Scrum is a framework with just three roles (Product owner, Scrum master and Team), three artifacts (Product backlog, Sprint backlog and Burn-down chart) and a few ceremonies (Sprint planning, sprint review, sprint retrospective and daily stand up). Its easier to learn but way more difficult to practice. Adopting scrum is not just a change of titles but mindset. In this article I will focus on the role of a scrum master. Being only a good scrum master is not enough, effective is the goal. Below are the Dos and Don’ts for a scrum master to be effetive
Scrum Master Dos :
- Facilitate the product owner to maintain and prioritize the backlog items.
- Facilitate team members with any additional training or coaching required.
- Makes sure that team delivers the true value to the business.
- Inspires the team members to own the tasks.
- Allow and help team members to make decisions.
- Removes any impediments holding the team back to achieve their goals.
- Helps team to become self-organised.
- Shields team from external interference.
- Acts as a servant leader.
- Should be willing to improve continuously.
- Handles only one team. If you are a scrum master of more than one team, the commitment cannot be the same.
Scrum Master Don’ts :
- Own the decisions on product backlogs from product owner’s behalf.
- Make estimates on team’s behalf.
- Assign the tasks to the team members
- Try to manage the team.
- Make changes to team in middle of sprint.
- Accept backlog changes in middle of sprint.
- Make commitments on behalf of the team.
Scrum master does not control the team. He acts as a facilitator and works on the concept of servant leadership.
I hope this will help someone. Please add your thoughts in comments.