Scrum Master Creed

Two weeks ago I resigned as scrum master and will soon go back to just doing UX. Ironically I’m not resigning because I don’t care about agile anymore but rather that I care too much. .oO(Does that make sense to anyone but me?)

Anyway, I’d like to share with you my vision of “scrum master-dom”, as long as I can still say “I am a scrum master (and this is my manifesto)” ;):

Scrum Master Creed

I am a scrum master. I enable people to concentrate on their work by removing impediments, be they company structure, missing resources, group dynamics or individual behaviour.

I help people grow, to become better than they were; sound engineers, skilled communicators, considerate collaborators, true teams.

I bring about change, usually in small adjustments. A little and a little and a little and a little and a little and a little and a little and a little and a little and a little… is a lot.*

I lead towards the new order with little power but what people give me, trusting in my competence and good intentions. I optimize the whole, not only a single team or team member.

I am a mirror for others to reflect their behaviour. That’s why I need to be acutely aware of my own behaviour and the emotions that caused it.

I enjoy seeing other people succeed. My work is done, when I’ve rendered myself superfluous. That’s both the beauty and the tragedy.

I never forget that Scrum is a means, not an end.

CC-BY Corinna, 2011

* The “A little and … is a lot”-sentence is a quote that resonated with me, but I can’t recall where it’s from. The number of “and a little”s may vary from the original ;)

So that’s what I was going for. How do you see the role?

PS: Alternative takes on the role that I know of (and like):

(The creed was first published on May 22, 2011 in my old blog.)

Published by Corinna Baldauf

Corinna Baldauf has filled every Scrum role there is and then some. Currently she spends most of her days writing and occasionally facilitating retrospectives. She's interested in lean, agile, coaching, leadership & UX. You can follow her on Twitter, subscribe to her (Retromat) newsletter and buy her books.

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