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scrum master

A scrum master is the facilitator for an agile development team. Scrum is a methodology that allows a team to self-organize and make changes quickly, in accordance with agile principles. The scrum master manages the process for how information is exchanged. 

Although the scrum analogy was first applied to manufacturing in a paper by Hirotaka Takeuchi and Ikujiro Nonaka, the approach is often used in agile software development and other types of project management. In rugby, opposing teams huddle together during a scrum to restart the game. In product development, team members huddle together each morning for a stand-up meeting where they review progress and essentially restart the project.  During the daily meetings, which are sometimes called "scrums," the scrum master asks the team members these three questions: 

1. What did you do yesterday?
2. What will you do today?
3. Are there any impediments in your way?

Although the title of scrum master sounds powerful, the scrum master is not the project leader and is not held accountable for outcomes. The team as a whole is responsible for outcomes. 

That does not mean that the job is easy, however.  The scrum master is responsible for:

1. Helping the team to reach consensus for what can be achieved during a specific period of time. (See sprint)
2. Helping the team to reach consensus during the daily scrum.
3. Helping the team to stay focused and follow the agreed-upon rules for daily scrums. (See pigs and chickens)
4. Removing obstacles that are impeding the team's progress.
5. Protecting the team from outside distractions.

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This was last updated in July 2014

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I can't believe there is a certification for this.
It must be a joke...
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Hum, Wonder what gives you the experience or knowledge level to make that statement. Seems rather ignorant as to how this is used on projects in business. Oh, which by the way they use it where I work at one of the original Big 3.
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I am thinking to make a career in CMS but i am in confusion to select which one of both Certified Scrum Master (CSM) and Professional Scrum Master (PSM) is right one. I'm thinking to do it from BeingCert. Please suggest me what to do.
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Hilarious. Been a project manager for 23 years, these silly certifications are absurd. ...ranking right there with all this six sigma belt crap......and I started as a QE in statistical prices control years ago, still think all this six sigma training is garbage, deming is rolling in his grave.
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Having been a Project/Program Manager for 15+ years from 15+ years as a software engineer (Assembler) the Agile team, which includes a Scrum Master is the new project team. Rewrapped in a different bow with different labels, but basically the same project team.
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SCRUM is not a methodology. Agile is a methodology and Scrum is a Framework.
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