Rookie Mistakes Scrum Masters Make

Stefan Wolpers
Food for Agile Thought
8 min readJun 3, 2024

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TL; DR: Top Five Rookie Mistakes by Self-Proclaimed Scrum Masters

Are you struggling with imposter syndrome as a new Scrum Master? Avoid five common rookie mistakes Scrum Masters make. Instead, discover how to set clear Sprint Goals, build trust, balance metrics, and empower your team to make independent decisions.

Don’t let early missteps define your journey. Learn from these mistakes and transform them into stepping stones towards mastery. By understanding and addressing these pitfalls, you’ll gain confidence, enhance your leadership skills, and truly embody the principles of Scrum.

This article provides actionable insights and practical exercises to help you grow from a beginner into an effective and respected Scrum Master.

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Stefan Wolpers
Food for Agile Thought

I have worked for 18-plus years as a Scrum Master, Product Owner, and agile coach. Professional Scrum Trainer (PST) with Scrum.org.