SM vs PM

What is the difference between a Scrum Master and a Project Manager?

I would like to summarize my understanding


A Scrum Master is

•  An Influential Leader
•  A change agent
•  A role and not a designation
•  Who do not use command and control
•  A master facilitator of Scrum Ceremonies
•  A servant leader – helps team to self-organize and insulates from distractions.
•  A bulldozer of team impediments
•  A mirror to the team
•  One who promotes team work and collaboration
•  A Scrum Champion and coach to the team.
•  Who helps team members resolve their own conflicts
•  Who think ahead of the team into the future coming work
•  Who stay abreast of Agile developments in tools, technologies, and techniques the Team is using
•  Who coordinates with external teams
•  Who ask for management help when team needs it.
•  A timekeeper of all Scrum Ceremonies.
•  Who makes information radiators
•  Who actively coordinates with all stakeholders of the project
•  One who is a die-hard Agile learner
•  One who gives frequent feedback to the team.
•  One who engage constantly with other Scrum Masters through Community of Practice
•  One who ensure the constant flow of business value to the customer.
•  One who helps team in release planning
•  One who keeps team metrics up to date.
•  One who helps team to maintain their Scrum tools.

A Project Manager is

•  An authoritative individual
•  A formal hierarchical designation in an organization structure
•  Who decides what work needs to be done
•  Who assigns the work to the team
•  Who counts on individual contribution and group contribution
•  Who keeps track of what everyone on the team is doing
•  Who make commitments to management about how much Team can do by a certain date
•  Who do a weekly/daily status meeting
•  Who send weekly status report to the management
•  Who plan training and other skills development for Team-members
•  Who do active planning of resources, budgets, costs and schedules.
•  Who do career-development and career planning for his/her direct reports
•  Who do performance appraisals
•  Who recruit, interview and hire new Team-members
•  Who makes lay off decisions
•  Who makes procurement decisions
•  Who is responsible and accountable for the outcome of the project.
•  Who keeps all the project related artifacts up to date.

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