Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches— are you aware of PMBOK?

Scrum Masters and Agile Coaches (not all but many) are often very critical of project Managers and in general about project management approaches. However the question remains — how deeply do many of us understand project management. The PMBOK — The Standard for Project Management and A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge is the ultimate reference.

However how many are actually aware and referenced it.

I am running a poll on LinkedIn to figure this out

It would be great to see where it lands. Goes without saying, be honest and genuine :)

This poll was triggered by my experience observing several SMs and Coaches who regardless if they are aware of PMBOK or not, have a very weaker understanding of project management as a discipline in general.

I would not like to generalize for all SMs/Coaches but many, especially the ones coming out of 2 day SM and 4 day Coaching workshops are the one where I see certain gaps as listed below:

Weaker understanding of project management and narrower perspective

Weaker understanding of project management and narrower perspective, since many SMs/Agile Coaches have seen the point of view of a project from team level only. They were team members/leads and become SMs and then coaches. Not experienced the full breadth and depth of project management as a discipline

A biased world view

A biased world view that sees any situation from the lens of the agile manifesto / scrum framework only or other theoretical concepts. The world is far more complex and varied than that to apply such linear thinking.

No skin in the game

No ability to put their skin in the game. Many SMs/Coaches can teach and advise but if they are asked to step into the shoes and actually run the show/make things happen, would falter and prefer to take refuge behind the facilitator excuse.

The agile manifesto and the agile movement in general have definitely brought us forward and helped us discover “better ways”. Project Management is one of the oldest discipline and it would be around for the foreseeable future. A better understanding and appreciation of that would help SMs and Agile coaches be better at serving their stakeholders.

Looking forward to hearing more views and perspectives on this topic. Comment here or on the linkedin post

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