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Thursday, May 23 • 11:00am - 11:30am
Leadership Gap in Agile Teams: How Teams and Scrum Masters Mature

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How immature teams can become agile is a question that puzzles practitioners and researchers alike. Scrum is one method that supports agile working. Empirical research on the Scrum Master role
remains scarce and reveals contradicting results. While the Scrum Master role is often centred on one person in rather immature teams, the role is expected to be shared among multiple members in mature teams.

Therefore, we aim to understand how the Scrum Master role changes while the team matures.

We applied Grounded Theory and conducted qualitative interviews with 53 practitioners of 29 software and non-software project teams from Robert Bosch GmbH.

We discovered that Scrum Masters initially play nine leadership roles: Method Champion, Disciplinizer on Equal Terms, Coach, Change Agent, Helicopter, Moderator, Networker, Knowledge Enabler and Protector. They transfer some of those roles to the team while it matures. The Scrum Master provides a leadership gap, which allows team members to take on a leadership role.

The Scrum Master role changes while the team matures. Trust and freedom to take over a leadership role in teams are essential enablers. Our results support practitioners in implementing agile teams
in established companies.

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Simone V. Spiegler

PhD Student, University of Stuttgart & Robert Bosch Automotive Steering Gmbh
Agile Coach and researcher on the lateral leadership role of a Scrum Master in established companies. My background in Social Psychology, Organizational Studies and Software Technology help me to integrate divers perspectives on the Scrum Master role.So far, I have worked for 3 different... Read More →

Thursday May 23, 2019 11:00am - 11:30am EDT
E-2022 (2nd Floor)