Conflict and Complaint Resolution 101 for Scrum Masters
What kind of conflicts does a Scrum Master help resolve and How? Part 3 of my 7 part training series on Foundational Scrum Master skills
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Welcome to part 3 of our series on Skills For A Foundational Scrum Master. Here’s where we are at:
Part 3: How to approach and resolve team conflicts ←Current post
Part 5: Backlog management skills
Part 7: Skills to manage stakeholders
Ever been part of an Agile team and felt that unmistakable tension in the air? You know, those moments when team members exchange sidelong glances, roll their eyes, or utter words that make everyone pause and wonder, "Did they really just say that?"
Yep, we've all been there. Conflicts are a natural part of any team, especially Agile ones, where collaboration is at its core.
Here's the thing, conflicts, when handled right, can be constructive. They can lead to better solutions, stronger team bonds, and a more vibrant team culture.
But what happens when these conflicts are left to simmer, turning into complaints and creating rifts within the team?
That's where the Scrum Master steps in, playing a crucial role in navigating these choppy waters. Let's dive into how a Scrum Master can be the beacon of hope in such situations, turning conflicts into opportunities for growth. Ready? Let's go!
But before we do that, let’s have a structure around how we are going to handle this crucial but complicated topic in this newsletter. Here’s the roadmap:
Types of conflicts you’ll typically witness in a team.
As a Scrum Master, should you even step in?
2 ways to handle conflicts?
Things to avoid at all costs.
How to handle complaints?
Let’s get started.