Amruta Beri: The Dual Role Dilemma of a Scrum Master, and How to Elevate the Scrum Master Role

In this episode, Amruta discusses the common issue of the scrum master role not being recognized as a full-fledged role in many organizations. She shares her experience in an organization where she was expected to split her time between development and scrum mastering. However, she soon realized that this arrangement made it difficult for her to focus on either role effectively, leading to overtime work and personal struggle. Amruta emphasizes the importance of standing up for oneself and having a 1-on-1 conversation with the manager to explain the situation. She suggests presenting the idea of a full-time scrum master role as an experiment for a limited time.

By becoming a full-time scrum master, Amruta was able to improve her coaching with the product owner, define working agreements with the team, and focus on delivering solutions for the right problems. This example demonstrated to the manager the significant impact a dedicated scrum master can have on the team’s performance, ultimately influencing the entire organization. Amruta highlights the role of a Scrum Master as a catalyst and recommends the book Training From the Back of the Room!: 65 Ways to Step Aside and Let Them Learn by Bowman.

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About Amruta Beri

Amruta is an Agile enthusiast, artist, and environmentalist. She loves quiz shows, travel and sports, and is an engineer at heart.

You can link with Amruta Beri on LinkedIn and connect with Amruta Beri on Twitter.

Wilson Govindji: Why you must stop being a developer when you become a Scrum Master

Wilson fell into the Scrum Master role by accident. And even if this is not an unusual story for a Scrum Master, this journey brings with it an identity crisis that Wilson describes for us. Wilson was both a Scrum Master and a tech lead, a technical Product Owner and a developer. These many hats seemed to work well together, until the release time came. Listen in to learn about how these many roles can interfere with each other and cause problems for the Scrum Master and the team.

About Wilson Govindji

Wilson is a pragmatic Scrum Master, he has over 15 years in Software development and has worked in different roles, from Support Analyst, Developer to tech lead. Wilson is from Portugal, with Indian origins and currently living and working in the UK with his wife and two daughters.

You can link with Wilson Govindji on LinkedIn and follow Wilson Govindji’s blog on Medium, and follow Wilson Govindji on Instagram.

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