I’ve noticed that there seem to be 2 types of Scrum Masters out there, change agent servant leaders and paper pushers with agile titles.
Some companies understand that the Scrum Master is a valuable useful position that make a difference.
Reviewing Michael James’s Scrum Master Checklist is a useful, (and humbling) bi-annual practice.
Scrum Master is a full time leadership position.
(By “leadership”, I use the military understanding of the word, meaning, “willing to do what needs to get done in order to fulfill the mission while keeping the big picture in mind.”
This is contrasted by what seems to be the standard civilian misunderstanding, “willing to give orders about this quarters work, while being incapable of providing direct value.”)
These types of Scrum Masters positions tend to be found in companies where the company mission statements are an accurate reflection of the company rules that are whispered in the halls.
Scrum Masters in these positions have the opportunity to make a difference by being change agent servant leaders.
Other companies understand that they need some magical fairy dust called “agile” or some vague bad thing will happen to the company in the future.
In order to get the magical agile fairy dust, these companies change their project manager’s titles to “Scrum Master,” because it is well known that Scrum Masters produce magical agile fairy dust.
These companies know that a Scrum Master is there to push their teams to show daily progress during the daily status meeting (weirdly called a “standup meeting”)
They also know that the Scrum Masters are there to turn those status meetings into magical burn down charts to be shared at executive briefings.
Lastly, Scrum Masters are there to schedule meetings for the team.
These types of Scrum Master positions tend to be found in companies where the company mission statement bear no resemblance to the company rules that are whispered in the halls.
Scrum Masters in these positions have little opportunity to make a difference because they have been reduced to the role of paper pushers with agile titles.
Are you allowed making a difference in your company?
Stay On Mission.
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