Scrum Master…an odd-sounding title that to the uninformed or neo-agilite might conjure up images of the victor, champion and MVP of a rugby match being hoisted on shoulders of teammates with trophy in hand heading off to the pub to celebrate. But although Scrum Masters might enjoy the pub from time to time, this is not what Scrum Master means to the Agilist and “Scrum Fellow.” For the newly annointed Agilist…what exactly does this role entail?
For an Agile team, a Scrum Master is a key leader, mover, and shaker. In his article, “New to agile? What does the Scrum Master do anyway?,” Bob Hartman opens with the common misconception that a Scrum Master is simply an IT Ganesha, the ultimate remover of obstacles for the team. Bob expands the definition of Scrum Master by stating that “A Scrum Master is a servant leader helping the team be accountable to themselves for the commitments they make.”
He then breaks that definition into its three individual phrases and fully expounds on the meaning of each of the following:
- is a servant leader
- helping the team be accountable to themselves
- for the commitments they make
Read the article in detail because it contains many links to outside scrum resources. Then let’s discuss how good Scrum Masters in your experience have lived up to Bob Hartman’s definition.