Scrum Master

Facilitator and servant-leader, fostering collaboration


The Scrum Master supports the development team to create gourmet delicacies. They do this by blending the right techniques with their responsibilities:

Scrum Master is the curator of Agile recipes

As a coach to the Development Team and the organisation, they introduce Scrum theory, practices, and tools so everyone can collaborate effectively and have a cohesive approach to delivering value. A great Scrum Master will adapt and select appropriate practices and tools for the individual, team and organisation they are coaching depending on the need at any given time. They use the theory and practices to guide the development team, support the Product Owner, and coach the wider organisation in Scrum adoption but also acting as a change agent driving continuous improvement. They are responsible for establishing the daily standup, sprint review, sprint planning and sprint retrospectives and championing agile practices.

The perfect sous-chef

When a team member is struggling, or a problem hinders the team, the Scrum Master is by the team’s side and steps in to help the team whisk away impediments. This helps the team to stay focused on the agreed goals.

They also protect the team from an unsustainable work pace through planning prowess and stakeholder management. By limiting unwanted disturbances and coaching the Product Owner and team in describing and estimating work, the Scrum Master creates an safe environment for the Development Team. Psychologically safety is a big topic for a Scrum Master too; high performing teams have high levels of psychological safety.

Available for

All Sprint Ceremonies:

Daily Standup

Sprint Planning

Sprint Review

Sprint Retrospective

Coaching individual team members, the Development Team, the Product Owner, the wider organisation

the seven stances of a scrum master are Actively do nothing, Coach, Facilitator, Impediment remover, Mentor, Pragmatist, Teacher.

Stances to thrive as a Scrum Master

Depending on the situation, a different leadership style can be necessary. We have refined seven different stances, based on those described by Barry Overeem, Comic Agilé and Bas Vodde.

  • Coach
  • Facilitator
  • Impediment remover
  • Mentor
  • Pragmatist
  • Actively do nothing
  • Teacher

You can view information about each stance here – if you want to show your team what stance you’re taking at any time, you can with our stances mug.

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