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18 Replies to “Scrum Master Career Path: Scrum Master vs Project Manager”

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  2. There is a big misconception about Scrum and Agile in wider context in this video.

    If you limit yourself to Scrum then you will never be agile. It doesn’t prescribe any engineering practices (XP), devops, UX, modern QA practices (automation), scaling practices etc. that will most certain necessary if a team wants to able to release something high-quality in a regular pace.

    That means you will inevitably have to branch out of Scrum at some point if you want to help the team or the organization to become truly agile. You cannot do Scrum by the book. Scrum alone is not perfect in that regard.

    A senior Scrum Master or better known as an Agile Coach will have at least worked in the industry for +8 years and have a wide and DEEP knowledge in lots of areas as mentioned above.

    A project manager is in the traditional sense a combination of a Scrum Master and a Product Owner. You will taking part in the planning but also “managing” the team. This is a conflict of interest since on one hand you will want to ‘finish’ the project in time but also need to “manage” the people so they work most efficiently without burning themselves out.

    Many people are simply tired of being “told” what to do and when to do it. To be put on unreasonable deadlines. This is what is wrong with Project Management.

    1. @IT Project Managers I am pointing out that the misconception in your video that you think Scrum is just limited to Scrum practices. Such as you think Agile Coaches are just prescribing Scrum to achieve agility.
      Scrum just happened to be the most popular one but is in no way perfect especially if you try to follow everything by the book.

      Also your slide about “Agile Project Management” is what gives Agile and Scrum a bad name. This is not agile. This is not lean. This is pretty much traditional waterfall trying to ride along the success of agile by calling it “Agile Project Management” and telling companies that they have (fake) “Scrum” in their processes.

    2. Companies buy “Agile Project Management” because they are not ready to be agile and lean. And no matter how many times you call plan-driven project management “waterfall” it won’t make it less efficient in the current corporate culture.
      Going back to your initial comment. When a Scrum Master starts to branch out into something else he stops being a Scrum Master and becomes a Project Manager or an executive manager. That’s why I don’t see any misconceptions.

    3. @IT Project Managers They buy into it because they’ve heard of this buzzword “Agile” and they are thinking they are practicing Agile and Scrum because you call it “Agile Project Management” and has “Scrum” in execution phase. You may stick an Apple logo onto a Blackberry but that still doesn’t make it an iPhone.

      If plan-driven is efficient and works, why call it Agile in the first place when it is clearly not agile? Because of this, you are diluting the meaning of agile and scrum. The main difference is not efficiency. It is about producing what the users wants and creating a sustainable environment. Agile embraces the unknown.

      If a Scrum Master starts to branch out he becomes a Senior Scrum Master, an Agile Coach, (Agile) Consultant, in some cases Scrum Trainer or even tech lead who previously came from a dev background. But obviously a Scrum Master in your type of environement can only rise to become a Project Manager. There is no “Scrum Coach” if you look it up on job search.

      “Proper project management requires team’s participation in setting milestones and deadlines”

      This is wishful thinking. In reality this never happens. Devs don’t care about creating the perfect plan with set deadlines and milestones. Even if they do, most of the time the plan never matches reality. And guess who will be breathing down the team’s neck for not able to reach the deadline? Hint: Not the team. The guy who is paying the money.

    4. ​ @Julien Katsuhito , I can only wish you the best luck selling the Agile values. If pure agile is as good as you describe it. If it brings true value to the clients. I don’t see how project management practices and project managers can dilute its benefits.
      If you and other Scrum Coaches will work hard enough sooner or later you’ll prove that agile and scrum are better than plan-driven project management. *All the companies in the world will adopt it*.
      I have my own vision of how to manage projects. You don’t like it – I get it. But I have a small following here and there’s no way I can harm the whole agile movement with on video, can I? 👹👹👹

    5. It sounds like you don’t know much about any of these positions 😂. Product owners and project managers are very different ones strategic, one is tactical. One will continue developing the same product, one gets new projects every few month.. etc etc

    1. Camilo, PMI’s certifications on Agile are not supper popular. They have a weight in companies that value PMP and for some reason need an agile PM. In all other cases, I would check other education providers like Scrum Alliance. Likewise, for enterprise world it’s better to get on the path of SAFe rather than just Scrum or agile in general.

  3. The Scrum Master is primarily a facilitator to keep their Team aligning their tasks with the Scrum framework, not to directly influence decision making?

    1. In theory, you are correct. In practice, it all depends on how experienced and mature your team is. Scrum prescribes that you have a motivated team that is eager to motivate. In the real world, it doesn’t happen on its own.

  4. I have a QA testing experience but it’s not on papers. I aim to be a project manager as I’ve been exposed to the role indirectly. The only obstacle I face is that I don’t have the designation of a project manager on my experience letters in order to apply in companies. This is a great video. It clarified my doubts about the difference between SM and PM.

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