Do you like to be at the center stage when the management showers the praises and appreciates with thundering applause? Of course, those are the golden moments that everyone is dreaming about. But, is it easy to be a champion without adequate knowledge and skills? No, not at all. You should have all the required skills to excel.
And when we talk about a role like Scrum Master, which is widely misunderstood and misinterpreted in many organizations, how come, a person effectively play the role and it’s responsibilities and becomes a champion scrum master, isn’t it challenging?
Let’s discuss how you can become a champion scrum master by performing its roles and responsibilities efficiently. But before jumping to what you need to do as a super champ scrum master, let’s discuss what you should not do as a scrum master.
Are you feeling happy that as a scrum master you are free from the pressure of team management and at the same time you are also not accountable for any consequences, Isn’t it great? But, you may be wondering now that what is left for scrum master then? What is the role of a scrum master to do in a project?
Let’s think about a traditional family, where the father takes all the important decisions to run the home. He decides who will do what, what are the things need to be done and when to complete all such day to day works at home. The other member of the family like the children, aunts, uncles and even the mothers also follows his orders and directions. Then what is the role of mothers at our home?
Where the father is for making the decisions, the mother is to ensure all the works should be executed without any hiccups. She is the person behind the smooth running of the house. She is the backbone of the house and with her support, everybody does their routine without any issues.
On that perspective, we can relate a scrum team with our traditional family. Yes, where the Father acts as a product owner, the children are the scrum team and our Mother plays the crucial role of Scrum Master. Isn’t it the most crucial job?
So, the scrum master has to do…
So, in simple words we can say that the scrum master is just like the Superman or Spider-man of our comic world, who can do anything to save the scrum team, by removing the barriers, shielding and facilitating the team, so that the team can able to deliver the committed tasks withing the specified time frame. The Scrum team is only need to focus on their work and leave the rest of the things to the scrum master.
It is mandatory for the scrum team to follow all the scrum ceremonies as per the specified guidelines to get the expected benefits of Scrum.
And it is the job of scrum master to ensure that the team is following all those ceremonies without any fail.
Scrum master ensures that the Sprint Planing Meeting must happen at the start of each sprint and all the required participants must be available in the meeting.
So, to become a champion scrum master you need to understand the do’s and don’ts. Ensure that the team is very much aware and lives by the values and practices of scrum. You are the coach, the process owner of the team. Help the team by all possible means to achieve the highest level of team performance. Watch your step while ensuring the team to follow all the scrum ceremonies strictly, as you don’t have any authority. Better to spread as much awareness on the benefits of scrum practices throughout the team and organisations.