How to keep yourself sane: the Scrum Master edition

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In Scrum Teams, the Scrum Master plays a exciting role. But even a Scrum Master can experience moments of stagnation or boredom. So, how do you keep your profession fresh and fun? Let’s delve into my very own tried and true methods of staying sane in the Scrum realm.

How to Keep Yourself Sane: The Scrum Master Edition
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The Scrum Guide: an old friend

There’s something soothing about revisiting the Scrum Guide. It’s like meeting an old friend and rediscovering the core of your profession. By rereading the guide, you reinforce foundational knowledge while perhaps gleaning new insights from familiar text. So, grab your favorite beverage, find a cozy spot, and take a nostalgic dive back into the guide.

Check out this article on re-reading the Scrum Guide.

The vast world of Scrum media

Books, videos, podcasts, media aplenty! Scrum’s growing popularity means there’s no shortage of resources. Do yourself a favor: once in a while, immerse yourself in a new Scrum book or click on an insightful YouTube video. You’d be surprised how much you can learn from others’ experiences and insights.

My personal recommendations:

Broaden the mind with relevant reads

It’s not just about Scrum; it’s about the skills that complement the role. From innovative team coaching techniques to fun ways of facilitating and the nuances of servant leadership, there’s a world out there waiting to be explored. Go ahead, be that Scrum Master who knows a little bit about everything.

My personal recommendations:

Your role isn’t just confined to Scrum; it’s a blend of leadership, facilitation, coaching, and more. So why not delve into areas like conflict resolution, emotional intelligence, or even time management? Equip yourself with auxiliary skills, and you’ll not only be a great Scrum Master but also a holistic (servant) leader.

Expand your horizons with new courses and assessments

Life’s a constant learning process. offers myriad courses and assessments designed to deepen and broaden your Scrum knowledge. From basics to advanced topics, there’s always something new to explore. Challenge yourself; you never know what nuggets of wisdom you might uncover.

Try advanced steps in your Scrum Master training. After PSM-I, you can try PSM-II and PSM-III. There are various courses and assessments available on 

Experimentation is key!

The beauty of Scrum lies in its adaptability. Every few weeks, dare to implement something new, no matter how trivial it might seem. A small tweak in the teams’ Daily Scrum, perhaps? An innovative retrospective technique? These little changes can bring a world of difference and add zest to the routine. And most important – it’s OK to fail! The iterative nature of Scrum gives you a steady feedback loop to improve.

Share, learn, and grow

Knowledge, when shared, multiplies. Start a blog or find a peer group. The joy of sharing experiences, successes, and even failures can not only enrich others but also offer you fresh perspectives. Besides, there’s an added bonus: the community’s feedback can sometimes be the best teacher!


Keeping oneself sane in the dynamic world of Scrum is not just a desire, it’s a necessity. It’s all about balance, continuous learning, and the joy of sharing. So, dear Scrum Masters, as you embark on this journey of self-preservation and growth, remember to keep the fun alive. Because at the end of the day, when work is fun, sanity follows. And as you explore these sanity-saving hacks, don’t forget to add a sprinkle of wit, a dash of humor, and a whole lot of passion. Sanity is best served with a smile!