Scrum Mastery: From Good to Great Servant-Leadership – A Book Review

scrum-mastery-logoScrum Mastery: From Good to Great Servant-Leadership is the go-to guide for ambitious ScrumMasters. As an essential method of agile project management, Scrum Mastery is an invaluable manual to become a more successful, productive and effective ScrumMaster. This book comes with the advantage of the personal experiences and Scrum skills of author Geoff Watts, who has been proposed as one of the most knowledgeable and respected Scrum coaches in the world. Scrum Mastery hits on key concepts of Scrum methodology and breaks down the skills and characteristics needed to become a great ScrumMaster.

Book Details

The first paperback edition was printed on May 30, 2013 by Inspect & Adapt Ltd. It has 288 pages. ISBN-10: 0957587406; ISBN-13: 978-0957587403.


$35.09 for the book edition


Target Audience

Scrum Mastery is targeted towards professionals who are already credited as ScrumMasters in the project management world. The goal of this book isn’t to familiarize new users with Scrum; it is to improve the skills of those who are implementing Scrum on a daily basis on projects as leaders of their project management teams. Scrum coaches, keynote speakers and workshop hosts can all take advantage of this book.

What Customers Say

What makes customers give great reviews about this book is clear. Author Geoff Watts has written an easy-to-digest and excellent guide for those practising Scrum. One customer, Crystal Tolmie, writes that Scrum Mastery is brilliantly illuminating, magical, and delightful, and that author Geoff Watts will capture your attention and imagination.

Another customer, Prabhu Sankar, asserts that Watts writes in a very comfortable style that is particularly useful when referring to the research and processes he provides. Prabhu also adds that Scrum Mastery covers the gamut of skills and situations that a ScrumMaster needs to work with.

Content, Approach, Style

Scrum Mastery: From Good to Great Servant-Leadership is divided into six sections; each section touches on the key concepts of Scrum Mastery. Watts provides the reader with common situations that ScrumMasters can learn a lot from. Through its story-telling approach, readers can easily comprehend and retain the invaluable lessons inside this book.

Why Buy the Book

With the backing of one of the inventors of Scrum, Mike Cohn (who also wrote the foreword for the book), Scrum Mastery is an essential read. The author offers insight into the methods and practices of Scrum while providing real world situations that professionals using Scrum will encounter. This better prepares the reader to become a great ScrumMaster.

Books that Complement

Essential Scrum: A Practical Guide to the Most Popular Agile Process by Kenneth S. Rubin is exactly as it is described by its tagline. This book lays out the basics of Scrum while still being an excellent refresher for those practising Scrum daily.

Coaching Agile Teams: A Companion for ScrumMasters, Agile Coaches and Project Managers in Transition by Lyssa Adkins focuses more on the team aspects of Scrum project management. Adkins provides insights on how to best utilize your team using Scrum techniques and divulges into what it takes to be a successful Scrum coach.


Geoff Watts has been Scrum coach for over ten years and an inspirational speaker at several international conferences. He is the founder of Inspect & Adapt Ltd. Watts is an extremely experienced and reliable ScrumMaster, who is well known for his passion about promoting servant-leadership methods.

$35.09 for the book edition


Moiz Noorani

Moiz Noorani

Moiz is a member of the expert writer team for He has written more than 100 articles including project management software reviews, books reviews, training site reviews, and general articles related to the project management industry on this site.

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