Role of a Agile Project Manager How is it different?
Agile PMTraditional Project Management manages theknown, Agile Project Management managesthe unknownThere are distinctly different ways how youmanage the unknown versus the knownThere are distinctly different people andstyles that are more suited to managing theunknown versus the known
Traditional PM tendenciesDetail OrientedManages the detailsManages the PlanDoesn’t prefer changeGuardian Temperament
Agile PM tendenciesEncourages ChangeComfortable with AmbiguityComfortable with Delegation, TrustManages ValueIdealist Temperament
IdealistThese are big picture people who leadfollowers to pursue great dreams. Theythrive on people issues and gravitate towardthe soft skills: conﬂict resolution, negotiation,team building, facilitating.Diplomacy and strategy are their strong suits
GuardianPeople with this temperament like to play bya set of rules. These are the stabilizers inthe organization, working to keep the boaton an even keel.Meeting budgets and deadlines and followingthe plan are important to Guardians.
The DifferenceIn waterfall projects you focus on managingpeople and tasks, in Agile projects you focuson leading the process Facilitate decision making versus making the decisions
Deliverable differences Traditional AgileWork Breakdown Structure Priorized Backlog Weekly Status Reports Daily Stand ups Project Plan Iteration Plan MS Project Stickies Problem Solver Problem Solver Assistant Text Reports Visual Boards
7 Key TraitsCross FunctionalRelationship BuilderEncourages InnovationComfortable with ambiguityFacilitatorPrefers to collaborateProvide visibility, not status
Cross FunctionalIdeally an Agile PM will also play other roleson the project as well Analyst Developer Tester
Relationship BuilderOn a Traditional Project, the Analysts usuallyown the relationship with the businessOn an Agile Project, the Analysts still have astrong relationship, but the Agile PM needsto also build a strong relationship to allowthem to help to promote value To do this they need to understand the solution
Encourages InnovationAs an Agile Team member and leader, theProject Manager need to encourage theteam to innovateThis may cause more change, but also morevalue
Comfortable with AmbiguityThe Agile PM must be comfortable withambiguity and vaguenessThe Agile PM must be comfortable with nothaving a detailed plan or solution up front
FacilitatorThe Agile Project Manager does not have aposition of authorityAs a consequence, they must excel atfacilitating decisions with the client andbetween team mates
Prefers to CollaborateAn Agile PM, like all Agile team members,must prefer to collaborate.Even when this collaboration is not required.This is done because the PM believes thatbetter solutions will arise.
Provides Visibility, not statusInstead of preparing status reports tocommunicate status, the Agile PM creates anenvironments that provides total visibility tothe status of the project for all to seeKanban Boards, Visual Charts, User StoryMaps
SummaryAn Agile Project Manager is a different roleand set of skills that a traditional PMUsually it helps if the Agile PM has a basecompetency in another skill set on theproject as wellMany of the traditional PM characteristicsare still required, but these Agilecharacteristics are important to have inaddition