ScrumMaster Leadership Style?
29 Dec 2016
The ScrumMaster role is often described as that of a “servant leader”. I often use the term myself, just as I did in this recent exchange with a customer on the agil8 LinkedIn Group. Bill : I was ScrumMaster for my team but found myself taking a directive/command-and-control approach due to the following: (1) the team were working in a fragmented fashion with no prioritisation of effort (2) the sprint plan wasn’t being maintained so items in build weren’t taken out of to-do and items ready for test were not communicated to those assigned to QA (3) our product owner was vague and spent more time on his phone than articulating a clear vision (4) there was no steady cadence in terms of the work I found myself having to advise to to set WiP limits for the various phases and then employ swarming when bottle-necks started to occur. I was also having to remind the team to communicate and maintain the plan. I was steering conversations with the Product Owner to get the team clear about what they were going to deliver. Ultimately I was failing to be a servant leader and lapsing into hands on project management. What […]
The agil8 team is led by David Hicks. David is a Founder of the Agile Alliance and, with over 25 years experience in the field, he is one of the most qualified and experienced Agile consultants and trainers in the world. In 2015 he was voted ‘Most Popular Scrum Professional’ in the prestigious annual Agile Awards which recognise outstanding contributions in the field. David’s journey into Agile began in 1987 through his MSc thesis on iterative development which was published by the British Computer Society. He started his career as an analyst-programmer, team leader and ultimately project manager with LBMS, the originators of the PRINCE and SSADM structured methods. David was responsible for defining LBMS’s first iterative SDLC and worked with a lot of the early large 4GLs and client-server applications doing iterative development. David became an independent consultant using the original DSDM Agile Project Management method in the mid 1990’s. In 1997 he was hired by British Airways to manage its implementation as the standard method across their 5,000-strong IT organisation. He managed this Programme for four years, leading him onto the Heathrow Terminal 5 project in 1998 which is where he first started using Scrum. During his career David has been responsible for some of the largest and most complex Agile implementations in the world and he has become a leading expert in the complete range of today’s Lean and Agile methods. He is a regular and popular speaker on the Lean and Agile conference circuit and holds the following Agile qualifications:
- Certified Scrum Trainer
- Certified ScrumMaster, Product Owner and Professional
- Certified Kanban Trainer and Coach
- Certified SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) Program Consultant
- Certified APMG Agile Project Management Trainer
- Certified Lean IT Trainer
- PMI Agile Certified Practitioner
- Certified DSDM Agile Trainer
- Certified DSDM Agile Advanced Practitioner
- Certified Agile Leadership Practitioner
- Training from the Back of the Room (TBR) Certified Trainer
David is also an Institute of Directors (IOD) Certified Company Director with 15 years experience as an Executive Director in the IT Services sector. You can connect with David on LinkedIn here and via Twitter here.