Part 1: Common traits shared by Great Scrum Masters

A Great Scrum Masters Humble Secret

If you’ve read any of my articles, you’ll know I’m passionate about exploring the traits and qualities that make great Scrum Masters genuinely remarkable.

It’s always great for me to shed light on the nitty-gritty details of Agile and Scrum, so this time, I want to talk about an Agile topic that I hold dear: the common traits shared by a great Scrum Master.

For me, this matter isn’t just about professional qualifications. It’s about inherent traits that make a Scrum Master stand out. 🚀

Hallmark of Great Scrum Masters

I’ve been fortunate enough to cross paths with some truly exceptional Scrum Masters in my time, and one trait that they all share, which I hold in high regard, is humility.

A Scrum Master’s role revolves around helping others, fostering an environment where everyone can excel and often stepping into the shadows to allow their team to shine. It’s a role of service, dedication, and, above all, humility.

The Unseen Work of Scrum Masters

What does it mean to be a great Scrum Master? It means putting your ego aside and supporting others so that they get recognition. It means going that extra mile, even when their work is unseen and the value they provide is frequently misunderstood.🔦

In a way, I see a Scrum Master who has the attitude of humility as the silent success enabler. 🌟

A great Scrum Master navigates the currents of a project, deflects issues, and ensures the smooth sailing of their team, often without getting any of the credit.

The reality?

Successes are often credited to the team, while the challenges overcome and the issues mitigated by the Scrum Master often remain invisible.

But this is the very essence of being a great Scrum Master: the dedication to drive success, even when it means staying out of the spotlight.🏆

A great Scrum Master needs no applause.

Dampening the Ego

So, after years in the field and countless interactions with amazing Scrum Masters, you’ve probably guessed by now what the most significant trait is for a Scrum Master.   I’ve concluded that the greatest trait in a Scrum Master is the ability to dampen down their ego for the betterment of all.

Potential Scrum Masters need to keep their ego in check.

It’s a noble quality and what truly sets great Scrum Masters apart.

If you are ready to develop the skills and imbibe the traits of a practical Scrum Master, I invite you to check out our Agile and Scrum courses.

Remember, being a great Scrum Master isn’t about personal glory; it’s about fostering a thriving team and driving success across your organisation. And that’s an accomplishment worth striving for. 💪

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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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