Definition of the Scrum Master role:
The Scrum Master is often viewed as the coach for the team. He or she organizes meetings, resolves impediments and issues, and works with the product owner to make sure the product backlog is up to date. The Scrum Master does not have any authority over team members, however, he or she does have authority over the process. A Scrum Master may complete formal training to become a certified Scrum Master but this is not required.
Use of the Scrum Master role:
The Scrum Master facilitates the Daily Scrum meetings, determines the sprint durations with the team, and tracks workflow progress. He or she works with the product owner to make sure product backlog is current and removes any impediments to workflow. The Scrum Master ensures that team members aren’t overloaded and are able to perform to their full potential.
Benefits of the Scrum Master role:
- The Scrum Master ensures team members are following the most efficient Scrum process.
- The Scrum Master guards against team complacency.
- The Scrum Master guides team toward continuous improvement.
- The Scrum Master keeps team members involved both with the project and the Scrum process.