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How Project Managers Can Adopt Agile: 12 Smart Tips

Most companies are adopting Agile methodology and project managers doubt how their role agrees with the picture. Come to think of it, this approach has only three roles—Product Owner, Scrum Master and the Team. No role is defined for the project managers. In this article at Information Week, Jaya Panchavati provides 12 smart tips by which project managers can adopt Agile.

Managing Projects the Agile Way

While Agile is a framework for product management, project management requires supervising the entire project. Project managers need to synchronize and communicate as per hierarchy for smooth project delivery. Following are the 12 smart tips by which you can adopt Agile:

  1. Shared Responsibility: The tasks of project managers are distributed in an agile team. So, let teammates take ownership of the tasks.
  2. High-Level Scope: Instead of defining a scope that is specific to a dot, you only have to create a high-level scope. Support the product owner while prioritizing backlogs and describing requirements to your teams.
  3. Lean Documentation: Too much documentation can lead to confusion, so have a practical approach and document important updates only.
  4. Flexibility and Focus: While you must stay flexible, keep a tab on the value you are adding to the organization.
  5. Incremental Improvement: Be ready to improve processes within a short time span. Regular retrospectives can help you with recognizing improvement areas and rectifying them soon.
  6. Simple Tools for Estimation: You do not need expensive tools to present estimates. Use historical data to create charts. Estimate the current scope and velocity with the Product Owner, functional manager, and Scrum Master.
  7. Early Risk Management: For Agile, you must address risk as early as possible because the team cannot move to the next iteration otherwise.
  8. Managing Dependencies: You must address dependencies first to improve your chance to succeed. Agree to discuss the dependencies on priority with all the stakeholders.
  9. Transparent Communication: Establish communication channels, guidelines, and hierarchies. Getting the right approvals would increase your team’s efficiency tenfold.
  10. Team Management: Scrum Masters should be involved only strategically, so manage team-related issues yourself.
  11. Enabling Work Environment: Create a work environment where failures are not burdens but learning opportunities. Ensure each individual feels like a part of the team.
  12. Mentoring Support: It takes some time to get used to the Agile ways. Mentor your team to evolve as a strong agile unit.

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