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So are you ready to take the plunge and navigate the sea of Agile and Scrum?
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Scrum Master vs Project Manager
A scrum master is the facilitator who ensures that the scrum principles are adhered for an agile development team.
Scrum is a methodology that allows a team to self-organize and make changes quickly, in accordance with agile principles.
The scrum master manages the process for how information is exchanged.
What is Scrum Project Management?
Scrum project management is a methodology for managing software delivery that comes under the broader umbrella of agile project management. It provides a lightweight process framework that embraces iterative and incremental practices, helping organizations deliver working software more frequently.
Scrum Master Roles and Responsibilities
The scrum master is the team role responsible for ensuring the team lives agile values and principles and follows the processes and practices that the team agreed they would use. The responsibilities of this role include: ... Ensuring a good relationship between the team and product owner as well as others outside the team.
They help educate the team in Scrum, Extreme Programming (XP), Kanban, and SAFe, ensuring that the agreed Agile process is being followed. ... The Scrum Master role is taken by a team member whose primary responsibility is assisting the self-organizing, self-managing team achieve its goals; a Scrum Master is a servant leader.
Essentially, the project manager is accountable for the success or failure of a project. Typical responsibilities of a project manager include: Planning, Executing, and Closing Projects — defining the project, building its comprehensive work plan, and managing to the budget.
• Leadership. ...
• Team management. ...
• Negotiation. ...
• Personal organization. ...
• Risk management.
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• "A project manager’s competency includes following three skill sets:
• o Leadership
• o Technical project management
• o Strategic & business management"
Scrum Master & Project Manager: Are they similar?
It is cleat by now that the roles are important but are different. They have different approaches even though some part do overlap. How are they similar? Lets have a look:
They both focus on team’s performance and ensure ways to increase team’s efficiency
Scrum Master involves with assistance and coaching while Project Manager involves with resolving conflicts and issues in the team
Both the roles aren’t empowered with decision-making authority. Scrum Master helps the Product Owner in managing product backlog while a Project Manager will have to seek approval from cloent or other stakeholders.
Scrum Master and Project Manager require skillset, experience and experience to excel
Scrum Master and Project Manager stress on the importance of quality and strict adherence – quality of work
Scrum Master & Project Manager: What are the differences?
The real difference is the difference between a Scrum Master and an Agile Project Manager. ... A scrum master does not manage risk by him or herself. A project manager will take on the risk management responsibility without asking the team. A Scrum Master has only allegiance to the team
A Scrum Master works in smaller scrum teams. They are responsible for the performance of their small scrum team. ... Project Manager prepares the work schedule for the team member and assigns responsibilities. While a Scrum Master coaches the team on scrum and motivates them.
We will understand Scrum Manager and Project Manager aren’t the same. From the perspective of scope, the Scrum Manager might be limited to sprint while the Project Manager scope extends all the way to handover.
Overall, Project Manager’s role is more of a Leadership role, While Scrum Master’s duties include more of facilitating and coaching role.
It’s an interesting pointer that can be deliberated but never decided with a Boolean yes/no response. Waterfall is the conventional methodology and given Agile’s merits it’s too attractive to make an immediate shift but one should reason with the ramification by balancing the pros and cons as agile may not be an ideal fitment for every project. Accepted Agile has made great strides but has it replaced waterfall altogether is subjective if we are mindful of the consequences. We learn by experience and the takeaway in the form of teaching is to beware and be cautious of concerns. Usually technical heads mull over the decision by studying requirements again and again to arrive at a conclusion.
They are both project management methodologies and the applicability rest on many factors. Just because waterfall has been around for long doesn’t make it indispensable and agile emerging much later is the most happening either. That’s why approach adopted should be strictly on merits. It’s a no-brainer the discussion about this subject would entail into PMP or PRINCE2 certification.
Waterfall methodology is most easily identified with PMP certification program, while PRINCE2 follows Agile. Both these approaches are very different and hence the deliberation before deciding on picking the best suiting the needs.
Waterfall is a typical plan – build – test –deliver stages, where the final version is envisioned in the planning phase rendering the requirement study and scope as very critical and any change addressed through change requirement and the customer gets to have a feel at the UAT stage only, when all is done and set to go.
Agile is very modular, impleneted through scrum, wherein the client acts as one of the stakeholders and can know firsthand the output of a phase technically referred as ‘sprint’ and every requirement is detailed as a story card with scrummaster manning the post. The individual accountability is very high. The sprint demo can be shown to client for feedback and changes incorporated and hence its the process is iterative. This flexibility is not possible in waterfall methodology.
Lets study the popular or most searched words using Google Trends, and though it’s a ballpark and not a scientific proposition, it does offer a perspective as to where the world is heading towards on a bird’s view.
The PMP certification seems to have picked up and peaked and gradually slides down with the forecast trending upwards, while Agile at one stage seems to have spiked over PMP and continued to ascent, and the forecast too is favorable.
The certification aspect witnessed PMP on the rise and peaking only to slip down and forecast is forward, while Agile is steady with not much of growth nor stunted and the forecast is trending upwards.
The charts are based on ‘keyword’ search and need not necessarily endorse any claim not be evident of any outcome. Like stressed earlier they present a picture of the trends and such PMP is still quite popular, and Agile is holding on and growing.
So what do you think is the trend? Do let us know…
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