What it Really Takes to be a SCRUM Master

The Scrum Guide generally describes the Scrum Master role as one of teaching, coaching, facilitating, and removing impediments. Working towards being a “good” Scrum Master doesn’t guarantee the desired results anymore. As complex projects multiply and new technologies emerge, the Scrum Master role has to be about effectiveness.

Part of being an effective Scrum Master is to reevaluate the previous ways in which you led your team. Is it time to change things up and focus on a more team-based approach for leading? Here are three ways to be a more effective Scrum Master:

Give your Scrum Team more control.

Your team has been put in place for a reason. They know what they are doing, are ready to work and want to find the best, most innovative solution to the problem. So let them. Relinquish some of your control. It is extremely important to know when to step into the equation, but even more important to know when you are not needed.

Engage your team.

Just because you are the Scrum Master does not mean that you make all the decisions. Each member of the team is important and brings quality ideas to the table. Don’t shut them down and don’t feel pressured to always have the right answer or be in control of the discussion. Many times, what you will find is that the ensuing debate allows team members to share ideas and can lead to more inventive solutions.

 Re-invent your systems.

This is the year for innovation and revolution. While many organizations have systems in place that they have relied on over the years, as they grow and expand the old, established approach may no longer fit. Become a catalyst for change to quickly alleviate problems and make a positive impact.

Bottom line, the most important aspect of being a more effective Scrum Master is to resolve to continually improve – your approach as well as that of your team. There is always something that can be improved or made more efficient. Let 2014 be the year for more quality teamwork, more team engagement, and re-evaluation of how to add an increasing amount of value to your company.