Leadership and team building

Focus areas of a Scrum Master

The role of a Scrum Master is often misunderstood and is not limited to facilitating Scrum ceremonies. Michael James, in his Scrum Master Checklist, has identified four focus areas of a Scrum Master:

  • Team
  • Product Owner
  • Organization
  • Development Practices

The proportion of time a Scrum Master allocates to these areas also changes over time as seen in the diagram below. Initially, when a new team is formed, she might focus more on helping the Product Owner and the team. Over time, as the team get more self-organized, the Scrum Master focuses more on organization and development practices.

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