There is a lot of talk about what a typical day of a Scrum Master looks like and it is a fair question. Because the role is described in a vague manner in the Scrum Guide, it is important to have a detailed responsibilities list to understand it sometimes.
(thank goodness, I have created such a list in my Action Plan for Scrum Masters that I sure hope you have downloaded already. And if you haven't - what are you doing??? - go sign up for the newsletter and download it!)
However, as we dive deeper into daily tasks of a Scrum Master, we can get distracted and start doing too much. Yes, it actually can be a real problem in this role.
It might sound unusual, but great Scrum Masters have a list of things they should actively avoid doing if they want to be successful in helping their teams become more Agile.
In today's short video I will talk about crucial mistakes that can prevent your team from succeeding with Agile and how to avoid them.
While coaching is an important part of the Scrum Master role, it is not always the answer to all your challenges.
Now I want to know your thoughts. Share your story in the comments below:
Tell about a time when coaching did not work for you. Either when you were coached or you were coaching someone. Why do you think that really happened?
Let's learn from each other by sharing our experiences.
I feel that often times Scrum Master role requires a specific type of people to do an amazing job and to enjoy the process. Let's be honest, being a Scrum Master can be tough, but the right traits will help you get through it with ease (｡•̀ᴗ-)✧
As I worked with my Scrum teams I noticed that a certain approach and a certain way of looking at things makes it easier to succeed.
Interestingly enough, as I was getting more experience in the role, my personality started to change and I started to develop necessary traits along the way. I was excited about it because I felt that these traits are a great fit for me.
So when you step into the Scrum Master role check how your current personality align with the role itself and how ready you are to work on your personal traits to be an awesome Scrum Master.
Watch the video to know what traits great Scrum Masters have.
I often feel that the term "Scrum Master" does not represent the role very well. So here is my question for you:
How do you describe a Scrum Master role to people who know nothing about Scrum, Agile or even software development?
Let me know in the comments below.
Ever thought of what you are going to do when you join a new Agile team?
I am sure you feel overwhelmed just thinking about it: all the positive changes that you need to bring, all the expectations the company has about you and your team...
Keep your cool. v(￣ｰ￣)v I have an action plan for you about what you should do first and foremost when joining a new team as a Scrum Master (and it does not start with 'make some changes').
It could take a while to understand how to approach your Scrum Master role, especially, if you are completely new to this.
Watch the video to know exactly what your should focus on in the first two weeks of joining a team.
I love writing about Retrospectives. I would even say that it is my favourite Sprint Ceremony. Interestingly enough, my mood often depends on the outcome of the Retrospective, because I really want the team to improve.
So when the Retrospective is a success and the team finds great experiments to run in the next sprint and leaves the room in high spirits and lots of hope, I feel good, I feel I succeeded as a Scrum Master.
Scrum Master is a misunderstood role in Scrum. Often people think that Scrum Masters are the Project Managers under another name. So it's quite common for some to be confused after realising that the above statement is incorrect.
One of the things that Scrum Master is responsible for is making progress visible. This is an important task but I think it should not only be about progress. There is a lot of information that should be visible to the team at all times in the spirit of transparency and I think it is also Scrum Master’s role to make it visible.
If you are still not sure what is a part of a Scrum Master role, you should download my free guide to a typical day of a Scrum Master where I cover visualisation in some more detail.
I’ve decided to make a list of things that should be easily accessible in your team area to help them be more Agile.
As part of a Hackathon project at Bluecat Networks, our team of Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches decided to make a leaning game.
The purpose of this project was to design a board game to teach teams difficult Agile topics, in this case, the backlog refinement.
In the spirit of being Agile we used iterative approach to make our game and improve it as we continued to work on it. Keep reading to know more.
Recently I've been working with a team responsible for triage. Though initially a medical terms, it explains quite well with what the team was doing - reviewing requests coming from customers and identifying whether issues reported are expected behavior, bugs or feature requests and how important they are
Bright individuals were working in this team, great developers and testers. But let's be honest, triage can be boring, especially, for prolonged periods of time. It's not that we don't care about our customers' requests, it's just we'd love to work on something more engaging and challenging.
At the same time we can't abandon triage completely - customers will be customers with requests. But how do we keep triage going fast and give everyone on the team an opportunity to shine?