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SAFe® 6.0 Scrum Master Certification (SSM)

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In the two-day SAFe® Scrum Master training, you will develop a comprehensive understanding of your role as Scrum Master in a company that uses SAFe®. Unlike traditional Scrum Master programs that focus on the team level, this course looks at the role of the entire business environment and teaches you how to plan and execute Program Increments (PIs) successfully.

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SAFe® Scrum Master (SSM) Training

You will also get to know the core components of scaled agility in development and how Scrum is used to support iteration planning even within large organizations.

In addition, you will learn how agile, high-performance teams are built, and servant leaders and coaches are developed to achieve maximum added value. The mandatory Scrum Master Online Seminar also offers excellent added value for the participants because it guides them through the SAFe concepts. Your SAFe® 6.0 Scrum Master (SSM) certification qualifies you to be responsible for the role in a SAFe® environment and to support teams and companies in the SAFe® implementation.


Dr. Stefan Hermanns

Why should you get an SSM certificate?

77% of certified Scaled Agile Framework® (SAFe®) professionals seek SAFe® SSM certification for professional development. 63% rely on it to prove their knowledge. Why should you join them?

SAFe® also provides demonstrably meaningful results:

  • 10-50%: happier and more motivated employees
  • 20-50%: more productivity
  • 30-75%: faster time to market
  • 25-75%: Quality increase

SAFe certifications® give you confirmation of your skills. This opens new doors for professional advancement

Scrum organizes the work with five events in the sprints, which itself is an event:

  • The sprint
  • The sprint planning
  • Daily Scrum
  • The Sprint review
  • Sprint Retrospective

Scrum includes the following three Scrum roles per team:

  • The development team
  • The product owner
  • The Scrum Master

Scrum artifacts are used to track the work of the Scrum team's performance:

  • Product Backlog
  • The sprint backlog
  • Increase

These five values ​​characterize a Scrum process:

  1. Courage: Scrum helps agile project management team members do the right things when faced with complex problems at the right time.
  2. Focus: Delivering the expected results at the end of a sprint is the primary goal of everyone who puts effort into project work.
  3. Commitment: People represent themselves as sprint goals and process owners.
  4. Respect: The team members respect each other's skills, experience, and motivation
  5. Openness: Transparent and open-minded approach to the challenges of sprint work.

Agile project management with Scrum

Scrum was founded in 1995 by Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber. Scrum is a simple framework for managing complex project work with associated roles, events, artifacts, and rules. It is easy to understand and implement different types of projects in various fields. This provides team members with a creative and productive perspective.

The emphasis is on producing consistently at a given time. Scrum is the most popular agile project management methodology and is therefore used in many organizations.

Essentially, Scrum consists of sprints. Below you will get a brief description of it. This way you can see what steps are involved from start to finish of a sprint.

  1. A product backlog is managed by the product owner, which includes customer requests (admin job).
  2. Under the guidance of the product owner, the team decides which items of the product backlog to accept and determines a way to deliver the work at the end of the sprint based on its expertise.
  3. Collaboration is done in sprints.
  4. The Scrum Master looks after the team every day and sees if there are any obstacles. Offers leadership throughout the sprint.
  5. They regularly hold sprint reviews at the end of each edition.
  6. The process continues continuously and iteratively until all jobs are placed on the product backlog.

SAFe® SSM course in detail

This syllabus covers the learning objectives set by scaled Agile INC, the certifying organization, to be covered in a SAFe® training course. This includes the latest version of SAFe® 6.0and this syllabus consists of five following parts.

