Although there are some learnable aspects of leadership, leadership is often identified as something that comes naturally to certain personalities. Therefore, it is no surprise that certain people can act as better servant leaders and better Scrum Masters. The role of a Scrum Master is one of many stances and diversity. Keeping the team together, maintaining a tight focus on the team’s sprint goal, effectively communicating with the Product Owner, delivering status to the organization, coaching different personalities, and bringing out the best erformance in the team… Doing all that is not a job for an ordinary manager. This is what it takes for a ScrumMaster to be great.
Let’s look at some characteristics that will help you master with your Scrum Master Role.
Prevent impediments: A great Scrum Master not only resolves impediments, he prevents them. Due his experiences he is able to ‘read’ situations and hereby act on them proactively.
Understands principles are more important than practices: Without a solid, supported understanding of the agile principles, every implemented practice is basically useless. It’s an empty shell. An in-depth understanding of the agile principles by everyone involved will increase the chances of successful usage of practices drastically.
Coach: Coaching the individual with a focus on mindset and behaviour, the team in continuous improvement and the organization in truly collaborating with the Scrum team.
Aside the above there are few underlying qualities a scrum master must pose as below:
A Scrum Master has many hats to wear, some in addition to those usually associated with project management. Agile emphasizes people over process, and that is certainly evident in the team-directed focus of a Scrum Master. Agile emphasizes delivering customer value over extensive documentation and other non-value added artifacts and processes, and that is reflected in the Scrum Master’s emphasis on engineering practices and focus on delivering working value-driven software.