Are they project managers with a fancy title? Why are they called masters? Isn’t Scrum a rugby thing?
So what is a Scrum Master?
You may have heard someone say they are a Scrum Master but have wondered what that is. That’s what this article is all about, so let’s get started.
The Scrum Master must be a master of the Scrum framework, its theory, rules, practices, and values. But the role of the Scrum Master resembles more that of a coach, and they ensure the team understands and practices Scrum effectively.
When I think about what a Scrum Master is, three words come to mind:
In this guide I'll also cover:
The Scrum Master is always working toward clarity. It may be clarifying the purpose of a Scrum event or aiding the product owner to curate and refine the backlog.
The Scrum Master acts as a mirror helping the team see where they are and how things are going.
They not only help the team understand Scrum processes and principles but others in the larger organization who interface with the team. This awareness and understanding work to cultivate an organization friendly to Scrum teams.
Leaning Scrum for the first time can be a bit overwhelming. There are many new terms and concepts in Scrum.
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