The VALUE of a ScrumMaster, with Hernan Benedetti

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Hi everyone,

If you’ve been following the Velocity Partners blog for awhile, you know that I’ve been recording interviews with colleagues for a number of years. These have largely been more introductory in nature, as I try to introduce you to some of my wonderful colleagues.

This session is a bit different. It’s an experiment that, if it goes well and you enjoy it, we may start doing more of. Instead of introduction, it’s more of a discussion around a key agile topic.

The theme this time is the value of full-time ScrumMasters. I can’t tell you how often I hear folks challenge the role of ScrumMaster:

  • All they do is facilitate meetings, how can that be a full-time role?
  • Why can’t team members share the role?
  • Why can’t I as a manager, be the ScrumMaster of my own team?
  • If it is a full-time role, what do they DO?
  • And can they ScrumMaster more than one team?

so I sat down with our Principle Solutions Manager, Hernan Benedetti to discuss these questions. I’ve know Hernan for several years and he’s got “serious chops” when it comes to agile software development. I wanted to get his take on the “value” of a ScrumMaster and why it might be worth investing in.

This talk was inspired by the following post on LinkedIn by Ben Linders: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/why-implementing-dedicated-full-time-scrum-masters-whats-ben-linders

Ben is clearly struggling with this question, so perhaps we can help him and others understand the VALUE of a ScrumMaster.

Hope you enjoy the chat. Let us know if you “want more” on this or other topics…

Stay agile my friends,

Bob & Hernan

Bob Galen

Bob Galen

Bob Galen is an Agile Methodologist, Practitioner & Coach based in Cary, NC. In this role he helps guide companies and teams in their pragmatic adoption and organizational shift towards Scrum and other agile methodologies and practices. Contact: [email protected]