If you want to have an impact as a change agent, you need to master:

  • Coaching teams towards real self-management
  • Understanding various organizational patterns and how they form culture and people's behavior
  • Influencing people with power

And, most importantly:

  • Patience and perseverance
Scrum Master Dojo

Scrum Master Dōjō

Scrum Master Dōjō is a long term intensive development program for Scrum Masters, agile coaches and change agents.

Practitioners of all experience levels are welcome. Everyone has different strenghts and different needs. The programs benefits greatly from the diversity of the participants.

Your Dōjō instructor: Karel Smutný

Regular half-day Dōjō session every 3-4 weeks

You will meet regularly in person with other participants on intensive Dōjō sessions. (See the schedule for 2023.)

Four main themes

  • Facilitation and coaching skills

  • Thinking in organizational patterns instead of frameworks

  • Systems thinking and system modeling

  • Leading teams towards technical excellence

See more bellow.

What is the agenda?

There is no curriculum scheduled in advance. The agenda is created and adjusted as we go, based on your and other participants' needs and interests.

However, most of the topics will revolve around the aforementioned themes.

Practice & self-study in between sessions

Towards the end of each session, you will choose a personalised "homework". It might be:

  • Study an organizational pattern to share with others
  • Implement a pattern in your organization
  • Facilitate a system modeling session to lead an organizational change
  • Practice a coaching skill with a colleague
  • etc.

Throughout the program, you will be in contact with the trainer and other participants on ScrumDōjō Slack.

Reflect on your learning

From your practice or self-study, you prepare a summary of your learning to share with the other participants.

It may be a poster, blog post, short video, or a short presentation.

Share your learnings

At the begginning of each Dōjō session, you will share your learnings with the other participants.

Scrum Master Dōjō draws from the diverse knowledge and experiences of the participants.

Dōjō 道場


Traditional Japanese dōjō is a place where students of martial arts (budō) fully immerse into learning "The Way of Life" (dō), focusing on improving their martial craft (bujutsu), discipline, fulfillment and personal growth.

Schedule in 2024

We are preparing dates for 2024. Stay tuned.

Facilitation and coaching skills

While a dedicated certification training (like our Professional Scrum Facilitation Skills™) provides a lot knowledge and inspiration, one truly learns facilitation and coaching through constant practice. Both at the dōjō and in real life.

In Scrum Master Dōjō, you will:

  • Practice facilitation and coaching regularly in a safe environment
  • Learn visual facilitation techniques
  • Give each other candid and respectful feedback

Liberating Structures

We will be heavily utilizing Liberating Structures, facilitation techniques optimized for maximum engagement at large scale.

Organizational patterns

It is immensely useful to know, and understand, various organizational frameworks (Scrum, LeSS, Nexus, SAFe, "Spotify model that does not exist", Team Topologies, unFIX, etc.).

Quoting them, not so much.

As a change agent, you need to be framework agnostic and start thinking in organizational patterns instead:

  • How they influence people's behaviour (and, thus, company culture)
  • What problem do they solve
  • Under what circumstances are they useful
  • How patterns build on each other

A Scrum Book: The Spirit of the Game

We will be looking at Scrum (and other frameworks) as a collection of patterns, or building blocks of an agile organization, instead of an all-or-nothing framework.

Systems Thinking

In Systems Thinking we acknowledge how different parts of a complex organization influence each other, often in ways that are not obvious.

Using system modeling, we visualize these relationships to have meaningful conversations about root causes or self-reinforcing loops (i.e. vicious or virtuous cycles).

It is a much stronger tool for influencing senior management toward required organizational changes than quoting popular "scaling frameworks".

In Scrum Master Dōjō, you will:

  • Practice system modeling with your peers on Dōjō sessions
  • Practice system modeling in between Dōjō sessions with your team and organization
  • Learn how to use system modeling to influence senior management

Your trainer Karel Smutný

Karel is a consultant for agile transformations and organizational design, Scrum trainer and programmer.

Close to 15 years he has worked with dozens of organizations, from start-ups to established technology companies to multinational corporations. In them he "left his mark" on almost a hundred teams and thus draws on very rich experience.

Karel focuses on "descaling" (simplifying) organizations, building team responsibility and technical excellence.

As a long-time developer, he emphasizes sustainable architecture, readable code and automation.

Scrum is not a development framework. It's a cultural shock.