• Gianni Sawyer

Things to think about as a Scrum Master

Updated: Jun 7, 2021

Worrying won’t help

Try to remember a time where worrying about something actually paid off…you can’t can you? Imagining a negative outcome will not help you on your cause.

Doing is better than hesitating

If you hesitate, or procrastinate, you will start to go against your gut instincts. You need this when you’re out in the field, and you should believe in yourself more. Just do it, and if it doesn’t work, try something else. At least you’ve learnt something.

Things will never be perfect

Don’t compare yourself, or your team to others. Doing so in the search for perfection will only create waste in itself.

You will never know everything

This is fairly self-explanatory…just when you think you’ve nailed it you will realise that you definitely haven’t.

People will always surprise you

It’s amazing how people can react to being given space and time to be creative. Your hardest cynics could become your biggest allies. Never write anyone off.

You’re doing OK. Really, you are.

It’s a tough gig and it takes it out of you. This will make it easy for you to be introspective and think that you’re failing. This is not the case. You are your own worst critic and the atmospheric levels that you hold yourself to are only in your head.

Support is a must

Get yourself a support network. This could be at home, within your organisation or even with a coach or mentor. You’ll need that sounding board to give you a different perspective and to remind you of the other things in this list.

There will always be haters

One of my old colleagues said to me the other day, “You’re not paid to be liked” and I thought it was a great line. If you think you will be liked by everyone, you will be chasing an impossible dream. Accept this and release that burden.

Saying the same thing more than once is acceptable

Just because you repeat the same ideas and lessons to your team, doesn’t mean you’re doing it wrong. Instead, think about the fact that you do have the opportunities to be doing so and that you have your team’s permission to coach them. People learn and adapt at different rates.

There will be many more things out there that help people get through their tough times, drop me a comment I would love to hear about them.


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