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What is an Agile scrum master?

Scrum is one of the frameworks you can use to adopt an Agile project methodology. Within Scrum, there are 3 main roles:

  1. Scrum master
  2. Product owner
  3. Team member

The scrum master is the facilitator of the project. They’re responsible for arranging the daily meetings, improving team interactions, and helping maximize productivity. The project manager often takes on the role of scrum master, but it can also be delegated to anyone on the team who is a Scrum expert and a strong facilitator. 

 The scrum master's primary goal is to help the project team be self-sufficient. Their job is to intercept and remove barriers to progress, and act as a buffer between the team and any stakeholders or outside forces that might interfere with or hamper progress. While the product owner is responsible for the end deliverable of the team, the scrum master oversees how it gets accomplished. 

Further Reading
blog post

Fundamentals of the Scrum Methodology

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Sprint to Success with Scrum for Dummies

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Scrum for Newbies: How to Use Scrum to Tame Chaos