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What is the role of the project manager in an Agile project that has a Product Owner and a Scrum master on the team ?
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In my view a project manager assigned to an Agile project, can fill the role of Scrum master/Product Owner/Team member according to his/her inclination, experience, background, skills, etc... But assigned to a project where these roles have already been filled ? I believe the value add is in coordination (eg. virtual teams), internal/external communications, customer relationship (supporting PO), contract management, risk management, quality management...Comments ?
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I imagine a PM might be particularly useful in coordinating interactions between teams participating in a Scrum of Scrums, particularly if those teams aren't co-located.
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Yes
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If your team is actually using Scrum, then there is no role for a project manager. There may be work a PM can do to help the developers, but the PM should generally stay out of their way and let them self-manage. If they don't need a PM's help, the PM should have the courage to admit it and find another position. This is tough to accept, but it's better than filling a position with no responsibilities and which adds no value.

On the other hand, if your organization isn't really using Scrum, then I have to ask what value the scrum master adds.
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In SCRUM, you could say that Scrum Master could fix as project manager.
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I think, in SCRUM, a Product Owner can be mapped to Project Manager.

This is from one of my experiences...though not called as SCRUM but a Hybrid Model.
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In the pure SCRUM approach there is no role called PM. However, a former "traditional PM" can take over the role as SCRUM-master as long as he/she is aware, educated and ideally alraedy experienced with the agile values, mindset and processes.
In projects like SAP implementations where you have an hybrid approach like the SAPActivate framework, I still do see the PM role however it must be aligned and synchronized with agile practises. I am personally looking forward to the already announced PMI Agile Practise Guide whether there is going to be some lights on hybrid project scenarios and the PM role.
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The PM can become an overflow for the Scrum master, handling things that are not part of a sprint.
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Marc -

Unless it is a very small project and a single team, a PM will still be needed to manage stakeholders, elevate and resolve issues and risks, manage the financials, etc.

Where you have a Scrum Master already, the PM might be involved on a part-time basis, but where you have multiple agile teams working together as part of a single project, the PM will be much more involved.

Kiron

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