How To Start Your First Day As A Scrum Master

Published on: January 24, 2023

If you’ve never managed a scrum team before, your first day as a Scrum Master can be intimidating. There is no handbook for what should or should not be done. Much is left to the Scrum Master’s discretion, and it’s easy to see how things might easily go awry.

As a Scrum Manager, you have a unique opportunity to help shape the way your team works and to drive continuous improvement, so it is important to understand your role in facilitating the Scrum process and helping your team be as productive and efficient as possible. This is especially difficult if you are new to your role as a Scrum Master. 

How do you get a solid start? We’ve got you covered. This article contains a list of the most important things you should do on your first day as a Scrum Master.

We will walk you through the essential steps; from introducing yourself to the team to reviewing the current Scrum process, setting clear goals, and encouraging open communication, we will cover everything you need to know to start your role on the right foot. 

Let’s get started!


Steps To Take on Your First Day as a Scrum Master

Introduce yourself to the team:

On your first day as a Scrum Manager, it is important to take the time to introduce yourself to each team member. Share your background, experience, and why you are excited about this role. For example, you can set up a team lunch or a team-building activity to break the ice and get to know your team members on a personal level.

Reassess the existing Scrum process:

Before diving into your new role, it’s important to understand the team’s current Scrum process or any other methodology the team has adopted before and make sure that everyone on the team is familiar with the Scrum framework and its components, such as Sprint, daily stand-ups, sprint planning, and retrospectives. 

By reviewing the team’s definition of “done,” backlog, and current sprint goal, you will notice if the team’s sprints are consistently running over time and if the definition of “done” is unclear. You can work with the team to establish a clear definition of “done” and put processes in place to ensure that sprints stay on track.

Set up a team meeting:

Schedule a meeting with the team to discuss their goals, priorities, and any challenges they’re facing. This gives you a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of your team, as well as their current priorities and objectives. It’s an opportunity to understand their perspectives and align your vision with theirs.

Schedule regular interactions:

Have planned engagements such as daily stand-ups, sprint planning, and retrospectives. These are necessary to keep the team on the same page and focused on the same objectives. Make sure that everyone on the team understands the purpose of these meetings and that they are held at consistent times to ensure everyone’s availability.

Establish clear roles and responsibilities:

Help the team establish clear roles and responsibilities to ensure that everyone knows what is expected of them and that there is no confusion or overlap. Make sure they understand their roles and how it fits into the overall process.

Communicate with stakeholders:

Communicating with your stakeholders is important to ensure that their needs and expectations are being met and that progress is visible. You can establish this communication channel through regular meetings or call with stakeholders to discuss progress and address any concerns or issues that may arise.

Monitor progress:

Monitor progress regularly and make adjustments as necessary to keep the team on track. You can use metrics and data such as velocity, a burndown chart, and Sprint goal attainment to track progress and identify areas for improvement. Be prepared to adjust the team’s process or approach as needed to ensure that they are meeting their goals.

Encourage open communication and collaboration:

This helps you build a strong team culture and fosters a sense of shared responsibility for the team’s success. You can do this by setting up team group chats to create inclusiveness and encourage team members to share their ideas, thoughts, and feedback openly; in an environment where everyone feels comfortable contributing.

Set clear and measurable goals:

Make sure the team understands the goals to be achieved and that they are aligned with the overall vision and objectives of the organization. For example, you can set a goal for the team to reduce the number of bugs in the codebase by a certain percentage, which helps to improve the quality of the product and increase customer satisfaction.

Continuously improve the Scrum process:

Scrum is an iterative process, and it’s important that you continuously assess the team’s needs and make adjustments as necessary. For instance, you can conduct retrospectives after each sprint to gather feedback and identify areas for improvement. This will help the team continuously improve and adapt to changing needs.


What Next?

Scrum Manager can be overwhelming, but by taking the crucial actions listed in this article, you can position yourself and your team for success. Amidst all this, don’t forget to also enjoy your day on the job, we’re rooting for you all the way. 






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