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The Scrum Master is part of a specific scrum team and plays a leading role in this team. They are in the workplace every day, know the team inside out, and know exactly what’s going on.
The Scrum Master’s concrete tasks:
In addition, they support the team in the broadest sense of the word. For example, they do this by helping the Product Owner with the user stories or by stepping in during testing.
Unlike the Scrum Master, the Agile Coach isn’t part of a specific Scrum team. They have an independent role and will coach several teams and/or the management.
The growth and focus of the Agile Coach has several levels. While a Team and a Program Coach focus on guiding the individual team members, the Enterprise Coach focuses on the implementation of the Agile way of working within the organization as a whole. The Agile Coach Bootcamp, therefore, focuses on the team and program coaching.
So, although there is a lot of overlap between the roles of Scrum Master and Agile Coach, there are also significant differences that help draw evident distinction between the two roles. Agile Coaches don’t deal with the content, but above all, with the process. Experience teaches us that this transition is a very radical and time-consuming operation that is never 100% finished. So, the Agile Coach has a bright future.