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☝🏼1 tip I would give someone who wanted to start working as a Scrum Master
I have been working for 10 years now as an SM/Agile Coach. I started in this role in Allegro (the biggest e-commerce in Central Europe), surrounded by 24 great humans carrying the same role 🏼
So, here's the 1 tip I would give you if you wanted to pursue a similar career path:
👤 Don’t do it alone
It's easy and expected to make mistakes as a newbie Scrum Master. Yet without proper guidance, get ready for a bitter road ahead.
discourage the team from working with you
create more mess than help
follow the literature too directly
evangelise instead of listening
fix things that are not important
neglect working with the organisation
become a smart ass or too fearful
🙌 Where to find help?
#1 Start in a company that has more experienced Scrum Masters than you
Propose a 15 min daily to unload concerns or ask for advice at the end of the day.
Shadow them, be shadowed, debrief and ask questions. Read more👇🏼
Work in pairs on company-wide impediments or improvements.
Learn a small piece of knowledge and teach it to others.
Be transparent with your work - feedback will nudge you where people need you the most.
I did all of the above. It will skyrocket your growth 🚀
#2 Start a mentoring relationship
This one is tricky. It might be best to start with a few consultations with different people and then, perhaps, jump into mentoring.
Why? Read more 👇🏼
#3 Attend communities of practice that don't talk jibberish
Look for those who don't give you simple answers, share real case studies, and gather curious, open, respectful and kind people.
Ask questions if something sounds too good to be true.
Avoid cocky people.
#4 See what skills you already have that will be useful in this role
A common misconception in many companies is that you don't have any skills when you didn't carry the title.
This is a terrible way to think.
Reach out to an SM/AC you follow and ask for advice on the subject.
Don't try to be smart, be useful and respectful to others.
Walk your talk.
This has mindset enabled me to learn from individuals and teams.
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