Introduction

The ScrumMaster role is a loosely-defined and therefore oft-misunderstood role. Helping a team to help themselves. Serving a team to serve themselves. Changing an organisational culture first to one that actively supports Scrum and ultimately to a culture that makes the role of a ScrumMaster unnecessary.

This is a tough role to fill and requires the development and mastery of many skills, characteristics and traits. This self assessment tool is a starting point for those in this role, or looking to take on this role. It will give you a high-level snapshot of your assessment of your abilities in a number of characteristics that I have found in many great ScrumMasters over the years.

How It Works

You will be given a number of statements and you will be asked to assess yourself as to how much you agree with that statement in terms of your current ability.

For example, if you saw the following statement:

The team is ultimately responsible for delivery

If you agree strongly with this statement then you would score yourself high, perhaps an 8, 9 or 10 out of 10.

If you disagree strongly with this statement then you would score yourself low, perhaps a 3, 2 or 1 out of 10.

Spend a little time thinking about it but also be mindful of your instinctive response – the thought that comes to mind instantly when you read it. This can sometimes be an interesting indicator.


Welcome to our Retrained Self-Assessment

This is not meant to be a scientifically precise assessment tool. There are many characteristics other than these that can be useful when being a ScrumMaster for a team. You may score yourself differently depending on what mood you wake up in so your scores are not to be taken too literally.

The point here is for you to get an indication of your strengths, and also an indication of where you might like to focus your energies in terms of self-development.

For each statement, give yourself a score out of 10 for how well you think your current abilities and behaviours are to it. For example, if you think that statement describes you perfectly, then score yourself a 10.

Feel free to add a comment for yourself in the text box underneath. You may choose to add an example of where you demonstrated this recently or perhaps a note to yourself of how you would like to improve this area. The information in this tool is for your use only.

You can use this tool as many times as you like so feel free to come back over time and see how you are progressing but please be sure to use your real email address if you would like to receive a report for your records.

NameEmail

Respected


I have good relationships with senior decision makers and influencers within the organisation

The team seek out and respect my opinion and perspective

People know that my word is my bond

Enabling


The team is ultimately responsible for delivery

I enjoy seeing individuals and teams become more capable and self-sufficient

The true measure of my success is when the team no longer need me

Tactful


I can tell people the whole truth without them getting defensive

I consider my words and responses carefully so as to achieve maximum impact

I ensure change is continually being pushed without pushing too hard

Resourceful


I am a “glass half full” kind of person, always seeing opportunities

I am creative in my attempts to remove impediments and encourage others to be creative too

I look for and develop support from wherever and whoever I can

Alternative


I believe there is always a better way to do things

I regularly investigate new approaches, ideas and techniques to keep myself and the process fresh and invigorating

I make a habit of challenging assumptions and perspectives – including my own

Inspiring


People look to me for inspiration when things are tough

I know what drives those around me and am comfortable appreciating other people’s efforts and contributions

I can turn even the boring and mundane into something interesting and engaging

Nurturing


I have a strong desire to protect my team from distraction and disappointment

Given the right circumstances everyone is capable of incredible things

It is essential that the team, and the individuals within the team, have space for continual personal and professional development.

Empathic Listening


I am able to accurately determine people’s moods and intentions

I can listen to people without feeling an urge to interrupt or reply

I find it easy to understand and accept people’s point of view even when I don’t agree with them

Disruptive


I role-model challenging the status quo and “the way we do things around here” by demonstrably challenging “the way I do things”.

I am willing to be provocative to instigate reflection and change

I am prepared to break the rules where necessary and ask for forgiveness later


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