Be an action Scrum Master

Great thoughts speak only to the thoughtful mind, but great actions speak to all mankind.
— Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt gave a scheduled speech for 90 minutes after being shot in the chest during a political campaign. He carried the bullet in his chest for the rest of his life. But no, my idea is not to talk about politics but about action.

We probably don’t need to go as far as Roosevelt had to go, but there is something we can learn from that: be an action person. Probably nobody would remember that speech if he wouldn’t have done this.

As Scrum Masters, we need to be also action people.

Don’t let me be misunderstood. I know that I write about letting the team solve some problems, about philosophy and getting to know people but don’t think that then, for me, being a Scrum Master is just talking and walking around making people feel well. That is very naive.

Let your actions and not just your words talk about your job.

Actively work on the things, be involved. Get you hands dirty. Work on the trenches. Call it however you want but please don’t think that you don’t need to actually go and actually do stuff.

Never understand that having real uncomfortable conversations inside the organisation is not your job when it is being an impediment for your team.  Sit with the team and work with them on whatever you can automate to make all their work smoother – This doesn’t mean that you have to be coding- . Investigate and come back with solutions. Have action plans and execute them. Don’t just navigate from one retro to the next one and expect that people will trust you and whatever you say that should be done.

Work hard on what you have to do. The concept itself is easy to explain: Do your job. And your actions and the impact in the teams will talk about you. Then don’t fight to get the credit, you shouldn’t and you will probably won’t even need it. Even if some people don’t understand it.

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