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The basics of being a ScrumMaster are fairly straightforward: Facilitate the Scrum process and remove impediments. But being a great ScrumMaster, one who truly embodies the principles of servant-leadership and helps move a team to the high performance levels possible with Scrum, is much harder and much more elusive. In his over ten years of coaching numerous Scrum teams, ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published May 30th 2013 by Inspect & Adapt Ltd
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Gerard Chiva
Apr 27, 2015 Gerard Chiva rated it really liked it
Great advice for Scrum Masters, written in a friendly way, with lots of practical tips and real stories. Must read for any good Scrum Master that wants to become a great Scrum Master ;-)
Andy Cleff
Sep 21, 2016 Andy Cleff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic, insightful, and inspiring

What a wonderful book. Great stories, ideas and inspiration for any and all servant leaders. I plan to read over and over again.
Sep 16, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing
Peter Gfader
Oct 21, 2015 Peter Gfader rated it it was amazing
A must read for every leader of some sort. The title has Scrum in it, but it is really about building great teams and changing the organisational context.

What makes the book a 10/10 stars you ask?
* Lots of experience reports as stories from real team situations
* Lots of tips what to try
* Lots of things what hinder team collaboration and growing
* The "Good to Great" motto is awesome!
* Easy to read and very short breathed
* Shows beyond the basics of facilitation and teaching the process to teams
Piotr Gregorczyk
Foreword cause me to think, there would be some great advice for scrum teams and entirely new topics. In fact, only few things where new and even then, they were explained with long stories and without deep dive into the subject.
Content is really basic. It covers some people managing technics without any new knowledge in that area. It's just scrum perspective on those tools.
For plus are chapters about planning and tracking progress and using visuals. I also liked summaries and quotes before and
jordan emmert
Dec 06, 2015 jordan emmert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strong recommendations to compliment your instincts

Watts is able to lay out a common set of scenarios that every scrum master will face and he gives an imaginative set of options for dealing with them , even if you don't agree with the fit of his methods within your corporate culture the ideas laid out here provide much inspiration . A useful book for any aspiring or veteran scrum practitioner
Łukasz Woliński
Jul 22, 2016 Łukasz Woliński rated it liked it
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The book consists of real life stories and use cases for the daily use of scrum. I found many of them useful and practical. There are lots of ideas on how to handle difficult situations. The implementation of those ideas is fairly easy and straightforward. Although some of the stories were slightly boring I would recommend this book for begginers, who would like to dive deeper into the world of scrum master's responsibilities.
May 21, 2015 Mya rated it really liked it
Great little book. Short, easy to read chapters with some great real-life examples and ideas. Besides some tips and tricks, I also found it useful to evaluate myself against each of the characteristics described. This has helped identify areas I'm doing well at as well as those I either need more practice at or have not even been aware of!
Sep 03, 2016 Jeroen rated it really liked it
Great for people exploring the depths of agile working. A lot of 'human' perspectives which makes it easier to relate to.
Mar 20, 2016 Diego rated it it was amazing
This book immediately sets you in the right mindset to become a true servant leader.
All concepts are described with very relevant stories to enhance your learning and develop your storytelling skills
Dec 29, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing
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A must-read for everybody who wants to get suggestions on improving 'scrummastering'. Definitely a very inspiring book. Some of the points in the book might be controversial but they trigger a retrospective on one's behaviour. At least it did that for me.
Steve Fenton
Nov 08, 2014 Steve Fenton rated it it was amazing
This is a great book for anyone working with Scrum - and its relevance extends beyond Scrum to the wide spectrum of agile and lean methods. This is the best guide for understanding the elusive "servant master" role needed to effectively coach teams of people.
Alex Fürstenau
Dec 15, 2014 Alex Fürstenau rated it it was amazing
Awesome book that provides a lot of ideas of what might make a good Scrum Master to a great Scrum Master.

If you have some experience as a Scrum Master and you think you are good this book is for you to get some more ideas.
Feb 15, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing
Geoff has captured the essence of a great ScrumMaster. If you are in the role of ScrumMaster or Agile Coach, this book should be on your shelf.
David Grant
Oct 25, 2013 David Grant rated it really liked it
Scrum Mastery has some great advice for Scrum Masters of all abilities. This would get a 5, but the quality of the editing is pretty poor, at least on the Kindle edition.
Frank Amankwah
Great book on servant leadership and making good teams great. A must read for all Scrum Masters and team leaders
Brindusa Axon
Nov 08, 2013 Brindusa Axon rated it really liked it
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Its a much better book than many scrum related books I've read so far. I like the human centered approach, the stories and the mention of tools that are not that obvious to the regular scrum master.
Pedro Almeida
May 08, 2016 Pedro Almeida rated it it was amazing
Great book to see the
Importance of a Scrum Master. To have a view of the human side of the scrum. In May opinion one of the best books of agility and scrum!
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Anyone who aspires to be the ScrumMaster should definitely read this masterpiece :)
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“good ScrumMaster will hold team members to account if needed. A great ScrumMaster will hold the team to account for not holding their teammates to account.” 0 likes
“Transforming a team, let alone an entire organisation, from the principles of command and control to those based on servant-leadership, from plans based on prediction to plans based on empirical, evolutionary data requires both patience and tenacity.” 0 likes
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