Recently, I have seen many job postings for a ScrumMaster (Scrum Master), or a Product Owner role. It is nice to see these become more prominent on job posting sites. This means that, at least, Scrum is becoming more known and is part of conversations in HR departments. This is not a reflection of the quality of those conversations.
Many of these job posting are wrong!
Well, let’s start with some good requirements…
- Scrum Master Certification
- Excellent understanding of Agile methodology
- Excellent verbal and written communication abilities.
- Excellent interpersonal relations.
- Excellent ability to work in teams.
This is a good set of abilities/qualities of a Scrum Master. Now let’s look at the really really bad ones…
- Clearly communicate Project target completion dates to key stakeholders on a weekly basis
- Why is this here? This is not the job of Scrum Master! Do you believe that it fits in the Scrum framework at all?
- To set up a scorecard to track project implementation
- Again, why is this present? Doesn’t this sound very much like a project manager duty?
- Understand Java Agile delivery methodology
- Does this even exist? This sounds like a blending of waterfall and agile. (Sounds like you get none of benefits of either framework!)
- One job posting is looking for a “Senior Business Analyst/Scrum Master”
- This is just awful. No matter how well an individual does this job, they will ultimately fail – nobody could do this.
There is, obviously, a huge disconnect between those that know/have experience with agile frameworks, and those that place the job postings.
What can we do to help the HR professionals, and more importantly to help those trying to get these jobs from crashing and burning? Any suggestions?
If you found a good Scrum Master or Product Owner job posting, please let us know.
Enjoy the adventure that is navigating the Scrum job hunt!