How to create a useful valuable Scrum Master meet-up



  • I am trying to find a way of reinventing the Scrum Master Community of Practice (CoP) in my organisation into more of a working group.

    We often find that people are disengaged or expect a presentation. Lean coffee style format also doesn’t seem to generate enough change.

    What we want to do is turn the CoP into a working session where we prioritise and actually work on topics all the SM’s together.

    Does anyone have any ideas or formats or methods that are proven to work?

    We generally have between 15-30 Scrum Masters who join the existing meet-up monthly. Each Scrum Master leads either 1 or 2 Scrum teams. Each Scrum team has a Product Owner. There are multiple products spread over multiple teams. It’s a huge telecom organisation.



  • Some suggestions:

    • External speakers
    • Senior management guests (e.g. CTO)
    • Maintain a 'top 5 issues faced by our teams' - use outputs from retros and regularly present the list to senior management
    • Have fun - provide snacks, ask Scrum Masters for the funniest thing that has happened to them recently, etc.
    • Go offsite, or to alternative settings like parks, etc.

    Above all, make the meetings interesting and fun to attend. A community of practice is never going to be a priority for the Scrum Masters, they need to want to attend.




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