The consensus at my table was that agile software development can quickly add value to the business. It does not replace the job of a project manager, but it does change the role.
Last Thursday I facilitated a discussion on this topic while information technology experts floated from table to table. I hosted 4 groups in 80 minutes and the conversations were a rich sharing of experiences sprinkled with a spicy blend of advice and opinion.
What do you think? Are we expecting more refined leadership from today’s project manager?
Notes from the session are below:
•Agile is not a methodology
•Stop pushing the date
•Sprints force priorities
•Business value is key
•Iterative process – not new
•Not everything should be agile
•Borrow & merge to find the fit
•Change management needed
•Articulate the value – sell it!
•Agile’s focus is on product
•Need mature, dynamic leadership
•Greatest challenge is the human element
•Fund from the business – sell to the workforce
•Any project can be agile if the right plan and people
•Doing it ½ way is bad unless I want to be out of control
•Grow the PM role: Mom, Engagement Manager, Program Manager, Visionary, Climate Creators, One-Throat-to-Choke, Change Manager, Driver
•Project Manager becomes a senior consultant: budget, resources, scope, tracking