Mission Not Impossible: Transitioning Project Managers to Agile

Every organization is struggling with the issue of how to reconcile project management and agility. This is a serious challenge for the project management community who often doesn't understand what agility is, particularly within the context of an established organization. This can also be a serious challenge for agile practitioners who may not appreciate the potential value of management. We need to work together.

Project managers have a lot of important skills and knowledge to bring to an agile team if we help them to do so. At the same time they also have some mindset and cultural issues to overcome, something that they may also need help with. In this workshop we will identify the real value that an existing PM can bring to an agile team and explore how they can move into new agile roles to do so.

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Outline/Structure of the Workshop

Introduction (5 min)
Section 1: Project Managers (20 min)

  • Group Exercise: Round table groups
  • Group discusses the strengths that PM bring to teams and the challenges they face (8 min)
  • Share - Each table brings their top 3 stickies for each topic and puts them on the wall (4 min)
  • My thoughts (discussion of their points and a few slides) (remaining time)

Section 2: Transitioning PMs into Agile Roles (20 min)

  • Group Exercise: Same round tables
  • Group discusses an agile role (Scrum Master/Team Lead, Product Owner, Team Member, Agile PM, Other) that PM could potentially transition to and what they bring to that role (8 min) One role is pre-assigned to the table
  • Share - Each table brings up their stickies and shares on the role sheets (flip chart paper on the wall) (4 min)
  • My thoughts - Remaining time

Section 3: Q&A

Learning Outcome

Identify how PMs can transition into agile roles

Learn the benefits and challenges with doing so

Target Audience

Coaches, Project Managers

Prerequisites for Attendees

Understanding of agile

Understanding of project management

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