International SCRUM Master Foundation (Scrum Guideline 2020)

Steen Lerche-Jensen

4.3 Scrum Master

The Scrum Master is accountable for:

Scrum Masters are accountable for

Establishing Scrum as defined in the Scrum Guide

(They do this by helping everyone understand Scrum theory and practice, both within the Scrum Team and the organization.)

The Scrum Team’s effectiveness

(They do this by enabling the Scrum Team to improve its practices, within the Scrum framework.)

Scrum Masters are true leaders who serve the Scrum Team, the product Owner and the Organization:

Scrum Product Owner

The Scrum Master serves the Scrum Team

Scrum Masters serves the Scrum Team by

Coaching the team members in self-management and cross-functionality

Helping the Scrum Team focus on creating high-value Increments that meet the Definition of Done

Causing the removal of impediments to the Scrum Team’s progress

Ensuring that all Scrum events take place and are positive, productive, and kept within the timebox

 The Scrum Master serves the Product Owner in several ways, including:

Scrum Masters serves the Product Owner

Helping find techniques for effective Product Goal definition and Product Backlog management

Helping the Scrum Team understand the need for clear and concise Product Backlog item

Helping establish empirical product planning for a complex environment

Facilitating stakeholder collaboration as requested or needed

The Scrum Master serves the organization in several ways, including:

Scrum Masters serves the organization

Leading, training, and coaching the organization in its Scrum adoption

Planning and advising Scrum implementations within the organization

Helping employees and stakeholders understand and enact an empirical approach for complex work

Removing barriers between stakeholders and Scrum Teams