Am I the only one who really struggles with the terms:
Agile Project Manager?
Agile PMO (Project Management Office)?
I see them being used all of the time. I encounter them in adds for open positions and in organizations who are striving to introduce agility. The terminology seems to be pervasive.
But at the same time, if you put on an agile mindset, they seem to be oxymorons.
It’s not the People
And my beef isn’t with the people filling those roles. It’s with the role and responsibilities associated with them.
Here’s another “Test”
One side-effect of using these terms, and I hear it all the time, is the organizations also use the term resources to refer to their people.
Again, this terminology doesn’t align with an agile mindset.
It’s simple. Really it is.
If your organizations is moving down the road to aligning with agile principles and the mindset. Then you really don’t need project managers and a PMO.
Instead you need accountable, self-directed, and trusted teams who have a goal and understand the importance of transparency.
And you need leaders who support them, get out of the way, and expect great things. With no real need for “projects and project management”.
Stay agile my friends,
BTW: Here’s an article by Anthony Mersino that not only supports my point, but does a MUCH better job of communicating it. Please take the time to read it - https://vitalitychicago.com/blog/myth-agile-project-manager/