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Hi all,

After a short break, here is a post about an important part of what it means to be a Scrum Master. I will attempt to draw a clear picture of what it means to be a Scrum Master.

The above diagram is a compilation of Traits and Abilities that one must possess to be an effective Scrum Master. We had an interesting talk about this last I met with the Scrum.org community and I always found it important to mention to any individual who wished to become a Scrum Master. Therefore, if I had to dissect the creature that is the Scrum Master it would look like the above picture.

As you have already seen, some of the element in the diagram are in the Traits zone, this means that as an individual we are inherently like that, so they cannot be learned. On the other hand, the ones that are found in the Abilities zone can be learned over a period of time. The reason I wanted to draw this diagram is to bring to your attention to the core elements that make-up the profession. You have probably noticed by now that there is an element in the middle which reads “Influential”. This is at the center because it is what we must attain as a result of our efforts. All the surrounding elements is what helps us be influential. The hardest part of the profession is not simply having each and every one of them, but rather knowing how to properly dose them accordingly within a given organizational context. Frankly, the ability to judge these elements correctly comes from experience. Since we are after all Scrum Masters, we too inspect and adapt. I would like to think that we should be the very best since we are responsible for the Process. Lastly, I would like to add that this is why Scrum Masters need to occupy the role wholeheartedly and should not be combined in any way with anything else.

Thanks, PS