Straight from the Scrum Guide: The Scrum Master serves the Scrum Team in several ways, including:

  • Coaching the team members in self-management and cross-functionality;
  • Helping the Scrum Team focus on creating high-value Increments that meet the Definition of Done;
  • Causing the removal of impediments to the Scrum Team’s progress;
  • Ensuring that all Scrum events take place and are positive, productive, and kept within the timebox.

I will focus on the last three points: creating high-value increments based on the definition of done by ensuring positive and productive outcome from Scrum events and influencing reasons behind impediments. All these need effective facilitation techniques to be applied by a Scrum Master.

What’s the meaning of effective facilitation?

It is facilitation, not decision making by a Scrum Master. In a self-managed cross-functional Scrum team, decision-making authority lies with the team members and collectively, not with an individual in isolation. Effective facilitation means collective decision within a given timebox, which focuses on the outcome within the Sprint. The outcome of the Sprint is a Done Increment meeting the Sprint Goal.

Let’s focus on below to have an effective outcome from the Sprint

  1. What’s needed to craft a meaningful Sprint Goal
  2. How to review the Sprint Goal daily
  3. What to do with impediments that endanger the Sprint Goal
  4. How to review the Sprint Goal against the Product Goal
  5. What to do differently to maximize the Sprint Goal

Jan 9th, 2021
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM IST