The project management principle to enable change to achieve the envisioned future state is inherently supported by the Scrum framework. Scrum’s approach, characterized by close stakeholder involvement and iterative development, naturally facilitates the adoption of new behaviors and processes. For Project Managers transitioning to Scrum Masters, understanding how to leverage Scrum to guide stakeholders and teams through change is crucial. Scrum’s emphasis on collaboration, transparency, and regular feedback makes the transition to new solutions more digestible and less disruptive.

Potential dangers for project managers, just picking out two from my experiences

Underestimating the Human Aspect of Change: Project Managers might focus heavily on the technical aspects of change, overlooking the importance of preparing and supporting stakeholders and team members for the transition.

Overwhelming Stakeholders with Change: Implementing too many changes too quickly can lead to resistance or change fatigue. In Scrum, changes are incremental, which helps in mitigating this risk.

Facilitating Change in Scrum

Stakeholder Engagement and Collaboration: Scrum involves stakeholders, particularly users, in the development process. This continuous involvement ensures that changes are not unexpected but are part of a collaborative effort.

Iterative Development and Feedback: Scrum’s iterative nature allows for gradual implementation of changes. Regular feedback loops ensure that changes align with user needs and the envisioned future state.

Transparent Communication: Maintaining transparency throughout the Scrum process helps in building trust and buy-in for changes. It allows stakeholders to understand the rationale behind changes and their impact. Scrum’s artefacts are expected to bring the needed transparency, while Scrum’s events allow for inspecting and adapting these.

Steps you can take as Project Manager to transition to a professional use of the Scrum framework:

Emphasize Stakeholder Involvement: Actively involve stakeholders in the entire process. Use events like Sprint Reviews to gather feedback and facilitate their buy-in for the changes being implemented.

Manage Change Incrementally: Introduce changes in small, manageable increments. This approach helps stakeholders to adapt more easily and reduces resistance.

Communicate Effectively and Empathetically: Maintain open lines of communication throughout the transition process. Be empathetic to stakeholders’ concerns and resistant to change, and address these proactively.


For a Project Manager transitioning to a Scrum Master role, enabling change to achieve the envisioned future state is about more than managing a process; it’s about guiding people through a journey of transformation. Scrum’s framework, with its stakeholder-centric approach and iterative development, provides an ideal setting for managing this journey effectively, ensuring a smooth transition to new solutions and processes.

Next Steps

Begin by reassessing your current approach to change management in the context of Scrum. Engage stakeholders early and often, and utilize Scrum events to facilitate continuous dialogue and feedback. Remember, in Scrum, change is a journey taken together, not a destination to be reached in isolation. Let’s navigate this journey of change with confidence and collaboration.

Exploring this project management aspect within Scrum reveals a complex relationship between project management skills and agile practices which we only just touched upon. Project Managers can bring valuable expertise to a Scrum team, but realizing its full potential only happens when the skills are adapted and applied to each unique Scrum Team’s context.

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