Review : Scrum Mastery

Scrum Mastery: From Good To Great Servant-Leadership by Geoff Watts
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There are some really interesting stories in this book but each chapter starts with a great two line summary which really do sum up a huge amount.

  • A good ScrumMaster grasps the responsibilities of the role. A great ScrumMaster grasps the skills and mindset of the role.
  • A good ScrumMaster will be indispensable to a team. A great ScrumMaster will become both dispensable and wanted.
  • A good ScrumMaster helps a Scrum team survive in an organisation’s culture. A great ScrumMaster helps change the culture so Scrum teams can thrive.
  • A good ScrumMaster will hold team members to account if needed. A great ScrumMaster will hold the team to account for not holding their teammates to account.
  • A good ScrumMaster is wary of influencing the team. A great ScrumMaster can act normally and know the team will still make their own decisions.
  • A good ScrumMaster will ensure the team have access to a product owner. A great ScrumMaster will ensure the team have access to the product owner.
  • A good ScrumMaster helps the team develop and grow. A great ScrumMaster helps the team develop their own growth pathway.
  • A good ScrumMaster removes disruptive influences from the daily scrum so it is used for the team’s benefit. A great ScrumMaster will create an environment where others (particularly the product owner) can attend and not affect the behaviour of the team.
  • A good ScrumMaster will help a team change their sprint length to find their optimum. A great ScrumMaster has faith in self-organisation and knows the value of rhythm.
  • A good ScrumMaster will say what needs to be Said. A great ScrumMaster knows the power of silence.
  • A good ScrumMaster creates an environment where raising impediments can occur.
  • A great ScrumMaster creates an environment where creativity can occur.
  • A good ScrumMaster ensures team members share their status efficiently with one another in the daily scrum. A great ScrumMaster ensures the daily scrum is an energising event that teams look forward to.
  • A good ScrumMaster helps the team identify improvements. A great ScrumMaster inspires the team to be adaptive.
  • A good ScrumMaster holds a balanced retrospective. A great ScrumMaster holds a focused retrospective.
  • A good ScrumMaster encourages teams to share skills. A great ScrumMaster encourages teams to share responsibilities.
  • A good ScrumMaster helps a team meet their definition of done at the end of the sprint. A great ScrumMaster helps a team extend their definition of done.
  • A good ScrumMaster facilitates the sprint review to look back and review the product built in the previous sprint. a great ScrumMaster facilitates the sprint review to look forward and shape the product in future sprints.
  • A good ScrumMaster helps ensure the high-value product backlog items are selected in a sprint planning. A great ScrumMaster helps raft an inspiring, engaging and synergistic sprint goal.
  • A good ScrumMaster updates the sprint burn-down to free the team from overhead. A great ScrumMaster helps the team find a fun way to manage themselves visually.
  • A good ScrumMaster notices areas for improvement in the team. A great ScrumMaster recognises and highlights strengths for the team to build on.
  • A good ScrumMaster helps every member of the team grow. A great ScrumMaster fosters the team’s growth.
  • A good ScrumMaster facilitates cooperation between people. A great ScrumMaster facilitates collaboration.
  • A good ScrumMaster helps teams use “yes, but” effectively. A great ScrumMaster helps teams find more space for “yes and”.
  • A good ScrumMaster will push for permission to remove impediments to team productivity. A great ScrumMaster will be prepared to ask for forgiveness.
  • A good ScrumMaster protects the team from distractions. A great ScrumMaster finds the root cause of those distractions and eliminates them.
  • A good ScrumMaster will help maintain team harmony. A great ScrumMaster will guide a team through disharmony to reach a new level of teamwork.
  • A good ScrumMaster will use Scrum to help bring out the best in everyone. A great ScrumMaster will use Scrum to create a “new best” for everyone.
  • A good ScrumMaster asks to understand. A great ScrumMaster asks so the team can understand.
  • A good ScrumMaster will listen carefully to what is said. A great ScrumMaster will also listen carefully to what is not said.
  • A good ScrumMaster will guide the team through the inevitable stages of development. A great ScrumMaster holds the mirror up to the team and the wider organisation so they can reflect and grow.
  • A good ScrumMaster coaches the team to success. A great ScrumMaster also allows room for failure.
  • A good ScrumMaster helps the team find ways to optimise their process. A great ScrumMaster guides the team past the need for process (and a ScrumMaster).

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