How to Get an Effective Scrum Master for the Cost of Bringing in an Outside Coach for 1-2 days

May 30, 2018 — Posted by Al Shalloway
 
In a nutshell, I describe that effectiveness is based on experience and confidence. Experience means people perceiving the world in an effective way and the size of the toolbox they can pull from (both what they can try and what works where). Confidence can be instilled in any number of ways. Providing an outside coach, while always expensive) is not always the answer because the person being coached may become reliant on them. Being left on their own is expensive too - in time. And may not work as discouragement is often the result. 
 
The best way to grow your own is to undertake a step by step approach to learning that only takes a couple of hours a week. A support sytem also needs to be provided which must include a set of templates that can be used to tailor Scrum to the Scrum Masters' team.
 
If you're about to bring in an outside team coach at coaching rates (hiring one is a good thing) consider delaying them 1-2 days so you can have one of your own people learn how to be an effective Scrum Master in 3 months.
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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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