"There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that's your own self."
— Aldous Huxley
A framework for learning
Scrum Master clinics provide a health check for newly practicing Scrum Masters. Facilitated by experienced Scrum Masters and coaches the clinic is a place to come to share your struggles, offer ideas, listen and learn, and become rejuvenated in your work. The clinics are complemented by the new Facilitator Labs, which more experienced Scrum Masters should also investigate.
The Scrum Master journey
The Scrum Master clinics are the core of the education program designed to support Scrum Masters as they navigate this new way of being in the workplace.
Each clinic runs for three hours and is restricted to sixteen students. Students may attend as many of these as they like, but those seeking certification must attend at least four to to meet the A-CSM requirement, and at least eight to meet the CSP-SM requirement. Please read this document for a full description of the certification program.
The clinics are facilitated by two or more trainers, coaches and mentors from the London Scrum community. Each clinic will use a learning backlog which is populated by those in attendance, based on their learning needs at the time, and, where appropriate, guided by the Scrum Alliance learning objectives. Through attendance at the clinics students will consolidate their learnings; build community with other local Scrum Masters, offering mutual support and encouragement; and have a clear understanding at the end of each one what they need to be working on next, both through self-study, mentorship and experience in the workplace.
Phase 1 and 2 students will attend as participants. Phase 3 students will attend both as participants and facilitators. Guest coaches will occasionally be in attendance to offer exercises, and to be available for short, personal coaching sessions as needed. Other agilists will also be invited to participate and to share their particular knowledge with the students through talks or workshops, e.g UX designers, XP developers, entrepreneurs, product owners and leaders of Agile transformations.
The spirit of these clinics will be one of camaraderie, team creation and continuous improvement. Students will be encouraged to support one another, to pair on learning objectives, and to develop their own abilities to assess and offer critical, compassionate feedback.
Through regular attendance at these clinics it is hoped the students will not only become better Scrum Masters, but generally more aware and more awake—thoughtful citizens of the workplace and activists for change.
Start your own Scrum Master Clinic
The Scrum Master Clinic initiative began in London in July 2017 and has quickly spread to other cities around the world. To hold the spirit of the original London clinics I offer a set of simple principles, which, if embraced, will act as guiding agreements for any new clinic. The principles can be read here: Scrum Master Clinic—principles
All UK Scrum Master clinics, online and physical, are listed on the SM Clinics meetup group.
Clinics in other countries
Scrum Master clinics are free, but for the physical events donations towards venue cost, refreshments and facilitator travel are encouraged.
Facilitator Labs are complementary events, offering participants the opportunity to hone their facilitation skills. The labs are hosted online by Noel Warnell. Read more here.