A Scrum Master is an enabler for a product development team that makes use of scrum for a development methodology that permits a team to make changes quickly and organize themselves. The scrum master takes care of the process for how information is exchanged.
For those who didn’t know who a scrum master really is, it was crucial to define his/her job beforehand & importance of scrum masters- now let’s take a look into the matter at hand that is, what should you do as a scrum master?
First things first, keep the scrum processes running. This might sound obvious to many, but that’s really what scrum masters have to do. That’s the reason they are called ‘masters’.
Secondly, maintaining a balance of power between team and management to ensure smooth running of operations is as important as a dialysis machine for a patient with renal failure. In other words, without the right distribution of power and controls a company cannot survive.
Thirdly, as a scrum master you are responsible for the team that’s working with you, so you need to build up the team- encourage them, protect them against troubles of external world, and help them organize meetings. But among all other roles that a scrum master plays, the most eminent one is of facilitating the team to focus on the current Sprint (a sprint is a joint consensus about a task that can be performed during a specific time)
After having reached a consensus, your job as a scrum master is to facilitate the whole process of achieving goals. Achievement of goals during a specific sprint is dependent on a number of factors including prioritization of tasks, definition and evaluation of potential risks involved with that project, removing any possible impediments that might/are disturbing the smooth running process of achieving goals and making sure that the team is working on the agreed upon roles and goals.
But achieving goals is not everything for a scrum master. As a scrum master, one should always make sure there is transparency in the work he and his fellow associates are doing, he should strive to develop a team into high performance team – he should not get authoritative by any means. Instead, a scrum master should act more like a mentor who encourages and protects the organization, who educates more and orders less. As a scrum master, you should inculcate the skills that you possess into your teammates so that they can help themselves if there ever comes a time when you are not available.
Conclusively, a scrum master may sound a lot like a project head or project manager but he is not and shouldn’t be confused with one – a scrum master- however, can adopt the fields of management and mentorship as his work is closely related or somehow similar to that of a manager, coach or mentor. Since a scrum master has his expertise more on the technical side, he is required to be strong in the areas of decision making, self-management and also, he should be well-trained so that he can solve “real-time” problems.