Starting out as a Scrum Master
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!
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.
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.
Thank you, guys, for the answers and for taking some of your time to write them!
All the best!