Lloyd Jones [AWA Contributor]

I graduated from University of Bath in 2005 and then spent some time pursuing my passion for snowboarding and travel. Since starting work in 2008 and after initially acting in a support development role I have since transitioned into one of the senior members of the development team.

I took a brief sabbatical in 2012/13 to do some more travel.
In the last few years, I’ve embraced Scrum and have been a key driver for the uptake of Scrum and other agile principles in my organisation.

I’ve worked in Scrum teams since January 2012 the first half as a team member while also taking my CSM qualification. In 2013, I took on the role of Scrum Master for a teams, whilst also juggling my time as a senior developer on the project. This sometimes contradicts and certainly poses many challenges, something that I’ve since been able to help other Scrum Masters with in similar situations.

I’ve gone on to Scrum Master a number of teams over a range of projects. In November 2014, I attended the CSPO course, something I found highly valuable.

Recently I joined Adventures with Agile as an Agile Coach.

In my opinion, the coaching aspect of the Scrum Master role is something that is sometimes downplayed.

For those unfamiliar with the principles it’s obvious how a good Scrum Master can help them along a journey, but what about those already well versed in the principles?

Having worked in a team who were familiar with Scrum it was an interesting challenge to find ways of coaching them to continually improve. Without continual adjustment teams can easily fall back into bad habits, constant coaching is something that while it may go unnoticed is vital to a successful team.