9-11 May 2018

thestudio, Manchester

Dear scrum master...

Session type:
Case Study

Session duration:
45 minutes

Presented by:

Steve Trapps

Smart Online Design

About this Case Study

Whilst working as a consultant scrum master, I received an email that questioned my worth to the organisation and, more worryingly, the value a scrum master brings to the scrum team in that role.

How should I respond - be outraged, ignore them or something else? How would you respond?

In the session I'll take you through their comments, my reaction and my response to the email. We will consider:

  • Why does this person view the scrum master role as not important?
  • What can I do to change their mind?
  • Why is it that you can go from one company to another and have different experiences of what a scrum master is responsible for?

I'll look at the different scrum master types I've experienced whilst working in different organisations and then compare the scrum master role to the Scrum Guide and what it says the role should do.

The session will also cover my personal journey through the process of becoming a professional scrum trainer for scrum.org and how that experience helped me in responding to the email.

About the Speaker

Steve has over 20 years of IT experience in various roles, ranging from scrum master for various development teams, technical architect on high profile projects to a developer who is just happy to be coding away. During this time, Steve has worked for sector-leading companies BSkyB, Nestle UK and Procter & Gamble whilst also working for small to medium enterprises to help them to grow their business by supporting their development processes and the teams within.

As an accredited scrum master, Steve in an advocate of using agile methodologies in the successful delivery of projects. He has a passion for improving the process of software development.


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