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Scrum master interview questions


Some time ago, I wrote a couple of blog posts about the interview process that I went through when I applied for the positions of Scrum Master and Agile Coach. Those were really interesting interviews.

In this blog post, however, I am writing something different, a resource that you will hopefully find useful. I am providing 38 Scrum Master Interview Questions that anyone can use to interview Scrum Masters. This is a collection of questions that I have been accruing over several years and I believe they are extremely beneficial; please feel free to use them next time you are interviewing a candidate.

  • How would you help the team’s members find their role within the team?
  • How would you help the team to find a strong sense of purpose?
  • How would you help the team to maintain ideal Scrum Ceremonies?
  • How would you help the team to act as a team, and not just a bunch of individuals?
  • How would you help the team to Surface and Resolve Conflicts?
  • How would you help each individual to get better at what they do?
  • How would you help the team to raise the bar, so as to help them to continuously improve?
  • How would you help the team to identify possible improvements in their Engineering practices?
  • How would you help the team to establish effective team communication skills?
  • How would you encourage self-organisation within your team?
  • Are you aware of the 5 dysfunctions of a team, and can you create exercises to improve them?
  • How will you help the team to spread knowledge gained during development?
  • How would you coach the whole team to collaborate? (Give examples…)
  • Can you give examples that show that you allow the team to find their own answers instead of you giving them?
  • Are you focused on business value delivery? Give me examples of how you accomplish this.
  • How would you help and encourage everyone to express their opinions?
  • How would you help the team in identifying positive and negative changes during retrospectives?
  • How would you encourage team learning (fostering collaborative practices, pair programming, continuous integration, collective code ownership, short design sessions, specifications workshops, etc.)?
  • How would you encourage rotation in technical areas of concern: functionality, components/layers, roles, aspects, etc.?
    How would you help the team in setting long term operating goals for all team members: agile practices to master, new skills to acquire, etc.?
  • How would you examine what is missing in order to make the environment better for everyone?
  • How would you prioritise improvement activities and make them happen?
  • How would you help the team to find access to external sources of information?
  • How would you help the team to find techniques to help them be more collaborative?
  • How would you encourage and facilitate open communication among the team members and with external colleagues?
  • How would you help and encourage healthy conflict during team meetings?
  • How would you help the team to mature their DoD?
  • How would you help the team create transparency and urgency around continuous system integration?
  • How would you help encourage the team to create small automated acceptance tests at the beginning and evolve from there?
  • How would you help encourage the team to coach each other in TDD, refactoring, and simple design?
  • How would you help encourage the team to use human-readable acceptance tests?
  • How would you help encourage the team to do pair and peer reviews?
  • Tell me about how you came to learn about Scrum" and "What are some examples of you seeking out Scrum knowledge in the past year -- like conferences, reading books, articles, etc.
  • What would say are your top 3 sources for learning and continuously improving your knowledge of Scrum?
  • When did you get certified in Scrum? Have you kept up with changes in the Scrum Guide in the last couple of years?
  • Describe for us a couple of key changes to Scrum over the last couple of years
  • What are 3 different ways for calculating the remaining work in a Sprint?
  • What do you think are the biggest misconceptions about Scrum?