Dec 3, 2021
This week, Dan Neumann is joined
by the AgileThought colleague
Jesus Gerardo De La Fuente
Garcia to continue the
conversation started in
Episode 159 about the many hats of a Scrum Master. In the
previous episode, they dove deep into the role of a Scrum Master as
a teacher and today you will hear their discussion about the roles
of mentor and Coach.
In this episode, Gerardo
outlines the differences between mentoring and coaching, explaining
the various functions a Scrum Master assumes in each of these
- What does a Scrum Master’s coaching position
- Coaching begins when the team understands the
why and the what, behind their everyday practices.
- A Scrum Master as a Coach opens space for
his/her team to experiment, he/she shows new perspectives and
possibilities, but before these are possible, there needs to be a
relationship based on trust.
- A Scrum Master needs to stimulate a culture of
continuous improvement as well as to support the team in
problem-solving and conflict resolution.
- A Coach helps to change attitudes, mindsets,
and behaviors that restrict the team to perform in the best way
- Giving open and honest feedback is also the
chore of a Coach.
- A Scrum Master should support and encourage
collaboration with the Scrum Teams.
- A Scrum Master as a Mentor
- The team has a full understanding of the values
and principles, and in a way, they have the same knowledge as a
- A mentor is an inspiration to others and guides
people to personal and professional growth.
- A mentor needs to be ready to serve others
before his or herself.
- A mentor helps the team to become more and more
- A Scrum Master as a mentor finds what motivates
each member of the team and helps them to identify their own
- A Mentor promotes these three habits: Thinking,
Feeling, and Executing.
Mentioned in this Episode:
Coaching Agile Teams: A
Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches, and Project Managers in
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