SCRUMstudy Scrumvideo on the roles and repsonsibilities of the Scrum Master

June 9, 2014

The Scrum Master is the “servant leader” of the Scrum Team who moderates and facilitates team interactions as team coach and motivator. The Scrum Master is responsible for ensuring that the team has a productive work environment by guarding the team from external influences, removing any obstacles, and enforcing Scrum principles, aspects, and processes.

The Scrum Master has many responsibilities, and they change depending on which process is being conducted. For example, during the develop epics process, the Scrum Master facilitates creation of the epics and personas.


The table given below summarizes the Scrum Master’s responsibilities in the various Scrum processes.



Scrum Master Responsibilities

Idetify Scrum Master and Stakenholder(s)

  • Helps identify the Stakeholder(s) for the project

Form Scrum Team

  • Facilitates selection of the Scrum Team
  • Facilitates creation of the Collaboration Plan and the Team Building Plan
  • Ensures back-up resources are available for smooth project functioning

 Develop Epic(s)

  • Facilitates creation of Epic(s) and Personas

 Create Prioritized Product Backlog

  • Helps Product Owner in creation of the Prioritized Product Backlog and in definition of the Done Criteria

 Conduct Release Planning

  • Coordinates creation of Release Planning Schedule
  • Determines Length of Sprint

 Create User Stories

  • Assists the Scrum Team in creating User Stories and their Acceptance Criteria

Approve, Estimate and Commit User Stories

  • Facilitates meetings of the Scrum Team to estimate and Create User Stories

Create Tasks

  • Facilitates the Scrum Team in creating the Task List for the next Sprint

Estimate Tasks

  • Assists the Scrum Team in estimating the effort required to complete the tasks agreed to for the Sprint

Create Sprint Backlog

  • Assists the Scrum Team in developing the Sprint Backlog and the Sprint Burndown Chart

Create Deliverables

  • Supports the Scrum Team in creating the Deliverables agreed to for the Sprint
  • Helps update the Scrumboard and the Impediment Log

 Conduct Daily Standup

  • Ensures that the Scrumboard and the Impediment Log remain updated

Groom Prioritized Product Backlog

  • Facilitates Prioritized Product Backlog Review Meetings

 Convene Scrum of Scrums

  • Ensures that issues affecting the Scrum Team are discussed and resolved

 Demonstrate and Validate Sprints

  • Facilitates presentation of completed Deliverables by the Scrum Team for the Product Owner’s approval

Retrospect Sprint

  • Ensures that ideal project environment exists for the Scrum Team in the succeeding Sprints

 Retrospect Project

  • Represents the Scrum Core Team to provide lessons from the current project, if necessary

Responsibilities of the Scrum Master in Scrum Processes

Chief Scrum Master

Large projects require multiple Scrum Teams to work in parallel. Information gathered from one team may need to be appropriately communicated to other teams. The Chief Scrum Master is responsible for this activity.

Coordination across various Scrum Teams working on a project is typically done through the Scrum of Scrums (SoS) Meeting ). This is analogous to the Daily Standup Meeting and is facilitated by the Chief Scrum Master. The Chief Scrum Master is typically the individual responsible for addressing impediments that impact more than one Scrum Team.

Typically, any inter-team issues are addressed by the interested parties in a session immediately following the Scrum of Scrums. The Chief Scrum Master facilitates this session.



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