Project Manager vs. Scrum Master: Key Differences

Adriana Girdler

Everything you need to know about being a project manager vs. Scrum master! A scrum master and a project manager are two completely different roles, …

Everything you need to know about being a project manager vs. Scrum master!

A scrum master and a project manager are two completely different roles, but people often struggle with picking out the differences.

If you’re running projects, or if you’re a team member on projects, it’s important to understand the differences between a scrum master vs. project manager.

Scrum Master

A scrum master is someone who specifically uses agile methodology, which is a way of working that is used heavily in the software industry. It takes a look at requirements and gets those requirements completed in iterations.

The scrum master’s role is to ensure that agile process is running smoothly and effectively, and to remove any roadblocks for the team.

Project Manager

A project manager oversees the overall aspects of a project from start to finish. They incorporate scope, time, and budget.

They also look at risk management, change management, and anything else that will ensure that deliverables get delivered and stakeholders stay on track.

Responsibilities of these roles

It’s important to understand the main responsibilities of each role if you really want to get a good grasp on the main differences between them.

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Adriana Girdler is a project manager, productivity specialist, entrepreneur, professional speaker, facilitator, visioning wizard, and author. As President of CornerStone Dynamics, Adriana is one of Canada’s prominent business productivity and project management specialists—helping both individuals and businesses do what they do, only better. She is a certified master black belt lean six sigma with over 20 years’ experience improving how companies work.

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