top

What Is Scrum Master's Role in Agile

The three foundations on which Scrum stands are empiricism, self-organization and continuous improvement. These foundations ensure that Scrum adheres to the principles and values of Agile.In fact, according to the Scrum Alliance, Scrum is the most popular Agile methodology, helping teams and organizations reap huge benefits while keeping customers happy. The success of Scrum depends largely on the people who make up the team and perform the Agile Scrum roles.This blog is an attempt to help you understand about the different Scrum roles and how each role works towards enabling a high-performance team and a successful project.What are the three Scrum roles?Scrum has three roles: Scrum Master Product Owner Development team The Scrum Body of Knowledge Guide (SBOK Guide) defines these specific roles and their responsibilities for successful implementation of Scrum framework and delivery of projects.  Scrum Team Roles and Responsibilities The three roles of Scrum work only when there is a high degree of cohesion between them. The Scrum Master role in sprint planning is to liaise with the Product Owner and maximise productivity by motivating and guiding the development team.  The Product Owner on the other hand ensures that the development team is clear about what needs to be built and the approach to be taken during development.  The development team relies on both the Scrum Master and the Product Owner to guide them in implanting agility while they innovate, create and ensure a superior output.The Scrum master introductionSo, what is a Scrum Master responsible for? A Scrum Master wears many hats. Being a servant leader, facilitator, coach, motivator and more comes under the purview of a Scrum Master’s roles and responsibilities. The Scrum Master's roles and responsibilities The top responsibilities of a Scrum Master include: Encouraging self-organization in a team by being a facilitator and servant leader  Helping the team focus on work by ensuring there are no impediments that halt the progress of the project Ensuring that Scrum practices are followed Protecting the team from internal and external distractions Being the go-between the Product Owner and the team and external stakeholders Setting up an environment where the team can perform more effectively Managing the Scrum process in coordination with the Scrum team Conducting retrospective meetings and address team progress Planning Scrum implementations within the organization Senior Scrum Master responsibilities include coaching and leading agile transformations in the organization. The Product Owner introductionOften described as the captain of the ship, a Product Owner represents the business side of the project. Make no mistake…the product owner is not the customer, rather the representative of the customer. A huge part of the Product Owner’s role is to ensure that maximum value is delivered and the customer is happy with the product. Product Owner roles are much sought after and a professional with the right expertise and qualification can be guaranteed of a great career trajectory.The Product Owner roles and responsibilities Besides creating the product roadmap, and defining the vision and goals of the product, the role of Product Owner also includes: Effectively managing the product backlog Helping the team understand what the customer wants Steering the team towards maximum productivity Working with the Scrum Master on the product backlog Ensuring that agility is practiced Facilitating scrum events The Development Team introduction As the name suggests, the development team develops the product as envisioned by the Product Owner. Development teams are usually mid-sized and enjoy a high degree of self-organization, cross functionality and communication between team members.The Development Team roles and responsibilities Be involved in the complete lifecycle of the product from planning, analysis, and design, to programming and testing  Build and test the product Deliver a potentially shippable product at the end of each sprint Give cognizance to customer requirements Work with Product Owner to prioritise backlog Scrum roles vs job titles This is something that has plagued Scrum organizations for years. Because organizations have job titles and Scrum has roles, there is always a confusion of how to map titles to roles.For example, you may have project managers, lead architects and testers. How do you map these titles to the three Scrum roles of Product Owner, Scrum Master and Development Team?The trick that most organizations use for a successful Scrum transition is to map people and not titles to Scrum roles. You know all the responsibilities that a Product Owner carries out in the Scrum team. The best way to fill this role in your Scrum team is to find that one resource who checks all the boxes that an ideal Product Owner should have.While filling roles using this approach rather than just mapping titles may take longer, in the long run it leads to a smoother transition and more motivated employees.ConclusionScrum is fast becoming the de facto agile standard for product development. While it was earlier prominent in software development, it has been implemented with success in the medical, manufacturing, analytics and many other fields and sectors.However, the success of Scrum lies with the team and it is the team’s prerogative that it follows the principles of Scrum and reaps its benefits by tailoring it to suit the needs of the organization. In order to be a successful Scrum resource, it is important to understand the concepts, principles and practices of Scrum and Agile.Becoming truly Agile is the first step towards ensuring a successful career in a Scrum team. 
Rated 4.0/5 based on 15 customer reviews
Normal Mode Dark Mode

What Is Scrum Master's Role in Agile

Susan May
Blog
18th Mar, 2021
What Is Scrum Master's Role in Agile

The three foundations on which Scrum stands are empiricism, self-organization and continuous improvement. These foundations ensure that Scrum adheres to the principles and values of Agile.

In fact, according to the Scrum Alliance, Scrum is the most popular Agile methodology, helping teams and organizations reap huge benefits while keeping customers happy. The success of Scrum depends largely on the people who make up the team and perform the Agile Scrum roles.

