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56126Re: [scrumdevelopment] Is Scrum Master a Managerial Role?

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  • Cass Dalton
    Oct 24, 2012
      Yes and no.
      It is a managerial role, but not in the traditional sense of management.  When most people hear the word managerial, they think supervisory.  In other words, saying that the SM is managerial may imply to some people that the SM has authority over the team members in an organizational sense.  The SM is an equal player in scrum.  the SM is a "servant-leader".  That means that when a team member notifies the team of an impediment, it is the SM's job to remove that impediment.  In that way, the SM is almost under the direction of the team.  He/she is at the service of the team.  If the SM sees that a team member is not following the scrum process, he/she can discuss the issue with the team member, but there is no organizational or hierarchical authority invested in the SM to demand that the team member address the issue.  The only real authority the SM has comes from the trust and respect that he/she earns as a fellow scrum team member.

      So if you're asking if the SM has organizational authority over the dev team, then no, the SM is not managerial.

      If you're asking does the SM perform duties that help manage the work that the team does, then you might be able to interpret it that way.  But using that term may imply an authority that the SM doesn't have.

      On Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 8:54 AM, Joshua Partogi <joshua.java@...> wrote:

      It's a management role.

      On Wed, Oct 24, 2012 at 6:28 PM, Michael Mallete <mrmallete@...> wrote:

      a very interesting topic that started in another thread in linkedin scrum practitioners group:

      which i diverted to it's own thread:

      i say no. it makes it harder to grasp the concept of the role. rather, call it a coaching role.

      what's your take?

      mike mallete


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