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10 Questions   for your  Scrum Master  Interview David J Bland  [email_address]
<ul><li>Agile / Scrum Job Data </li></ul>
<ul><li>Interview  </li></ul><ul><li>your  </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewer </li></ul>Just how Agile is this position?
<ul><li>Question #1   </li></ul><ul><li>Can you describe </li></ul><ul><li>your iterations? </li></ul>(Agile) – 2 weeks ma...
<ul><li>Question #2   </li></ul><ul><li>What is the team  </li></ul><ul><li>size & make up? </li></ul>(Agile) – Small & cr...
<ul><li>Question #3 </li></ul><ul><li>Are Product Owners </li></ul><ul><li>available for Q&A?   </li></ul>(Agile) – Yes & ...
<ul><li>Question #4   </li></ul><ul><li>Can you explain your </li></ul><ul><li>code deployments? </li></ul>(Agile) – Autom...
<ul><li>Question #5 </li></ul><ul><li>Do you practice Test </li></ul><ul><li>Driven Development?   </li></ul>(Agile) – Yes...
<ul><li>Question #6   </li></ul><ul><li>Can you describe  </li></ul><ul><li>your requirements </li></ul><ul><li>documentat...
<ul><li>Question #7   </li></ul><ul><li>How do you use </li></ul><ul><li>project metrics?   </li></ul>(Agile) – Story Poin...
<ul><li>Question #8   </li></ul><ul><li>How often do your </li></ul><ul><li>teams meet? </li></ul>(Agile) – Daily Stand Up...
<ul><li>Question #9   </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have executive </li></ul><ul><li>buy-in for Agile? </li></ul>(Agile) – Yes ...
<ul><li>Question #10  </li></ul><ul><li>Can you explain other </li></ul><ul><li>responsibilities for the </li></ul><ul><li...
Good luck future  Scrum Masters! David J Bland  [email_address]
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  • Thanks for such great list. It inspired me to come up with 100 Scrum Master interview questions: https://standuply.com/blog/scrum-master-interview-questions/
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  • this is simply nice. thanks DB
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  • Hilarious! Seen it happening.
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  • These questions and answers give you the chance to evaluate the level of scrum methodology adoption and understanding of your future employer (or the interviewer). You may see as opportunities if they responded poorly as you can potentially be the champion and making your presence felt. nice!
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10 Questions For Your Scrum Master Interview

  1. 10 Questions for your Scrum Master Interview David J Bland [email_address]
  2. <ul><li>Agile / Scrum Job Data </li></ul>
  3. <ul><li>Interview </li></ul><ul><li>your </li></ul><ul><li>Interviewer </li></ul>Just how Agile is this position?
  4. <ul><li>Question #1 </li></ul><ul><li>Can you describe </li></ul><ul><li>your iterations? </li></ul>(Agile) – 2 weeks max (Agile?) – Over 1 month (Red Flag!) – What’s an iteration?
  5. <ul><li>Question #2 </li></ul><ul><li>What is the team </li></ul><ul><li>size & make up? </li></ul>(Agile) – Small & cross functional (Red Flag!) – 20+ members in vertical silos (Agile?) – Large but collaborative
  6. <ul><li>Question #3 </li></ul><ul><li>Are Product Owners </li></ul><ul><li>available for Q&A? </li></ul>(Agile) – Yes & often (Agile?) – Yes about once a week (Red Flag!) – They weigh in after launch
  7. <ul><li>Question #4 </li></ul><ul><li>Can you explain your </li></ul><ul><li>code deployments? </li></ul>(Agile) – Automated continuous integration (Agile?) – Frequent manual deployments (Red Flag!) – Very large, infrequent batches
  8. <ul><li>Question #5 </li></ul><ul><li>Do you practice Test </li></ul><ul><li>Driven Development? </li></ul>(Agile) – Yes & Behavior Driven Development (Agile?) – Yes on the important bits (Red Flag!) – We have QA for testing
  9. <ul><li>Question #6 </li></ul><ul><li>Can you describe </li></ul><ul><li>your requirements </li></ul><ul><li>documentation? </li></ul>(Agile) – User Stories with INVEST model (Agile?) – Small paragraphs of requirements (Red Flag!) – Large SRS documents
  10. <ul><li>Question #7 </li></ul><ul><li>How do you use </li></ul><ul><li>project metrics? </li></ul>(Agile) – Story Points for Release Planning (Agile?) – We estimate most of our tasks (Red Flag!) – Only use MS Project with Gantt
  11. <ul><li>Question #8 </li></ul><ul><li>How often do your </li></ul><ul><li>teams meet? </li></ul>(Agile) – Daily Stand Ups (Agile?) – A couple times a week (Red Flag!) – Only monthly status meetings
  12. <ul><li>Question #9 </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have executive </li></ul><ul><li>buy-in for Agile? </li></ul>(Agile) – Yes and we’ve trained our teams (Agile?) – They suggested we try it out (Red Flag!) – My boss thinks it is a fad
  13. <ul><li>Question #10 </li></ul><ul><li>Can you explain other </li></ul><ul><li>responsibilities for the </li></ul><ul><li>Scrum Master? </li></ul>(Agile) – Mentor, Tester, Coder, Designer (Agile?) – Also Project Manager (Red Flag!) – Also the Product Owner
  14. Good luck future Scrum Masters! David J Bland [email_address]

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