This blog is an attempt to help you understand about the different Scrum roles and how each role works towards enabling a high-performance team and a successful project.

What are the three Scrum roles?

Scrum has three roles: 

  • Scrum Master 
  • Product Owner 
  • Development team 

The Scrum Body of Knowledge Guide (SBOK Guide) defines these specific roles and their responsibilities for successful implementation of Scrum framework and delivery of projects.  

Scrum Team Roles and Responsibilities 

The three roles of Scrum work only when there is a high degree of cohesion between them. The Scrum Master role in sprint planning is to liaise with the Product Owner and maximise productivity by motivating and guiding the development team.  

The Product Owner on the other hand ensures that the development team is clear about what needs to be built and the approach to be taken during development.  

The development team relies on both the Scrum Master and the Product Owner to guide them in implanting agility while they innovate, create and ensure a superior output.

The Scrum master introduction

So, what is a Scrum Master responsible for? A Scrum Master wears many hats. Being a servant leader, facilitator, coach, motivator and more comes under the purview of a Scrum Master’s roles and responsibilities. 

The Scrum Master's roles and responsibilities 

The top responsibilities of a Scrum Master include: 

  • Encouraging self-organization in a team by being a facilitator and servant leader  
  • Helping the team focus on work by ensuring there are no impediments that halt the progress of the project 
  • Ensuring that Scrum practices are followed 
  • Protecting the team from internal and external distractions 
  • Being the go-between the Product Owner and the team and external stakeholders 
  • Setting up an environment where the team can perform more effectively 
  • Managing the Scrum process in coordination with the Scrum team 
  • Conducting retrospective meetings and address team progress 
  • Planning Scrum implementations within the organization 

Senior Scrum Master responsibilities include coaching and leading agile transformations in the organization

The Product Owner introduction

Often described as the captain of the ship, a Product Owner represents the business side of the project. Make no mistake…the product owner is not the customer, rather the representative of the customer.

 A huge part of the Product Owner’s role is to ensure that maximum value is delivered and the customer is happy with the product. Product Owner roles are much sought after and a professional with the right expertise and qualification can be guaranteed of a great career trajectory.

The Product Owner roles and responsibilities 

Besides creating the product roadmap, and defining the vision and goals of the product, the role of Product Owner also includes: 

  • Effectively managing the product backlog 
  • Helping the team understand what the customer wants 
  • Steering the team towards maximum productivity 
  • Working with the Scrum Master on the product backlog 
  • Ensuring that agility is practiced 
  • Facilitating scrum events 

The Development Team introduction 

As the name suggests, the development team develops the product as envisioned by the Product Owner. Development teams are usually mid-sized and enjoy a high degree of self-organization, cross functionality and communication between team members.

The Development Team roles and responsibilities 

  • Be involved in the complete lifecycle of the product from planning, analysis, and design, to programming and testing  
  • Build and test the product 
  • Deliver a potentially shippable product at the end of each sprint 
  • Give cognizance to customer requirements 
  • Work with Product Owner to prioritise backlog 

Scrum roles vs job titles 

This is something that has plagued Scrum organizations for years. Because organizations have job titles and Scrum has roles, there is always a confusion of how to map titles to roles.

For example, you may have project managers, lead architects and testers. How do you map these titles to the three Scrum roles of Product Owner, Scrum Master and Development Team?

The trick that most organizations use for a successful Scrum transition is to map people and not titles to Scrum roles. You know all the responsibilities that a Product Owner carries out in the Scrum team. The best way to fill this role in your Scrum team is to find that one resource who checks all the boxes that an ideal Product Owner should have.

While filling roles using this approach rather than just mapping titles may take longer, in the long run it leads to a smoother transition and more motivated employees.

Conclusion

Scrum is fast becoming the de facto agile standard for product development. While it was earlier prominent in software development, it has been implemented with success in the medical, manufacturing, analytics and many other fields and sectors.

However, the success of Scrum lies with the team and it is the team’s prerogative that it follows the principles of Scrum and reaps its benefits by tailoring it to suit the needs of the organization. In order to be a successful Scrum resource, it is important to understand the concepts, principles and practices of Scrum and Agile.

Becoming truly Agile is the first step towards ensuring a successful career in Scrum team. 

Susan

Susan May

Writer, Developer, Explorer

Susan is a gamer, internet scholar and an entrepreneur, specialising in Big Data, Hadoop, Web Development and many other technologies. She is the author of several articles published on Zeolearn and KnowledgeHut blogs. She has gained a lot of experience by working as a freelancer and is now working as a trainer. As a developer, she has spoken at various international tech conferences around the globe about Big Data.


Website : https://www.zeolearn.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

REQUEST A FREE DEMO CLASS

SUBSCRIBE OUR BLOG

Follow Us On

Share on

Useful Links