The Scrum Guide says that ScrumMasters should work “with other Scrum Masters to increase the effectiveness of the application of Scrum in the organization.” This is especially important when you're dealing with large, distributed teams. In this webinar, we explored the best practices in creating a ScrumMaster Community of Practice for large organizations.
Zubin Irani: Zubin Irani’s background includes a bachelor’s degree from USC and Master's degrees from Columbia and UC Berkeley. He started his professional career at Deloitte implementing large complex IT projects before becoming the youngest director at DirecTV. After a successful tenure, he left to build cPrime. As CEO of cPrime, he led the company to six consecutive years on the list of of the Top 50 fastest growing companies in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Lisette Sutherland: Lisette Sutherland is the director of Collaboration Superpowers, a company that helps people work together from anywhere through online and in person workshops. She also produces a weekly podcast featuring interviews with remote working experts highlighting the challenges and successes of working with virtual teams. She is about to release her long awaited book Stories Of Remote Teams Doing Great Things packed with stories and tips for those who want to successfully bridge distance.Qualified Instructor.
Luke Hohmann: Luke Hohmann is the founder and CEO of Conteneo In.(formerly the Innovation Games Company). Conteneo's enterprise software platforms and professional services merge collaboration frameworks, data analytics, and domain expertise to help organizations optimize decision making in the areas of strategy, innovation, sales, product development, and market research. Luke is also co-founder of Every VoiceEngaged Foundation, a 501(c) 3 nonprofit that helps citizens, governments, and other nonprofit organizations collaborate at scale to solve technical and wicked problems.
Answer: Scrum Masters must work together to ensure that Scrum is working for their organization. For example, let’s consider the Scrum Product Backlog. A strict interpretation of Scrum suggests that Scrum teams and Scrum-centric do not need development roadmaps. That may be fine for Startups, but it is not likely to work for large companies or B2B software providers. In these cases we recommend creating a product roadmap, a topic we explored in the Collaboration at Scale webinar on Roadmaps (watch the replay here).
Answer: It depends on the nature of the meeting. If the purpose of the meeting is to merely discuss items or inform participants, video conferencing solutions may be a great choice. If the purpose of the meeting becomes something more substantial, such as a meeting between a Product Owner and their development team to develop value and effort estimates of backlog items, then you should use a collaborative framework designed to support the goals of the participants.
Answer: My experience is that the primary purpose of creating the Scrum Master CoP was to enable Scrum Masters from distributed teams in large companies to join forces to help the overall company succeed. Accordingly, Scrum Masters for different locations should work to establish a successful CoP.