RE: Dev Manager as Scrum Master
For the companies that I've worked with in implementing scrum, we
trained the current project managers as scrum masters. It has worked
well, though as someone who's been through this 'evolution', there was
a period of adjustment getting used to the non-control and command
structure. It wasn't bad, however, and didn't take me very long to
get the hang of it. Often these folks will operate as scrum
With regards to the question of the product manager acting as scrum
master - would this person also be the product owner? That could
cause some conflicts; it would take some discipline for the product
owner/scrum master to allow the team complete ownership of the sprint
backlog. IMHO this set up is not ideal, but would not cause as much
concern as having a dev manager act as scrum master.
I've heard suggestions from agile thought leaders that the scrum
master role be taken on by various team members for one or two
sprints, so that each team member takes a turn. I haven't had this
experience, but it sounded interesting.
With regards to the burn down chart - my understanding is that the
team owns this - the scrum master facilitates, etc. Anyone can print
and post the charts. I've just always done it for teams that I've
acted as scrum master.
Hope that helps!
Tamara Sulaiman PMP, CSM
Project Manager, SolutionsIQ
Date: Mon, 2 Jan 2006 22:20:32 -0500
From: "Molchon, Robert" <rmolchon@...>
Subject: RE: ScrumMaster same as development manager?
In regards to your first point, what person would you sugest for the
Scrum Master? Should it be someone who previously acted as a Project
Manager or Product Manager? Can the scrum master be someone who is
contributing code to the project? can someone else on the team other
than the S.M. own the burndown charts, etc?