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A Father - Scrum Master of the Family!

Updated: May 19, 2020

“The greatest mark of a father is how he treats his children when no one is looking.”- Dan Pearce

I am sure most of you have seen or heard this statement. This has a deeper meaning, isn’t it?

While any man may become a father of a child, it is important to become a special dad. Every dad's dream is to be a special dad to his children. The world looks at you in a particular way when you are a couple, as soon as you become a father, the whole equation changes, you now have a new little version of yourself to care for. 

As uncle Ben stated,"With great power comes great responsibility"; Your responsibilities increase by multiple folds. You will stop thinking about 'I', 'myself' and start thinking about 'We', and 'US'. The transition of I to We to Us usually happens within minutes. A few responsibilities that a father assumes gracefully are:

  1. A father takes care of his children's emotional and physical well-being.

  2. A father protects his children and be their representative when required.

  3. A father’s lead by example is a stand out. Be a servant and take care of household and be a leader of the pack to drive them onto the right path.

  4. Love and respect each other.

All the dads reading this post, if you are doing well on all four, then give a pat on your shoulder, because you deserve it more than these words explain.

Now, why am I talking about a father here in my Agile post? Yes, there is a reason for it.

Being raised under the guidance of a great father for the last 38 years, being a father for about 9 years, and having spent some time in Agile now, I can draw a great deal of similarities between the role of a dad in a family and a role of a Scrum Master in an IT company.

You have seen the father's responsibilities above. While that said, who is a Scrum Master? What are the responsibilities of a Scrum Master? How can you conclude that a Scrum Master is similar to a father?

Let me explain!

A Scrum Master by role is a Servant Leader.

A servant leader as stated by is: "Servant leaders ultimately seek to cultivate a deep understanding of the personal needs, emotions, fears and skills of different stakeholders in the organisation. This understanding allows the servant leader to assist and empower these people to be the very best they can be".

My understanding of the words "Servant Leader" is very simple. Serve your people (team) as a servant to ensure they have no blockers or any impediments to move ahead. At the same time, be their leader or their representative to hold their hands and embark on the journey towards meeting the organizational goals. 

Scrum Master is the person who shields the team from all the external interference and interruptions. Scrum Master is the one who owns the process, the Agile process. That’s his baby. He must take care of it and ensure people adhere to it.

People may not get influenced by listening to talks, reading text books, and internet pages. They get influenced and change their mindset based on how influential you are and how impact-fully you facilitate your teams. So, a Scrum Master must lead by the example always.

Keep yourself updated with the trends. Be at it all the time. Else, you may fall behind in the competition. Empower and nurture people to take up more responsibilities and celebrate their success as yours.

With all these said about Scrum Master, I am sure you have already drawn some conclusions yourselves on the similarities that I've talked about so far.

Just to put them down:

Happy Father’s Day!

Leave a comment if you liked reading my post. Or, let me know what you didn't like in my post in the comments section below :)

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