Scrum Masters: What do they do, and how can they help?
The role of the Scrum Master is critical in any organization attempting to adopt the Scrum framework. Scrum Masters are responsible for continuously improving human interaction, processes, and techniques to maximize the benefits of the Scrum framework.
In the Scrum framework, the Scrum Master has three primary areas of focus; the Development Team, the Product Owner and the organization. The Scrum Master works to ensure that each of these three entities is functioning effectively and efficiently to achieve the organization’s goals.
Regarding the Development Team, the Scrum Master ensures that the team is organized correctly, that the team members communicate effectively, and that the team is working towards the organization’s goal. The Scrum Master is also responsible for helping to remove any impediments that may be preventing the team from working effectively.
The Product Owner is responsible for setting the vision and goals of the organization. The Scrum Master is responsible for ensuring that the Product Owner’s goals are being met and for helping to secure that the vision of the organization is being communicated effectively to the Development Team.
And the Scrum Master is responsible for helping to ensure that the organization as a whole is functioning effectively. This includes helping to ensure that the organization is following Scrum principles and helping to ensure that the organization is taking advantage of the benefits that the Scrum framework can provide.
An Agile Coaching Approach
The role of the Scrum Master is often seen as a relatively directive approach, but more recently, coaches have been taking a more agile coaching approach involving four different attitudes; coaching, mentoring, facilitation and teaching.
The coaching attitude of the Scrum Master is the most important of all the four attitudes. It involves guiding team members toward their solutions rather than providing them with ready-made solutions. It also consists in helping the team identify their strengths and weaknesses and recognize their potential. Coaches provide support and encouragement and build trust by forming solid relationships with each team member.
The mentoring attitude of the Scrum Master focuses on providing team members with advice, insight and guidance. Mentors use their experience and knowledge to give the team insight into what they should be doing and how they should approach problems. They are not there to provide the answers but to help the team find their solutions.
The facilitative attitude of the Scrum Master involves helping the team collaborate effectively and communicate efficiently. Facilitators help the team identify solutions to problems and discuss ideas. They also help the team develop creative solutions to problems and help them stay focused on the goal.
The teaching attitude of the Scrum Master is the most directive of all the four attitudes. This attitude involves providing team members with the skills and knowledge they need to perform their tasks. The Scrum Master will provide team members with training, advice and guidance to help them understand the Agile process and how to use it effectively.
The Scrum Master is responsible for helping to ensure that the organization is making the most of the Scrum framework and that the organization is taking advantage of the benefits that the framework can bring. By taking an agile coaching approach, the Scrum Master can help to ensure that the organization is working towards its goals and that the organization is continuously improving.
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