I've recently observed that sometimes when a team achieves success using agility, management and the team think they no longer require any further coaching, often resulting in the scrum master role disappearing.
So is a Scrum Master needed?
My response to this question is (as usual) it depends. Below are a few questions to ask.
As an agile coach it is imperative that you know your agile tools/frameworks and how to apply them.
I am frequently put on-the-spot with a range of hypothetical situations, and then asked for the agile silver bullet. Specific questions about Scrum or Kanban are easy to answer, however it is the 'why' questions which really require the in-depth understandi...
For some teams, soon after the buzz of 'going agile' wears off the iterations/sprints can feel repetitive and even pointless. For example, in Scrum the cycle of planning, stand-ups, review and retrospectives without understanding the 'why' can feel like a waste of time. It reminds me of the 1993 film Groundhog Day.
I recently had the fortune of completing an engagement delivering current and future state customer journey, and an experience design capability uplift. Coming from a background in agile coaching software development teams, putting on the design thinking hat was a fascinating experience.
Every team I have coached started with the same attitude. Only the testers estimate on testing tasks and do the testing and only developers do coding and so on. In an attempt to be ‘efficient’ we lock ourselves into these expert titles which become straitjackets for creativity. Immense energy is wasted worrying about making mistakes in their area of exper...