TL; DR: Scrum Master Trends Report 2019
Back in 2017, we started the Scrum Master Salary Report 2017—the first industry report that covered in depth the educational background, working experience, industries, and organizational details of the companies Scrum Masters or agile coaches work for. For its 2019 edition—the Scrum Master Trends Report 2019—, we partnered with Scrum.org—the leading Scrum training and certification institution founded by Scrum co-founder Ken Schwaber—to improve the underlying data set.
Learn more about the state of the industry and download for free the Scrum Master Trends Report 2019.
The Findings of the Scrum Master Trends Report 2019
The Scrum Master Trends Report 2019 is based on a survey of over 2100 participants—both from Scrum.org’s as well as Age-of-Product’s member and subscriber base. The report focuses on trends useful to both new and experienced Scrum Masters and reveals salary trends, agile adoption patterns, while also exploring gender equality within the Scrum Master role. The participants represent 87 different countries and come from all levels of experience. It is by all standards the most comprehensive analysis of today’s working environment of Scrum Masters and agile coaches worldwide.
The highlights from the Scrum Master Trends Report 2019 include:
- 81% are using Scrum with other agile practices, ie. Kanban, DevOps, XP.
- Scrum Masters with formal Scrum training and agile certifications have higher salaries than those without.
- Adoption trends show that 7% are continuing to use Waterfall while 11% are mature in their agile adoption; the remaining participants are early or growing their adoption.
- Female salaries are trending higher those of their male counterparts.
Lastly, now that we answered the questions whether proper training and meaningful certifications are a valuable investment from a career perspective, you may want to check for yourself the return on investment by downloading your copy of the Scrum Master Trend Report 2019. Spoiler alert—it proves our gut feeling that investing in your education beats other forms of investments by far:
Scrum Master Trends Report 2019 — The Conclusion
Let me quote Dave West of Scrum.org for the closing thoughts on the Scrum Master Trends Report 2019:
“The purpose of this report is to provide Scrum Masters information that will help them learn more about global Scrum Master and Agile community trends. We have partnered with Age of Product on this initiative to provide the Scrum Master community with data to help them along their journey and provide insight to help them shape their careers and continue to improve.”
This is the mission behind the report: provide our community of Scrum Masters and agile coaches with the background information necessary to make career decisions.
If you found the Scrum Master Trends Report 2019 useful, please forward it to a friend or colleague—it would mean the world to me!
We will be back in Q3/2019 with the survey for the 2020 edition—please stay tuned until then.