How to become a Scrum Master

In order to deliver valuable products to the customer, it is necessary to support your team to deliver the products in short time frames, to get quick feedback, and to be able to make continuous improvements. The Scrum Master is responsible for all this and more, so his role is very important in agile projects.

What is a Scrum Master?

A Scrum Master is responsible for implementing the Scrum framework. He helps the developers and the product owner to achieve common goals. For this, he supports the team to work together and helps to get problems out of the way. In other words, he or she is the leader of the Scrum team. He or she removes organizational impediments and ensures that the processes follow the agile principles.

What are the responsibilities of a Scrum Master?

The Scrum Master works with the team and the Product Owner. The following tasks may arise:

Daily Standups

At the Daily Standup, each team member has the opportunity to report on what he or she did yesterday, will do today, and if there were any obstacles in completing the tasks. The Scrum Master’s role here is to moderate the meeting. The Daily should last no longer than 15 minutes and everyone should have a chance to answer the three questions. You can find more information here: Tips for Scrum Master.

Training

One of the tasks of the Scrum Master is to train the team members. Everyone in the team should know their role and responsibilities and also be informed about all important processes and structures. Because all team members should also understand the agile processes to be able to implement them effectively.

Support of the Product Owner

The backlog is created and filled by the product owner. The backlog contains the tasks that the team will complete during an iteration. The product backlog changes constantly depending on which tasks have higher priorities and which have lower priorities. The Scrum Master supports the Product Owner by scheduling meetings and writing user stories.

Eliminate obstacles

The Scrum Master also looks for possible problems or obstacles that may arise to then eliminate them. This is because the team should be able to concentrate on the actual work. This includes that the members do not participate in unnecessary meetings that keep them from working or also that the Scrum Master takes over organizational tasks if a team member is scheduled in several projects.

Teaching the Scrum Principle

An important task of the Scrum Master is to teach the principles of Scrum. He/She should introduce the Scrum way of working to new employees so that the process can take place without any problems. The new team members should understand the vision and the product and be able to follow the rules of Scrum so that the team can work in a self-organized way.

The Scrum team as a whole is responsible for the success of the product.

Steps to Become a Scrum Master

With these steps you will become a Scrum Master:….

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