken Schwaber, Mike Cohn + any other ones of interest!
Read forums like this - see what are the real world problems and how scrum might go about solving them.
Contribute to the forums and ask questions - people are always willing to help out.

By posting on our forums you are agreeing to our Terms of Use.

Please note that the first and last name from your member profile will be displayed next to any topic or comment you post on the forums. For privacy concerns, we cannot allow you to post email addresses. All user-submitted content on our Forums may be subject to deletion if it is found to be in violation of our Terms of Use. does not endorse user-submitted content or the content of links to any third-party websites.

Terms of Use may, at its discretion, remove any post that it deems unsuitable for these forums. Unsuitable post content includes, but is not limited to, Professional-level assessment questions and answers, profanity, insults, racism or sexually explicit content. Using our forum as a platform for the marketing and solicitation of products or services is also prohibited. Forum members who post content deemed unsuitable by may have their access revoked at any time, without warning. may, but is not obliged to, monitor submissions.