|A scrum master is a servant-leader|
The Elevator PitchWhen I am at social functions, networking events or family gatherings people ask me what I do for a living. I say scrum master and I get a puzzled look, and they ask me, “What kind of job is that?”
This is what I say.
“I build software and help developers and businesses develop software on time, on a budget, and with minimal bugs.”The person nods and smiles, once this sinks in and switches to a new topic.
The Scrum Master SyllabusWhen I describe the job of a scrum master, it often looks like a college syllabus.
A good scrum master is:
- An excellent communicator with individuals, small groups, and the organization.
- They understand the agile manifesto and principles of Agile and practice them every day.
- They are a trainer and coach making product owners, developers better and their job.
- They educate business leaders and stakeholders on how agile is making their business better.
- They are good listeners
- They have grace under pressure
- The can educate developers on TDD and SOLID development
- They are servant leaders
- They ship working software regularly.
- They make a god damn difference.
The bottom line.Being a scrum master is a hard job. It is also a calling of sorts closer to being a priest or pastor than a software professional. A good scrum master can reinforce your belief and faith in agile, or they can turn into a tool of oppression. I have never been into oppression, and I want to be someone who makes a difference. That is why I am a scrum master and why I have such high standards for the profession.
I hope this clears up any misunderstandings.
Until next time.