Video – The 8 Stances of a Scrum Master

Yesterday I provided the talk “The 8 Stances of a Scrum Master” at Scrum Day Europe. This years theme was “from good to great”. Therefore I changed my title to “The 8 Stances of a Good Scrum Master” and “The 8 Stances of a Great Scrum Master”. Yes, coming up with this title required lot’s of creativity 🙂

In this blog post I’ll share a summary of my presentation, a link to the related white paper, the video of my entire session and some pictures. If you’re interested in this topic, this article might provide you a nice overview.

Summary of the Presentation

According to the Scrum Guide, the Scrum Master is responsible to ensure Scrum is understood and enacted. Scrum Masters do this by ensuring that the Scrum Team adheres to the Scrum theory, practices and rules.

The Scrum Master is a servant‐leader for the Scrum Team. He (or she) helps those outside the team understand which of their interactions with the team are helpful and which aren’t. The Scrum Master helps everyone change these interactions to maximize the value created by the Scrum Team.

The role of a Scrum Master is one of many stances and diversity. A great Scrum Master is aware of them and knows when and how to apply them, depending on situation and context. Everything with the purpose of helping people understand the spirit of Scrum.

In the session at Scrum Day Europe I described what distinguishes good Scrum Masters from great Scrum Masters.

The White Paper

If you want to learn more about “The 8 Stances of a Scrum Master” I recommend you the read the white paper. In the paper I describe the Scrum Master as a Servant Leader, Coach, Facilitator, Teacher, Mentor, Manager, Impediment Remover and Change Agent. Every chapter contains my lessons learned acting as a Scrum Master and my findings while studying books, articles and videos.

My Talk at Scrum Day Europe on Video

Pictures of the Session

If you’re not interested in the 50-minute video but only want a quick impression: check out these pictures:

Want to Learn More?

Opportunities for collaboration and learning are:

  • 1 on 1 conversations (simply contact me via email, LinkedIn, Twitter)
  • Presentations/talks that trigger you to re-imagine the Scrum Master by learning of the 8 different stances and increase the chance of successful Scrum Mastery.
  • 2 – 4 hour workshops in which you really experience the potential of the Scrum Master role in a unique way
  • The Professional Scrum Master training. A 2-day course where you’ll learn how to use Scrum to optimize value, productivity and the total cost of ownership of software products. Tools are provided to enable you to relate to behavioural shifts, work with people and teams, coaching and facilitation techniques, and addressing the organization.
  • The Scrum Master Advanced 2-day training that we’ve created to discuss the Scrum Master role in more detail. By using the 8 Stances of a Scrum Master as a foundation, we’ll explore the possibilities to optimize the potential of the Scrum Master role.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities for collaboration, contact me at Have a great day!

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