My trip to the Scrumtisch in Hamburg really was a worthwhile trip. Thanks to Christian Dähn we had a great time with a lot of interesting discussions. Christian tried an open space for the first time and it worked great. Two topics where especially interesting, both addressing a similar issue, whereby they ended up being discussed in the same breath.
1. Is an advanced self-organizing team still in need of a Scrum Master?
2.How much pressure does a team need?(Evolved to: How do we keep the pressure on the team and whose job is it?)
The thought behind 1. is that if a team is self-organizing at the highest level, what’s the job of the Scrum Master? Is it confined to moderating meetings the team has or not even that because the team takes care of it, too?
This thought is followed by the second topic. The topic owner suggested that a team advancing in a project is simultaneous getting unchallenged and therefore lazy.
To me the situation is pretty clear. Yes, even an advanced self-organizing team is in need of a Scrum Master! I agree that a team is running into danger of getting lazy because of a missing challenge. That’s why there has to be an observing Scrum Master at all time. He notices the loss of velocity if the team doesn’t and tells them.
This leads to the question: Who is in charge of changing the environment? To me it is the team. The Scrum Master should be able to give some advises, but the team has the final choice. Some attendees implied hidden changes to the team precipitated by the Scrum Master would be okay, too – No! Never! The relationship between the team and the Scrum Master is build on mutual trust.
The process of change should at all time be an open process. To achieve an open process every single role is needed no matter how advanced the team or anybody else.
What do you think? Let me know I am eager to read your opinion.