Deepak was a tech lead who moved to the role of the Scrum Master. He took up the role with great confidence after getting trained and certified as a Scrum Master and reading up a few tomes on Agile Scrum. The initial days were challenging as the team and the stakeholders were all new to Agile Scrum, the progress was slow.

The organization engaged an Agile coach, Syed, who started working with them. Deepak, the team and the stakeholders found the coaching to be of immense value. They were able to understand the Why’s behind the practices and adopt them in a manner suitable to their team and the work. Soon they were a motivated high performing team and were an example for others to emulate.

Syed, the coach in the initial phase would be present for the important ceremonies. After that he would drop occasionally in to their ceremonies and at times provide inputs to Deepak as well as the team. It helped Deepak realize that at times he had moved away from being a facilitative leader, it was subtle shift which the coach could notice. Deepak learnt that a few of the team members were aware of the shift but chose to keep it to themselves. This made Deepak and the team realize that adopting Agile is a journey, with pitfalls along the way.

Syed, has finished the year long assignment with the organization and came to bid adieu to the team. Deepak is a bit concerned that now he may not get the occasional inputs and perspective from the coach. He asks Syed what he (Deepak, as Scrum Master) could do to sustain the Agile practices and improve on them as well. He is worried about him deviating and not realizing that.

As a Coach (Syed), what would your response to the Scrum Master (Deepak) be?