Are Scrum Masters set up for failure?

Are Scrum Masters set up for failure?
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“Scrum is like the rules of soccer. Following them does not make you a good player.” If you choose Scrum software development, you could think you are a great Scrum Master. But in fact, it does not mean you have the soft skills to teach somebody. Does this mean you are a great Scrum Master? Or are Scrum Masters set up for failure? We are going to find out this today.

There are two parts to the Scrum Master role that are important: understanding Scrum and helping others understand it.

To be a successful Scrum Master, you need to have great soft skills. You need to be a master of situational leadership and be able to feel the space and adjust your stance depending on the audience and the situation. You can be coach, mentor, teacher, change agent, facilitator and all at once.

Here are some examples of topics that can help you be a better Scrum Master:

  • Conversational skills
  • Public speaking
  • Group dynamics
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Motivational interviewing
  • Leadership
  • Coaching
  • Influencing
  • Assertiveness
  • Building psychological safety

A Scrum Master needs to have all the soft skills of a great manager, but they often have no experience as a manager. Developers need to understand software engineering. Product Owners need to understand product management. Scrum Masters need to be masters in servant leadership and situational leadership. Find more interesting facts in this great material.

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