From my experience with many teams, for most people and particularly managers, Scrum == Team Leads as SM [reporting to managers] + team leads/ SM dividing tasks and giving estimates + individual burn down charts + you take over this for team interest + daily stand up + review where no one speaks – scrum master.
You is the only one you can change the perception? Right – my (S)uper (M)an alias ScrumMaster.
A person in one of my classes was very nice. He really loved Scrum and he was complaining again and again: I need someone that empowers me, please can someone empower me to be a ScrumMaster.
That is impossible – nobody can impower a ScrumMaster (Well I did it during class. I hope it helped). If you want to be a ScrumMaster: Start! Do it! Change it! Remember always: Love it, Change it or Leave it! (in this order to execute!)
Do not complain that it is hard. Do not complain that Managers do not get it. It is not the idea behind Scrum. You do not need Managers who understand Scrum in the first place.
First you need a ScrumMaster who understands that he is needed as a Change Agent. You need to be a ScrumMaster who wants to get a bloody nose. You need a day to day hero!
If the comment above is representative, than not Scrum = Agile fails but the people who want to do it. Read Rick Tonoli`s Blog. He is honest enough to talk about his failures. He struggles and … of course, YOU will struggle also. That is the measurement if you do it right. If it is easy you are failing in doing the job right.
Changing the work behaviour of a team, an organization or even a whole enterprise is not a piece of cake. It is terrible hard work. So – wear the button and then either remove yourself or start being a catalyst not the block.