Who can become good SM? A person with Development background or QA (Testing) background?

Last post 01:38 pm August 28, 2019
by Curtis Slough
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04:21 pm August 27, 2019
04:25 pm August 27, 2019

@SUMIT AGRAWAL, In my opinion, it would be anyone who can exhibit servant-leadership and has coaching skills. The technical skills aren't mandatory however, it would be a huge plus.

10:03 pm August 27, 2019

I agree with @Steve Vb.  Technical skills really have no bearing on it.  I recently worked with a fantastic Agile Coach/Scrum Master.  Her background was as an online Community Manager and she had just enough technical experience to understand how computer software worked.  But what made her so fantastic was her servant-leader mentality. She was even coaching some of the sales and marketing organization on how to be more agile in their work.

There are times that technical background could hinder a new Scrum Master because unless they can truly step back from the work being done in order to focus entirely on the team dynamics.

11:52 am August 28, 2019

Her background was as an online Community Manager and she had just enough technical experience to understand how computer software worked.  But what made her so fantastic was her servant-leader mentality.

I once recommended that a Business Analyst become Scrum Master for the same reason. When I first broached the possibility with her, she was surprised, as she did not consider herself to be SM material. It was also contrary to the organization's expectations for a BA to take the SM role. However, her demonstration of servant leadership was clear, being above and beyond, and so that was the recommendation I made.

01:38 pm August 28, 2019

Technical skills have absolutely zero bearing on whether a person will be a good SM. Personality, drive, how they interact with others, and most importantly, do they willingly and automatically serve others.