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The Scrum Master is a coach and a mentor and the guardian of the process.  The person must show great organisational, people and technical skills.

Organisational Responsibilities of the Scrum Master

  • Leading and coaching the organization in its Scrum adoption
  • Planning Scrum implementations within the organization
  • Helping employees and stakeholders understand and enact Scrum and empirical product development
  • Causing change that increases the productivity of the Scrum Team
  • Working with other Scrum Masters to increase the effectiveness of the application of Scrum in the organization.

Team Responsibilities of the Scrum Master

  • Coaching the Development Team in self-organization and cross-functionality
  • Helping the Development Team to create high-value products
  • Removing impediments to the Development Team’s progress
  • Facilitating Scrum events as requested or needed
  • Coaching the Development Team in organizational environments in which Scrum is not yet fully adopted and understood

Product Owner Responsibilities of the Scrum Master

  • Finding techniques for effective Product Backlog management
  • Helping the Scrum Team understand the need for clear and concise Product Backlog items
  • Understanding product planning in an empirical environment
  • Ensuring the Product Owner knows how to arrange the Product Backlog to maximize value
  • Understanding and practicing agility
  •  Facilitating Scrum events as requested or needed