Who is a Scrum Master?


As organizations continue to embrace Agile practices more and more (and specifically Scrum), the role of Scrum Master is becoming more and more prevalent. Scrum brings together project teams to work with Product Owners to iteratively build great products with continuous feedback and guidance from the Product Owner. The operations of a scrum team is like a super-productive machinery when it is working well. However, none of this is possible without the one person who holds everything together and makes this machinery to productively work - that person is the Scrum Master.


A scrum master is a facilitator and a custodian of the scrum framework who helps and facilitates the team towards various goals including following scrum practices correctly, removing obstacles/impediments, keeping backlog in a well-groomed state, ensuring scrum ceremonies function properly and the team continuously improves with the help of the framework.

Responsibilities of the Scrum Master

Responsibilities of a Scrum Master

The Scrum Master is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that the team follows Scrum practices
  • Ensuring that the product owner follows Scrum practices
  • Daily stand-ups are held and are effective
  • Ensuring that the Backlog is prepared and groomed in time
  • Planning happens every iteration and the sessions are effective
  • Helping the team to continuously improve
  • Helping the team with removing obstacles
  • Ensuring that iteration demos are held and are effective

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