I was asked to read the Scrum Guide, by my co-worker Martin Hinshelwood, and take the Open Scrum Guide to prepare myself for the Professional Scrum Master course that he is giving to me and a few other colleagues here at Northwest Cadence. I was happy to oblige and ready myself for a day with Martin and Scrum; however, during my assigned reading and test I found an ambiguity that was quite apparent, yet it was not alone as there were, in my mind, others like it.
First of all, I responded to Martin with a screenshot that I had completed what he asked, and got more than 75% on the Scrum Open Assessment.
Figure: 80% on Scrum Open Assessment
After seeing my passing grade, I quickly ran through the answers to see which ones I had gotten wrong. Question #9 caught my eye because I had thought for sure that the team was not supposed to be managed.
“[The Development Team] are self-organizing. No one (not even the Scrum Master) tells the Development Team how to turn Product Backlog into Increments of potentially releasable functionality”
– Scrum Guide 2011
Quickly, I realized that there were other management-type questions on the exam I did a simple “Ctrl+F” to search for the word “manage” (as you can see by the highlighted text in the figures). After scanning past a few questions I found question #20:
A Scrum Master is on the Scrum team, and, therefore, part of “Scrum”. Yet, I was correct when I marked the answer “Management has no role in Scrum.” This ambiguity/contradiction was not alone during my initial lead-in to the Scrum world. Currently, the current issue has been made known, and, hopefully, we will be able to fix the double-entendre of the word “management.”