ScrumMaster Can Be A Blocker

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I was intrigued by this article from InfoQ about the role of ScrumMaster as a blocker.

Personally, I hate office politics.

I think they’re are complete waste of time. They zap my energy and leave me feeling frustrated and angry.

I guess there’s an argument here that playing political games protects the team from people that don’t buy into the team’s approach.

I can kind of see their point. But encouraging such a political approach seems to be a bad idea to me. If you can’t debate the pros and cons of an approach – and win or lose the argument on an open and professional basis – I don’t think this is the answer.