Project Manager and Scrum Master: Roles in The Project

October 23, 2018
    The choice of this topic is not a fluke. Before International Project Management Day, we decided to discuss two roles in Project Management that participate and influence this process. Sometimes these roles are muddled up. They seem to be the same, but this is not true. For example, popular Agile methodology for project management has such a role as a Scrum Master, but what about Project Manager? Our article explains and describes Project Manager and Scrum Master roles: their responsibilities and differences.

First, let’s find out the definitions of both roles. According to Technopedia, Project Manager is “a person who is responsible for leading a project from its inception to execution. This includes planning, execution and managing the people, resources and scope of the project”.

The main responsibilities of the Project Manager (PM) are:

  • budget planning,
  • risk management,
  • tasks allocation,
  • process focusing,
  • communication with customers,
  • features prioritizing,
  • coordination of the project teams,
  • status tracking and reporting.

Project Manager has high responsibility for all the projects and teams, knows how to create clear goals as well as understandable tasks.

Scrum Master is a “servant leader, one of three fundamental roles in scrum methodology. Scrum master serves to facilitate both product owners and the team”. – says Technopedia.

Among the responsibilities of the Scrum Master are:

  • coaching,
  • support and motivation of the team,
  • providing help in team estimation and the velocity increase,
  • sprint planning and scrum meetings facilitation,
  • team motivation.

In other words, Scrum Master makes everything to protect the team and help them focus on their tasks.

As a result, Project manager is a person that coordinates and controls all the project and Scrum Master is a person that brings to focus team members and their comfort during the work. These roles are different, but they have something in common: both are interested in successful process and the result of the project.

Our teams use different methodologies in the project management. The scope of the projects can be various, but our project managers and scrum masters are not afraid to meet the challenges.

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