I found a nice and helpful list of the Top 7 Responsibilities of a Scrum Master on Laszlo’s Blog. Here it comes:
1. Be a team player. The best ScrumMasters are real team players, who receive as much satisfaction from facilitating others’ success as their own. They must also be comfortable surrendering control to the Product Owner and team. For those two reasons, traditional project managers don’t usually make great ScrumMasters.
2. Remove impediments. First and foremost, the ScrumMaster should do everything in his or her power to remove obstacles that are preventing the team from accomplishing its sprint goals. Basically, anything that distracts or inhibits the team from making progress is considered an impediment, so the challenges a ScrumMaster might work to resolve are truly infinite. When a developer’s computer dies, it’s the ScrumMaster’s job to get it back up and running—or replace it. If developers are complaining about the high temperature in the team room, the ScrumMaster must find a way to cool it down.
3. Radiate information. One of the ScrumMaster’s primary responsibilities is to radiate information or ensure that a team’s progress and successes are highly visible to all stakeholders, including the team itself. These radiators may take the form of various Scrum artifacts, from backlogs to burndown charts.
4. Support the Product Owner. Just as the ScrumMaster removes impediments for the team, he or she also works to assist the Product Owner with various activities. These include communicating updates and impediments as well as assisting with backlog and release plan maintenance.
5. Facilitate creativity and empowerment for the development team. The flipside of the ScrumMaster’s mandate to remove impediments for the team is his or her charge to foster an environment where creativity and empowerment can flourish. If a team is to self-organize to meet sprint goals, it will perform up to its potential if its members feel they have the support and confidence of the ScrumMaster and Product Owner behind them.
6. Improve the team’s engineering practices and tools as needed. To fully facilitate productivity, the ScrumMaster must make sure teams have the tools and know-how they need to succeed. This might include a Scrum tool to bring distributed teams together for close collaboration or introducing a new engineering practice that can help developers improve processes.
7. Communicate, communicate, communicate. Yes, communication is integral to each of the above points, but it’s so essential that it’s worth mentioning again. Scrum’s success hinges on clear and frequent communication among all stakeholders. The ScrumMaster acts as a hub for all of that communication, ensuring that everyone—the Product Owner, the team, and various other stakeholders—are always up-to-speed.
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