the matter of leading agile teams is discussed generically in terms of the concept of servant-leadership. It’s also covered specifically with regard to how the concept is exemplified in the Scrum Master role. Any organization which fully implements agile and creates self-managed teams has to deal with the matter of finding people to properly lead those agile teams. If Scrum is to be used, someone must successfully fulfill the role of Scrum Master.
The Lesson 7 content describes the Scrum Master role in detail and notes its key aspects. It raises the question of what kind of resources in an organization should be appointed as Scrum Masters. It highlights multiple options, including that of the project manager.
For this project, you will write a two to four page paper which will provide YOUR answer to the question of whether project managers would make good Scrum Masters. Remember, the role includes serving the product owner, the development team and the sponsoring organization. It requires a great deal of soft skills and most of all, leadership. You should be sure to address the key points and questions related to this topic expressed in the lesson, however, you are free to offer additional points based on your own investigation or experience.
You can discuss whether a project manager would make an effective Scrum Master with reference to a PM from a traditional, agile, or extreme background – just be sure to clarify what “type” of PM you are referring to.
You may relate any similar situations which you may have encountered in your own career, any previous course you’ve taken, or even integrate sources selected from a trade journal, newspaper or magazine article, book or web-based source. As always, you should describe assumptions and any background information about such situations in your paper. If you do reference a third-party source, please be sure to list its name and provide a link to it if it is available on the Internet or in the Bobst Library’s digital archives.