Agile in Chile: A perspective by Mario Lucero


How’s agile doing in South America? Hear from an agile coach in Chile.

Mario Lucero discusses his work, the ecosystem, and trends in agile.

I also asked Mario what he thinks about the future of the Scrum Master role.

This is part of a series of conversations around my research on the topic: Future of the Scrum Master role. To participate in the research study, click here.

Posted in AGILE, Future of Scrum Master | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Future of Scrum Master Research – Feb 2017 Update


Hi folks,

Here’s the February 2017 update on my research study on the Future of the Scrum Master role. February 2017 Highlights:

  • Received 50 survey responses across US, UK, Chile, Australia and India
  • Conducted 5 deep one-on-one conversations
  • Facilitated a group discussion on the topic with about 10 Scrum Masters from a healthcare company
  • Had an intriguing conversation with the CEO of Gear Stream about how his company is pivoting to a new approach for agile transformations
  • I also realized that my survey response velocity is not going to get me to my goal of 2000 responses. So I’ve hired a virtual assistant to help me with outreach.


A preview of the responses so far:

Who Responded





I’m looking for patterns, trends and the unsaid, unwritten insights into how the role will evolve. The question I plan to answer through my research is:

What is the Scrum Master becoming?

I’m striving hard to remain objective, be open to the data, feedback and drop my filters so that I avoid any confirmation bias.

One common thread I’m beginning to see is that when teams are mature the need for a full-time or dedicated Scrum Master diminishes. What does a mature agile team look like, behave like, feel like is something I plan to probe further.

I’m looking to get diverse and in-depth feedback on this topic. I encourage you to let me know your views via this short survey.

Begin Survey Now –> 

I really appreciate your feedback.

– Samir

Posted in AGILE, Future of Scrum Master | Tagged , , ,

Scrum has outlived its​ usefulness: a perspective


The first response to my research study on Future of Scrum Master was from Don Kim. He is an entrepreneur, author, and project management professional based out of California. His response was –

Scrum has outlived its usefulness and should go away.

Not exactly the response I was expecting, one that would shake the very foundation of Scrum. One of the agile values is openness, so in the spirit of open discussion, I jumped on a Skype call with Don to understand his point of view.

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Here’s how you can contribute to this research study – Survey Link


Posted in AGILE, Future of Scrum Master | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Future of Scrum Master Research – January Update


A quick recap for new readers.

I’ve embarked on a research study to seek insights into the Future of the Scrum Master role. You can read my original post here.

Thanks to those of you who have responded to my survey request and/or scheduled a deep dive session.

Collaborative Mind Map

I’m experimenting with a new online collaborative mind mapping tool to crowd source a part of this research.

As I have started to receive responses to my survey, I have begun to mind map the responses. This is an editable Mind Map, so feel free to go in there to add/update this with your thoughts and ideas.

Go ahead, add your point of view, expand on others ideas and respect other’s points of view.


Research Statistics as of 1/31/2017:

Number of survey responses: 14 ( Target: 2000)

One-on-one interviews scheduled: 2 (Target: 100)

Have a long way to go, but we are just getting started.



Posted in AGILE, Future of Scrum Master | Tagged , , , , , , ,