I was recently asked to contribute to this editions “showcase” and when I read the email my heart jumped and I thought – FARK we don’t have anything to talk about.
A quick chat to one of my product owners to check if they wanted to showcase our tech spike from the previous sprint…….”nope I, um no I don’t want to show that yet”. I thought why you schmuck it’s awesome what we just learnt and the possibilities…….yea yeah nah!
Then I thought of my other team – the Drupies. They are a BAU support team who also manage to release feature updates and enhancements across 6 sites! And again i thought….nope nothing interesting there either you guys are just BAU. A showcase should be about SHOWING off to your investors, stakeholders, business owners et. al. your progress.
A quick jump back to JIRA, a glance at your visible wall and TADAH!!!!! We just smashed SEO out of the park for the last Sprint. Heck we even titled/themed it so. We have now achieved #1 and #2 rankings consistently for mobile searches whereas previously to this sprint we were in the late single and early double figures for many of our key search terms.
And now some 4-5 slides later, I remembered 1 very important key component to my role as the Scrum Master is not just manage their day-to-day, plan, groom, keep stakeholder/owner happy. I also need to be communicating our progress, hits-n-misses, learnings and championing our teams delivery at all levels to keep securing that buy-in else one day you might just turn up to work and it be gone.
So remember folks a good scrum master just does but a GREAT scrum masters does that and more. Don’t forget your team are exactly that….your team. Not some service provider – they have bills to pay just like you and I. And a happy worker is an effective worker. Heap praise and success where deserved – you’ll be surprised what you might get back in return.