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The ScrumMaster's Oath

2 May 2016

Wajih Aslam

The Hippocratic Oath is the oath taken by physicians to swear to uphold specific ethical standards. The term came from the fourth-century Greek physician Hippocrates, who is considered the father of medicine. The oath is now modernized and customized according to the ethics and culture of a given region.

I think the same kind of oath should apply to the ScrumMaster role, in order to gain the true benefit of Agile principles.

The ScrumMaster's Oath would state:
  1. I will always follow and promote the Agile Manifesto.
  2. I will always perform as a servant leader instead in command-and-control style.
  3. I will manage each team member equally, thus avoiding favoritism.
  4. I will not support demotivational factors in the team.
  5. I will always be open to innovative ideas from the team.
  6. I will not micromanage task completion during sprints.
  7. I will manage the process, not the people.
  8. I will not interfere in design decisions made by the team.
  9. I will avoid personal conflicts with team members.
  10. I will maintain transparency within the team.
It would be interesting to hear other proposed elements of the ScrumMaster's Oath.

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