Sep 7, 2008

Are Scrum Masters traffic cops?

Some Scrum teams have suggested that their Scrum Master doesn't add much value in the project... that their primary function is to communicate upwards/outwards by polling team members for updates... that they are chickens on the projects, not pigs*.

Such team dynamics sounds dangerous and should be avoided... Will the following help?

Let a team member take up the Scrum Master role - whether its the BA, Tech Lead, Developer or Tester in the team. It can even be rotated among them. Scrum Masters are pigs then and are close to the project to know/coach/communicate well... This would help keep the Scrum teams small and effective!

For this to happen, the following needs to be true though:
  • Team is matured to practice Scrum
  • Project doesn't demand a separate Scrum Master due to risk, size etc.
  • ?
* To clarify, this isn't the case everywhere but just in a few of our teams


  1. Some Project Managers have shared following articles to specify the role of a PM on a Scrum project. They make total sense to me...

    Leading answers article

    FutureWorks consuling article

    Scrum alliance article

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