Scrum Master is a Highly Valuable Role, Though with No Tangible Output – says Aashish Agarwal, Scrum Master at ION Group

Aashish Agarwal (Scrum Master, ION Group) | MentorClub.in

 

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Work-Life Balance

Job Security

Income Potential

Work Culture

Importance of Education

Recognition

Profile Details
Name – Aashish Agarwal
ProfessionIT
DesignationScrum Master
OrganisationION Group
Age – 43
City – Ghaziabad
Work Experience (Years) – 20
LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/aasish/
Under-Graduation – B.Sc., Kumaun University
Post-Graduation – MCA, IMS Ghaziabad

Please give us a summary of your Career.

Started as a software engineer in 1998 working on C++ and Oracle, where I carried out a few migration and implementation projects for overseas clients. Then in 2000, I moved to a Project firm and worked on the development of a CRM system, changed my profile to configuration management, learned and enjoyed a lot many automation solutions developments.
In 2008, I created a structured performance analysis team, and did quite a few simulation developments for distributed systems, and managed a high-performance lab.
Got trained by Craig Larman on the Scrum Master role, and have been playing this role since 2015, helping teams to be better in every sprint.

Please describe your current Job Responsibilities as Scrum Master.

I start my day reviewing my emails. Being a Scrum Master, I praise and reward those where I see long-term thinking, proactive actions, transparency, and work done in time. I also make my team aware of situations to avoid direct communication, blames etc.
During daily meetings, I spot teams helping each other, changing the course of action to meet the Sprint goal, focus on knowledge sharing etc. Also for any impediments like resource unavailability, lack of understanding, dependencies on other teams etc, and point them back to a gap in our process.
My another important task as Scrum Master is to coordinate with leadership to help with issues beyond the teams’ area of influence. Coordinate and perform activities for knowledge sharing amongst fellow scrum masters, provide lean/agile/scrum training on a need basis.


Average Income in this Profession in the current scenario

Starting out/Fresher – 0-2 Lakhs Per Annum
5 Years of Experience – 5-10 Lakhs Per Annum
10 Years of Experience – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
15 Years of Experience – 10-20 Lakhs Per Annum
20 or more Years of Experience – 20-40 Lakhs Per Annum
How do you rate the Income Potential in your career?3 Star Rating | MentorClub.in


Work-Life Balance

On an average, how many hours do you work per day?
More than 9 hours
On an average, how many days in a week do you work?
5 days
How often are you required to work in night-shift?
Rarely
Does your work require you to travel?
Rarely
Does your work require you to relocate to different town/cities?
Rarely
How would you consider the job security in your profession?
Secure
Would you consider this Profession Risky?
Maybe

To appreciate this role, you require maturity and long-term thinking. Its a highly valuable role, with no tangible output, in situations of economic stress, these roles are likely to get disposed-off first.

Overall, how would you rate Work-Life Balance in your Profession?4 Star Rating | MentorClub.in
Overall, how would you rate Job Stability of your Profession?3 Star Rating | MentorClub.in
What are the different ways of entering this profession?

Industry experience preferably as a very good developer with very good human connect


Work-Culture

How would you rate Stress-Level in your Profession?
Stressful
How would you rate your office/work infrastructure?
Good
How would you describe your co-workers?
Helpful
Generally speaking, your work is
Office Work
Overall, how would you rate Work-Culture in your Profession?4 Star Rating | MentorClub.in


Importance of Education in Your Profession

Would you say that Education from top School/College plays a major role in the success of this Profession?
No
What level of Education is sufficient to be successful in this Profession?
Graduation in Relevant Stream
Would you say that Studious students are generally successful in this Profession?
It’s not binary, it’s more of a thinking job. If you are in a habit of study and acquire knowledge, then that is more important than your past grades.
How would you consider the Cost of Education post 12th?
OK
At present, which institutes are best for the education of this profession?

NA

What is the cost of education (post 12th) of this profession at present?

NA

Overall, how would you rate the role of Education in your Profession?5 Star Rating | MentorClub.in


According to you, what kind of person is likely to be Happy & Successful in the Profession of Scrum Master?

First Personality Trait – Energized by people, enjoy a variety of tasks and good at multitasking
Second Personality Trait – Focus on possibilities and value innovation to come up with creative solutions to problems
Third Personality Trait – Prefer to make decisions by being sensitive and cooperative to others feelings
Fourth Personality Trait – Prefer to keep the flexible plan and keep options open
Fifth Personality Trait – Prefer to seek new experiences and create new things
Sixth Personality Trait – Prefer to be self-disciplined and organized
Seventh Personality Trait – Prefer to be cooperative and compassionate
Eighth Personality Trait – His/Her Family and Friends agree that S/he is usually relaxed, calm and happy
Please provide details

The person who aspires to be a Scrum Master, should be an active learner, have the tendency to ask questions, ask why

What are some of the positives, which would encourage someone to become a Scrum Master?

If you are a person who is self-motivated, love to learn about the systems as a whole, loves working with people, loves to make people take pride in doing what they do you are definitely going to enjoy this profession.
Again, If you are a long-term thinker, you look at various things and can make sense of things, the profession of Scrum Master is for you.
If you have the courage to politely and emphatically say what is right and what is not, irrespective of the person in a high position, this is for you.
If you feel happy about your people improving continuously and have a lot of patience, this job is for you.
Being a good communicator and storyteller and having the ability to connect with people will do wonders.

What are some of the negatives that you would want someone to be aware of when considering a career as a Scrum Master?

Most of the people and teams are driven by short-term perspective, therefore it becomes super challenging for me to bring just any change.
Most of the time, you are working with people who are not willing to try anything new, in those cases for a long long time not being able to see any positive change is really frustrating and if you are week hearted, you can even go in depression.
Although there is a lot written on the Internet about these roles, you will find very few people (if at all) who really understand the core of it. So its almost going to be your own battle individually.
And for salary raise, you should be lucky.


Recognition in your Profession

What is your family’s view of your Profession?
My Family is Neutral
What is Friends’ view of your Profession?
My Friends are Neutral
What is Society’s view of your Profession?
Society is Neutral
Overall, how would you rate the Recognition aspect of your Profession?3 Star Rating | MentorClub.in


General Information of your Profession/Business

What kind of family’s financial background can maximize success in this profession?
It Doesn’t Matter
What is the ease of starting own business in this field?
Maybe Easy for Few
How easy is it to move to a different country in this profession?
Difficult
Now you have several years of work experience and you have seen professions of others. If you are taken back to 10th/12th class and allowed to pick a profession, then which profession will you pick and why?

This profession cannot be appreciated at that age. Its only after a significant life experience you can appreciate this profession. It can not be picked up as a career at that age.


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