Great Scrum Master


Based on the suggestions from Mark Kilby (@mkilby) who strongly recommend to check the material of Geoff Watts that includes his books, Scrum Mastery.

The author focus on the dilema to be a good Scrum Master or a great Scrum Master so you will find frequently with this kind of comparison. For instance:

“A good ScrumMaster is wary of influencing the team. A great ScrumMaster can act normally and know the team will still make their own decisions”

Extracted by the book.

The following statements were extracted by the book

“Being a great servant-leader calls for a certain set of characteristics:


They are creative in removing impediments to productivity


They are passionate about helping others be effective


They are diplomacy personified


They have a reputation for integrity both within the team and in the wider organisation.


They are prepared top promote counter-culture


They generate enthusiasm and energy in others


They enjoy helping both individual and teams develop and grow


They are sensitive to those around them


They break the old status quo and help create a new way of working

All of this got the acronym RE-TRAINED that the author uses several times in the book.

This is a value paragraph:

A ScrumMaster is much more of an enabler than a doer. ScrumMasters are there, first and foremost, to help people do what they need to do. Great ScrumMasters have a strong paternalistic streak—they enjoy helping their teams and the organisations they operate in develop and fulfil their potential.

Enablers take great pleasure in watching a team who were once accustomed to being told what to do and how to do it, start to take ownership of their work and deliver exceptional results into the bargain. It’s also great to see customers take advantage of the opportunities available to them in Scrum and build extremely successful products very quickly.

If all this statements have created curiosity you should visit Amazon and buy this great book.


Mario Lucero

Mario Lucero

I am all about helping companies to adopt agile as methodology in Chile.


I believe many organizations think that agile is not for Chilean companies because of Chilean culture is totally
different from i.e. USA culture but I worked with Chilean professionals who after using agile realized it is feasible
to implement it.

Agile works in small and large projects and there are many evidences which demonstrate this.

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