To many travelers this just looked like a moving walkway in an airport in Philly, PA. To me, it looked like exactly what I needed! Exhausted from being on the road and meeting a bunch of new people over the past few weeks, the thought of having this thing hold the weight of my bags and help me get across this big airport was very comforting.
After my amazing, but slow ride I started thinking…these walkways are like Scrum Masters!
Sometimes agile teams need a little bit of help. They get stuck in the same cycle of thinking when trying to solve problems and can’t seem to move forward. The scrum master is helps them by asking powerful questions that cause them to think in new ways. They gently lift them up and help them move successfully from one place to another.
Sometimes the team has things blocking their path. The scrum master jumps in and starts clearing the way for them when they don’t have the power or energy to move forward on their own.
Sometimes teams don’t know how to collaborate well and just communicating among a bunch of personalities gets to be a heavy burden. Scrum masters remove the burden by facilitating scrum events and helping to ensure that everyone on the team has an equal voice.
I’m looking forward to the opportunity to step into a scrum master role for a while where I can have direct impact on the success of a few teams.