How Should a Scrum Master Enter a New Team with Justin Thatil and Erica Menendez


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This week, Dan Neumann is joined by two of his colleagues Erica Menendez and Justin Thatil to today’s episode.

This time, they are exploring the scenario when Scrum Masters enter a New Team, an event that Dan, Erica, and Justin know by experience. Listen to this episode to hear valuable real-life examples of how a Scrum Master can successfully transition into a new Team.

Key Takeaways

  • Duties that a Scrum Master needs to attend to when entering a new Team:

    • A Scrum Master must establish his credibility, meet the Team, and create relationships with its members.

    • Entering a new Team is different every time.

    • A Scrum Master should observe and learn about the new Team he is joining, before attempting to start dictating. How much do Team members know about Scrum and Agile?

    • Understand why the organization wants you on that Team.

    • After knowing the Team, the Scrum Master needs to devise a plan to tackle the Team’s needs.

    • Stay curious (rather than judgemental).

  • What does improvement look like for the organization?

    • A Scrum Master needs to explore communication styles within the new Team and identify the organization’s expectations not only about the Scrum Master’s performance but also about the Team.

  • Is it helpful to have someone helping the Scrum Master transition to a new Team?

    • Everyone is different, someone might notice aspects that another person didn’t.

    • Sometimes it is better not to be influenced by someone else’s experiences or understanding of a particular member or a Team’s dynamics; a new approach brings a new perspective that can be beneficial for the Team.

Mentioned in this Episode:

The Scrum Fieldbook: A Master Class on Accelerating Performance, Getting Results, and Defining the Future, by J.J. Sutherland

Man Enough: Undefining My Masculinity, by Justin Baldoni

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