Scrum Masters Should Focus on the Work, not the Framework

June 7, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
I am a great believer of “on-the-job-training.” The idea is not to learn something & then see how to apply it, but to find a challenge & see how to solve it. While the “beingness” of a Scrum Master is critical, to be candid, it takes too long for most companies to invest in. Some basics of coaching are invaluable. But knowing the “why and what” of Scrum is more practical.
 
It is unfortunate that most new Scrum Masters focus on Scrum’s ceremonies such as the daily standup & retrospections. These are valuable to be sure. But it takes the focus off what’s really important–doing the work. The concept behind this is that teams will self-organize & figure out what to do. I’ve been hearing this for 20 yrs & when teams are comprised of both early adopters, expert developers & management that will support them, this may actually work. But it doesn’t fit the reality most teams face. It also often causes resistance to Scrum because of the preceived extra overhead.
 
It’s more important for the SMs to help create an environment within which the teams can better work &learn. This requires both a support system for the SMs & one for the teams. We offer a program to help SMs create just this. Please contact me if interested.
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About the author | Al Shalloway

Al Shalloway is the founder and CEO of Net Objectives. With 45 years of experience, Al is an industry thought leader in Lean, Kanban, product portfolio management, Scrum and agile design. He helps companies transition to Lean and Agile methods enterprise-wide as well teaches courses in these areas.


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