Should a Scrum Master take Product Owner Training?
Hi, my name is Scott Dunn. I’m an Agile Coach and Trainer with Rocket Nine Solutions delivering Agility here in the Southern California area. Today we want to talk about the question that I get asked: Should a Scrum Master take Product Owner Training?
My name is Scott Dunn, Agile coach and trainer of Rocket Nine Solutions delivering agility here in the Southern California area. Today we will talk about implementing the ScrumMaster role or who should be the ScrumMaster. There are a couple of stories that I’d like to tell. Then we will circle back and break down what was happening in those situations.
So first of all let me tell you a good example of what we’d like to see. We had a team that was relatively new to Scrum and Agile. We were trying to determine who should be the ScrumMaster. The first choice of the team was that we should get the lead of the team to be the ScrumMaster. But actually the lead didn’t really want that role. In the end, the only volunteer we could find was the junior on the team. As it turned out, he was wonderful. The reason why? He was looking for how to deliver results and get things done. Asking “How can I help?” to every team member and in a very humble spirit. He was always there to help and to learn. That makes for a great Scrum Master. He really flourished in that role. It helped launch him far in his career and where he’s going now.
Let’s rewind to one of those situations where it was not so good. We were trying to get Scrum going in a more structured environment where the roles were pretty fixed. When we looked for volunteers again, someone said, ‘I’d be glad to do it.’ In fact, it might have been that they were a little too eager to do it. Unfortunately, I gave the OK on their request before meeting with them. As it turned out, the reason they wanted to do it was because they wanted the chance to tell people how they should be doing their work. They thought the role of Scrum Master would be the perfect opportunity to lord it over the team. In the end we had to rotate that person out because that’s not what being a ScrumMaster is about. Let the team self-manage and self-organize. Those principles were hard for this person to follow. In the end, for that team, the best person was one of the more quiet people who really did believe in the agile Scrum methodology, but wasn’t the first one to speak out.
So choosing the person who should be the ScrumMaster can be an opportunity to look around and see who are the ones who should be doing these things. What I’m looking for is servant leadership, and a quiet and humble spirit that says, ‘I’m here for the rest of the team and help them do the best that they can do.’
So I hope that these examples are helpful to you as you look at who should be the ScrumMaster. It is not necessarily a role like project manager or lead that is going to map into this. We are looking for those people who really act as the glue. Maybe there’s one of those people on your team right now.
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Hi, I’m Scott Dunn of Rocket Nine Solutions doing Agile Coaching and Training in the Southern California area. Today we’ll talk to you about how to get management support for Agile with scrum methodology. Now our certified Scrum master and certified product owner and even the scaled Agile classes that we do. We got lots of questions about how to get the manager to support these ideas and implementing all of these.In the class it sounds great, looks good, lots of great results. So how do we get the manager to buy ’em because it’s not just the people on the Scrum Team and the Scrum Masters. It’s the business owners, it’s the product owners and the folks in the PMO and other groups who all need to buy into this as well because it’s going to impact them and that’s the point. A couple of ways we might recommend is to look at change is:
This video is from Scott Dunn, Agile Coach Trainer of Rocket Nine Solutions which delivers Agility in the Southern California area talking to you about your training certification options along the Certified Scrum Professional pathway (CSP).
So just a couple of notes from my experience that you might find helpful and questions you could ask yourself. If you’ve already taken the Certified ScrumMaster (CSM) class (there are over 300,000 of those) here are some questions I might ask you.
Last I would ask: Are you working with groups with more than 50 people involved and trying to deliver out the door the software that you’re working on. If it’s more than 50 you might want to consider looking at Scaled Agile Academy’s Certified Scaled Agilist class. Although it’s not offered by the Scrum Alliance, you’ll find it on the Scrum Alliance site as extended education (EE). Now the plus of that is that it still qualifies you for the 16 scrum Education Units (SEUs) just as the Product Owner (CSPO) class would as well.