My Scrumulicious blog focuses on my exciting journey of being a Scrum Master. The ups, downs, and the many experiences that I hope to share with new Scrum masters and my colleagues. As a growing Scrum master, I want to encourage others in this beautiful journey of Agile. So that they can use it in various stages of their personal and professional lives.
Welcome to my imperfect journey

Part 3 – My journey towards becoming a Scrum Master

I was on a journey to know what skills I needed to become a Scrum Master. I needed something to encourage and motivate me. I needed more than just the 2-day class with a certification.

I started researching and I was not disappointed. I searched

  • Who is a Scrum master?
  • What does a Scrum Master do?
  • How can a Scrum master be successful?
  • What skills does a Scrum master need?
  • Scrum master jobs
  • Many more……

Even though I had done some research prior to deciding on being a Scrum Master, I strongly believe the 2-day class, gave me more to think about and more to research on. It made me know that 2 days was just not enough to have all the information I need. The more information I gathered, the happier I was. However, it was overwhelming. It was a ton of information. I was not sure on how to apply this. I was still missing information and had gaps. With each passing day, I gathered more knowledge, but each bag of information had rips in them. I was excited. I was happy. I knew I had ways to go, but the little information I was gathering made me confident that this is something I could do. Then I took the certification exam and passed it. Whoop. I was super proud of myself.

Then I read the Scrum guide. You would think I should have read this before even taking the 2-day certification. LOL.I did not know it existed until I saw it was mentioned during the certification exam. So, I took key bullet points from the Scrum guide to help narrow my research. Remember I mentioned my partner was in IT, but he is not a Scrum master. But I bothered him every night with questions around things I saw in the Scrum guide. We even had arguments about it. That was when I knew that there was a huge disconnect between the scrum Team and the Scrum Master. More about this later. I was on YouTube daily watching videos. I got some knowledge from the internet, but I was still behind. I knew I had no
confidence because my knowledge held no value. I decided to seek a mentor. Then I found out how much mentors cost. Triple what I spent to get the certification. I almost passed out. I could barely afford the certification; how do I afford a mentor. I kept looking for a mentor, but still kept studying. Eventually I found a mentor that was willing to work with me on the job search aspect of things. Since I could not afford the entire mentorship class and was self-studying, I figured I pay for what I could afford and if I was still behind, I would come back. I paid for that service and we got to work. I knew it was not much, but I prayed that it would help me in my search. I also knew that there was only so much a mentor could do, I am the driver in my journey and I cannot rely solely on her knowledge. I needed to learn and add my spice to build my personality and my acquired skills.

We met twice, she guided me and I started applying for jobs. I got a call from a recruiter and I was in shock. I was not expecting a call that soon. But I braced myself and spoke with confidence. We had a great conversation and he referred me to the hiring manager. I received an email that day inviting me for a panel interview. I almost passed out. A panel interview with 4 people with managerial roles. Can I do this? Should I accept this interview invite?

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