The Different Layers of the ScrumMaster Role
A ScrumMaster is responsible for removing all impediments that stand in the way of the Scrum team during a sprint. The ScrumMaster is a guide, a motivator, and a path clearer. Though the role of a ScrumMaster seems pretty straightforward, there are many aspects to what he or she does.
One definition of a ScrumMaster that captures the essence of the role is from ScrumHub.com: “The ScrumMaster takes on the administrative, coaching, and leadership roles that make the Scrum development possible.” The ScrumMaster does all of this without having any real authority over the team; the ScrumMaster cannot fire or remove anyone from the team, because he or she is not a leader in the traditional sense. The ScrumMaster is more of a facilitator and a motivator.
Without actively enforcing or specifically instructing anyone on the team, the ScrumMaster actually does a lot. A quick overview of the ScrumMaster’s main responsibilities would include:
Let’s focus on only one of these aspects in more detail. For example, a guide is one of the ScrumMaster’s roles. He guides team members in all aspects of Scrum, aligning with the goals of each sprint and the product owner’s viewpoint, and also resolves any issues or conflicts. Now, let us take a closer look at this aspect. All the layers and hues of the role of a guide will become clear only when we break down the different components within that role:
As you can see, there are many things that go into the guidance aspect of a ScrumMaster. Therefore, when we consider the role in its entirety, we can see that the ScrumMaster is much more than what appears on the surface. In fact, the ScrumMaster can rightly be called the glue that holds the entire Scrum development process together. – See more at: https://www.scrumalliance.org/community/articles/2016/may/the-different-layers-of-the-scrummaster-role#sthash.rYc8iCHG.dpuf