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Getting Started as a Scrum Master

Embarking on a journey as a Scrum Master is a challenging and rewarding endeavor. As you step into this accountability within a Scrum Team, you'll find yourself at the crossroads of collaboration, leadership, and continuous improvement - a position that is necessary to deliver value effectively.

As you learn more about Scrum and the Scrum Master accountability through education and practice, your ability to facilitate effectively, navigate impediments, and empower teams will improve. So, whether you're a seasoned Scrum Master or just beginning your journey, the work ahead promises at least a chance to make a valuable impact on your organization as you help your team become more effective at delivering value.

While there are many concepts an effective Scrum Master must learn and apply over time, you will likely face the following questions soon. These are the topics we’ve addressed for you first through a series of articles and videos that contain practical ideas, tips, and activities with step-by-step guidelines that you can try immediately. 

  • How can I be (more) effective as a Scrum Master?
  • What should I do when joining a team as a new Scrum Master?
  • How do I help myself and the team build collaborative relationships?
  • What are effective ways to facilitate the Scrum events?
  • How can I help the Product Owner and Developers manage the Product Backlog?
  • What are different ways to navigate impediments?

Consume this advice in whatever order makes sense to you. Bookmark or save and return to those articles often; you can find your saved articles in your Scrum.org profile under Saved Content.

How to be more effective as a Scrum Master

As a Scrum Master, you are accountable for the Scrum Team’s effectiveness. But what does that mean and how might you do it? 

The following resources are a great first step in exploring what team effectiveness is and dives into  some key Scrum Master techniques like how to enable Scrum and its purpose and how to encourage a continuous improvement mindset.

Learning Series
There is no one direct path to become a great Scrum Master. However, we've assembled a few insights and ideas on topics such as driving toward goals, living the Scrum Values, enabling collaboration, removing obstacles, instilling self-management, promoting psychological safety, and encouraging a continuous improvement mindset.

 

Joining a Scrum Team

As a Scrum Master joining a Scrum Team, you’ll want to get to know the team, understand their needs, challenges, goals, the organizational environment in which they work and who the stakeholders are. 

The following resources offer tools to help a new Scrum Master assimilate into the team and get familiar with their new environment. 

Learning Series
As a new Scrum Master you’ll want to get to know your team, the people outside of your team that you’ll work with, including stakeholders to help the team improve at delivering value. To help you get started, here are some questions and tips to consider when you join a new team as a Scrum Master and suggestions on building collaborative relationships.

 

Encouraging collaboration on the Scrum Team

Working together on shared goals is a key aspect of a Scrum Team’s success. The following resources provide several techniques to help a Scrum Master promote a collaborative environment including steps on how to create a team working agreement as well as a video on how to create a team’s first Definition of Done.

Learning Series
To help ensure that the work the Scrum Team delivers is valuable, they need to work together, share ideas and responsibilities and have team ownership while also working closely with their stakeholders, including customers and end users.

 

Enabling effective Scrum Events

Often, Scrum events don’t go as planned. Good, lightweight facilitation can help the Scrum Teams get back on track. The following resources provide techniques for facilitating the Scrum Events as well as offering tips for Product Backlog refinement. 

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Scrum events create regularity and transparency and minimize the need for meetings not defined in Scrum. The events are the Daily Scrum, Sprint Planning, Sprint Review, Sprint Retrospective, and the Sprint. Often, Scrum events don’t go as planned. Good, lightweight facilitation can help the Scrum Te...
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Product Backlog items (PBI) evolve over time. They start as vague ideas and are improved as more information is uncovered. Eventually they are well enough defined that they can be brought onto a Sprint Backlog. The activity of continually improving PBIs until they are ready to be worked on is cal...
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Dealing with Impediments

Scrum Masters should help the team learn how to address and resolve impediments. These resources offer advice on learning how to identify, create transparency around and resolve impediments.

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Scrum Master job descriptions typically include the following: “Help remove impediments for the team” or “Accountable for removing impediments”. Organizations clearly find impediment removal to be an important aspect of the role. But what is meant by impediments? Should a Scrum Master remove all the...
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