- The Agile Manager’s role is primarily to lead project teams in creating and responding to change. The Agile Manager does this through Agile principles: small batches, small, integrated teams; and small, continuous improvements. Small batches of features create the fast, flexible flow of value to the customer. Small, integrated teams reduce wasteful handoffs, foster innovation and generate higher productivity. Small, continuous improvements are the essence of learning and adaptation and create flexibility to change.
- Light touch leadership is the Agile Manager’s work of energizing, empowering and enabling project teams to rapidly and reliably deliver customer value: by engaging customers, and continuously learning and adapting to their changing needs and environments.
- While a lot of project management expertise conveys to Agile Project Management, some replacements are necessary for managers seeking to manage Agile projects. See the above diagram for a list of necessary replacements.
I believe that the role of the Agile Project Manager will continue to evolve as Agile methods continue to be adopted.