Sourcing for Scrum Masters

Created: Nov 16, 2015 03:00PM PST      Updated: Dec 09, 2015 11:04AM PST
Along with the advent of Agile framework and Scrum methodology, there's been an increasing demand for "Scrum Masters." While Scrum was created in the early 1990s, it has only more recently become accepted and used as a product development framework within many organizations.

Before you start to source for Scrum Masters, it might help to understand the Scrum framework.

What is Scrum?
Scrum (n): A framework within which people can address complex adaptive problems, while productively and creatively delivering products of the highest possible value.

Scrum is:
  • Lightweight
  • Simple to understand
  • Difficult to master


Essentially, Scrum is a non-traditional project management methodology that was developed to help introduce more flexibility into development processes. It is iterative and incremental so it easily allows for process changes during development. Each sprint, or time limited development period, ends with a shippable product (i.e. a usable piece of software). For this reason, Agile framework and Scrum methodology are commonly used for SaaS or software as a service product offerings which are always live and frequently updated.
 

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Scrum Roles

Scrum teams are self-organizing, meaning that each team organizes in a way that allows it to best accomplish its work.Traditionally, there are three (3) main roles within the Scrum framework: Product Owner, Development Team, Scrum Master. 
 
1. Product Owner
The Product Owner is the person responsible for managing the product backlog. The backlog is a rank-ordered list of requirements for the development team to work through. Generally speaking, the product owner is responsible for maximizing the value of the product and the work of the development team.
 
2. Development Team
The Development Team consists of the people who actually work to deliver the product. Each person on the team has the title, "Developer" and nothing else. There are no sub-teams within the development team.

3. Scrum Master
The Scrum Master enforces the previously agreed upon scrum rules within the scrum team and serves as the interface between the scrum team and the rest of the organization. The Scrum Master also acts as a buffer between outsiders and the scrum team to help the team deliver products as efficiently as possible.
 
Oftentimes, Scrum Master is a full-time position, but depending on the situation, the Scrum Master can be a developer on the development team. Although the Scrum Master may be a developer, Scrum Masters often have diverse backgrounds and are not always technically trained. The day-to-day of a Scrum Master varies depending on how long the team's sprints, the complexity of the project, etc. You can read more about a Scrum Master's day-to-day here.
 
 

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Sourcing for Scrum Masters
Admittedly, Scrum Masters are outside of TalentBin's wheelhouse. That does not mean, however, that you cannot find some great candidates. As with typical TalentBin searches, we recommend that you start with an advanced search using keywords rather than roles.

Since many Scrum Masters are not former software developers, this is where the search will deviate from a typical TalentBin search. First, use search for the keyword, "Scrum Master" using TalentBin's explode tag.

Example TalentBin keyword search for "Scrum Master" in the US


Next, consider clearing your previous search and searching for the keyword, "Scrum" using TalentBin's explode tag AND ( "Project Manage*" OR "Product Manage*" ).

TalentBin example keyword search for "scrum" AND ("project manage*" OR "product manage*)

 


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