Andreas Schliep: “A ScrumMaster is an Agile Coach Who Isn’t There Yet” at Agile2016

Product Owners can prepare for the business world by getting education in business and economics, software engineers can similarly prepare for a career in development–but how do you prepare for a career as a ScrumMaster or Agile coach? Andreas Schliep wants to provide them a path. “If [young people] want to become ScrumMasters or Agile coaches, there should be something at the university or college that just leads them there.” If you asked Andreas how long he thinks the ScrumMaster’s education would last, it wouldn’t be three days (which is longer than the typical two-day CSM course), but three years. That’s because many ScrumMasters lack the soft skills required to perform a servant leadership role for a Scrum team. To this end, Andreas and others have created an open-source curriculum to help individuals learn how to be better ScrumMasters and coaches. When it comes down to it, Andreas believes that the ScrumMaster is an Agile coach for the team. As he says, “It’s about helping people achieve their goals, helping people become better.”

SolutionsIQ’s Howard Sublett hosts at Agile2016 in Atlanta, GA.

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