The scrum master has multiple responsibilities. Here are two of them: 

  1. Coach the team, the PO and the organization with scrum.
  2. Facilitate effective ceremonies. 

When you facilitate a great retrospective meeting does it mean you coach the team with scrum? The answer is no. Facilitating and coaching are two different things.

Coaching and facilitating are both widely-used term with various meanings. In this blog post I am focusing on those terms in a work related context. 

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About two weeks ago I published a blogpost on facilitating better daily standups. I called the blog post “Who’s Responsible for the Daily Standup”, and got the following response from Jim Coplien, the person who inspired inventors of Scrum to have the daily standup in the first place:

The ScrumMaster owns the process. The Daily Scrum is part of the process. if the Development Team is not holding the Daily Scrum the ScrumMaster should intervene and challenge the team to do so. Whether or not the ScrumMaster does so, if the team persists in not holding the daily standup, the ScrumMaster should be fired.

— Jim Coplien (by whom the Daily Scrum came into Scrum)

So to help you choose Scrum Masters that should not be fired, here are my ten tips for your next recruit:

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