“You might be a Great Scrum Master if…” --- A Brief Guide to Scrum Mastery

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Missed Tomo's session at Mile High Agile 2019 because the room filled up before you got there? You have another chance to hear from this Agile Expert!


This session is not only for current and aspiring Scrum Masters but also for People Managers, Development Team Members, Product Owners, Project Managers, and Leaders.

The Scrum Guide defines what is expected of a Scrum Master. When you read it, I bet you react like "that's a piece of cake!" But when you actually do it, many of us come to a realization that it's really, really hard. (That's what happened to me!) The Scrum Master job is hard because much of it has to do with humans, one of the most complex beings in the universe. Humans are intelligent; humans have emotions; and humans are unpredictable. Just going through the motions does not cut it. Even if you approach with the best of your intention, matters could backfire on you anytime. Borrowing "You might be a redneck if..." from a comedian, Jeff Foxworthy, Tomo will present behaviors of a great Scrum Master and those of a "not so good" Scrum Master. Then, he will take you through why the great Scrum Master's behaviors make her great and how they contribute to building a high performing team and helping the organization be more effective and productive. Finally, he will share tips and tricks that help Scrum Masters grow into greatness (for example, powerful questions, 3 levels of listening, facilitation tools & techniques, etc.)!

This session will give current and aspiring Scrum Masters what to focus on for career development and people in other roles a concrete idea on what qualities to look for in a Scrum Master.

An optimistic, glass-half-full kind of human. Once a Program Operations Manager, a Technical Writer, a Software Tester, a Project Manager, a Program Manager, and a Scrum Master, Tomo is serving as an Agile Coach at a Fortune 500 financial service company in his 24th year in the "real world". Using his knowledge, experience, and skills, he serves an individual at a time so that people will enjoy their journeys, teams so that they lead themselves better, and organizations so that they serve their customers more effectively. Being a life long "tinkerer", he experiments and finds better ways to do things at home, at work, and on the tennis court. He also uses his own 6-step Feedback Solicitation Technique (presented at MHA 2018) to gather data to improve and grow more productively. Since moving to Denver in 2013, he has been an active member of the Agile Denver community as a participant, facilitator, and presenter at its SIG meetings.

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