Remember what the role of the ScrumMaster is?
To remove impediments of the Scrum team and the owner of the process.
We wrote a post on how a ScrumMaster can help out with communication here. Seems simple enough right? But with so many stories around how teams using Scrum are failing left and right, what could be some possible ways that a ScrumMaster can help their team out by not being patient?
Bruce tells us that:
“Patience is a project management tool that can help us bring about improvements to how we manage projects as well as improvements to the organization as a whole. I discovered that patience was more about waiting for an opportunity to improve things and then jumping on it than it was about waiting for the organization to recognize our brilliant ideas and joyfully adopt them.”
He goes on to say that:
“However, sometimes we may have to move fast and take some personal risks to effectively help an organization that is struggling with unsuccessful projects and products. While challenging to do, the resulting business success and the sense of accomplishment are worth the risk.”
We equate it with taking the initiative. Being intentional about one’s work and preemptively looking for ways to work more efficiently.
Since most ScrumMasters do more than just remove impediments, we can look at other roles that they can fill while doing an excellent job at being a buffer between the team and distractions:
- Grease the wheels of communication – Work more closely and diligently with Product Owners and other stakeholders to better understand their requirements or stories.
- Find opportunities to celebrate wins – Find small wins in projects and communicate them widely to business units. Build confidence in your team.
- Ask questions of your team constantly - Beside the retrospective, listen to what your team has to say outside of the regular meetings. Get feedback, improve more though that feedback.
- Removing impediments are good but look beyond the usual - Technologies to help communication? Gaps in processes? Not involving an individual who could help your team? Look for ways to close the gaps.
- Read blogs and news articles on best pratices – There are plenty of people sharing their successes and failures online. Learn from them. Do or don’t do what they’re doing.
- Be more than a 2 day certificate Certified Scrum Master – Grow your craft. Attend conferences and local meetups. Take the initiative.
There are plenty more reasons, but here are just a few.
What other ScrumMaster-specific ways can an individual be proactive? Let us know in the comments.