- A focus on their own tasks over the team issues.
- Prioritizing their own impediments over those of other team mates.
- It can impede team ownership through the “Scrum Master as Team Lead” anti-pattern.
If the SM has to be a member of the team, keep an eye out for these problems. Raise them in the retrospective. It’s not easy, but it has to be done. One great way to overcome this is to rotate SM duties. If your current SM is the only one certified or experienced, they should coach the other people who rotate into the role.
Rotating the SM role has many benefits. Team members appreciate and understand the role much better after trying it.