Scrum Will Raise Impediments

By Angela Druckman  |  Posted 2010-11-03 Print this article Print

1. Scrum will raise impediments

Remind everyone that Scrum will, and is supposed to, raise impediments. Scrum offers a unique and transparent view into the inner workings of an organization. Unfortunately, the view is not always a pretty one. In the early days of learning Scrum, be sure to remind everyone (especially your management) that this is the first step to improvement. You cannot fix problems until you know they exist.

Likewise, be sure your management understands that, in a Scrum organization, their role has changed. No longer are they required to drive employee performance. The self-managed teams now take collective responsibility for technical quality, as well as making and meeting commitments. The Product Owner takes responsibility for product direction and ROI.

Freed from these concerns, management in a Scrum organization must focus on removing impediments. They have a unique view into the organization's long-term goals and strategies and, taken into consideration with input from the ScrumMaster about impact to the team, can ensure the organization removes its highest value impediments.

Angela Druckman is a Certified Scrum Trainer at CollabNet. Having served as a Product Owner, ScrumMaster and team member, Angela has seen first-hand how agile practices and Scrum, in particular, can lead organizations to project success. As one of CollabNet's Certified Scrum Trainers and a member of its ScrumCORE team, Angela helps organizations harness the Scrum framework's potential, conducting dozens of public training courses each year, as well as providing on-site, private coaching. Prior to joining CollabNet, Angela served as a senior project manager at Vertex Business Services. While at Vertex, Angela not only coached client project managers and development staff on the implementation of agile software development practices, but also justified the framework's business value to internal senior management. Angela's previous experience also includes working as a program manager with B-Line, LLC, where she developed custom solutions for the nation's largest purchaser of bankruptcy receivables. A graduate of the University of Washington, Angela studied computing and software systems. For more on Angela's thoughts about Scrum, visit her blog at She can also be reached at

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