Walking the Talk Follow up

This is a follow up to my post “Walking the Talk” as there was interest in what the team thought about making managers ScrumMasters. A quick Google will reveal opinions on both sides of the fence. Our company also recently had Lee Henson of Agile Dad give some training and he was strongly against managers as ScrumMasters. And the big question is “What did the teams think?”.

The team members had responses from “I don’t think it will work”, to “You must do everything in your power to make sure this doesn’t happen!”. So I think it is safe to say that the teams are pretty much convinced that managers as ScrumMasters is a bad idea. Personally, I think that with a team that is highly cohesive, that engages in good dialogue, and feels empowered, coupled with a manager not interested in command and control, it would work. Do I think we have the right teams and the right managers at this time, probably not.

I would love to hear from anybody who has experienced managers as ScrumMasters. Hopefully there have been good experiences out there.

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