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The Agile Roundup #3 – It’s All about the Scrum Master

In today’s Agile Roundup, we shine a spotlight on the scrum master. These articles outline the role, importance and offer tips to improve your scrum game.

Let’s start with a video with Jeff Sutherland, one of the inventors of Scrum, on the importance of a Scrum Master and their work on a team.

Funny movie about The Power of Scrum

Is your scrum master getting the job done? Are they protecting your team, supporting the goals of the organization and promoting the scrum process?

Scrum Master – Funny movie about The Power of Scrum – YouTube

We turn to scrum guru Mark Cohn for our next post. In this article, Cohn offers 8 tips to become a better scrum master.

Eight Tips to Become the Scrum Master Your Team Needs are so many things a great Scrum Master does, it’s easy to overlook a few. These 8 tips help make sure you’re doing everything your team needs of you. read more at



Next, let’s see if we can answer the question:

Am I a Good Scrum Master? of the role of the Scrum Master is intangible.  We don’t write elegant code, we don’t craft beautiful designs, and we better not be creating Gantt charts.  Instead, we’re masters at soft skills, but how can such a thing be quantified?  And if not quantified, how can I know if I’m a good Scrum Master?  How can I honestly assess myself in the spirit of continuous improvement?  With respect to a Scrum Master’s service to a team, it begins by asking six questions. read more at


This next post offers 16 life hacks to improve your scrum zen.

17 Essential Hacks Every Scrum Master Should Know is a list of cool tips and tricks for all the tools we love to use as scrum masters and facilitators. If you have any more share them with us at @agileadventures using #ScrumMasterHacks. We will update the list with the best ones as a testament to your ingenuity. read more at





This final post is for anyone that is looking to hire a scrum master. Here are 38 questions to ask in your next interview.

38 Scrum Master Interview Questions you are looking to fill a position for a Scrum master (or agile coach) in your organization, you may find the following 38 interview questions useful to identify the right candidate. They are derived from my ten years of practical experience with XP as well as Scrum, serving both as Product owner and Scrum master as well as interviewing dozens of Scrum master candidates on behalf of my clients. read more at



For today’s book offering, we return to Jeff Sutherland and link to his essential book on scrum, Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time. If you are on a scrum team in any capacity and haven’t read this, buy it today and read it!