The difference between Scrum Master and Project Manager. This is a rather common analogy, but why are we comparing it and what is behind it? These are 2 different roles coming from 2 different process frameworks. It’s like a football goalie vs. a full-back in rugby. When the goalkeeper switches to Rugby and begins to map old role in the the new game, imagine what’s going to happen? In Rugby, the goalkeeper will continues playing football.
You learn new rules from scratch as you change the game and get deeper perspectives in order to do a better job. If you find a Scrum Master role interesting, do it, otherwise you can choose from 2 more roles from Scrum.
Since observing so many teams, this is my learning to understand why we waterfall within scrum. So, what did I do? I stopped comparing professional Scrum Master and Product Owner (PSM & PSPO) classes. After all, to learn how to run, I don’t need to learn swimming; just because my trainer always compares swimmers with runners to make me understand the advantages of running. Yes, I changed my trainer.
Project Manager’s responsibilities as described in PMBOK® Guide
The project managers are responsible for what is generated by their team. The project manager is the person appointed to lead the team responsible for the achievement of the project goals by the performing organization. The project manager leads the project team to fulfill the goals of the project and the expectations of the stakeholders. The project manager works to balance the available resources with the competing constraints on the project.
Communication duties between the project sponsor, team members, and other stakeholders are often performed by the project manager. This includes providing guidance and sharing the project’s vision of success. The project manager communicates with other project managers proactively. A project can be affected by other individual projects or projects that are part of the same program. Interacting with other project managers helps to create a constructive impact to satisfy the project’s different needs.
Scrum Master’s responsibilities as described in Scrum Guide™
As specified in the Scrum Guide, the Scrum Master is accountable for promoting and supporting Scrum. Scrum Masters do this by helping others 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 to understand which of their experiences are beneficial and which are not. To optimize the value generated by the Scrum Team, the Scrum Master helps everyone adjust these experiences.
Do you see differences between the role of Project Manager and Scrum Master? I don’t see it. What I see are completely different processes and both have different roles to play in order to optimize the performance.
Why do we compare?
The project managers are responsible for what is generated by their team. The project manager is the person appointed to lead the team responsible for the achievement of the project goals by the performing organization. The project manager leads the project team to fulfil the goals of the project and the expectations of the stakeholders. The project manager works to balance the available resources with the competing constraints on the project.
When companies decide to use Scrum to develop products, many project managers either choose the role of scrum master themselves or asked to take this role by an organization. In order to connect what I’m doing now to what I’m supposed to do in the future, comparison is a natural thing to do. Ideally, we should compare processes that have more roles in this stage. When we don’t have a detailed understanding of a new method, this occurs. First, new processes should be compared with current ones. Then it is easier to learn new sets of rules and choose a new role based on rules when you get an understanding of how this new method works. The main point to note here is that if you attempt to map current roles in a new process, you will most likely demonstrate old activity in a new process.
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