One question I get a lot is this one: “Is your next book called Management…
What comes after Certified Scrum Master (CSM)? Should it be Expert Scrum Master? Or is it User Story Tips and Tricks for you? Will you consider Combining Scrum and Kanban? Or maybe Certified Planning Poker?
Yes, there is value in all these suggestions. But the biggest challenges for Scrum Masters are Somewhere Else…
The major obstacles to Agile adoption are: organizational culture, resistance to change, competence development, and management support (see: VersionOne State of Agile 2010). These are all management & leadership issues.
Right after serving and coaching teams, Certified Scrum Masters should consider serving and coaching the leaders and managers in an organization.
Help them to become No-Impediment Managers!
After 6 months of experimentation and adaption in 12 countries the Management 3.0 course has matured. It covers people skills, empowerment, goal setting, metrics, complexity thinking, organization design, change management and more.
The last course in Sao Paulo, Brazil achieved an average rating of 9.3 out of 10, from a combined group of Agile novices and experts. They played Delegation Poker, Meddlers, Change Agent, and several other games and exercises. No Certified Scrum Master will want to miss this!
Check out the training schedule and learn how to tackle the Biggest Impediment in the World… Traditional Management.
(Jurgen Appelo is author of Management 3.0, a best-selling management book for Agile developers. It has a picture of a monster in it.)