A Medium follower asked me a few questions recently:
What’s the difference between a Scrum Master and agile coach? How can they both be involved in Scrum? Why is it seen as a natural ‘progression’ to move from Scrum Master to agile coach?
These are popular questions, and I’ve run across many–maybe too many, in fact–who have answered them in varying ways. Maybe I should add my answers to the pile. After all, I often describe myself as “a confused soul who can’t decide whether he’s an agile coach or a Scrum Master.” Before I begin, my philosophy today is a simple one:
The name of a thing is not the thing. Forget titles. Forget hierarchy. Focus instead on those around us and the value we create for those we serve.