Scrum Master as a Coach

Last post 02:25 pm August 5, 2019
by ezgi kakaliçoğlu cihan
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05:14 am August 2, 2019

Hi,

How can I motivate each individual since they have different problems? Everyone is different and I have to mentor or coach team to keep their highest values. as a scrum master coaching and mentoring is very hard for me. I do not know how can I behave or talk about the pessimist ones ans situations.

 

I will be waiting for your replies.

Thanks

05:04 pm August 2, 2019

My method is to focus on the team as a whole instead of individuals. If there is a need for individual coaching I do it in relation to the team as a whole and not individually. I coach individuals on how their interactions either help or hinder the team dynamic.  I have found that by focusing everything on the team, the other members of the team start to positively help individuals on the team.

One thing to keep in mind.  Improvements are best done incrementally.  Approach this with the team in the same way that the team would do a new feature.  Remind everyone that anything you try is an experiment and will be inspected and adapted as you go. 

12:41 pm August 3, 2019

Couple things to check out on motivation:

Moving Motivators is something you can play with your team, so they can have conversations as a team about what motivates them (and what changes impact motivation). Your job as Scrum Master is to facilitate and observe the exercise.

One last thing. Does you Product Owner have a vision, and is it clear to everyone on the team? Does the Product Owner get the team excited about the vision? Do they set a Sprint Goal every Sprint, which could also be a catalyst to get excited about?

01:29 pm August 3, 2019

How can I motivate each individual since they have different problems? Everyone is different and I have to mentor or coach team to keep their highest values.

Each team member brings their own hopes and fears, and their own strengths and weaknesses. I think you are correct in suggesting that the best approach may be to focus on the team.

as a scrum master coaching and mentoring is very hard for me. I do not know how can I behave or talk about the pessimist ones ans situations.

What can you do to reinforce behaviors and situations that lend themselves more towards optimism?

10:02 am August 4, 2019

Interesting feedback Ian.

06:44 am August 5, 2019

Hi

Thanks all! In retrospective meeting we will play moving motivators. also today I have realised that -maybe- team just lost their focus on their commitment. I will also want to facilitate everyone's help with finishing the sprint goal.

Thank you so much