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Beware the Scrum Mom?
What are the worst effects of this syndrome for you?
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Being a Scrum Mom could be detrimental to the team over time as they could become very dependable on others doing some of the things they should be and when you reach to that stage, it's difficult to reverse the effect as it will demotivate the team.

Always be aware how much pampering you should be doing as a Scrum Mom !
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1 reply by Alexandre Costa
Jan 30, 2020 4:21 PM
Alexandre Costa
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Rami,

Thank you for sharing your opinion, I fully agree with your words, my favorite scrum mom’s motto: “Right or wrong, my team!” and then the team isn't challenged so intended performance is never achieved.

Alexandre
Jan 30, 2020 4:01 PM
Replying to Rami Kaibni
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Being a Scrum Mom could be detrimental to the team over time as they could become very dependable on others doing some of the things they should be and when you reach to that stage, it's difficult to reverse the effect as it will demotivate the team.

Always be aware how much pampering you should be doing as a Scrum Mom !
Rami,

Thank you for sharing your opinion, I fully agree with your words, my favorite scrum mom’s motto: “Right or wrong, my team!” and then the team isn't challenged so intended performance is never achieved.

Alexandre
What in the world is a Scrum Mom?

For me Scrum is becoming ridiculous and I feel fortunate not having to work with it anymore. The value of a team is given by the value of its members and here the technical skills play the most important role. The performance of a team has nothing to do with ceremonies and odd terms such as Scrum Mon, Dad, Grandmother.

For me it looks like in many cases the focus is no longer on the actual technical software development issues but it has shifted to some sort of religion where very often people that have never written a line of code in their lives give lessons to the technical staff.
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1 reply by Alexandre Costa
Jan 30, 2020 5:31 PM
Alexandre Costa
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Adrian,

Thank you for sharing your opinion, I do not fully agree with you in my 20 years of IT most of the road blocks are not technicals, but with side situations , several unacessarie delays in the project that affects the performance of the team. However Scrum mom is not a ceremonie, but only the name (alias) that we give to the scrum master when he is overprotective, when is always prevent failing, when blocks all negative feedback from the stackholders, etc... He care so much in doing a good work and protecting the team, that his work is impeding the team of evolve and obtain a real feedback.
It's normal that you don't know the meaning of Scrum mom if you do not appreciate scrum or read about it.

PS : The performance of the team is related with all the environment where she is inserted, so all counts even when you have team members with excepcional technical skills.

Alexandre.
Jan 30, 2020 5:15 PM
Replying to Adrian Carlogea
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What in the world is a Scrum Mom?

For me Scrum is becoming ridiculous and I feel fortunate not having to work with it anymore. The value of a team is given by the value of its members and here the technical skills play the most important role. The performance of a team has nothing to do with ceremonies and odd terms such as Scrum Mon, Dad, Grandmother.

For me it looks like in many cases the focus is no longer on the actual technical software development issues but it has shifted to some sort of religion where very often people that have never written a line of code in their lives give lessons to the technical staff.
Adrian,

Thank you for sharing your opinion, I do not fully agree with you in my 20 years of IT most of the road blocks are not technicals, but with side situations , several unacessarie delays in the project that affects the performance of the team. However Scrum mom is not a ceremonie, but only the name (alias) that we give to the scrum master when he is overprotective, when is always prevent failing, when blocks all negative feedback from the stackholders, etc... He care so much in doing a good work and protecting the team, that his work is impeding the team of evolve and obtain a real feedback.
It's normal that you don't know the meaning of Scrum mom if you do not appreciate scrum or read about it.

PS : The performance of the team is related with all the environment where she is inserted, so all counts even when you have team members with excepcional technical skills.

Alexandre.
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1 reply by Adrian Carlogea
Jan 30, 2020 6:00 PM
Adrian Carlogea
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Thank you Alexandre for such a quick response but I was very intrigued by the term so I googled it before waiting for someone here to explain. Google was faster than you :P

For the whole project yes probably non-technical issue may cause more blockers but when it comes to the actual ability of the team to deliver, the non-technical issues have nothing to do it.It is all about the hard (technical) skills.

If the sponsor/business is not acting properly and if the PM is not facilitating properly then yes the project can fail or produce poor results even if a high performing team is employed to do the job. For example the team can produce an extraordinary product in a short period of time but that may not be what the businesses needed or wanted. Or because of poor communication it could take longer to finish the work because for example it can take a long time for the business to make decisions.

