10 things to drive your ScrumMaster crazy

CrazyIn my life as ScrumMaster I faced many things which drove me nuts. So here is my top 10 of things that at least drives me crazy:

  1. Keep doing tasks that are not part of the sprint backlog.
  2. Hide your impediments. They will for sure vanish on their own.
  3. Don’t talk to the PO during the sprint. Never.

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26 thoughts on “10 things to drive your ScrumMaster crazy”

  1. Very nice! I’ve applied all of these in today’s meetings and, yes, our scrum master left the building crying. :-)

    The first topic sounds interesting. We have indeed a pretty huge amount of “other” tasks on our story board. Recently, a team member asked me for advice on this: after completing a story, he noticed that there is still a set of deprecated classes which need to be cleaned up. As we do not have “no deprecated classes present” in our definition of done, the story has been set to done and he suggested to add a task on the story board for the next sprint to do clean this part of the code.

    What is the best way to deal with tasks which seem to be pretty important but which are not directly part of activities around stories in the sprint backlog?

    1. I’m always happy if my advice is working 😉

      Regarding your question: IMHO he shouldn’t set the story to done. Instead he should add a task to the story named “clean deprecated classes” and after finishing this task move the story to the “Done” column. In the next retro the team should discuss if they want to add “clean deprecated classes” to their definition of done. From my point of view you should refactor your code as soon as you find something to refactor. Don’t wait for the next sprint, do it now.

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  7. I LOVED your blog!!! It applies in so may areas (mine is executive facilitation) in which Agile principles, and workload management, are used. Forget any negative feedback! Your points are clear, concise and obvious to all those who lead these type of meetings. I really like the “I have nothing to do” which is similar to our ever so hated “it’s not my job” epitaph. Keep up the great work!

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