Resources for explaining and coaching scrum

Last post 07:07 am November 29, 2019
by Ian Mitchell
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01:19 am November 28, 2019

The company I'm working for has eagerly adopted the scrum process, but are struggling to understand what exactly the responsibilities of each of the roles are. 

It's easy enough for me to explain each role, but I was wondering if anyone is aware of any good visual resources I can used while explaining to help me drive the points home? 

The main reason for me wanting to do this is because they are treating the scrum masters as a "fix-all" solution to all their problems, and do not understand that we're here to help them discover their problems and to facilitate and uphold the scrum framework, not simply step in and solve their problems.

Any help would be massively appreciated!

05:08 pm November 28, 2019

Lodewyk,

 

I would suggest if you really want to be successful that the entire team take the Professional Scrum Foundations class together.  You can learn about it here: https://www.scrum.org/courses/professional-scrum-foundations-training

This class will help the entire team understand how to work within the Scrum Framework, set a common understanding and language, learn about the possible dysfunctions and how to overcome them.  

05:33 pm November 28, 2019

The above has been discussed but is not a possibility. This is a massive company with offices in 4 countries around the world.

 

Does anyone know of any good visual resources I can used while explaining each role and their responsibilities, to help me get the message across?

06:41 pm November 28, 2019

In my experience that makes training even more important.  Our  300 Professional Scrum Trainers are spread all over the world teaching the same content and materials to help make sure that everyone is on the same page and able to succeed, 

That said, I suggest that you leverage a few things starting with the Scrum Guide.

Then leverage the materials on this page and the links off of them. https://www.scrum.org/resources/what-is-scrum

The slides and webcast here will help as well: https://www.scrum.org/resources/what-scrum-introduction-scrum-framework

 

 

06:41 pm November 28, 2019

In my experience that makes training even more important.  Our  300 Professional Scrum Trainers are spread all over the world teaching the same content and materials to help make sure that everyone is on the same page and able to succeed, 

That said, I suggest that you leverage a few things starting with the Scrum Guide.

Then leverage the materials on this page and the links off of them. https://www.scrum.org/resources/what-is-scrum

The slides and webcast here will help as well: https://www.scrum.org/resources/what-scrum-introduction-scrum-framework

 

 

07:23 pm November 28, 2019

The main reason for me wanting to do this is because they are treating the scrum masters as a "fix-all" solution to all their problems

 

That is your moment to coach in my opinion, whenever someone asks you anything that is not suited for your role. Instead of resolving the issue, you could teach/coach them how they can resolve this issue on their own.

This doesn't mean you can help him resolving the issue, but make sure he is involved in the process. Hopefully next time he will not have to ask.

09:17 pm November 28, 2019

Hey Everyone

I just to the PAL-I and that does a good job explain it out I recommend look at the https://www.scrum.org/pathway/agile-leader-learning-path if you want to identify these on your own.  I did not attend a training and did all the reading and watch the viedos.  I would have done the trainings if my company would pay for sure.  I was able to get vaule out of going throught the learning path and passing the Assesment myself it was more difficult for sure.  But if you just need the information and not training for a Deck or Presentation on the principles, values, and get an idea you can go in there and look around if you want to take the Assesment then there is value in the training for sure and the self-guide learning path.

What your orgainzation is lacking is a Scrum Leader(PAL-1) maybe look into it there is a list of people on the site that hold that and might be able to help. That role helps the scrum team create the necessary organizational roadblocks that you are describing. It's the 4th man that is at the organizational level making the organizational changes needed for the Scrum Priniciples to work or it will fail because adjust it to what they want and it never becomes a culture shift but is used as a tool or workflow which is the wrong way to look at it for success.

To find out information on the roles I would recommend to look at the readings and viedos it these two sections which will get you the information you need they alone will not help you pass the Assessment, but it seems like your business need is exploratory in nature so I think this will get you the value you are look for in delivery to the end user.  Please let me know what you think and if this help you with your business need.

Understanding the Roles and Vaules of Scrum

https://www.scrum.org/pathway/agile-leader-learning-path/understanding-and-applying-the-scrum-framework/empiricism

https://www.scrum.org/pathway/agile-leader-learning-path/understanding-and-applying-the-scrum-framework/scrum-roles

https://www.scrum.org/pathway/agile-leader-learning-path/understanding-and-applying-the-scrum-framework/scrum-values

Developing People and Teams:

https://www.scrum.org/pathway/agile-leader-learning-path/developing-people-and-teams/self-organizing-teams

https://www.scrum.org/pathway/agile-leader-learning-path/developing-people-and-teams/leadership-styles

Thanks,

Sunny Podder, PAL-l, PSM-l

04:15 am November 29, 2019

Maybe it will better to adopt the Scrum Master or Agile coach with the Scrum experience rather than try to learn without any experience?

07:07 am November 29, 2019

The company I'm working for has eagerly adopted the scrum process

How eagerly? Has the CEO communicated a sense of urgency for change? Do you, as a change agent, have access to an agile sponsor at this level? How keen is he or she to work with you on overcoming the problems you describe?