Part 1

Introduction of Scrum to SAFe®

  • Examination of the basic Agile development concepts
  • Discover the basics of Scrum
  • Positioning an agile team in a SAFe company

Part 2

Performing the role of Scrum Master

  • Review the responsibilities of the Scrum Master role
  • Characteristics of an effective Scrum Master
  • Build high-performing teams
  • Enable effective team activities
  • Supervision of the agile team with practical questions
  • Collaborate with other teams
  • Triggering the conflicts in the team

Part 3

PI planning

  • Creation and review of PI plans
  • Enable effective PI planning
  • Review of final plans and adherence to a set of PI targets
  • Finalize plans and determine business value

Part 4

Facilitate the execution of iterations

  • Plan the iteration
  • Monitoring the progress of the iteration
  • DevOps and Publishing On-Demand support
  • Enable continuous optimization
  • Improve backlog
  • Facilitate iteration checking

Part 5

Complete PI

  • Supervision of the PI iterations
  • Prepare the team for the review

What is the purpose of SSM training?

  • Scrum's Introduction to SAFe®
  • Planning program increments
  • Characterization of the Scrum Master role
  • Full program increments
  • Procedure for iterations
  • Coaching agile teams

This is how the SAFe® Scrum Master certificate works

Your certification includes the following:

  • SAFe® 5 Scrum Master Certificate (PDF)
  • A SAFe® 5 Scrum Master digital badge for different online profiles
  • One-year membership in the SAFe® online community/platform with
  • Access to many Meetup groups for sharing
  • Access to extensive additional material available to you within your SAFe® account to complete your learning journey

For more information on the certification exam, click here: : Exam Details: SSM - SAFe Scrum Master

The procedure of the exam

When you are ready to take the exam, log into the SAFe Community Platform to access the exam.

You must submit the exam when the exam timer ends. The number of questions answered is irrelevant. The score is calculated based on the number of questions answered. The unanswered questions are automatically rated as wrong. If you have answered all the questions before the exam time is up, you can click the Submit button to have your score calculated.

When you begin the exam, you must review and accept the Candidate Agreement before starting the exam. The exams have a time limit, and the timer is visible throughout the exam.

Questions are structured in multiple-response or multiple-choice format.

The questions may require one or more answers. Enter the number of responses as are necessary for each question. You must select all correct answers for questions with more than one answer, as no partial credit will be given.



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What are the tasks of a Scrum Master?

The Scrum Master is responsible for ensuring that the team understands and applies Scrum practices and techniques in practice. They are the expert in the Scrum process and help the team understand and implement Scrum principles and techniques correctly.

Are there also remote training courses without face-to-face classes?

Yes, completing our training courses in hybrid online models is possible. Because, especially in today's world, it is essential to adapt optimally to new requirements. Therefore, we also offer our participants the opportunity to complete the online courses.

Can I record remote training?

No, Recording and/or distribution of distance learning is not permitted. All participants must be present at the live training as if the training were being completed in person.

Why can't I copy and use SAFe content directly from the website?

A lot of SAFe content is publicly available, but that doesn't mean anyone can use it for their purposes. We and international copyright laws protect all SAFe content. They may not be used if the copyright owner, Scaled Agile, Inc., decides. A permission form can be submitted to determine if Scaled Agile allows utilizing the content.


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What is the Scrum Master compared to a Project Manager?

The Scrum Master is not a project manager and is not responsible for the outcome or quality of the product. Instead, they work closely with the Product Owner to ensure that customer requirements are met. The Scrum Master is also responsible for enabling the team to self-organize and continuously improve.

What do I earn as a Scrum Master?

The salary of a Scrum Master depends on various factors such as experience, industry, country, and company size. In the USA, the average annual salary of a Scrum Master, according to Glassdoor, is around $96,000. In Germany, the average annual salary of a Scrum Master, according to, is around €65,000. In other countries, the salary of Scrum Masters can also vary significantly.

What is a Scrum Master?

A Scrum Master is a member of a Scrum team who is responsible for supporting and implementing the Scrum process. Scrum is an agile framework used in software development and project implementation. The Scrum Master is a central figure in the Scrum team and helps to implement Scrum principles and practices.

