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Starting out as a Scrum Master

Last post 02:59 am March 17, 2015 by Marian Crețiu
3 replies
09:30 am March 16, 2015

Hello everyone!

I am at the beginning of my journey as a Scrum Master.

I would like to know if you have any suggestions in terms of:
- practical tips/advices coming from real work situations
- common mistakes to be aware of
- aspects to have in mind for the future

Thank you in advance!

P.S. Sorry if this topic has already been addressed in the forum.

Best of luck!


11:47 am March 16, 2015

Read the Scrum Guide many times over.
Read the 12 principles driving the agile manifesto many times over - each time there is an issue/problem on the team it can usually be addressed by 1 of the 12 principles.
Read blogs/forums for real life scenarios of issues encountered on projects and how they were overcome.
Have a friend/colleague play devils advocate and tell you how each piece of scrum won't work and is a waste of time and practice how to respond with why it does work and what obstacles are in the way of it working.
Read up on product backlogs + backlog management - as you will need to be able to coach the product owner in their duties to keep the team progressing.
Attend some local scrum or agile user groups in your town - hear real life stories & issues from folks in your community.

Most of all - understand you are there to serve the team and remove impediments. These come in many shapes & sizes.


01:17 pm March 16, 2015

Forget about command and control type of organization.

Start thinking in terms of value creation for:
1) The customer
2) The stakeholders
3) The Scrum Team.


02:59 am March 17, 2015

Thank you, guys, for the answers and for taking some of your time to write them!
All the best!


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