The SHU Scrum Master
January 24, 2012
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This post is part of a series on the Growth Path of a scrum master:
(1) The Growth Path of a Scrum Master
(2) The SHU scrum master
(3) The HA scrum master
(4) The RI scrum master
(5) Evaluate yourself : Scrum Master Shu Ha Ri Test
A fairly new scrum master – usually they have completed the 2 day CSM course and possibly done some reading. I recall some of the things I did whilst in SHU state and cringe. This scrum master thinks they know everything about scrum. They quote from books and make statements like “that’s not scrum”, “you’re wrong, this is how it works” and “the book says…”. Often these scrum masters think they are in Ri – and thus as they know everything they can break some rules or bend them quite a bit.
When under stress or pressure this scrum master often falls back to command and control – this might be in the tradional project management way or in a more mother hen way. This scrum master when time pressured will ensure everything “looks” right. The meetings will be scheduled, the task board looks perfect. They drop creating a self-organising team and other soft skills. Another common sign is dropping the retrospective and rather going straight into another sprint.
Some other signs – extending the sprint by a day or two to accommodate the team, business critical delivery etc. They struggle with allowing the team or individuals to fail in order to grow. They see the team failing a sprint as a sign that they are personally failing and thus do everything they can to get a successful sprint.
Do you agree with my description? How would you describe a scrum master in shu? What are other signs?
From Jeff Sutherlands post:
In the Shu state, the scrum master sets up the process, helps the team get to a sustainable pace with known velocity and uses the Retrospective to introduce change that improves velocity.
In my next post I will explain my thoughts about the scrum master in Ha.