What Makes a Good Scrum Master

Posted: 2nd September 2022 08:54

The most popular Agile framework, especially in IT projects, is Scrum, which is why many people are interested in the career of a Scrum Master. What features should a good Scrum Master have? Is this a job for everyone?

Let's find out! 

What is Scrum? 

Agile methodologies in project management conquer the market and many teams decide to work “without a boss”. Scrum is an agile work framework in which the Scrum Team consisting of developers, Product Owner, and Scrum Master implements the project in an iterative model. The principles of this framework are described in the Scrum Guide, yet a lot of ambiguities have arisen around it, especially when it comes to the role of a Scrum Master. SM is not a person with technical skills – he does not program but also does not report and supervise employees like a manager. So what does he do? 

What does the Scrum Guide say about Scrum Master? 

As defined in the Scrum Guide (a set of principles and good practices), “The Scrum Master is accountable for establishing Scrum as defined in the Scrum Guide. they do it by helping everyone understand Scrum Theory and practice, both within the Scrum Team and the organization”  

In practice, Scrum Master works with both the Product Owner, responsible for the list of tasks (so-called Product Backlog), and the team of developers, responsible for their implementation, to provide the desired value. SM acts as a servant leader who observes, asks questions, advises, looks for blockages, and supports the team in removing them. 

What features should a good Scrum Master have? 

Summary – can everyone become a Scrum Master? 

Although it seems that there is nothing simpler than Scrum Master's work (zero programming, testing, etc.), this person should

have a set of unique features. Sometimes even somewhat contradictory. It is good, if Scrum Masters knowledge is confirmed by appropriate or Agile Alliance certificates. However, In the end, it is the personality of Scrum Master that determines if he brings value to the team.