Whether the Scrum Master is a Mon or not would not impact the performance of the team. The developers would not be a doing a better or a worse job. They would be working at the best of their abilities no matter the methodology used. And their abilities would influence the outcome. The developer would spend most of the time doing his job without caring about the Scrum Master, PM, business user etc.
Jan 30, 2020 5:31 PM
Replying to Alexandre Costa
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Adrian,

Thank you for sharing your opinion, I do not fully agree with you in my 20 years of IT most of the road blocks are not technicals, but with side situations , several unacessarie delays in the project that affects the performance of the team. However Scrum mom is not a ceremonie, but only the name (alias) that we give to the scrum master when he is overprotective, when is always prevent failing, when blocks all negative feedback from the stackholders, etc... He care so much in doing a good work and protecting the team, that his work is impeding the team of evolve and obtain a real feedback.
It's normal that you don't know the meaning of Scrum mom if you do not appreciate scrum or read about it.

PS : The performance of the team is related with all the environment where she is inserted, so all counts even when you have team members with excepcional technical skills.

Alexandre.
Thank you Alexandre for such a quick response but I was very intrigued by the term so I googled it before waiting for someone here to explain. Google was faster than you :P

For the whole project yes probably non-technical issue may cause more blockers but when it comes to the actual ability of the team to deliver, the non-technical issues have nothing to do it.It is all about the hard (technical) skills.

If the sponsor/business is not acting properly and if the PM is not facilitating properly then yes the project can fail or produce poor results even if a high performing team is employed to do the job. For example the team can produce an extraordinary product in a short period of time but that may not be what the businesses needed or wanted. Or because of poor communication it could take longer to finish the work because for example it can take a long time for the business to make decisions.

Whether the Scrum Master is a Mon or not would not impact the performance of the team. The developers would not be a doing a better or a worse job. They would be working at the best of their abilities no matter the methodology used. And their abilities would influence the outcome. The developer would spend most of the time doing his job without caring about the Scrum Master, PM, business user etc.
Maybe in the OP, provide insight into what it is.
Lyssa Adkins provides a ton of great advice in her Coaching Agile Teams book.

Chris Corrigan on taking ownership: "Everything you do for the group is one less thing they know they can do for themselves"
Team apathy and laziness is a risk if the SM starts to be a mum or a manager. I have worked with teams that regularly rotated the SM role between team members, which seemed like a fine way to keep people engaged and committed.
Dear Alexandre
Who are (are) the owners of the process?

If you want to teach team members all the time to do their job, how do you think they will feel?
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1 reply by Alexandre Costa
Jan 31, 2020 2:54 PM
Alexandre Costa
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Luís ,
Scrum Master doesn't teach the members how to do their job, is a facilitator and a servant leadership. The problem is that is not doing a good job when:

1 - Scrum mom deals with all impediments personally, although practically any other team member could act, too.
2 - Scrum mom filters feedback from stakeholders, particularly any negative feedback. Often, she does so by not merely restricting access to the team, but basically shutting it off.
3 - Scrum mom is pampering the team, for example by running errands, or being the team secretary, sometimes bordering on the helper syndrome.
4 - Scrum mom is also preventing the team from failure whenever possible. This even applies, if failing would be easily fixable and wouldn’t be really damaging. (Remember: If you’re not failing, you’re not pushing hard enough…)
5 - Scrum mom is not really challenging the team. She seems to be content, once a certain level of proficiency is achieved.
6 - Scrum mom maybe setting boundaries but is rarely enforcing them. She tends to tolerate damaging behavior from team member in the (futile) hope, the culprit will be insightful and improve over time.
7 - Scrum mom likes all her team members, but there will be often a favorite among them.
Etc...

A Scrum master’s good intentions can become an impediment for the Scrum team’s progress. This is particularly true in the case of the Scrum mom, when her shielding of the team prevents its members from learning by failing.

In the end, failure is not the opposite of success, but a necessary stepping stone towards success. Like parents, I believe, Scrum masters need to let go. They need to challenge and support their teams when those are venturing out into the big world on their own.

How is a Scrum team otherwise supposed to become self-organized?

Alexandre
Never heard that term. At first I thought I read Soccer Mom.
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1 reply by Alexandre Costa
Jan 31, 2020 2:47 PM
Alexandre Costa
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Eduard,

Thank you for sharing your joke, I was expecting by the community a little bit more of discussion, taking in account that Scrum is a topic of this social network, and the topic mention by me is well known in the scrum community.

Alexandre
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