Scrum Master Role and Responsibilities

Who is a Scrum Master?

A Scrum Master is an integral part of the Scrum Team along with the Product Owner and Development Team. The Scrum Master is a person who possesses knowledge of the Scrum framework and facilitates and enforces the Scrum process. Scrum Masters help the Product Owner to maximise the value of a product and they help the Team members deliver this value by fostering creativity, removing impediments, and coaching them.

What is the role of a Scrum Master?

A Scrum Master’s primary focus is the team. Their day-to-day efforts are directed towards increasing the efficiency of the team, ensuring that team has effective communication flow and that they work collaboratively. 

So what is the role of a Scrum Master in a Scrum Team? Here are some of the ways that a Scrum Master contributes:

  1. A Scrum Master helps the team to stay focused on their tasks and goals. 
  2. A Scrum Master helps the team to manage their time, energy, and priorities in an efficient way.
  3. A Scrum Master helps the team keep track of their progress and makes sure that they are making steady progress towards the completion of a project or task at hand.
  4. A Scrum Master helps the team to get rid of any communication barriers or other obstacles that might be holding them back from completing a task or project successfully.

Is the Scrum Master the leader of the Scrum Team?

A Scrum Master does not have formal authority and, as such, is not the leader of the team. Instead, they are said to be “servant-leaders”. A servant-leader sees leadership as an opportunity to serve their team and shares power and control with the team to encourage ownership. Servant-leaders do not measure success through output but through growth and development.

What are the Responsibilities of a Scrum Master?

Scrum masters are often misunderstood, with many people thinking that they are just project managers. In reality, a scrum master is responsible for ensuring that the scrum process is followed and for managing the team’s interactions with stakeholders. They are not involved in decision-making but they make sure that all members of the team are aligned with each other. They are also not expected to possess technical or design expertise and are not responsible for the tasks that team members do.

However, a scrum master has very clearcut responsibilities per the Scrum GuideTM, including:

  1. Facilitating and organizing Scrum events.
  2. Removing impediments to the Scrum Team’s progress.
  3. Coaching the team members and encouraging them to work collaboratively.
  4. Helping the team focus on creating high-value Increments during each Sprint.
  5. Helping the Product Owner by increasing the team’s effectiveness and facilitating collaboration and communication between the team and stakeholders.
  6. Helping the organization by providing training on Scrum adoption and advising management on Scrum implementation.

How to become an effective Scrum Master?

A good scrum master should be able to facilitate and guide the team. They should be knowledgeable about Scrum, good communicators, committed and open to feedback. A good scrum master will also have strong people skills, as they will be required to deal with team members and stakeholders on a regular basis.

A good scrum master should be able to facilitate and guide the team. They should be knowledgeable about Scrum, good communicators, committed and open to feedback. A good scrum master will also have strong people skills, as they will be required to deal with team members and stakeholders on a regular basis.

Here are 5 tips and tricks to becoming an effective scrum master:

  1. Create a team charter to help everyone understand what they will be working on and what they need to achieve.
  2. Establish a clear scope, schedule, or timeline for the project.
  3. Ensure that there is clear communication between all team members about any changes in scope or work.
  4. Facilitate meetings with stakeholders so that they can provide feedback on progress and make decisions based on input from others.
  5. Give feedback at every meeting with stakeholders so that they know what’s going on with their input and expectations in mind.

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Related FAQs

How do I apply for Scrum Master certification?

There are 3 steps to apply for Certified Scrum Master (CSM) certification.
Step 1: Complete the mandatory 2-day training requirement of Scrum Alliance. See our upcoming certification courses.
Step 2: Register with and take the one-hour online test. With the guidance of our expert trainers, you are sure to ace the test!
Step 3: Pass the test with a minimum score of 74%, download your certificate and you’re all set for Scrum Mastery!

What is the duration of the Scrum certification course?

Both the CSM and CSPO courses run for 16 hours over two days. With each course you take you earn 16 PDUs for PMI certification and 16 SEUs for Scrum Alliance certification.

How much does Scrum certification training cost?

UC Agile offers the most competitive course rates for Scrum Certification!
The CSM and CSPO courses each cost $449.
Our course fees include:

  • 2-days of live interactive training with some of the best trainers in the industry;
  • CSM exam fee + one retake;
  • 2 years of Scrum Alliance membership;
  • and many more perks!

We offer combo discounts if you choose to do both CSM and CSPO courses with us. Select a class schedule and register here.
We also offer group rates for more than 5 people. Learn more here.

Who can attend the Scrum certification course?

Everyone’s welcome! While the agile philosophy and its various methodologies like Scrum were indeed developed for the software development fraternity, Scrum certification courses will benefit anyone looking to find a better way to solve complex problems and achieve more agility in their work and personal life.

What are the options available for class formats?

UC Agile currently offers live, instructor-led online training classes for individuals and teams. Find upcoming sessions here.
We will shortly be commencing in-person classes and releasing self-paced learning videos.
To request private on-site team training, please apply here.

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