Another Scrum-Master Anti-Pattern
Well – of course there is not one Scrum-Master anti-pattern. There are dozens.
Let's look at a special one today: The Scrum-Master as the Ruler, the Projectmanager, the Sovereign of the project.
To cut it short – Scrum-Masters are not.
Originally weren't meant to be at least.
Maybe sometimes they actually are – but they should not.
It is about the verb ‘master’
Here is what the dictionary on my computer has to say about the verb master:
- 2 it took ages to master the technique:
- learn, become proficient in, know inside out, know (frontward and) backwards; pick up, grasp, understand; informal get the hang of.
If you look at it that way, a scrum master becomes to scrum what a zen master is to zen: someone who has mastered scrum and now is able to help others – at their request - to become more proficient in what they do.
Of course he also has a lot of other duties as well, but the fundamental idea of ‘mastering the process framework‘ in contrast to being the 'Master of the team' is really a big difference in the attitude.
The Scrum Guide explicitly states that ‘The Scrum Master is a servant-leader for the Scrum Team’, perhaps this is worth taking into consideration from time to time.
till next time