Posted by jc-Qualitystreet on 2010/03/30
Agile Coach vs ScrumMaster: it is sometimes a bit blurry … probably because the ScrumMaster acts sometimes as an agile coach, using coaching techniques and probably because the Agile coach is sometimes asked to play the role of ScrumMaster in Scrum projects.
But according to me: « The ScrumMaster is not an Agile Coach » … here are some elements of comparison:
|Mission||High variability. Never the same.
For a person and / or a Team and /or an Organization
A strong clarification of the objectives and a precise analysis of the context are required.
For this journey toward agility, concrete and measurable result should be defined.
|Little variability. Often the same
For the team
|Scope||Agility (broader) and Change||Scrum|
|Link with the Project||The agile coach is not involved in the project (independent)||The ScrumMaster is involved in the project|
|Link with the team||Not part of the team
Does not protect the team
|With the team daily
Protects the team
|Activity – Presence||Variable and not continuous depending on the context and needs. Stronger presence at the beginning of the mission, less thereafter. The Coach is looking for the autonomy of his client …||Continuous. Throughout the project period.|
|Training||Trained in methods, roles and Agile practices.
Trained in coaching (certified or not)
Good knowledge of IT projects life cycles, roles, actors and activities
Basic knowledge of psychology
|Trained in the role of ScrumMaster (certified or not)|
|Experience in agility (depth … Years of experience.)||Required||Not necessary|
|Experience in agility (width … Implementation in various contexts, with multiple teams)||Required||Not necessary|
|Acts as a Trainer||+ + +||No|
|Acts as a Facilitator||+ +||+ + +|
|Acts as a Mentor||+ + +||+|
|Acts as a Coach||+ + +||+|
|Acts as a Consultant||+||No|
|Is the agent of change||+ + +||+|
Scale: +++ (Yes Very Much) ; ++ (Yes Much) ; + (Yes Little) ; No
It’s my Vision, what’s yours ?