Role of Scrum Master in the app development process

App Annie predicts revenue of mobile apps to grow from $41.1 to $101.1 billion by 2020.

In this competitive market,  the user experience and expectations have become a key factor to decide the success of a mobile app. Hence, it is obligatory for an application development company to adapt to the constantly changing market trend. Companies utilize an agile methodology to efficiently stream the critical development process. The agile approach towards mobile app development mainly focuses of flexible planning, involvement of customer, risk management and continuous evaluation. Scrum, is the type of agile approach that is used in software development.  It provides structure, discipline and a framework for Agile development.

Understanding Scrum

Scrum is a management framework utilized for product development that uses one or more cross-functional teams. It is a methodology that allows a team to self-organize and make changes quickly. It provides a structure of roles, meetings, rules, and artefacts. Scrum uses fixed-length iterations, called Sprints. An average sprint is 2 Weeks and are no more than 3 – 4 weeks long. The outcome of a sprint is a potentially releasable product increment.

A Scrum Master is an entity that leads the oversight process. A scrum master is the facilitator for an agile development team. An essential role of the scrum master is to manage the process for how information is exchanged. However, it is important to note that a scrum master is not necessarily a project manager. A scrum master is responsible for multiple things at multiple level of the app development process. Let’s understand the role of a scrum master in further detail.

Role of a Scrum Master

    • Helping the team to reach consensus for what can be achieved during a specific period of time.
    • Guiding the team to stay focused and follow the canons for daily scrums.
    • Analyzing the problems that are impeding the team’s progress and trying to eliminate them.
    • Prevent the team from distractions.

The scrum master doesn’t manage the team that produces the work. The responsibilities of a scrum master include supporting the product owner, coaching the team, and making sure that the processes are adhered to. The scrum master is responsible for the continuous implementation of the scrum process, and the maximization of its benefits.

The project would be the responsibility of the product owner or a team member, and it’s up to them to make the final decisions. However, the product owner can look to the scrum master for help to answer the questions about user experience, functionality issues, user feedback, and any need to realign the development. The scrum master helps the product owner understand how to effectively manage the work of the team, and to effectively plan and review meetings.

The verdict on scrum master

An Agile project is defined by the product owner and developed by the development team. The scrum master is responsible to facilitate, make sure that agile processes are being followed, and support the product owner and the team. A mediator and a coach is what a scrum master can be defined as.

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