After passing the Certified ScrumMaster exam, everyone nowadays wants to become an agile coach (CSM). Why not? There are already so many scrum masters out there, and we need to stand out. There is nothing wrong with this because we all have a desire to achieve our goals.
CSP (certified scrum professional) is seen as the first step toward becoming an agile coach. I’m not sure if that’s true, however, I know folks who start collecting SEUs. This SEUs business is also good for community development since many people have started attending conferences and meetups to acquire SEUs.
But what about the difficulties? Companies are searching for specialised types of coaches these days, such as Process Coaches, Flow Coaches, Scrum Coaches, Kanban Coaches, Technical Coaches, and Developer Coaches, among others. This adds to the complexity for persons interested in becoming coaches. In fact, I’m waiting to see if LeSS Coach becomes available so I may apply:) When the market is confused, even the training industry thrives. Many participants expressed an interest in attending the Scrum Developer training in order to earn 24 SEUs and become a technical coaches.
I’m not sure where this industry is going, but everything so far appears to be profitable.
Also, all certification bodies, such as the Scrum Alliance and Scaled Agile, continuously offer new certificates to access market opportunities, such as enterprise coach, team coach, and now leadership programme, so be prepared to spend more to stay in the race.
Scrum Master, in my opinion, is still a true coach if he or she is a skilled facilitator and servant leader. Nothing compares to a Scrum Master who is familiar with technical approaches like TDD, ATDD, CI, and Pair Programming. But this is my opinion.