The first time I learned the rules of backgammon, I was quite surprised by the simplicity of the rules. But as I read some more about backgammon I quickly came across the saying: "Backgammon: A minute to learn a life-time to master", and as I started playing more and more I came across new rules like The Crawford Rule, doubling and a lot of strategy principles! Gradually I realized that the key principles I learned about backgammon is merely a fundament, getting good requires hours and hours of training!
A couple of years later (2005), I came across Scrum for the first time and had some of the same feeling. The principles are few, are theory is very easy to understand! But as I started using scrum, first as a team member, and later as a Scrum master I discovered a never ending series of hard to handle problems and challenges. Today I see my self as an experienced Backgammon player and Scrum Master, but realize that both require both theoretical skills and years of experience!
Here I will present a couple of principles that can help you become a more valued scrum master!