This post is the last in 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 few weeks ago we did a survey on Growing Agile and used the classic Jnr, Int, Snr classifications for a scrum master.
We defined them as follows:
- Junior – need mentoring
- Intermediate – comfortable in role
- Senior – coaching other scrum masters
These definitions above exclude time (years in role) and age. I still prefer Shu – Ha – Ri as people leap to fewer conclusions – in my opinion anyway.
Here are a set of statements to get you thinking about where you are. Perhaps in some areas you are the master? And you may still be needing assistance in others. (PS: Thats normal!)
(The numbering means nothing – its just to allow comments to be easier.)
- You have read a few Scrum specific books.
- You have read a few books on other agile topics – Kanban, Lean, Facilitation etc
- You regularly read blog posts and tweets related to agile topics.
- You partake in conversations (in person or online) debating certain aspects of scrum/agile with colleagues.
- You partake in conversations (in person or online) debating certain aspects of scrum/agile with strangers.
- You partake in conversations (in person or online) debating certain aspects of scrum/agile with friends/family
- You ask other scrum masters what/how they do things.
- You observe other scrum masters and offer them feedback.
- You invite others to observe you and give you feedback.
- The task board, burndown and other “wall artifacts” are up to date.
- All meetings for the sprint boundary are setup.
- You prepare for each retrospective for a couple of hours.
- Your grooming is a team conversation with business.
- Your team works as a unit, not as mini silos (analysis,dev,test,qa)
- The team pulls their work
- You attend coaching circles to improve your skills
- You meet with other SMs from other companies to learn to be better
- You attend conferences and course to improve your skills
- You have conversations with team members individually to build your relationship
- You have conversations with your Product Owner to build your relationship
- You have conversations with Management to build your relationship
- You have conversations with team members and product owners not on your scrum team to build your relationship with them
- You encourage small failure and the learning behind it
- You practise what you preach
- You have stories to tell on success and failures
These statements are off the top of my head … there are thousands more – please add yours to the comments and I will update the post (and give you credit!).
The things I mentioned above might come as a surprise to you. Since when is reading and relationship building part of your job description as a scrum master? Well – it is – if you want to be a good one. We try and teach these and other topics in our course Growing Agile Scrum Masters
. These are the keys to becoming great! Content includes: Coaching Self Assessment, Trust, Giving and Receiving Feedback, Listening Skills, Facilitation Skills, Detachment, Self Improvement, Team Assessment, Building Relationships, Scrum Training, Impediments, Motivation, Retrospectives.