The Rules of Scrum: Your ScrumMaster has no duties outside of the ScrumMaster duties

The ScrumMaster duties make up a full-time job on a Scrum Team. The ScrumMaster should not be a manager, a developer or have any other partial duties outside the role of ScrumMaster. This focus allows a ScrumMaster to complete their duties with complete focus and commitment to the success of the Scrum Team. In many ways, the ScrumMaster is like a firefighter. Firefighters should have no distractions from being ready to fight fires. If the ScrumMaster has other duties outside of ScrumMaster duties, then one or more of the ScrumMaster duties are compromised, the ScrumMaster job is not being done and the team suffers. An individual who feels unable to serve as a full-time ScrumMaster should not accept this position or should work with their management to enable it to become a full-time position.

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About Mishkin Berteig

Mishkin Berteig is a Baha'i, a father of four, a husband and an experienced Agile consultant and trainer. Mishkin is a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) with the Scrum Alliance, a certified Master of OpenAgile with the OpenAgile Centre for Learning and a certified SAFe Program Consultant (SPC) with the Scaled Agile Academy. Mishkin has a technical background including a B.Sc. in Computer Science and worked as a Chief Architect reporting to the CIO of Charles Schwab, but gave it up to be more Agile.

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