Management Bug: Lack of Scrum Master

A MngtBug is a problem, cause, or impact in a human manager’s decision which produces an incorrect or unexpected result.
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This week’s “Lack of Scrum Master” is a strangely common problem.

By definition, the Scrum Master is responsible for promoting and supporting Scrum as defined in the Scrum Guide. Scrum Masters do this by helping everyone understand Scrum theory, practices, rules, and values.
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The responsibilities of this role are, but not only:

  • Coach
  • Servant Leader:
  • Process Authority:
  • Impediment Remover:
  • Interference Shield

He plays a pivotal role in balancing the interests of the other two scrum-roles: the Product Owner and the Development Team.

To balance these two different forces, the Scrum Master should be cooperative and supportive.
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Being a Scrum Master can be part-time or full-time and also in a short or a long time. It has been often experienced that being full-time and for a long time Scrum Master (at least 6 months) makes possible seeing the signs of real transition results in the organization.

Unfortunately, organizations are not interested in full time and dedicated Scrum Master role since assuming it will increase the cost of employment.
Organizations prefer to combine the role of Scrum Master with other roles. However, it has been observed that the productivity of the teams inexperienced in Scrum or Agile will increase dramatically with the help of a dedicated Scrum Master.
A real Scrum Master doesn’t not only increase the relative velocity of the team but also helps to keep a sustainable pace. As a result, the effective and efficient application of Scrum will keep the cost of a dedicated and full-time Scrum Master at negligible levels. When Scrum Master has a responsibility in more than one team and an active role in organizational development, the benefit of having a full-time Scrum Master will pay off its cost in a few Sprints.
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Known Associates

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This MngtBug has been mentioned with several MngtFixes such as…
“Scrum Training”,
“Regular Teams Implementation”,
“Sprint Retrospective Implementation”,
“Product Backlog/Roadmap Implementation”
and of course “Scrum Master Hiring”!

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Eduardo Espinheira is a Consultant, Facilitator, Manager, Public Speaker, Creator of the Management Bugs&Fixes and the Machiavellian PM Stories

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