Agile Project Manager Role

How Agile Transforms the Role of the Project Manager?

As the Agile approach to managing projects is getting more and more popular, there is a growing confusion about the project manager’s role. What happens to it? With Agile heavily preaching shared leadership and responsibility, is the project manager in such an environment doomed?  Not at all. However, the PMs responsibilities change. Let’s find out […]

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When Will It Be Done: Project Forecasting in Kanban(ize)

Traditionally, answering the question “When will it be done?” happens in a deterministic way where teams prepare strict deadlines for their projects.  And while this approach works for stable projects, operating in a volatile environment requires a way to reflect our plans’ uncertainty. This calls for probabilistic planning, where project managers communicate possible outcomes (forecasts) […]

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Visualizing OKRs: Turn Vision into Action with Kanban(ize)

Turning vision into action has been one of the fiercest challenges that managers face. That’s actually been studied in numerous researches over the years and even though there are improvements, strategic execution continues to be the main culprit why many strategies fail.   That’s why a management approach such as OKRs (Objectives and Key Results) has […]

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How to Deal with Blocked & Delayed Work in Kanban(ize)?

It’s no secret that staying on top of impediments and issues is critical for any project’s success. That’s why traditional project managers aim to track all problems in detailed sheets or create logs with project risks so they can mitigate them.  This approach makes perfect sense for stable projects with predominantly homogenous work. In a […]

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The Kanban(ize) Way for Managing Dependencies

When managing knowledge work projects, the word “dependency” is often associated with delay. Honestly, that comes as no surprise because the traditional way of managing dependencies (using Gantt Charts) is not reliable in an environment where requirements frequently change.  Following the same old approach requires project managers to rework their initial plans often. In turn, […]

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Adventures in Leading a Large-Scale Agile Transformation: Learnings & Reflections

In Part I, we described our journey in Leading an Agile transformation for a complex hardware product development program in a highly regulated industry within a large multinational company.   We didn’t consciously set out to implement ‘Agile’ or lead a scaled Agile transformation.  We didn’t have a masterplan describing how we were going to deploy […]

leading large scale agile transformation

Exploring the Unexplored – Adventures in Leading a Large-Scale Agile Transformation

Leading a large-scale Agile transformation is hard.  It requires relentless focus and discipline to create an environment that empowers teams to deliver innovation at pace.  There are thousands of publications describing how this should be done in theory, yet not so many on how to translate that theory into practice.  The majority of those that […]