I haven’t been a Scrum Master for a terribly long time, but when I went to my CSM class and my instructor talked about protecting the team I felt like I had come home. Protecting the team makes sense to me. What made no sense whatsoever was that the team would be self-managing, self-organizing and standard PM things like, status meetings, budget reports and the like, wouldn’t be necessary. Those were some of the things I performed to add value. When people would look back to see how well the project was managed, I could show them all these things and they would know I did a good job.
The team decides how. Scope creep (aka: change) is welcome. The team decides what they will work on. The team decides how they will work together. THE TEAM!
What do I do? What do I decide? What do I manage?
This is what was hard to wrap my head around. And, I have….mostly. I have made and will continue to make mistakes. I definitely prefer being measured by how well the teams I work with perform over whether or not tasks were all completed on time or how awesome my status reports were. Teams who really embrace Agile do too.
What is hard for you in the transition from Project Manager to Scrum Master?