(Scrum Master Anti-Patterns) Anarcho-syndicalist commune – Ep. 81

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Released Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Hosts: Matt Korwell, Lee McCauley, Jason Tice and special guest Ryan Ripley

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On Episode 81 of ThisAgileLife, your agile coaches at ThisAgileLife completed yet another experiment to improve the Podcast. We invited Ryan Ripley (@ryanripley) a regular listener to join us to share some insights from his presentation at the 2015 Agile Indy conference entitled “The Scrum Master IS The Impediment”

Ryan talked through his observations and experiences with several common anti-patterns that reduce the effectiveness of the ScrumMaster role – these included:

  • The ScrumMaster serving as a Dictator
  • The team being aided by a SuperHero ScrumMaster
  • The ScrumMaster who becomes too prescriptive in how to help a team
  • And lastly, the ScrumMaster who serves as the team’s technical expert

Join as Lee, Matt and Jason engage in a lively conversation with Ryan on these ScrumMaster anti-patterns, including why they occur, how they are harmful to the team, and how to avoid them – you’ll even get to enjoy a few agile confessions as some of our ThisAgileLife coaches admit to falling victim to these anti-patterns themselves.

Thanks again to Ryan for sharing his insights and participating in ThisAgileLife Episode 80.

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