Can I Be a Certified Scrum Master® and Not Work in Software?

Now more than ever, Organizations need to be Agile to adapt to the constant changes around us. And that does not mean just the software developers or IT departments—Agile and Scrum extend far beyond IT!

Perhaps you know a Scrum Master in your Organization or you’ve been asked to take on a Scrum Master-like role, but didn’t think you needed or wanted a certification because your job title isn’t software. We’re here to prove you wrong!

The mindset and actions of Scrum should be engrained in any strong organization, and Scrum belongs in every department. Here are some non-IT reasons why you would make a great Certified Scrum Master.

Traits of a Certified Scrum Master®

A Scrum Master is almost a hybrid role of a project manager, boss, and motivational coach. You’re responsible for planning a project and assigning projects to your team, but unlike a traditional project manager, the responsibility of a project’s failure or success isn’t attributed solely to you.

A Scrum Master is…

  • A True Servant Leader—someone who leads by first taking care of other’s needs.
  • Humble, with no need to take credit for the Team’s work. They get all their satisfaction from seeing the Team succeed.
  • A leader who puts the needs of the Team ahead of theirs and is willing to do what it takes to help them succeed.
  • Someone who diligently pursues any obstacle blocking the Team’s progress and seeks solutions to remove the obstacle.
  • Someone who advocates for the Team and process throughout the Organization.
  • Loyal to the Team, the Product, and the Organization. 

Now, did any of those traits mention software development? 

If you’re interested in becoming a Certified Scrum Master®, check out our new Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM®) Outside of Software class! It explores the basics of Scrum, the concepts behind Agility and the key roles and responsibilities in the Scrum framework. This class will use jargon free terms and examples throughout the class and allow you to gain the CSM certification in a relatable environment with “The Rest of Us!” 

Whether you work in an accounting/legal office, are a marketer, claims supervisor, or even a stay-at-home parent, Scrum can help with your work and home life. And this new “outside of software” class is the perfect environment for you to learn the basics of Scrum without feeling lost in technical terms and software specific examples.