Friday, 29 October 2010

Is the Scrum Master a leader?

Follow The Leader
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Some time ago, I had small conversation in our company's Scrum Master mailing list and yet, there was no clear answer.

So if you check out Mike Chon's nice article about Six Attributes of the Good ScrumMaster and to me those attributes look like pretty much same attributes what a good leader should have. As a Scrum Master you lack old school management power, but good leader does not need it. Leadership comes from somewhere else, than artificial power.

Role of the Scrum Master (at least in our company) has been really vague. There are people from old Command & Control to people who are doing bare minimum which is basically calling up mandatory meetings in Scrum. What I think and how I teach is that Scrum Master is a leader and Scrum Masters must practice and learn leadership and they must be also supported by management to do that.

1 comment:

  1. As i see it, SM is not the same as a good old team leader. Though it inherits some parts of that role. SM is supposed to help the team to reach their goal, eliminating all kinds of impediments. On the other hand their is a clear lack of power. However, i truly believe that leadership skills are an absolute must for a good SM, because it kinda helps in solving the problems of others when they (others) believe in you and follow you.
    Though, all that is my sincere IMHO. :-)