10 things I wish I knew when I started as a Scrum Master

Fresh out of Scrum Master training, I thought I had a pretty good handle on what the job would involve. Years, and many teams, later, the role continues to intrigue me with its nuances and layers of complexity. Here are some of the things I wish I had known when I started. The techniques mentioned … Continue reading 10 things I wish I knew when I started as a Scrum Master

Retrospectives – Back to Basics

For a new Scrum Master, the mechanics of getting started with retrospectives are deceptively easy. Somebody tells them to write three columns on the whiteboard (What Went Well, What Did Not, Ideas) and to facilitate the discussion. The Scrum Master makes sure that management is not invited to the meeting. He/she Identifies the team members … Continue reading Retrospectives – Back to Basics

The ScrumMaster as Servant Leader

eadership in a modern organization is a paradox whereby leaders provide a vision of what the organization should strive to achieve but then serve those in the organization in order to realize that vision.  This is embodied in the management philosophy of servant leadership. As defined by the Alliance for Servant Leadership, the principles of … Continue reading The ScrumMaster as Servant Leader