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Apr 15, 2022

This week, Dan Neumann is joined by two of his colleagues, Rosemary Atanga and Quincy Jordan. In this episode, they explore the answer to a very common question: How many teams can or should a Scrum Master Support? Dan, Rosemary, and Quincy talk about the role of a Scrum Master and how it is affected by supporting one, two, or even more Teams. They dive deep into many examples of when different ratios could work keeping effectiveness and a healthy environment as priorities.


Key Takeaways

  • How many teams can or should a Scrum Master support?
    • Sometimes supporting too many teams is a matter of budget and financing.
    • Effectiveness is different than being busy, someone can be busy doing nothing. Having one Scrum Master working with multiple Teams can really affect the effectiveness of his work.
    • There must be a process for a Scrum Master to take the lead of a second Team, making sure first this Team is stable and understands all the Agile principles.
    • Are you setting the Team up for success or failure? Are you wearing out your Scrum Master? Even if it works, it is not sustainable.
  • The role of a scrum master:
    • The Scrum Master needs to be an Agile Champion and to become the coach for his Team; it is crucial that every member knows about the accountabilities in order to grow into maturity.
    • The Scrum Master is there to coach and mentor the Team on best practices to really see the best benefits of Agile.
    • A Scrum Master has to foster a healthy Scrum environment.
  • One Scrum Master for one Team:
    • This is a healthy ratio, it is a very good starting point for a Team that is at the beginning of its Agile Journey.
    • If the Scrum Master is supporting a very mature Team, they will be less dependent, and then it is more suitable for the Scrum Master to think to take a second Team.
  • One Scrum Master for two Teams:
    • A one-to-two ratio is really ideal; in general, it works better this way.
    • The ratio usually depends on the projects, especially if a Team is taking more than one project at a time.
  • One Scrum Master for three or more Teams:
    • If the Scrum Master has two Teams that are pretty mature, and one that needs more help, it might be possible to be the support for the three Teams.
    • If it is only very temporary a Scrum Master could take more than three Teams; it will be very wearing on the Scrum Master, it is not a healthy situation but is something that could be done if there are strategic reasons to do so.
    • It is not a recommended scenario.
  • What can go wrong if the Scrum Master is overloaded?
    • Lack of focus. Every Team has different needs, so it will be hard to balance and give the same attention to all Teams.
    • The Scrum Master’s morale can be affected.
    • The health of the Team can be affected since they are not getting the support they need.


Mentioned in this Episode:

“The Scrum Master Checklist,” by Michael James.


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