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What is a Scrum Master?

When we hear the word #scrum many of us first think of rugby and not #projectmanagement. And just like during a scrum in a rugby game which is used to restart the game and has the team huddle together closely with their heads even interlocking, to find the advantage and gain the ball, the #scrummaster in an #agileproject will rally his team around him from the beginning of the sprint to self organize and make changes quickly. The scrum master is a servant leader, and does not necessarily have or need a lot of authority. He is a facilitator who is responsible for improving interactions between the team. He also facilitates all team meetings.

Some of his responsibilities, as laid out in the article below include:

  • Clearing obstacles

  • Establishing an environment where the team can be effective

  • Addressing team dynamics

  • Ensuring a good relationship between the team and product owner as well as others outside the team

  • Protecting the team from outside interruptions and distractions.

The challenges he faces during an agile project include:

  • Resistance to change

  • Misunderstanding the process, especially when new people join an agile team for the first time

  • Failing to adapt to changing roles

Hence a scrum master must first of all be an accomplished #leader. #Leadershipskills are his main asset. His role is less to ensure the project is successful and more to ensure the #projectteam is successful.

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