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5 things you need to know about the A-CSM course. Part 2

The Essential Guide to Becoming a Better Scrum Master

Uncovering Gaps in Your Practice

As a professional scrum trainer, I’ve seen many aspiring Scrum Masters eager to improve their skills and lead their teams more effectively. One of the key insights I’ve gained through my experience is the importance of recognizing and addressing gaps in your practice. This is a fundamental aspect of professional growth, and it’s something that our A-CSM Course emphasizes strongly.

Embrace the Process of Self-Discovery

The A-CSM Course is designed to highlight these gaps, not as a critique but as a constructive tool for self-improvement. We all have areas where we can improve. By identifying these, you can:

  • Recognize your strengths: Knowing where you excel is always a boost to your confidence.
  • Identify gaps in your knowledge: Awareness of your weaknesses allows you to target them specifically.

The course is not just about pointing out where you need to improve. It’s about helping you become a better Scrum Master overall.

Leveraging Your Strengths

Celebrating Your Wins

One of the best parts of the A-CSM Course is the opportunity to acknowledge your strengths. It’s always gratifying to understand what you’re doing right. Here’s how you can make the most of your strengths:

  • Share your strengths with your team: Your team can benefit from your expertise in certain areas.
  • Build on your strengths: Use them as a foundation to develop other skills.

Personal Experience

In my own journey, I discovered that my strength lay in facilitating productive meetings. I could guide my team through discussions efficiently, ensuring everyone’s voice was heard. By recognizing this, I was able to leverage it to improve our sprint planning and retrospectives significantly.

Addressing Your Weaknesses

Identifying Areas for Improvement

The A-CSM Course doesn’t just highlight your weaknesses; it provides actionable strategies to address them. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Workarounds for weaknesses: Learn how to manage your weaknesses effectively.
  • Skill-building: Gain the knowledge and practice needed to turn weaknesses into strengths.

Personal Advice

From my experience, one area where I initially struggled was in managing conflict within the team. Through targeted practice and feedback from the course, I learned techniques to handle disagreements more constructively. Here’s my advice:

  • Seek feedback: Don’t be afraid to ask your team for input on how you handle certain situations.
  • Continuous learning: Take advantage of resources and training to build your skills.

The Impact on Your Team

Helping Your Team Thrive

When you work on your weaknesses and leverage your strengths, the impact on your team can be profound. You can help your team by:

  • Providing better guidance: With a comprehensive skill set, you can guide your team more effectively.
  • Fostering a supportive environment: By understanding your own gaps, you become more empathetic to your team’s challenges.

Personal Experience

After completing the A-CSM Course, I noticed a significant improvement in my team’s performance. We became more cohesive, and our sprint outcomes improved. The key was my ability to identify and address my gaps, which in turn helped my team to do the same.

Recommendations for Aspiring Scrum Masters

Take the Leap

If you’re on the fence about joining the A-CSM Course, here’s my recommendation: take the leap. The benefits far outweigh the initial discomfort of facing your weaknesses. Here’s why:

  • Comprehensive feedback: You’ll receive detailed feedback on your performance.
  • Supportive learning environment: You’ll be surrounded by others who are also looking to improve.

Practical Tips

To make the most out of the course, consider these tips:

  • Be open-minded: Embrace the feedback, even if it’s difficult to hear.
  • Engage actively: Participate fully in all activities and discussions.


Continuous Improvement

Becoming a better Scrum Master is a journey of continuous improvement. The A-CSM Course is an invaluable resource that can help you identify and address gaps in your practice. By embracing your strengths and working on your weaknesses, you can lead your team more effectively and achieve better results.

Final Thoughts

Remember, every great Scrum Master was once an aspiring one, just like you. Take the steps to improve, and you’ll see the benefits not just in your professional life, but in the success of your team as well.

🚀 Ready to become a better Scrum Master? Join the A-CSM Course today and start your journey of self-discovery and improvement! 🚀

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John McFadyen Managing Partner
John McFadyen is an Executive and Enterprise Agile Coach with proven experience working on some of the UK and Europe’s largest, most complex Agile Transformations. As a Certified Scrum Trainer, John brings a wealth of experience as an Agile coach, Agile practitioner and software developer into each of the four core courses he provides. The war stories, the insights into successful Agile transformations and everything he has learned from coaching high-performance Agile teams combine to provide course delegates with a unique, compelling training experience that transforms as much as it empowers.

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