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479 Geoff Watts : Scrum Mastery

“Scrum Mastery” provides practical insights and guidance for Scrum Masters to excel in their role and effectively facilitate Scrum teams.



"Scrum Mastery" offers a comprehensive guide for Scrum Masters, focusing on their role as facilitators and enablers of successful Scrum implementations. Geoff Watts shares practical advice, real-world experiences, and proven techniques to help Scrum Masters navigate the challenges they face and enhance their effectiveness. The book covers key areas such as team dynamics, coaching, facilitation, and self-improvement, providing actionable insights and strategies to overcome obstacles and support Scrum teams in delivering value. With a mix of theory and practical examples, "Scrum Mastery" equips Scrum Masters with the knowledge and skills to foster collaboration, promote continuous improvement, and guide their teams towards higher levels of productivity and success.


  1. Title: Scrum Mastery
  2. Author: Geoff Watts
  3. Publishing Year: 2013
  4. Publisher: Inspect & Adapt Ltd
  5. Length in Hours: 6 hours and 26 minutes

5 main ideas

  1. The Role of the Scrum Master: Understanding the core responsibilities and mindset required to excel as a Scrum Master, including servant leadership and the facilitation of the Scrum framework.
  2. Team Dynamics and Collaboration: Exploring the dynamics of Scrum teams, fostering effective collaboration, resolving conflicts, and creating a supportive and high-performing team culture.
  3. Facilitation and Coaching: Providing techniques and strategies for facilitating Scrum events, coaching individuals and teams, and empowering them to take ownership and achieve their full potential.
  4. Removing Obstacles and Enabling Continuous Improvement: Identifying and removing impediments that hinder team progress, fostering a culture of continuous improvement, and optimizing the Scrum process.
  5. Personal Growth and Development: Nurturing the personal growth and development of the Scrum Master, including self-reflection, learning from experiences, and honing essential skills such as active listening and effective communication.

5 funny quotes

  1. "A Scrum Master is like a Jedi Master, guiding their team towards the agile path."
  2. "Scrum without retrospectives is like a birthday party without cake - it's just not as fun!"
  3. "In the world of Scrum, 'Done' means 'Done-Done,' not 'Almost Done' or 'Done-But-Not-Really.'"
  4. "Remember, the 'S' in Scrum stands for 'Sprint' and 'Superpowers' - because every Scrum team is capable of amazing things!"
  5. "If Scrum were a movie, the Scrum Master would be the director, keeping everything and everyone in sync."

5 thought-provoking quotes​

  1. "The role of a Scrum Master is not to make everyone happy, but to challenge the status quo and enable the team to reach their full potential."
  2. "Embrace failure as a learning opportunity, for it is through failures that we grow and innovate."
  3. "Being a Scrum Master is not about controlling the team, but about empowering them to self-organize and make decisions."
  4. "The success of a Scrum team is not solely measured by the number of features delivered, but by the value created for the customer."
  5. "A great Scrum Master understands that it's not just about following the rules of Scrum, but also about fostering a culture of collaboration, trust, and continuous improvement."

5 dilemmas

  1. Balancing the need for predictability with the desire for flexibility in an agile environment.
  2. Managing stakeholder expectations while allowing the Scrum team to maintain control of their own work.
  3. Navigating the tension between individual accountability and collective responsibility within a self-organizing team.
  4. Addressing conflicts and fostering collaboration when individuals have differing opinions or perspectives.
  5. Deciding when and how to introduce Scrum practices in organizations resistant to change, and managing the associated challenges.

5 examples

  1. "In 'Scrum Mastery,' Geoff Watts shares insights on how Steve Jobs embraced agile principles to revolutionize the technology industry."
  2. "The book delves into how Elon Musk's visionary mindset aligns with the core values of Scrum, enabling him to push the boundaries of innovation."
  3. "Geoff Watts discusses how Mahatma Gandhi's principles of nonviolence and self-organization resonate with the essence of Scrum."
  4. "Through examples from the life of Albert Einstein, 'Scrum Mastery' highlights the importance of experimentation and adaptability in agile practices."
  5. "Geoff Watts draws parallels between the leadership style of Nelson Mandela and the servant leadership philosophy embraced by effective Scrum Masters."

Referenced books

  1. "Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time" by Jeff Sutherland
  2. "The Lean Startup: How Today's Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses" by Eric Ries
  3. "Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us" by Daniel H. Pink
  4. "The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable" by Patrick Lencioni
  5. "Thinking, Fast and Slow" by Daniel Kahneman

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