Yuval and Ryan discuss the role of the Scrum Master in the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) and how it may differ from the role of a Professional Scrum Master. They mentioned that in some organizations, Scrum Masters are treated as project managers or team leaders, which is inconsistent with Professional Scrum.
They also mention that SAFe highlights the challenge of identifying who in an organization should take on the role of Scrum Master and how it should be viewed in terms of leadership moving forward. They also mention that SAFe expects the Scrum Master to represent the team in interactions with other groups and that they see the transparency behind this decision as important.
Ryan was critical of the Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) regarding the role of the Scrum Master, explicitly discussing how some people may use SAFe to avoid implementing real change in their organization.
Ryan and Yuval mentioned that when teaching the Scrum Master class for SAFe, the main difference compared to the Professional Scrum Master Class is that the SAFe course focuses more on Team level agility practices and coordination with other teams. In contrast, the Professional Scrum Master class focuses on introducing Scrum and Empiricism. They also mention that the SAFe Scrum Master is not expected to coach up and down the org chart, as the role is more separated and focused on team-level activities.
Check out the video below to see how the conversation unfolded:
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