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Part three: Seven ‘must have’ competencies needed to make you a successful Scrum Master

16 October 2017   |   Management and Business Improvement

This is part three of a four-part series, if you missed one or two read them here.

Scrum teams must be self-organizing with all the competencies and emotional intelligence required to master their work without reliance on direction from above. In my previous two articles, I briefly introduced the three key Scrum roles, that of, Product Owner, Development Team, and Scrum Master, with a more in-depth look at the Product Owner.
This article focusses on seven core competencies you need to be the very best Scrum Master (SM) you can be.

1. You must be a master of the Scrum Framework as you are responsible for ensuring that Scrum is understood and enacted by the Scrum Team with great productive adherence to Scrum theory, practices and rules.

2. You must understand and ascribe to being the servant-leader for the Scrum Team. No longer the ‘manager’ but rather someone who moderates and facilitates team interactions as the team coach and key motivator, removing obstacles and guarding the team against negative external influences.

3. You must serve the Product Owner by being the master of Product Backlog management techniques.

4. As Scrum Master, you must serve the Development Team by coaching them to get the best out of being self-organized and cross-functional.

5. You must serve the organization in its endeavor to adopt Scrum.

6. You must serve as the agile change agent, leading to increased productivity and effectiveness of Scrum throughout the business and across other Scrum Teams.

7. As Scrum Master, you must be a skilled facilitator, able to facilitate Scrum Events successfully.

Stay tuned for the final series in a few weeks.

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