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Apr 7, 2023

This week, Dan Neumann is joined by Buyi‌ ‌Kalala‌ to talk about the Scrum Master role and the misconceptions associated with it.


In this episode, Dan and Buyi address the personality types that seem more effective/successful in the Scrum Master role.


Key Takeaways

  • What do Scrum Masters really do?

    • There are a lot of misconceptions regarding the roles of a Scrum Master.

    • A Scrum Master guides Team members to find a more effective way to deliver work, improving what they do and ensuring they follow Agile principles.

    • Teams are diverse, and each Scrum Master is responsible for navigating different cultures, terminologies, and approaches.

    • A Scrum Master must observe the Team when they formulate their plans and go through a daily Scrum, seeing how they deliver value (which could be complicated in a highly remote work environment).

  • Personality types, training, and experience that match better with the Scrum Master role.

    • Some great Scrum Masters happened to be teachers in the past, and most are also parents.

    • Experience is as important as certifications for a Scrum Master.

    • The Scrum Master Certification needs to come from a reliable source, but it is just a stepping stone; putting the knowledge into practice is fundamental.

    • There are a lot of ways to deliver value, but there are some practices that certainly benefit the Scrum Master in the implementation of the process.

    • A Scrum Master needs to give to get, this is fully relational, and the foundation to really build a good relationship is trust.

  • Diversity enriches a Scrum Master’s work.

  • The role of a Scrum Master is all about presenting and delivering value to the Teams and building high-performance forming Teams.


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