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8 IT jobs in flux

“8 IT jobs in flux” on The Enterprisers Project, May 26, 2020.

6. Scrum master

In agile, confusion around titles like scrum master and project manager create overlap and silos, says Alan Zucker, founding principal of Project Management Essentials.

“There has been too much debate regarding the roles of the manager, project manager, and scrum master.”

“In agile organizations, there has been too much debate regarding the roles of the manager, project manager, and scrum master. People come to the conversation with their own baggage and biased perspectives. We should step back and look at the three roles, and recognize that there is a significant overlap without a need for competition,” says Zucker.

If you find overlap in your organization, consider rolling the responsibilities under one “team lead,” says Zucker. “The lead may have traditional management duties but use lean-agile techniques to coach their teams to do better and mature their practices. The lead can also play the critical role of working externally with senior management and stakeholders. We can reduce the siloing and finger-pointing that has developed in some of our organizations by consolidating these roles,” he says.