Let’s look at how continual learning plays into the top 10 traits of great ScrumMasters.
IT personality types – it’s not a surprise that most programmers or developers on a Scrum team are introverts per the Myers-Briggs. My personal work with agile development teams using the StrengthsFinder shows a preponderance of Thinking strengths – particularly Learner ( or ) and Input.
- Find the user groups in your area and put them on your calendar as recurring events. In our area, Agile SoCal and Agile Coffee are two popular ones.
- Find the next conferences and do the same, then email the link to your boss asking if you and two others can go. That way the group gets more coverage of ideas, viewpoints and discussion of how to apply back at the workplace.
- If you already have a stack of books to read, pick the next one you’ve been meaning to read and tell your team or others what you’re reading (and how far along you are).
- Put a 30 minute meeting on your calendar first thing Monday (or everyday) scheduled just for you and use that time for reading or other learning. You may have to go away from your desk, or come in earlier before team members come in.
- Depending on what you’re reading, consider Audible as a passive way to listen and learn during your daily commute. Also, some Kindle readers have Text to Speech and can read any book (takes a little getting used to.)
- Find podcasts to listen to, such as Agile Coffee and Agile Toolkit.
- If you have multiple teams, schedule a periodic lunch meeting to share what you’re learning.
- How have you learned best in the past? Deadlines? Checklists? Goals? With groups or others? A set time or in certain locations? When it’s relevant to a project, team member or boss? If so, set that up again so that you set yourself up for success.
- Perhaps you don’t learn best by simply reading or listening. Do you learn best by doing? Volunteer or carve out time for that. By watching? Ask to observe or engage those in the field for conversations. With others? Always make the learning a group event (book club, user group, conference, LinkedIn group, etc).
- Why do all lists have to have 10? 🙂
- Where do you want to be by the end of the year?
- More than that, who do you want to be?