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Scrum Master’s role in Agile software projects

Understanding the scrum master role in agile

Scrum MasterA Scrum Master takes on a front-and-centre role in Agile. He/she is responsible for making sure teams correctly follow the rules and principles that govern scrum.

Part motivational speaker, part coach and manager, the scrum master roles involves monitoring and resolving any issues that may arise throughout the course of development. naturally, because of this, he also works very closely with the product owner.

Good Scrum Masters are the type of people who feel as much satisfaction from facilitating others’ success as their own. They must also be comfortable surrendering control to the Product Owner and team.

Here are  a few characteristics of a good Scrum Master:

1. Facilitator
The Scrum Master’s job is to deliver maximum value to the customer. A highly effective Scrum Master does this by making sure that all involved have the resources they need, are communicating well, and are shielded from distractions and interruptions.

2. Focused & goal oriented
Most projects will require work to be completed in short amounts of time. These tight deadlines and timeframes help motivate the team and keep them focused on attaining their goals. During this time, the Scrum Master is responsible for keeping these goals clear and visible to teams. This may involve frequent “check-ins” and meetings, and daily standups.

Scrum Masters, have the challenging responsibility to lead their teams to victory. They need to find effective ways to communicate project visions, that inspires their team to achieve greatness. Other qualities of effective leaders include, fairness, honesty and overall integrity.

What does a Scrum Master do?

The Scrum Master removes any impediments that obstruct a team’s pursuit of its sprint goals. If developers don’t have a good sense of what each other are doing, the Scrum Master helps them set up a physical task board and shows the team how to use it. If developers aren’t collocated, the Scrum Master ensures that they have team room. If outsiders interrupt the team, the Scrum Master redirects them to the Product Owner. If the team has not learned how to develop a potentially shippable product increment every Sprint, the Scrum Master teaches them Test Driven Development (TDD), or finds people who can teach them. If the existing code is so bad that it slows down new development, the Scrum Master helps the team learn how to pay off technical debt incrementally.

What is Scrum ?
What is a Certified Scrum Master?

Scrum is an iterative and incremental agile software development method for managing software projects and product or application development. CSM (Certified Scrum Master) Course is a certification led course by Scrum Alliance, USA

Scrum contains sets of methods and predefined roles. The main roles in Scrum are:

  1. the "Scrum Master", who ensures the process is followed and removes impediments
  2. the "Product Owner", who represents the stakeholders and the business
  3. the "Development Team", a group who does the coding, implementation, testing, etc.

A Certified Scrum Master® (CSM) is an individual who has been taught by a Certified Scrum Trainer (CST) the Scrum terminology, practices, and principles that will enable them to fulfil the role of Scrum Master® or Scrum team member. A Certified Scrum Master® course is a first step on the path to growing more Agile. Experience and continuing education are necessary next steps to become a true, practicing Scrum professional.

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