This blog post is dedicated to Angel Medinilla‘s awesome “Scrum Master Maturity Model”, which describes three levels of maturity a scrum master can reach (before Agile nirvana is reached 🙂 ):
- The Scrum Dude: Scrum Dudes have rudimentary scrum master skills and little experience with scrum, which results into low-performing and mostly disoriented teams. Scrum Dudes are more like secretaries for their teams.
- The Scrum Mom: Scrum Moms are solicitous and protective to their teams like a mother for her children. Teams with a Scrum Mum can be well functional, but Scrum Moms miss to challenge their teams, which often leads to stagnation.
- The True Scrum Master: The true scrum master coaches, leads and develops high-performance teams that are able to self-reflect, learn and continuously improve. She addresses conflicts, keeps the team challenged, encouraged and motivated.
Angel’s model is of high practical value, because it gives us a visual representation of the actual scrum master role we find in the industry. In fact I have met many so-called “scrum masters” who later turned out to be Scrum Dudes or Scrum Moms, but very little who were actually true Scrum Masters. Let’s improve this! We need true Scrum Master to improve our organizations!