The Scrum Master is responsible for ensuring that the Scrum process is effectively carried out within the team. They ensure that Scrum practices and techniques are applied to facilitate the development of products and services. The Scrum Master supports the team in identifying and removing obstacles and problems so that the team can perform their work effectively.

What do I learn as a participant?

The SSM certification is a two-day training program that provides participants with the necessary knowledge and skills to work as a Scrum Master. It includes training on Scrum principles, practices, and techniques, as well as practical exercises designed to help participants apply what they have learned in practice.

What is the Scrum Master compared to a Project Manager?

The Scrum Master is not a project manager and does not have responsibility for the outcome or quality of the product. Instead, they work closely with the Product Owner to ensure that customer requirements are met. The Scrum Master is also responsible for ensuring that the team is able to work in a self-organized way and continuously improve.

What are the entry requirements for this training?

Participation in the SaFe® Scrum Controller module is possible regardless of experience level. However, the following prior knowledge is recommended:

- Work experience in a Lean-Agile environment


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In which areas do Scrum Masters work?

Scrum Masters can work in the following areas:

  • IT and software development: Scrum Masters may work in IT and software development offices where agile methods like Scrum are used. Here, they help coach and support agile development teams to ensure that the Scrum process is properly executed.

  • Project management: Scrum Masters may also work in project management teams where agile methods are used. Here, they help optimize the project process and remove obstacles to ensure that the project is successfully completed.

  • Marketing: Scrum Masters may also work in marketing departments where agile methods are used for planning and executing marketing campaigns. Here, they help coach the team and ensure that the agile process is properly executed.

In which companies do Scrum Masters work?

Scrum Masters can work in various types of companies that apply the Scrum process as their working methodology. These can include IT companies, software development firms, financial service providers, insurance companies, telecommunications companies, and consulting firms, among others.


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How does a Scrum Master support the company?

The Scrum Master supports the team in developing skills and competencies to ensure that team members can perform their work effectively. They provide training to the team in Scrum practices and techniques and offer support as needed.

How does the procedure for SAFe® certification exam work?

Completing the course allows you to take the SAFe® certification exam. You have access to the extensive study material via your SAFe® account.

All information about the certificate exam can be found here: Exam details.

How does the exam work and when is it passed?

The exam consists of 45 questions and you have 90 minutes to answer them. To pass the exam, (73%) of the questions must be answered correctly.

As part of your SAFe Scrum Master training, you will receive the following:

A copy of the SAFe Scrum Master courseware and Scaled Agile Templates.

SAFe Scrum Master Course Plan and Training Brochure

SAFe Scrum Master example questions and answers to the practice test

A certificate of course completion

How can I prepare for the exam?

There are different ways to prepare for the exam:

  1. Participation in the course - Required
  2. Check out the SAI Framework website and the many articles available.
  3. Review all course materials, the student workbook that you received in class, course exercises and activities, and your notes.
  4. Review the specific exam details for each course (follow the "More Info" link on the "Which course is right for me?" page on our website for your specific course, then scroll down to the "Exam Details" link.
  5. Review the sample questions for a better understanding of what to expect on the exam.
  6. Take the practice test, which is designed with the same number of questions, level of difficulty, timebox, and domain areas as the exam.
  7. Expand your knowledge beyond the classroom and materials through discussions with peers and other SAFe professionals.


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Who is the training suitable for?

The SSM certification is suitable for individuals who aspire to a career as a Scrum Master, as well as for those who work in Scrum teams and want to expand their knowledge and skills in Scrum. Companies can benefit from the SSM certification by ensuring that their Scrum teams are led by professional Scrum Masters and that the Scrum process is properly implemented.

For whom is the SaFe® SSM training suitable?

The SaFe® Scrum Master Seminar is suitable for: Program and project managers, Scrum Masters, team leaders, release train engineers, business analysts, agile coaches, portfolio managers, consultants, architects, developers, quality managers, product managers, product owners, Delivery Managers.

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