DevOps East 2017 Concurrent Session : Help! The Scrum Master *is* the Impediment


Thursday, November 9, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm

Help! The Scrum Master *is* the Impediment

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The change in mindset necessary to become a servant leader is incredibly hard for a scrum master who comes from a command and control background. As a newly minted Professional Scrum Master (PSM I), Ryan returned to his team excited and ready to get underway with a scrum adoption, but he had not fully grasped the concept of servant leadership. Instead of being a change agent, he was an impediment. Ryan’s cautionary tale is a common one. Attendees will learn about the difficulties of becoming a scrum master, how scrum team members need to embrace the scrum values to promote healthy team practices, and that even professional scrum masters can lose their way. In this talk, Ryan will explain what makes the transition from project manager to scrum master so difficult. How should a scrum master approach a transition from project manager to scrum master? How does the scrum master embrace a servant leadership mindset? What are the scrum values and how do they guide resolving this type of impediment? What steps can a team take to resolve the scrum master impediment? Attendees will walk away with practical ways they can inspect their scrum practices to ensure they do not become impediments to their team's success.

Ryan Ripley
Independent Consultant

For the past ten years Ryan Ripley has worked on agile teams in development, ScrumMaster, and management roles. He’s worked at various Fortune 500 companies in the medical device, wholesale, and financial services industries. Ryan is great at taking tests and holds the PMI-ACP, PSM I, PSM II, PSE, PSPO I, PSD I, CSM, and CSPO agile certifications. He lives in Indiana with his wife Kristin and three children. Ryan blogs at, hosts the Agile for Humans podcast available on iTunes, and is on Twitter @ryanripley.