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Scrum Master and a Project Manager

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


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
  • 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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