How to defend against the 10 things that drive your ScrumMaster crazy

During my time as ScrumMaster I collected an interesting list of bad behavior in Scrum teams called the “10 things that drive ScrumMasters crazy”. At the same time I started thinking about what I could do about it and how to stop the dysfunctional behavior in my team. I searched for the causes of the different behaviors and I found a lot. But what you tend to see at first is only the surface and not the real reason. That’s why I began to dig deeper to find the real cause. In the end I found out that everything can be condensed to four root causes. I call them “The four evil root causes from hell”:

  • Ignorance
  • Fear
  • Indolence
  • Apathy


I met teams were the only Scrum training they got was the link to the Scrum article on It’s no wonder that they don’t know how to implement Scrum if there’s nobody to train or coach them.

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7 thoughts on “How to defend against the 10 things that drive your ScrumMaster crazy”

  1. I have to agree with the “indolence” section the most. Particularly, involving the team members that are not that interested and not paying attention because once they get involved and have more of a role, their “care factor” tends to go up because their responsibility has increased. Cool post, I look forward to reading more from your blog. :-)

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