Public Impediment List!
This is essential in Scrum.
That is my opinion, and while an impediment list is not called out in the Scrum Guide, I think Jeff Sutherland would at least insist that the continuous removal of impediments is essential. Read his blog posts and form your own opinion.
Well, so everyone can see and offer feedback on what are our team’s biggest impediments.
And the list is prioritized. If the priorities are not obvious, then the ScrumMaster breaks ties. The team of course is the main decision-maker on the priorities, since the main basis for prioritizing an impediment is that it is slowing the team down the most.
The real juice is that the SM is making sure the top impediment is always getting worked, and there never comes a day when there is not a top impediment. (We never become perfect.)
Now, it may also be that the public impediment list reminds the SM (and everyone else around) why the heck we have an expensive person over there not doing “real work.” (By the way, I think the SM easily pays his way by removing impediments, but you do the math. Of course, that assumes that the company culture does not stifle all the impediment removal efforts — which has been known to happen.)
The exclamation mark in the title is there to suggest that way too often we find teams without a public impediment list, and with a serious lack of focus on removing impediments.
Please share your thoughts.