Happy New year! So here are New Year’s resolutions for ScrumMasters to consider:
1. Offer to facilitate another team's retrospective
2. Update the team's definition of done (or write one if they don't have one)
3. Have that tough conversation you've been putting off
4. Help your team learn something new
5. If you've personally been giving the demo during sprint reviews, have someone else do it
6. Have a private conversation thanking each team member for their contributions
7. Remove something from your process
8. Instead of maintaining an impediment list, remove each impediment the day you hear about it
9. In team meetings, ask more questions and make fewer statements
10. Trust your team
11. Admit when you've made a mistake
12. Never type or look at your phone while a teammate is talking to you
13. Ask your team how they most want you to improve
14. Encourage cross-training while allowing people to do what they're good at and enjoy
15. Ask a sixth why
The most important one: pick just 3 of them!
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