Project Manager vs Scrum Master – Stop Comparing

Difference between Project Manager and Scrum Master. This is a very popular comparison, but why do we compare and what goes behind this comparison? These are 2 different roles that originated from 2 different process frameworks. It is like goalkeeper in football vs full-back in Rugby. When goalkeeper switch to Rugby and start mapping old role in new game, imagine what will happen? Goalkeeper will start playing football in Rugby.

When you change the game, you learn new rules from scratch to get deeper insights to do a job better. If you find a Scrum Master job interesting then do it, else there are 2 more roles to choose in Scrum.

This is our learning after observing many teams to understand why they waterfall within scrum. So what did we do? Stopped comparing and started teaching it in our Scrum Master and Project Management classes.

Learn About the Role of the Scrum Master

As described in the Scrum Guide, the Scrum Master is responsible for promoting and supporting Scrum. Scrum Masters do this by helping everyone understand Scrum theory, practices, rules, and values.

The Scrum Master is a servant-leader for the Scrum Team. The Scrum Master helps those outside the Scrum Team understand which of their interactions with the Scrum Team are helpful and which aren’t. The Scrum Master helps everyone change these interactions to maximize the value created by the Scrum Team.

Roles a Scrum Master Plays

1. Service to the Product Owner

The Scrum Master serves the Product Owner in several ways, including:

  1. Ensuring that goals, scope, and product domain are understood by everyone on the Scrum Team as well as possible.
  2. Finding techniques for effective Product Backlog management.
  3. Helping the Scrum Team understand the need for clear and concise Product Backlog items.
  4. Understanding product planning in an empirical environment.
  5. Ensuring the Product Owner knows how to arrange the Product Backlog to maximize value.
  6. Understanding and practicing agility.
  7. Facilitating Scrum events as requested or needed.

2. Scrum Master Service to the Development Team

The Scrum Master serves the Development Team in several ways, including:

  1. Coaching the Development Team in self-organization and cross-functionality.
  2. Helping the Development Team to create high-value products.
  3. Removing impediments to the Development Team’s progress.
  4. Facilitating Scrum events as requested or needed.
  5. Coaching the Development Team in organizational environments in which Scrum is not yet fully adopted and understood.

3. Scrum Master Service to the Organization

The Scrum Master serves the organization in several ways, including:

  1. Leading and coaching the organization in its Scrum adoption;
  2. Planning Scrum implementations within the organization;
  3. Helping employees and stakeholders understand and enact Scrum and empirical product development;
  4. Causing change that increases the productivity of the Scrum Team; and,
  5. Working with other Scrum Masters to increase the effectiveness of the application of Scrum in the organization.

Scrum Master Training Dates: 2nd -5th June 2020


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