Hi, Scrum Master! Do you have a second?

If you have experience as a Scrum Master, you have probably heard something like this many times, right?:

Do you have a second? Do you have time? Can I talk to you? Do you think we can talk today?

And my question would be: Do you actually have it?

If you are over committing as a Scrum Master to work with too many teams, if you have so many meetings that you can´t stop and talk with someone who is stuck … at the end, if you don’t have time to be there when something unplanned happens, you are in trouble. And what is worse: your teams can be in trouble.

I have a sentence I say many times:

As a Scrum Master, if your whole agenda is always complete, you are screwed.

You need to be able to skip something, save time for a problem if it just pops up, listen to someone who really needs your help or (guess what?) be an impediment remover. A real one, not the one that is just jumping from one event to the next one.

Plan your days wisely, but be prepared to change a lot of it if is really needed.

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