Don’t be afraid. There was a lot of work to be done. Within the next year I started to understand what Agile Project manager responsibilities which is to assist the agile adaptation and transformation.
- Develop the IT product
- Change the Business
- and the ever lasting Political project (never ending)
These 3 project has to be attended differently. An agile project leader knows how to facilitate these 3 different project and make the best out of it in a agile content. So If you have completed a Agile transformation this is easy, but the most companies agile maturity is variate a lot. This is within these 3 project areas that Agile Leader works, not within but around facilitating – helping people, teams, departments to become Agile.
Agile Project Leader (APL)
I don’t like the word Manager, I rather use the word “Leader”. Management or manager is focused on controlling, measuring, being the one knowing better than the once being manged. Making or taking the decisions.
This is NOT the way I saw my job anymore. Working with together with colleagues I have realized that I’m not the smartest (I knew that or the one with the great ideas, so using the competences of all my colleagues is a must for us to succeed. Fail and learn. So my job is to lead instead of commanding and controlling – but what does that mean?
Leaders are like gardener they can only plant seeds, water, remove weeds, secure condition and environment for the plants to grow. The plants grow them self within the right environment. When time is ready the gardeners organize harvesting of the plants fruits and then the life cycle is complete.
As an Agile leader at e-conomic I learned to focused on coaching the team, department and the organization as the change evolved. My activities as an Agile leader was set into 3 main categories (the activities is not a definite list):
I’ve read some great blogs and articles on the topic of Agile Leadership and like top share these quotes and leanings.
- It’s worth knowing that, or at least retrospecting about the data. A Project Manager will gather the data. take on the risk management responsibility without asking the team.
- A Project Manager has responsibility to the team and to the organization