Scrum.org and Age of Product Release 2019 Scrum Master Trends Report

Report based on a 2018 survey of over 2100 Scrum Masters reveals insights on the Scrum Master role, highlighting trends pertaining to gender, salary, training and more

Boston – January 29, 2019 – Scrum.org, the mission-based organization dedicated to improving the profession of software delivery through training, certification assessments and community, along with Age of Product, an agile-focused blog by Berlin Product People GmbH, today released the 2019 Scrum Master Trends Report. This report is a follow up to the 2017 Scrum Master Salary Report.

The 2019 Scrum Master Trends Report is based on a 2018 survey of over 2100 participants, with a focus on trends useful to both new and experienced Scrum Masters. The survey results reveal salary trends and agile adoption patterns, while also exploring gender equality within the Scrum Master role. The participants represent 87 different countries and come from all levels of experience.

“ The Scrum Master role continues to grow in attention and focus as Scrum is used more. This report is intended to provide Scrum Masters and everyone interested in agile useful insights and global trends associated with the role,” said Dave West, CEO and Product Owner, Scrum.org.  “We have partnered with Age of Product on this initiative to provide the Scrum Master community with data to help them along their journey and provide insight to help them shape their careers and continue to improve.”

Highlights from the report include:

  • 81% are using Scrum with other agile practices, ie. Kanban, DevOps, XP

  • Female salaries are trending higher those of their male counterparts

  • Scrum Masters with formal Scrum training and agile certifications have higher salaries than those without

  • Adoption trends show that 7% are continuing to use Waterfall while 11% are mature in their agile adoption; the remaining participants are early or growing their adoption

“We are humbled by the enthusiasm of the agile community contributing to the survey, and are looking forward to monitoring these trends for years to come, said Stefan Wolpers, Founder, Age of Product. “When looking for an organization to partner with for this survey and report, we knew the best choice would be Scrum.org, The Home of Scrum, and we look forward to working with them on future projects to help improve the profession.”

These results follow the research study released last week titled, How to Select and Develop Individuals for Successful Agile Teams: A Practical Guide, which was conducted jointly by Scrum.org and McKinsey & Company. It focuses on the team level, exploring the values and traits that make agile teams successful, helping to guide companies with concepts and ways to better recruit and coach their teams.

The full 2019 Scrum Master Trends report is available here. There will also be a webinar on March 20, at 11:00 AM EDT, exploring the survey results. More details on this webinar are available here.

About Scrum.org
Based on the values and principles of Scrum and the Agile Manifesto, Scrum.org provides comprehensive training, assessments and certifications to improve the profession of software delivery. Throughout the world, our solutions and community of Professional Scrum Trainers empower people and organizations to achieve agility through Scrum.  Ken Schwaber, the co-creator of Scrum, founded Scrum.org in 2009 as a global organization, dedicating himself to improving the profession of software delivery by reducing the gaps so the work and work products are dependable.

Visit Scrum.org for further information on the organization’s Professional Scrum assessments, training and global community; follow us on Twitter @scrumdotorg and read more from our community of experts on the Scrum.org blog.

About Age of Product
Age-of-Product.com is a blog by Berlin Product People GmbH, Berlin, focusing on the operative daily work of the Scrum Master, Product Owner, or agile coach—sharing tips and tricks as well as other wisdom from the agile trenches. Their Food for Agile Thought newsletter is a weekly compilation of the best news and latest developments in agile product management and lean methodologies with more than 20,000 subscribers. In addition to the “Food for Agile Thought” newsletter, Age-of-Product.com also provides more than ten free ebooks on a panoply of topics relevant to agile practitioners— from Scrum Master interview questions to Scrum anti-patterns.
 

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