Mike Beedle’s posted an insightful message on the scrumdevelopment list this week regarding the role of the ScrumMaster leading the team toward an end-state where management is largely self performed.
Mike outlines a progression in a team’s ability to self-organize while reducing its dependence on traditional management.
Quoting Mike’s post:
“Self-organizing team, (can resolve its own issues but keeps ScrumMaster as insurance)
Self-organizing team — needing help with issues
Team + Coach == Coached team, usually team has many leaders from this point on
Team + Team Leader == Team with one leader
Team + Manager == Traditional Managed Team”
This further reinforces my firm belief in the lack of absolutes as organizations transition to Agile and Scrum. I blogged on this in the past, and I think it’s important to make clear that your organization’s journey toward Agility should not necessarily be a sudden, jarring transition that leaves people unprepared and unable to cope with the changes. Instead, move along the Agile spectrum, move up the Scrum management ladder, and always remember that these types of monumental organizational transitions take a lot of time to digest.