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WHO IS A SCRUM MASTER ?

A Scrum Master is a professional who leads a team using Agile methodologies through the course of a project. They are the common link between the organization, product owner and the development team.

A Scrum Master works as the Agile team's servant leader, coach, motivator and responsible for facilitating team events and ensuring smooth execution of the agile processes. Scrum Master has to work with the agile team, the Product Owner to ensure the successful delivery of products and services.

(This does not make him or her the secretary of the team, who takes notes and schedules meetings for them). For instance, a Scrum master is there to help keep the team on track like a jockey riding his horse, instead this jockey (scrum master) manages a team. Additionally, based on his responsibilities the Scrum master is referred to by various names such as: servant leader, coach or facilitator, impediment remover, mentor. Although they are called "Master", the individual in this role does not have the authority to make strategic or substantive decisions about the project. Nevertheless, they play the role of a

master when it comes to Daily Scrum, Sprint Planning, Sprint Review and Sprint retrospectives. In these meetings, teams discuss their accomplishments, what they're planning to do and if they are facing any obstacles while completing the task. It's the Scrum Master's duty to ensure that all team members, even those working remotely can attend and participate in the meetings.


A Scrum Master wears many hats, such as the servant leader, facilitator, coach, shepherd etc.

  • A Scrum Master as a servant leader is responsible for enhancing and increasing teamwork and interpersonal involvement.

  • As a facilitator, a Scrum Master is responsible for facilitating inter-team relationships and collaborations, Ensuring that the Scrum events are effective and purposeful and helping every member of the team achieve collective and individual objectives.

  • As a Coach, the Scrum Master has to coach the agile team, the PO, and the other teams in the organization. Helps to understand the agile values and practices.

  • Scrum Master as a shepherd gently nudges the team members that are distracted, by setting them back on track aligned to the team and organization goal. A Scrum Master is responsible for shielding and the protection of his team and helps them carry on their process without any interference.





A Scrum Master as one of the core member of the scrum team,

  • Leads the team with healthy conflict and positive debates on ideas.

  • Teaches, mentors and coaches the organization for adopting and using Scrum.

  • Helps the team to have the vision, and they become capable of removing and preventing impediments.

  • Empowers, Enhances and motivates the Development team on self-management.

  • Creates and onboards project teams, integrates them into the organization and provides a clear vision of the product.

What is Scrum?




Scrum is not a process, technique, or a method. It is a framework within which you can employ various processes and techniques. Scrum makes clear, the work techniques used are efficient so that you can continuously improve the product, the team, and the working environment. The heart of Scrum is a Sprint, a time-box of one month or less during which a “Done”, usable, and potentially releasable product Increment is created. Sprints enable predictability by ensuring inspection and adaptation of progress toward a Sprint Goal. The rules of Scrum bind together the roles, events, and artifacts, governing the relationships and interaction between them.


How does scrum work?


Scrum is based on Empiricism, which means knowledge comes from experience and making decisions based on the 3 pillars of scrum. Let’s try to understand what these pillars are about:

· Transparency: the work is visible to all those who are involved in the task.

· Inspection: Inspects the progress towards the goal frequently.

· Adaptation: Addressing the issues as soon as possible so that it can be implemented effectively and efficiently.


The Scrum Team


The Scrum team is a self-managing and cross functional team and consists of Developers, Product Owner and a Scrum Master. Scrum Teams are self-organizing and cross-functional. The developers work on their tasks from the product backlog created by the product owner. The Scrum Master starts the sprint where all the elements sit inside the time boxed iterations. The scrum master facilitates scrum ceremonies such as Sprint Planning, Daily scrum, Sprint Review and Retrospectives.


Conclusion


One of the many benefits that comes along with being a Scrum master is lasting relationships with the team that builds collaborative projects. The team gets to have transparency due to the role the scrum master plays. Therefore, even after work the scrum masters are surrounded by trustworthy and reliable colleagues. One gets to engage with people and helps motivate them to improve themselves and the team. It’s a fascinating and complex undertaking but it helps them, and it helps the team to grow. The Scrum Master helps those outside the Scrum Team understand which of their interactions with the Scrum Team are helpful and which aren’t. The Scrum Master helps everyone change these interactions to maximize the value created by the Scrum Team. Scrum Master makes everyone understand Scrum theory, practices, rules, and values and makes it a better place to learn, explore and work.




Finally, this brings us to the end of my blog on Scrum Master and brief overview of Scrum. I hope you found this blog informative. Don't forget to like and add comments/feedback.



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