Project Manager from Hell
A Project Manager plays multiple roles in the organization. He or she has a role towards the team, towards the project, towards the business stakeholders and towards the organization itself.
The days of traditional project management evangelizing the concepts of "Command & Control" are long gone. Especially with Agile software development, the focus is more and more on building self managed teams.
It is said that it is easy for a project manager to lose his or her mind :D. Especially if you are under constant pressures of reporting project financials, status reporting, managing your project staffing & recruitment, stakeholder management, distributed teams, risk management, project planning, inceptions, lift-offs, project governance and to top it all, leading a group of different psychological beings who may be responding differently in different situations. There is no one size fits all when it comes to working with human beings, and you have the onus to build a self managed team. Hence, probably it is more apt to call our breed as project leaders than managers, but let us leave that discussion to a different day.
So if you are a project manager and getting stressed due the above mentioned pressures, or if you are clinging to the past styles of project management or you like being "old school", you may not realize but you might have turned into a devil.
How to be sure? Well... this session will offer you a checklist to confirm how close you are to being a devil or already have become one.
Outline/structure of the Session
- Pressures on a Project Manager
- Multiple roles that a Project Manager has to play
- Self Managed teams and project management in Agile
- Caution: A Project Manager can turn into a devil
- The checklist of a project manager from hell
- Are you a devil project manager?
- What is the role of a PM in Agile towards his or her team
- Servant Leadership
- Questions, answers & thoughts
- Traits of a bad project manager
- What not to do as a project manager
- Role of a project manager towards the team
- Servant leadership
Project Managers, Project Leaders, Team Leads, Scrum Masters, Program Managers, Executives.
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About the company
Philips is a healthcare multinational company that focuses on building complete health care products and solutions for emerging markets, in addition to developing solutions and products for global markets, across the three sectors Healthcare, Lighting and Lifestyle. Using the expertise of its nearly 2000 engineers in Bangalore and aligning the marketing and sales teams the campus is responsible for creating and rolling out a complete set of products that include a whole host of solutions for global customers. It also contributes to global solutions in critical health care component development for connected consumer devices and renewable energy.
Beginning of 2014, an external survey brought out the issues wrt time to market and code quality. Taking the survey results positively, the Leadership embarked on an Agile/SAFe journey with pilot projects. The results were amazing and with the currently learning from the pilots, the organization is running 25+ deployments within. The journey has started and Agile release trains are delivering periodic value to our customers at defined frequencies.
Product quality, consistent & predictive delivery and quicker time to market are the key challenges the organization is trying to address today. Continuous Innovation is constrained due to the above issues and hence there is need to find a new way of product development which can meet the dynamic business needs, foster people engagement and deliver meaningful products to the world.
ScaledAgile has been used as a framework for product development across the organization global. The whole organization is undergoing a transformation from waterfall way of working to the SAFe agile way of working and roadmap is till 2019.
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- Develop products in the Agile way with focus on Basic Agile practices (Scrum)
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- Establish a release pipeline with continuous integration (supported by Automation)
- Adopt a DevOps Culture with focus on Continuous delivery (to production environment)
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- Coordination - 1 FTE
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