The Agile Manifesto for Scrum Masters – Part 2
Four Values of the Agile Manifesto Continued
4. Responding to change over following a plan
To respond to change, Scrum is described as a framework of feedback loops. It allows the team to constantly inspect and adapt via interaction among team members and customers. However, it should be noted that not all the requested changes are applied to the product development process. It is the product owner who inspects the change request and adapts the product accordingly.
Scrum Master Role
The Scrum master is one of the roles defined in Scrum framework along with product owner and development team role. He is the owner of the Scrum process. According to Scrum guide, he has a ‘servant-leader’ role, serving the scrum process and leading the scrum team to understand the Agile concepts and values and adhere to these values.
He arranges and facilitates the scrum meetings and events such as daily stand-up meetings, planning sessions, and sprint retrospectives. He also monitors that the sessions are attended by team members. He eases the communication among team members and removes any impediment in this regard. He also facilitates interactions between the Scrum team and the organization to improve the productivity of the Scrum team.
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Scrum Master Role
He also facilitates interactions between the Scrum team and the organization to improve the productivity of the Scrum team. He makes sure that the organization understands what the Scrum team is doing, making the process transparent to all. By facilitating, monitoring, mentoring and maintaining interactions inside the scrum team and between the team and the organization, he fulfills the first value of the Agile manifesto (Individuals and interactions over processes and tools).
He coaches the product owner to arrange the backlog in a way that maximizes value. He also assures that the Scrum team understands the necessity of neat, well-defined and yet concise product backlog items. The Scrum Master also coaches the team on breaking the backlog items into deliverable pieces of functionality (valuing working software).
Apart from scrum team members, the Scrum Master helps the organization by leading the organization in the adoption of Scrum. Through the facilitation of the scrum ceremonies and handling of the scrum team impediments, the scrum master facilitates the third value of Agile manifesto (Customer collaboration over contract negotiation). The Scrum Master provides any change that increases the functionality of the scrum team (valuing change over following a plan).